Flattered to be offered a commission which also happens to be an interesting challenge.
Here’s the original:
Next step is to print using Microsoft “Paint” onto four borderless sheets. http://www.digitalcitizen.life/print-large-image-multiple-pages-4-steps-using-microsoft-paint
So I. Or have this to tape together as a reference:
Well. I’ve done it all the wrong way round: Should have cropped the photo to 3:2 for printing A4, then printed a huge one. Instead I’ve printed it 16:9 and now cropped it by folding the edges under, to 4:3 to go in a 40x30cm frame with no mount.
I start by drawing outlines, while researching how on earth I can get dark shadows underneath every leaf in the forest (!)
Next a week goes by of looking at the image and thinking how can I do this? Finally I try a few ideas on a test sheet. I think I need to use opaque gouache body colour to achieve light colour on top of dark.
Concurrently working on colour methods while outlining the layout. Pencil; then ink; then spots of resist (Masking fluid), watercolour, then gouache. .
The sketch gets ‘completed’ and last thing at night I put in the blobs of ‘resist’ which will reveal white paper for the little flowers.
Before doing the floor, I get some greens going at the bottom. Mixing Naples Yellow into Viridian, Olive, and Sap Greens.
When that’s done I’ll pull the clingfilm of s tester I did for the floor. To see how it creates texture in some Olive a Green and Burnt Umber that I loosely mixed on the paper:
Good to test first; a darker wash works well on the picture as it develops:
Colour is in the flowers now. And experimenting to see if there should be some texture in the flower centres.
Having dropped in everything planned for the foliage, I impatiently go for the sky and then very impatiently go for the bike. It’s a disaster. All Is Lost. Heavy-handed outlines, misplaced lines. Completely ignored the painting and tried to do a bike I dark shadows that aren’t even there. End up on the phone to dad, asking how I can fix this:
Here’s the plan:
- Lift off the black. Never use black except to granulate colours with a touch of Lamp Black. Nothing is actually black;
- Get out the gouache. Fill the foreground sunflowers with solid golden yellow tinged with primary pale yellow;
- Mix a unifying green and give all the leaves an overlay;
- Mix a green / grey and put distinct shadows where leaf overhangs leaf;
- Take the bicycle back to white, then add shade and more shade with pale blue, then dark blue.
Here it is with black removed, bike whited-out, and flowers gilded with yellow gouache and a pin-prick of Alizarin Crimson
Trying again to get s realistic bike. Exploded the original photo. I wish now I’d traced the bike 😇