Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Watercolor Wednesday 9

After painting the carrot guy for the last watercolor wednesday, I decided he needed an overly confident friend! And, uh, a rudimentary background. Featureless voids make me uneasy!

For this entire week I've been getting ideas for paintings just as I drift off to sleep. It's the worst thing ever because they are burned into the back of my mind, even if they are terrible or half-baked. Angry cactus guy (above) is the result of one of those late night ideas, and I assume he's scowling because of how hastily he was painted! This is an approximation of the painting process:

1. Sketched out drawing. Was pretty okay with it.
2. Suddenly developed violent hatred for sketch, scrapped it altogether.
3. Whipped out watercolor paper, scrawled out a totally different composition.
4. Started painting, began to realize the darker shades of green were totally not working out the way I wanted them to.
5. Put painting out of my line of sight. Glanced at it once in a while, hating it from afar.
6. Finished painting by adding spines and little details here and there.

Once again, the moral of the story is BE PATIENT, STUPID. I will learn from my mistakes someday! 

What typical process do you usually go through for a painting or drawing?


  1. Turnip(?)-guy is AWESOME. :)

    Your process sounds quite similar to mine, though....there's usually lots of "hating from afar" and scrapping things only to come back to them later. *lol*

    Your works are pretty amazing though. I'm always impressed every Wednesday when you post your watercolors (seriously, they've been making me want to try~~something I've been scared to do for years). Go you. :)

    And please please keep it up~!!!

  2. Thanks! :)

    I was kind of intimidated by them at first, and STILL am to a degree, but it helps to start out small and work at it in layers.

    Also, certain brands are SUPER CHEAP and give you a ton of tubes of paint (I'm still using the box of Reeves watercolors I bought something like three years ago) so there's no need to worry about wasting them.