Experimenting with some different ways of adding colour to inks for my book project. Gouache, with lines reintroduced over top with permanent shellac ink; inktense blocks added dry over waterproof inks and then activated with water; standard watercolor washes.
I’m leaning towards the gouache here - any thoughts?!
Gouache has the drawback of covering the ink lines, but, holy cow, the colours…
Lady in the rain. Catford Massive, 2014.
A boy and a bear start their train journey.
Another morning. Charcoal on grey sugar paper.
At the mountains of madness? Some sketchy charcoal with an Antarctic theme…
'Man in a bar' Alex Evans. Charcoal and chalk study.
Some visual identity work for Squared Root, a sustainability social enterprise working with communities in London, UK. Realy enjoyed working with these guys,
The clarity, the confrontation, the contradictions, all there. With the clarity of, say, medieval religious iconography - look at those compositions. Norman Rockwell, you rock.
So Rockwell rocks. Really hard. Here’s some mid period stuff - classic ‘Rockwell moments’, cosy Americana. It’s traditional to make a big distinction between his ‘cosy’ early stuff, and note the politicization later with the ‘big’ race paintings.
But the thing is, it’s not like even his earlier America is a place without change, without underlying conflicts. Look at the second one here: two very different, changing, worlds side by side, the elderly traditional religious lady and her grandson, and the young, casual men who seem fascinated, maybe somehow impressed, but also baffled. Even if they co-exist in this place, they do so at a sort of distance.
And then the little boy is between the two worlds - almost like he is a bridge - or a watershed? - between a traditional and religious world, and somewhere more secular.
Pie and beans. Chorley Market, Lancashire 2013.
Gesture drawing fun. Curvy people rock! So much more fun to draw.
Here’s what I do - get the Apple TV fired up. Do a Flickr search. Set yourself a timer - say every 5 mins - and go through, drawing each picture. Great practice and awesome fun.