|First page done from week 1 of |
Traci Bautista's Strathmore online workshop
Here is the final result of my first go at Traci Bautista's week 1 of her online Strathmore Artist Papers workshop. It is a very multilayered approach and thus one that is challenging for me since I always feel the person demonstrating really does have some kind of plan in their mind that they simply don't know how to articulate--whereas I just plain lack a plan, period! But in my new spirit of "focus" and attempt to bring a little more discipline (in a good way) to my creative endeavors, I took notes on what I was doing as I went along about what I liked and what I didn't.
I always have a tendency to head straight for detail right from the get-go. I need to be aware of that so I can consciously back off of it. Starting with bigger, more separate, large areas of color in the initial steps would be a good idea. Also I think my color palette, while not horrible, could have been better chosen if I wanted something more vibrant. On the other hand, what I did choose turned out to be pleasing, and I like the area of light I managed to preserve on the right-hand side of the page.
Other things I observed was that I really liked blending the Shiva oil sticks on top of the acrylic paint, but I didn't really get what the oil pastels were supposed to add or how to use them for any useful effect.
One of the last things done was to use a fluorescent Sharpie poster-paint pen. I used pink since my daughter had it and I didn't have any fluorescent ones. I was very impressed indeed with how it brightened up the whole page. I especially liked using it to put dots on top of lines.
|My favorite bit!|
|Notice the (very) subtle outlining of the leaves?|
Done with a yellow ShinHan marker.
|I like the white lines I added with a|
Uniball Signo marker.