Watercolor paintings and illustrations are beautiful. And though I've tried, I never quite mastered traditional watercolor. In fact, I never even came close to the images I saw in my head. My color mixes were muddy and my brush hand felt clunky. I took another route and started using colored inks, mixing them with colored pencils, markers and hand-drawn ink lines.
Fast forward to the present. Digital painting makes experimenting with watercolors fun again. There are many, many watercolor brushes in Photoshop that give realistic results. This is good news for someone like me because it allows me to play...and delete...or add...without the stress.
When I started my illustration career, about 427 years ago, I worked traditionally. I could tell the difference between hot and cold press bristol board and papers. Canson Mi-Teintes was my favorite paper and, when paired with my Prismacolor Pencils, it was a marriage made in heaven for me! I did lots and lots of pen and ink...3 complete sets of Rapidiograph pens bit the dust not to mention countless single pens. Running out of india ink in the middle of an assignment was horrifying (many late night runs to Pearl's art supply!).
Usher in the 2000's and a switch to digital media 16 years ago...how on earth did I survive all those years on pencil and paper alone?!
There was no CMD Z to undo my boo-boos.
Texture actually came from real paper, not an overlay layer set to multiply.
Color studies were done separately and I could only hope the final art looked the same. There was no eye dropper tool to keep the colors consistent.
My list could go on and on about the benefits of …
The 2016 LA SCBWI Conference was held at the historic (and haunted) Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. It was a fast-paced week of stellar keynotes, inspiring breakouts, great people and new friends.
At the opening Keynote each of the faculty members were asked to give their "one word" take away. They were inspiring and funny...thought-provoking and encouraging. The impact was undeniable. I scribbled down each word as fast as I could...being a word nerd I didn't want to lose a single letter!
The One Word List is too good not to share. Whether or not you attended the conference, the impassioned "one word" list is meant for each creative reading this post.
CHALLENGE: Throughout the following months, I encourage you to look to this list for inspiration and fill a blank page. If you create an illustration from a word, or words, on this list, please share on the social media of your choice and hashtag it #2016LASCBWIoneword.