When I contemplate my navel for subjects to draw for my alphabet series, I always try to include some foods and musical instruments as well. Unfortunately, in my N is for Nachos and New Illustrations spread, I couldn’t think of any “n” musical instruments. Needless to say, Ndingidi, Naqus and Nai weren’t in my wheelhouse. Instead, I turned to drawing Nefertiti and Napoleon.
N is for Nachos and New Illustrations
Curious to see the coloring process?
Then you’re in luck because I recorded this watercolor demo video last night:
These days involves adding the shading to my illustrations first. (That’s why the bottom 4 figures in the video teaser image above look like they are rendered in “greyscale.”) The reason I shade first is so that I can keep the actual watercolor washes transparent and simple – in other words, not overworked. Of course, sometimes I forget and add color before the shading. But rules are supposed to be broken, right?
Why the letter “O,” of course! Thankfully, I have just enough pages left in my current Moleskine notebook for the rest of the alphabet, plus a few more whimsical illustrations along the way. Once I have filled the whole sketchbook, I’ll be posting another Sketchbook “Tour.” I hope you’ll stick around to see the Big Reveal!