On a recent weekday evening, I found myself stopping in to the studio for the first time in a while. I had been “ordered” by Tony to “do more watercolors”.
I think the intent was that I should be doing more illustrations like The Child Bride or The Next Move. Instead, some little warm-up paintings were the products of this visit. They were more an attempt to stretch and settle into my skills as a painter. Rather than focusing too much on an expansive color scheme, this picture was more an ink drawing than anything, except with watercolor.
I like the way it turned out. The painting was done freehand; no preliminary pencils or underpainting. Just pure, confident color.
The figure is largely described using the orange, just like an ink or pencil drawing would be done. However, the back, which would be awash in light, is instead defined by the yellow background color.
Photo reference was used for the overall form of the figure.
The following is a smaller, quicker sketch that was more of a copy-job:
Till then… have a great day.