Friday, June 19, 2009

Day at the Beach


watercolor & pencil

6 comments:

AtelierBrigitte said...

What a beautiful painting - I really got that summer feeling.

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

This is a lovely scene. I can hear the ocean in the background and the children's laughter. This is really moment captured for sure. A wonderful illustration. you make me want to go to the beach.

the enigma said...

i think this is beautiful, nice composition and color. i especially like the boy in the middle, so natural.

Janine said...

I adore this painting.
The children are so sunken in there play, and everything is in motion.
That is great.

angelic pursuits said...

I think you've really hit on a great technique for you, Linda. When it comes to pencil, all you have is black and white to describe color, which forces you to describe values the way our eye sees it.

You talk about not being a colorist. I actually think your choice of color works quite well, and if you tweak it a bit it might give you what you're looking for. Have you considered saturating your shadows with a bit more color in a similar way to how you apply shadows with pencil (I hope that makes sense)? I think it could provide just a bit more umph. If you take a close look at Alicia Padron's work, she does do that. I feel like you want things to be soft, but as long as you don't saturate things too much, you should still be able to create that softness while giving your illo's a little sparkle. Your opinion matters the most, of course, so this is just a thought.

Heather said...

Very nice work. I did notice that moving to color you lost some of the values you had in the pencil image. The sea for example is very close to white in the pencil, but the blue has a much darker value in the color and therefore the shadows on the kids, which stand out in the pencil, get lost in the color. Pigments tend to have inherent values--sometimes that trips me up.