Just approved the proofs for my upcoming show! I love how the watercolor looks at this scale. Huge thank you to my wonderful printer,Tony, at Berkeley Giclee.
One of my new year’s resolutions is to reflect on my drawings’ strengths and weaknesses. So:
Strengths—Mostly in learning to use watercolor better. I like the yellow gradient on the belly which came about because I’m finally understanding how to pay attention to and control how much paint is on my brush. (Hint—gotta wipe it on a paper towel!) I finally am understanding how to mix cool and warm grays. Also, I kept on layering bravely until I got some quite dark darks in here which I often don’t do.
To improve: Anatomy—the feet are wonky, the beak’s too big, and the belly angles too sharply toward the tail. I was congratulating myself on checking angles and proportions around the head and back but LOL I forgot to check the rest i guess! Lighting—my photo reference had a strong highlight which I didn’t capture, especially on the body. I’m not sure about the brown ink either, I think it works better with more cartoony style drawings.