Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Piece of Autumn


Here is a little process post to celebrate the coming season. Enjoy
 
This piece, like so many others, started as an unasuming little doodle in my sketchbook. I do dozens of these things a week, and most never really go anywhere. Every so often, however, a couple will stand out. This was one of those
 
 

Once I decide I like a design, I will develop it out for awhile. Very, very rarely is a sketch ready to make the jump to finished product right off the bat. I try different faces, gestures, clothes, hairdues, granola (kidding. kind of), compostions, etc.
 

Once I settle on a version, I will do a base drawing. That drawing is then traced, in this case on to basic watercolor paper. The tracing helps to eliminate search lines, making for a much cleaner final piece. I then apply ink to the areas that need it. You'll notice that some of the lines are thicker than others. This help to bring those parts of the picture forward, adding a greater sense of depth.
 
 
 

 
From there, it's only a matter of applying the color. This one was done with watercolor.
 
 
 
 
Voila! Hope you found this interesting. For those interested in buying the piece, it is going for $90. Just send me an email at almostethan@yahoo.com. Title the email "Autumn," if you would. Include your name and how to best contact you. We can set up shipping and all that fun stuff. On a related note, I will have an online shop set up soon to sell more pictures, as well as made-to-order handmade toys, so keep an eye out for that.
Enjoy the weather!
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