I posted earlier this week about experimenting with watercolor for my cartoon paintings. I confess that I often feel leery of trying out new mediums and techniques. Why? Because, to be honest, going into uncharted waters (watercolors?) can often feel disorienting and frustrating. To take away some of the pressure, I decided to approach my foray into watercolor cartoon drawings as an opportunity to just spend time “playing around.” After all…
Play is the highest form of research.Albert Einstein
Watercolor cartoon drawings look best if the ink (or pencil) lines are loose and improvised.
Using this view – scenic, huh? – from our balcony…
I drew the cartoon illustration below.
I drew the illustration freehand with a dip pen and India ink. Prior to starting the drawing I loosely mark out the positioning of the architecture and the figure with a water brush pen filled with diluted sepia ink. Moving away from creating a preliminary pencil sketch was scary, but I knew it would help to free up the overall look of the illustration.
Step Two in the process…
Was setting up my work station outside in the sun on our balcony.
(If you’re going to play, you might as well work on your tan in the process!)
Taking a page out of watercolor artist’s Teoh Yi Chie’s rule book, I even took the time to test out a primary watercolor palette on my watercolor paper. Then, while the paint dried, I called home to check up on my mom and her Siamese cat.
Step Three in the process…
Was the actual painting.
The nice thing about working from a limited primary color palette is that you’re pretty much guaranteed harmony within your color choices.
Here’s a scan of the finished watercolor cartoon illustration!
How about you? Do you make time to play? Any success stories you’d like to share?
I’d love to hear!