I will tell you why reading books is dangerous:
Books give you ideas.
That’s what happened to me last week when I browsed a book that my studio-mate Derek recommended. The next thing you know, I’m slapping big gobs of colorful paint all over a large piece of paper, and an hour late getting home.
Okay, so maybe getting ideas can be a good thing. After all, this picture turned out alright. It felt great to get a little less controlled with my paint. And while the figure in it bears about as much resemblance to me as it does to Zach Galifianakis, the proportions are fairly humanoid, and the modelling on the shirt is exactly what I was going for.
The drips are all part of the fun. Usually, when painting in watercolors, the painting surface is placed on a table-top or some other surface at a shallow angle from the floor, to prevent such run-off. This time, a normal easel was used, so some drippage occurred.
The angle on this picture appears to be from a low vantage point, as well. This is because of the way the mirror was tilted. That’s about it for today. Just for good measure, I’m going to throw in a bad scan of a really great under-sketch. Sadly, this sketch was covered up by the painting itself, but such is the fate of a drawing fulfilling its destiny. Till next time…