Last week I dusted off my other artistic hat and subbed with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra again. (By the way, if you’re in the mood for some classical music, you can see the NJSO – and me! – playing here. I make a blurry appearance on the left of the screen at around the 5:38 mark.) Naturally, on the weeks that I’m practicing and performing music, I usually don’t have as much time for illustration work. Needless to say, that can often feel frustrating. However, I’m often surprised by the number of new ideas and the strides forward when I do come back to illustrating. Not to mention that a perk of the musical break is that I often have a new “ear cootie” – the music of Shostakovich, Beethoven, or whatever I’ve just performed – running through my head! The music in my head sometimes comes out on the page, too. In this post, you’ll see the marriage of music together with my latest illustrated adventures with watercolor.
Illustrated Adventures with Watercolor Demonstration Video
In a departure from my usual freehand drawing demonstration videos, I decided to show my water coloring process instead:
The little band of mice were drawn freehand in ink with my Carter’s vintage flex fountain pen.
Continuing on to the illustrated adventures…
Here’s a look at a two-page spread that I finished tonight in my Moleskine art sketchbook. As you can see, the inspiration was the humble Circle.
In the illustrations above, I used the same coloring technique that I used in my Mice Band coloring video. That is, I first added shading to the entire illustration with a neutral grey. Then I went in and filled in with my colors of choice. The effect gives more transparency to the colors without sacrificing on the depth. It’s a watercolor technique that I plan to keep exploring.
Speaking of exploring…
This little one alternates between either wanting to grab my water brush pen or walking on my drafting table. Fortunately, he’ll eventually settle down onto my lap to watch the illustration unfold. A win-win for us both!
P.S. If you want to see more of my work, please visit my shop at Etsy!