..now to this gorgeous pencil concept drawn this morning...this is how it looks before committing to pen. It's all there in the rough, as it should be. The silohuette, the attitude, the anatomy, the design. This particular rough will be open to many "opportunities" for glorious color abstraction, a riot of designed shadow shapes, "opportunities" galore to plus out the figure and make the design flow. Color notes say "figure neutral tones, saturated flowers~pinks." I was thinking of muted colors on the figure but everything else will be more saturated in colors, the flowers, the dragons, peacock feathers in her hair, (as you would see a redwood in the forest). Last week I took a trip to the LA Arboretum for the first time and had this peacock following me around thinking that the sketchbook and pencil I held in my hand was food. Took me awhile to shake him off my tail. But I liked the strange long v-shaped feathers that came off his train and thought "that will end up in one of my drawings". I drew them coming off the back of the Sprite's hair. Then someone posted this unbelievable mass migration of giant Rays swarming off the coast of Baja, some "flying" into the air like flying fish. That also stuck into the recesses of my mind and so I took that and drew the dragon swooping off the Sprite's back, flowers flying off the wings. Recent things that fill me with wonder, I think: "How can I use this?" I'm thinking of putting a dragon in her hand but ran out of space. This is how I think when drawing a concept, this is how I fight to keep it fresh
...came to a drawing that took hold of my imagination..when I get more time I will fill in the dress part with more daisies.."painting" with the pens. Would really like to paint it instead, but just don't have the time...the pens have to substitute for now...not really scratching that itch, but helping me establish a play of light off the figure.
Forest sprites...It started with this one in my new sketchbook. The drawing on the right is based on my 12 year old daughter who dressed up as Midna from the game The Legend of Zelda. When I look at this drawing it's Sienna.
Some sketchbook fun. Been playing around with several brushpens I bought awhile ago. Really interested in shadow shapes and how they describe the form and add mood. Also playing around with the cadillac of pencils~the reissued Blackwings. Heaven to draw with.