|"I think I will embark upon an adventure today."|
Today, I would like to share a little "behind-the-scene" –– my work process.
Initially, what I had in mind was a postcard promo. I thought drawing cute pandas would be, well, CUTE. This was what I drafted.
And I brought it in color.
Except I had a few problems with the piece. (1) The panda's eyes completely disappeared within the dark circles. (2) The paper was too rough. The scan picked up a texture I disliked. (3) The composition was flat.
But the biggestt problem of all: there was NO STORY TO THE PIECE. These pandas were doing nothing other than being cute.
To make things work, I decided to revamp it. I no longer needed it to be in postcard dimension, so I explore what I like to do best – making compositions for picture book's dimension.
First of all, I wanted to get the pandas right. I did some panda sketches.
Followed by composition studies.
|I know... My notes are all over the place.|
With a direction, I pencil sketched loosely on the watercolor paper and started working on the piece.
I was REALLY tempted to change the scene to a forest and made them brown bears, but I overcame that thought and continued on with the pandas.
|Color us differently, and we'll be a different bear.|
And the final piece was done, as shown at the top of this post.
One more thing: Remember how I wanted to color them in as bears instead of pandas? I ended up doing a quick one on a small piece of paper. Turns out I liked it, so I might explore not using the black brush pen for a future piece.
That's my process of the week! Hope you enjoyed the post. :)