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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Illustration Friday : Reverse

Instead of illustrating the word reverse, I decided I would create an illustration in reverse.  First paint, then ink then pencil; the opposite order from how I would normally work.  I didn't end up getting to the pencil stage.  It was actually harder for me than I thought it would be, especially going straight to ink without the safety net of a sketch first.  I'm pretty happy with the result, it's kind of a little shout out to Peggy Rathmann's The Day the Babies Crawled Away (one of my favorite books of all time).

9 comments:

Indigene said...

Strong color composition and beautiful color!

poppylocke said...

Brilliant colours and style!

Mindful Drawing said...

Lovely illustration and nice 'reverse' effect.

Coreopsis said...

Before I fully read what you said, I saw the "reverse" as the world being just black and the sky and water being detailed and colored--and I think it's beautiful!--but what an interesting exercise. It's probably a really good idea for "loosening up" and I know some people who do stuff like this regularly...

Elise's Art Garden said...

Don't you love the way watercolor just creates itself? Beautiful!

Hannah Sommerville said...

Love the watery effect.

my profile said...

What a great exercise. I like the way it turned out... beautiful!

ohsayitaintso said...

That is such an interesting and creative take on the theme, it turned out very nicely!

SaraErika said...

That is such a beauty. I love this landscape. Especially the little boat. There is so much drama.

The reversing worked like a charm!

Personally I should make little exercises the other way around. I know it gets better if I start with a pencil sketch, but I seldom have the patience.