Monday, August 13, 2012

Process Document and Final Product

I have worked on the scary stairs page until I was satisfied that I have the image that I wanted.  I started work on the final watercolor using a 140 pound acid free 11 by 15 inch watercolor paper. 

With all the previous practice pages, I had developed a sequence that I wanted to use on the final piece.  It went something like this:
First step: Sketching
Next, use a water resist medium for all the white areas of teeth and stairs
3.  Then do a wash for the stairs
4.  Do the lion wash
5.  Paint in the stair railings
6.  Paint the lines of the stairs
7.  Remove the resist medium
Then, the final details of the lion face and stair details.  Of course there were periods of rest between some of the steps for surface drying. 
(You may not be interesed in my sequence of process, but it's here for my documentation and future use.)

Here's how it turned out:

I'm not sure this is my best rendering of this subject but it is done now and I will have to stick with it.  It turned out a bit light, but the entire book illustrations are on the light side, so it is OK. 

Now, onto the next illustration!


Memories for Life said...

Your lion turned out wonderful! Looks like you have a good sequence down pat :)

Erika said...

Very cool! The lion looks great.

Splendid Little Stars said...

Oh but I like it! I think it's perfect. scary, but not too much.
I also think your process is interesting. I didn't know that there's a watercolor resist that you put on and take off.

Anonymous said...

You finally conquered it! I think you are right when you say that this is just what it is and move on. I really like the page, but understand how you feel: I once asked my sculpture professor in college how you know when a piece is really done. She said, you don't; it's not.

storybeader said...

that lion's teeth are the scary part to me! Love the stair's banisters, I think they're called (the vertical)! So realistic! {:-D

Judy Nolan said...

I love how the lion is at the intersection of the stairs--makes me want to read the story!