Saturday, July 19, 2008

6 AM

6AM
Staedtler watercolour pencils, 9 x 12 watercolour paper
copyright Jeanette Jobson


I had to a meeting for work this morning and was up early. The sun was streaming through the window and I captured the bright light and shadow in a portrait using the web cam as my 'mirror'.


Later this afternoon, I decided I'd try my hand at watercolour. I searched the house for my pan set of watercolours. Could I find it? Nooooooooo. So I settled begrudgingly for a set of 12 Staedtler watercolour pencils. I don't often use w/c pencils except for sketches. I find they don't always dissolve completely and I can still see the pencil strokes on the paper despite my efforts with water and brushes.

So my colours were limited and some colours a little unorthodox, but I kind of like that effect. The viewer's right arm isn't correct. I need to make that far line diagonal, not straight to reflect the angle of the pose, otherwise it makes the arm look artificially wide. I find that with watercolours, it isn't ise to go back and make too much in the way of changes as it can lose the freshness of the original layers.

4 comments:

Jo Castillo said...

Jeanette, you have some of the coolest ideas. Nice work...

Jeanette said...

Thanks Jo, good to hear from you again.

Robyn said...

I really love it, Jeanette. Beautiful, moody and personal. Brava!

Jeanette said...

Thanks Robyn. I enjoyed dabbling in watercolour again.