Intermediate Watercolor: Project #3
Assignment Objective: Utilize key elements from Wayne Thiebaud's painting style (click here for more on Thiebaud), such as manipulation of the horizon line, using a mixture of Eastern and Western perspective, dramatic cropping, and what Thiebaud is most known for: his striking and unusually stylized shadows.
Timeframe: February 25 - March 25
Tools Used: Winsor & Newton watercolor paint on Arches cold press 300 lb watercolor paper.
Size: 22" by 30" inches
I feel like I put my all into this one, but it still didn't turn out quite the way I wanted it to. When I get it back from my teacher, I will definitely be adding more detail to this one. Working with a deadline is tough, especially when you're crazy like me and pick the most complicated stuff to do. (I swear, one day I will actually do something SIMPLE for an assignment.)
For this assignment, I took pictures of Lilah and some of her various toys. Then, I picked the pictures I liked the best and used those. Not surprisingly, I went through about 50 pictures or so of Lilah just to get one of her sitting completely still and in that position. But when it finally did happen, it was so supremely adorable!
Since shadows were a big focus in the painting, I made sure that when I was taking pictures of the toys, I would have a mobile light source that I could play with. (My flexible lamp worked perfectly for this!)
Once I had everything picked out, it took me almost a week to work up the nerve to actually get anything down on paper. Sometimes I find myself thinking too much about composition, and then I end up not doing anything in fear of it going CATASTROPHICALLY WRONG! But alas, I went with my gut and it turns out that symmetry was calling my name! Nothing catastrophic happened! Woo hoo!
I'm sure I will share this painting again once I've added some more detail to it, as an update of sorts.
As always, thanks for taking a look! :)