Learning to draw fishybones while developing a second painting. I had something more symbolic looking in some of the super-early thumbnails, but it just didn’t feel very creepy. If the bonefishies were cute and simple, the lone jellyfish would feel too at home with them.
So anyway what I’ve found drawing bonefishies: start with a windsock, give it a jaw, locate the three chunkybits of the headmouth, find the eye, flesh in the rest. It’s not 100 percent accurate at all, but it’s convincing enough for this little illustration.
The jellyfish, on the other hand, was very easy once I found the right candidate. Little baby stingless is very cute, and will be very Shiny.
This picture is suuuuuper inspired by Daniel Benmergui’s indie game Today I Die. I played it a long way back and it’s always stuck with me, particularly the imagery in the first puzzle.
I was so excited to get the tape off this morning, but I went to sleep instead just in case the paper might still be a little damp. I am really pleased with the outcome, and with Cobalt Teal - gosh that is just the cleanest, prettiest teal-blue I have ever seen. All the M Graham paints I tried here were like that though, just… really vivid and clear.
The little white dots were made with frisket, and I almost forgot to pick them off. I only noticed because I was like wait.. browngreen spot on the watercan? mmmm…..
Next up… bonefishes maybe!
I think this is almost done! I’m super excited to see what it does tonight. I got into some of the deepest shadows with the Sodalite paint - my poor phone camera can’t pick it up very well, but it’s a super rich and velvety! I’m wishing I hadn’t pushed the underpainting so dark there, that way the granulation could’ve made pretty with the green. Next time I’ll know.
Cold press paper means longer drying time for larger areas of wet-into-wet painting. But I think that’s it for the general areas of big gooey colors, all except the kiddo in the center. Almost time to start building up the deep-darks!
Last night’s progress! Made it ‘til 2, so I got to work on it a little longer. Now I have to promise to leave the lower right hand corner alone until the rest of the BG comes together.
I can’t believe I missed this. I love Lifeformed’s music, and I’d been needing to get Fastfall back on my computer after the crash. Immerse is gorgeous. Everything is perfect.
I finally got to start putting down layers on this last night - though I didn’t make it past 1AM. I’m hoping to get a lot further tonight now that I’ve actually gotten a little sleep.
Loving the new paint so much! Trying out some M Graham for the first time, I love how bright they dry. My favorite so far, hands down, is Azo Green. It’s currently fleshing in the sunflower petals and kinda looks like radioactive boogers, but in a good way. It also mixes very prettily with Viridian, goodbye Sap Green for now!
I kind of forgot how nice painting on cold press paper is. I use hot press for mixed-media stuff because it’s smooth and easy to draw on, but this is super spongy and good. I hope it turns out well!
More small watercolors of this boy in even more jackets! I am so ready for fall. Messed with his shapes/design, and practiced glazing graded washes.
Also, found a good mix for splotchy light denim! The pants in the left one were way too teal, and when I layered a tiny thin wash of red oxide on top, it not only neutralized but added texture.