Monday, February 1, 2010
1) "The Hoarder" (scan), ink on paper, 30cm (H) x 21cm (W)
2) "The Hoarder" (photo, click to view detail), ink on paper, 30cm (H) x 21cm (W)
After much thoughts, I decided to post "The Hoarder".
Reason why I felt (still feel) reluctant was that I didn't feel comfortable about the yellow of the starfish. It wasn't what I wanted. But because of the "lightfast" quality of ink, I had a hard time to maintain one tone of yellow in one smooth application.
My original idea is to have a rather light yellow on the body of the starfish. But with such fast drying medium, I kept leaving streaks of light yellow color. Then I began to apply more yellow to cover up the "streaks" which lead to the present yellow.
The problem of color streak is less obvious if I'm using darker tone of a color. Anytime I dilute the ink to create a kind of watercolor effect or simply want a lighter shade of a color, the streaks show up. This is driving me nuts and I can't seem to avoid it. (BTW, my fellow creatives, do you know how I can avoid streaks while coloring?)
Anyway, by avoiding to look at the drawing for a couple of days then returned to look at it again, I found it less "disagreeable". I also reminded myself that I'm still learning my craft. It is o.k. to produce "not good enough" artwork. And that 368 (yes, I counted it!) light bulbs are a real labor of love. I owe it to myself to show this drawing!
As usual, I'd like to hear of your comments. Thanks!
- The use of yellow is to follow a prompt of a project which requires drawings to be done relying heavily on one color.
- 1st pix: This is the scanned version of the drawing which shows a more accurate color representation from the original.
- 2nd pix: This is taken by digital camera. The color is less vibrant (due to my lack of skill to take decent photos) but the details (i.e. shading) on the light bulbs are clearer.
I'll need to find a better way(s)? to display my drawings ... hmmm ...