Saturday, February 26, 2011

Illo Friday "layers" and latest work


Hello everyone,
I haven't posted for ages either, so I'm really happy that I have work that fits this month's prompts!  Like lots of people, I did The Princess and the Pea for Illo Friday "Layers" (I can't believe how many of us had that same idea - it's such a great story).  Mine is just a quickie and I really admire the beautiful ones the rest of you did.

The dragon is a picture I've just done for my children's illustration diploma with the London Art College.  The assignment was to create a vignette of a young dragon who has accidentally set someone's thatched cottage on fire and is horrified.  You can see that my paper has buckled a bit.  I used a cheap paper because I wanted a really white, smooth surface and my watercolour paper is textured and off-white.  Does anyone know of a heavier paper that's smooth and white?
Any ideas on how to improve it would be welcome too.

11 comments:

anne-marie said...
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anne-marie said...

I have been enjoying looking at the great work posted here off and on for a while. I work predominately in watercolour and I am interested in joining in if approved with Watercolor Wednesdays. Please look at my work at
http://www.annemarieperks.com

Thank you,
Anne-Marie

Amy said...

Such loose, expressive linework! And natural watercolor (I love a good color bloom). And I like the whole tilty bed with the princess grabbing her lower back. As for paper, the buckling isn't noticeable with your loose style, but I use 300lb Arches, hot or cold press: no buckling at that weight.

lauren carney said...

Your pretty blog makes me full of happiness. Like a jar of butterflies!
Keep up the lovely posts you!

ezgi keles said...

lovely watercolour effects

Linda Kay said...

love your colors! Soft & yet very attractive. Also like the painterly effect of your work.

Alison said...

Arches makes a bright white watercolor paper in hot press that would probably have the qualities you're looking for. The paint seems to dry faster than on cold press so washes aren't quite as nice, but it's good for detail and increasingly what I use for illustration.
I'd also like to join Watercolor Wednesdays. My blog is at http://alisonkolesar.blogspot.com and my website is www.alisonkolesar.com

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

This is loose and wonderfully whimsical and fun. I likey a lot.

Sheena said...

Hello, The Langton, Daler Rowney Hot Pressed Watercolour paper is very smooth and it's the whitest of any WC paper I've tried.

Gay McKinnon said...

Thanks for all these great tips. I have a major experiment to set up now - guess I"ll do the same painting on lots of papers, and see what works best. (Then I could blog the results!)

stephen said...

I love your post, very nice art's. I like most you have to done The dragon picture, its so cute.
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