For this week's illustration I thought I would show a quick peek of my process. Since I was short on time for the project, I didn't do many sketches to brainstorm ideas. I had thought about what I might do during the week so when it was time to actually work on it, I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted. So here is the preliminary sketch. It pretty much expressed what I wanted to I proceeded to the next progressive step.
After drawing the preliminary drawing, I wanted to tighten the accuracy of the proportions of the dessert bowl, so I used an actual bowl for a model, and in addition to that, I took several photos of it from different angles to offer different perspectives. I often like using black and white photos because color can sometimes be a distracting element when used as a reference.
For the next step, using my sketch, model, and photo as reference, I drew a light layout of the design with a 4H pencil. This is a really poor pic because 4H lead is really difficult to reproduce, which is why I use it. I really had to finagle the contrast on my photo editor to get it to be visible.
Over the pencil, I approached the picture like a traditional watercolor painting, starting with loose, light washes of color.
The laying down of layers of color was pretty straight forward.
A little more color ...
Almost there ...
A little bit more ... and ...
Done! Often I like to take a watercolor almost to the point of finishing strokes and then I switch to pen and ink for added punch to the piece. I use the two mediums together because I like both drawing and painting. Many illustrators that I admire combine the two mediums.
The title of this piece is Dessert/Desert, which is a play on words because many (including me) forget which spelling is correct to its respective meaning. I'll probably forget how to spell it after today!