February 1, 2012

100 Watercolors #25 - Trouble Lurking

On Friday at The Center for Cartoon Studies, a great watercolor artist named Emma Skurnick gave a two hour "introduction to watercolor" workshop.  It was so cool!  I learned a lot and she answered some of my long-standing watercolor questions.  The best part was getting to try out some new techniques, as well as some different types of paper.  We even got to try out some cool special effects!  Here are the two paintings I made during the workshop:

This one was done on hot press watercolor paper, which was much smoother than I was used to.  That weird crackled texture on the background was made by putting a piece of saran-a-wrap right on top of the wet paint (!?!)  I'll have to think of some cool ways to use this for future paintings...

This one I did on cold press watercolor paper, which is similar to the kind I am using for my 100 Watercolors challenge.  We painted all of this stuff with just five colors, which was cool because it forced me to mix more of my colors, so they were unique, instead of straight out of a tube.

All this experimentation had me pretty jazzed to paint the next theme for my watercolor challenge.  I tried to incorporate some of the things I learned in the workshop.  I'm not sure this picture 100% makes sense, but it was fun to make!

25 down, 75 to go!  

Next week's theme: Tears!


rgratzer said...

I could have sworn that I commented on this!

I can't remembro what I wrote. Something about: I like these! And I like hearing some details about your process. I've done some watercolors lately, but I really need to work on them some more. I may take up this project.

Alec Longstreth said...

Go for it Ryan! It's a great challenge, and I am learning a lot.