Pretty much my entire time as a student I avoided watercolor like the plague. Thank goodness for my school’s audit policy though, because I had a chance to rethink this prejudice this last semester and finally took a class in it. Surprisingly I’ve fallen in love with it.
I really started to realize how much I like it when I did a master copy of a Jill Barklem illustration (2cd above.) I also did a little experiment with one of my old Wee Free Men drawings and went over it in watercolor after using fixative on the drawing.
One of the things that I found I really love about watercolor is the portability of it. I spent a lot of time in and out of class doing some plein air pieces. I really enjoyed doing these and will probably be doing many more during the summer.
Recent Illustration of the pivotal scene from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Another Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell Illustration. I remember feeling convinced that the Raven King was a real figure of English History for a long time after first reading the book. That’s just how well thought through and detailed it is. One of my favorite parts about visiting York and Northern England was getting to see the setting of the more magical part of England. Teehee.
Susanna Clarke’s novel Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norell has been one of my favorite books for many years now. I was so excited when BBC made it into a mini series, unfortunately I let the summer get by me and only managed to watch the first episode of it. wop wop wop
I also made a series of illustrations in anticipation of mini series and never posted those online either. Here’s one of them:
“The Raven King Answers”
This is a scene from one of the last parts of the book when Norell and Strange finally reunite and are forced to work together. I Loved this particular scene in the library and I can’t wait to see how they visualized it in the series. Will be sure to post more of my Jonathan Strange work in the near future.
These past few weeks have been the first weeks of school of my last semester to receive a bachelor’s degree in illustration. I’m so excited that I’ve made it this far and can now finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Here’s an example of two days of a little figure study. It’ll be joining the army of other figure studies I’ve done in the past, of which my mom has been ever more weary of as they slowly take over any remaining space in her house.