So, the first round of the dreaded traditional media experimentation is done! It was every bit as nerve wracking as I thought, with no idea where I was heading and some unfortunate lapses in memory regarding traditional art (umber is green, duh).
Just as a reminder, here’s my original digital rough:
Which turned into this drawing (which turned out to be too inaccurate, need to redo for second round):
First try, gouache. I didn’t even complete this one, as I realized this is not going to be what I’m looking for. With enough patience I could create a look pretty similar to a flat digital look, but I’m looking for something with textures here, something new!
My first watercolor base, with colored pencil on top. I think this one has potential, though for final I’d need to a) have thinner pencil lines so I could use thinner ink lines b) prefer a smoother paper, so the colored pencil wouldn’t be quite as domineering as a texture.
My second watercolor base, done simultaneously with the first one and finished with pastel pencils. This one has it’s moments (and problems, oh THOSE problems!), but overall I don’t think so, too thick and textured.
Last but not least colored inks. I bought these inks almost two years ago, but this is the first thing I’ve made with them (buying too many art materials you say!?). I was sure I’d like to use those inks though, and I was right, I did! You’d think working with washes of ink would be similar to watercolor, but it isn’t, it’s much better! I kinda dig the forced limited palette too, since I only have around 6 colors (of which three are different earth colors, none of the actual brown I want!). If I end up going this way though, I think I’ll buy a few more shades to not end up too monochromatic.
I started this one by laying down washes of brown (mixed from two of my browns) until I had good values, and laid down colored washes on top until I was happy. I finished with the line work.
I’ll probably move on by redoing my final drawing, and retrying the inks version and colored pencils with more finesse and fixing the problems that cropped up on this round.
I was originally going to give acrylics and oils a go as well, but since I realized gouache won’t work, I knew I wouldn’t find the textures I was looking for with them either. As oils is the traditional media I have the most experience with, it’s good I can stay out of my comfort zone and not default to something that feels safe and familiar.