Friday, December 18, 2009

Illustration Friday: Hatch

This sketch still needs work, but I wanted to post it for Illustration Friday because this week's topic, 'hatch' helped me figure out what I wanted to do with this drawing. I started the sketch below several months ago, and I had a distinct color scheme in mind that I'm quite excited about, and I knew I wanted to paint it on wood. I had to set it aside to work on my children's portfolio for the conference, and then an opportunity came along to do some small 6" x 6" paintings. I ended up feeling like the new work is more me. The girl below doesn't feel like it has enough of the style I'm going for. Sometimes it's only when you distance yourself through time that you can begin to see these things more clearly. I still liked some of the concept, so I reworked it into the above sketch.


Working digitally has given me more respect for the sketch phase. I'm now finding ways to be more patient and careful about my technique to keep some of that linework in my traditional painting. before I pick up a brush I need to make a plan for the value and how to create depth in the trees. I have a wood plaque designated for this, and I'll be using the Interactive Atelier Acrylics again. I'll be posting more on the new painting process soon.

8 comments:

donny* said...

lovely sketches/illustrations!

annpil said...

Just Beautiful Illustrations as always. I think the above sketch would look amazing on wood! Great job.

Curious Art said...

Ooh lovely, I can't wait to see it in paint!

I love sketching, & I love painting, but I HATE the part in between when you have to transfer the sketch to the painting surface... so hard to keep the spirit of the sketch, yet refine just enough. I used to rush it far too often in my eagerness to paint but I always regret it when I do so I've learned to respect that stage a bit more...

Angela Matteson said...

Thank you everyone!

Leah- Lately even before I can transfer I'm making lots of adjustments, xeroxing and taping sketches together before the drawing comes together, all while trying to keep the spirit flowing! And my lightbox just died! Replacing the bulb didn't fix it. :(

I used to think the sketch had to disappear under my painting, but now I'm using it as the painting's backbone.

nina seven said...

i can see more of your style in the top sketch, so i think you are on to something. it looks fab, can't wait to see it painted. i saw your post about the conference. i was born and raised in indiana and most of my family still lives there, so we are connected in more ways than just illustration. how cool is that? have a great holiday!

Angela Matteson said...

Cool Nina! A fellow hoosier, (although I've always thought that was a weird term.)

I was born in Minnesota, but spent most of my years in Indiana. My parents still live there. I've now been in Ohio about 6 months after after 9 years in Illinois. I'm a midwestern girl!

Amy C said...

Such a soft, sweet and beautiful drawing. Its lovely and I like seeing how it evolved from the other sketch.
Looking forward to seeing it in color too.

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

There is something so special and girly about these wonderful illustration. I love when an artist shows the bones of their creations. These are wonderful and I can't wait to see what other magic you will work on them. Yeah, working digitally is something that has to be worked on it's not as easy as it looks. You are so right. I can't wait to see more. Wishing you a most happy and blessed holiday season.