WEDNESDAY 19 FEBRUARY - FACE NO 19
|'FOREST FOLK' - by Jez|
Mixed media on cheap horrible paper!
As I was wondering what to draw or paint today, I came across a loose sketchbook page with splodges of yellow and green watercolour paint on it - probably left-over paint I swished across a handy sheet of paper one day. Here's what the pre-painted page looked like when I started:
I looked at the page and the faces of the three Forest Folk jumped out at me. I always find it surprising how faces do this. It's not a slow process, they just suddenly form and ask to be released from the paint that is holding them in. I quickly sketched around the shapes I saw, and you can probably just see the pencil lines on the photo above.
In the next stage I drew over the pencil lines with a black Pitt Pen. At this point I didn't quite know what I should do next, because the paper was definitely not good enough to take paint without buckling even more than it already was. As always when inspiration fails, I picked up a coloured pencil and started colouring, and from there the Forest Folk themselves told me what to do.
I'm very pleased with the result, and as always am surprised at what can emerge from blotches of paint. I could never have drawn this straight from my imagination. Hope you like it.
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