In order to not feel pressured to keep the first style I attempt, I've decided to work on short stories in the public domain. That way, I can try to be consistent in style with three different images per story, and then can move on to a different "look." If I don't like it, at least I gave three decent attempts to get the hang of it. Also, I'll feel less of a burden if I know I can move on to the next story and try again if I mess up. Hopefully I can learn more about myself now that I have learned so much about others.
Below is the first watercolor of three before adding on the inks. I am illustrating Nathaniel Hawthorne's "Young Goodman Brown," which is a fantastic read! Pick it up late at night to really absorb the creepy devil v. Puritan feel. After reading it twice, I thought about the most impacting visual cues that encapsulate more than a snapshot of the plot and also give the atmosphere. Then I researched Puritan clothing. I sketched out lots of layouts and decided on the three with the best pacing and imagery. Each one will have one color and then gray tones.
I am now at a stumbling block - the inking is where MY touch can really be added. I'm okay with watercolors and feel that when I'm painting. However, I honestly PLAY with inks. It's not art, it's a visual puzzle to solve. That's where my styling will come in. Which style though? Gah?! Thick lines? Varied lines? Wood cut look? Geesh.
I need to stop overthinking and just do it.
Easier said than done!
Later note: All righty - here is the final...
- I apparently am going "safe" for the first story - no weird interpretations, basically following the watercolor edges
- Style-wise, I love adding thicker edges to...
- The outside of shapes
- Closer objects
- Occasionally used hatching, but I am still uncomfortable with it because I can't make reliable lines
- I used my Ahab pen, which smears like all get out, but I like its flexibility
- Inking on lumpy cold-press paper is hard for creating smooth edges
- Maybe try smooth hot-press in a future story?