|Exploring the Minoan Maze.|
I made a sketch for this piece a few months ago. I even had a version started where I used a black brush pen to outline everything. But before I colored that version, I thought that piece was too static, and I wanted something with more depth.
|A version with Black Outlines.|
Upon coming up with a softer execution, I ran into another problem – light. I wanted to depict the children in a dark maze, but I had a hard time figuring out how to make it work without making the piece too "muddy".
One of the books I read talked about warm primaries vs. cool primaries. Warm primaries (Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, Ultramarine blue) mixes produce a warmer gray. Cool primaries (Alizarin Crimson, Lemon Yellow, Prussian Blue) mixes produce a cooler gray. I used the later for the background.
For those who are interested, the book I read about this is by George James. The name is "Watercolor Painting –– Expert Answers to the Questions Every Artist Asks".