Friday, November 6, 2009
Experimenting on watercolor surfaces - Wallis paper vs. Aquaboard
So our model sank into the sofa and I asked for a pose with her arms raised, and she came up with this great position. I love the angles, the way the light fell on her torso, and the gestures of her hands.
I was using an "aquaboard", which was more slick than textured, like the Wallis paper. It took me a little time experimenting to really understand how to work with the surface. It seemed to absorb the water very quickly, and didn't allow for a lot of dripping. So, maybe I need a better brush - one that holds more water.
I was able to layer quite a bit with out getting muddy, and the drying time was very quick. Also, I was able to "erase" right up until the end, when I adjusted the shapes of the shadows on her torso. So, overall it wasn't a bad surface! But I think I'm having too much fun with the wallis paper :)