Hello again art lovers!
I hope all is well in your worlds.
I’m excited. I’ve completed a few newer watercolors, two which I very pleased with. A couple of the new pieces a more detailed works and after spending a handful of days on the, more involved watercolors, I decided to go back to studies that are less time consuming and more playful. In some regards, I feel like the simple, whimsical illustrations suit the story better.
The tale centers around an amnesiac who lives alone on an island. As a result of a frustrating, zen-like conversation with a hungry pelican that swooped down to steal his roasted fish, the amnesiac is charged with a perilous quest and dubbed the “Old fool”. The old fool must find the black wolf that carries the stolen of bag of countless treasures. Inside the bag are three items which will console the weeping dragon.
I was thrilled after finishing “The Black Wolf” piece above. For me, the quick little watercolor is simple and strong. That’s probably why I’m so captivated by it. I could’ve done a little more work in the background, but I left it out. Speaking of background, many of the illustrations for the story will need to include the setting, so I’ve been studying up on painting landscapes with watercolor. Hopefully, I’ll have some aptitude there. We’ll see.
I love the “Spring Dragon” Piece (Above) very much. It really took an enormous amount of patience and a lot of work to get the watercolor so rich. I don’t know how Alex Ross does it. Anyway, as far as I’m concerned, the time and patience paid off.
The Old Fool study above is still in progress. I’ve used little pools of watercolor to form the image and inserted some very visible brush strokes here and there for contrast. We’ll see how it turns out.
As always, To see other recently completed pastel studies and my current selection of work in watercolor, oil, mixed media, ect, please visit my website ckirkart.com.