Happy Valentine’s Day! This watercolor valentine goes out to all of the socially awkward engineering students I see at work every day. (Although they don’t generally wear tweed coats and bow ties.)
Just for fun, here are some sketches of one of the characters from the story I’m currently writing. I’m trying to get to know my characters a little better, and what better way than to picture them as they go about their day.
At the moment, he’s pretty bored with his summer vacation, but he’ll soon be going on a pretty exciting trip (he just doesn’t know it yet!)
I’m still trying to figure out certain details, like what his favorite color is, what food item he absolutely cannot stand (probably mushrooms), and what he ought to wear. He probably needs some kind of dorky hat that his mom will force him to wear during the trip so that he doesn’t get sunburned.
If you’re wondering about the numbers on the right, these are the proportions I’m using to keep him looking consistent. Since he’s a kid, his height is equivalent to six heads. (If he were a grown-up, I’d give him longer limbs by measuring him 7.5 or 8 heads tall.)
Here’s a new piece I did recently. I had a vague interest in making a few samples from common folk tales in order to diversify my portfolio a little, but it wasn’t until I looked at an old National Geographic image of a Slovakian forest that I felt inspired to complete something. The photo in question was a little ominous and creepy and yet beautiful and full of light, and something about the atmosphere made me think of all the European fairy-tales that feature children wandering off in the woods.
In painting this I made a conscious effort to loosen up a little. One of my recent critique comments was about letting the paint be paint, and to not attempt to make it “perfect.” It’s challenging to loosen up when I know how easily a watercolor can be ruined, but I’m trying to let dark areas blend into one another and allow the foliage to be a little more free. It’s still not where I want to be, but I think it might be a tiny step in the right direction.