This online class I’ve been taking has got me thinking about color and texture within my work. I tend to like things pretty clean, so lots of layers and embellishments is a hard step for me to take.
Here are two practices. One is taking your hand writing and using it like a font. The other is a play on layers, contrasts and colors.
They’re kind of interesting, but neither is a finished piece. These exercises have offered some insights into possible directions for future illustrations.
I’m finding that for me to just apply paint or media to a piece is not sufficient. Perhaps all those years of being a graphic designer on the computer has offered endless possibilities for tweaking that I can’t keep out of my paintings! I want to keep changing little details. That can be rather tricky when the paint is dry!
The last piece here is a combination of several ideas and lots of different media. It is more controlled because it’s been scanned and layered with more work. I like the results of this and it’s a direction I intend to explore heavily in the future.