2 October 2007

Second test - watercolour paper, ink and gouache

As mentioned previously, I'm restarting an old, almost abandoned long narrative project but I'm not sure how to do it so I'm trying out different styles etc to see which I like best. This is my second test, with watercolour paper, ink and gouache. In the last test I realised that drawing it on an A5 page was a little too cramped but I'd already laid this out by the time I sussed that so this doesn't have the benefit of that wee satori. Also, when I set it out and lettered it, my plan was to do most of it in grey (hence the line on the second page about a grey world) but when I got the paints out I thought I should experiment in some of the panels and so tried a sort of monochrome (it's not really monochrome because there's the white of the paper and the black of the ink in addition to the single colour gouache but you know what I mean) with various colours. The three options I had in mind when I embarked on the first of these tests was (1) black ink on bristol as per the previous test (2) grey gouache for the real world with multicolour gouache for dreams and astral plane and finally (3) all multicolour gouache. This is an altered on the fly/off the cuff rendition of that second test. I really don't like how the multicolour turned out to the extent that I'm abandoning that idea, but I'm not sure how to differentiate between reality and dream/astral. Do I have grey reality and another colour (purple? ochre?) for dream/astral? Or do I switch between blues, greys and ochres for reality depending on mood setting etc, and have different purples, reds and oranges for dream/astral? I remain undecided as I embark on my third test which will not, as originally envisaged, be multicolour. It will, however, be drawn and painted A4 then shrunk to A5 on screen with all the text added in Photoshop or InDesign or something Adobe anyway. Back to the drawing board...


4 comments:

Inconsequential said...

not deluded
not a fool


Good stuff.

Dem said...

Oh that's just Nanny - don't pay any attention to Nanny. Her job description has something about fireworks and pissing.

Cheers inc.

Lolabola said...

Whatever you end up with, that guy's suit is fantastic! also the woman's apron.

I like the row with grey world turning to colourful dreams.

Dem said...

Cheers lolabola. I did mean to say in my comments that the other thing I really liked and would definitely keep from this is the shrink's suit. I can probably do that in grey or another single colour and make it work reasonably well. I have the next test inked but I'm not sure how I want to colour it still - will probably only do one page. In the meantime I'm working on something short, daft, different and semi-related to this.