This painting comes from a mono-print, which in turn comes from...which just appeared on the page, in fact. It is difficult to translate mono-prints into paintings because what works in black and white marks doesn't always work in colour. I am always trying to encompass a small amount of realism along with the stylised decorative marks. This painting gave me a chance to enjoy the textures you can make with gouache paint, too.
These pages had some quick sketches done in biro pen, white paper, nothing else. I wanted to make something more of them, so I used a brush pen to make the lines heavier, added water-based fountain pen ink in loose swathes to quickly add tone and a design quality to the page, and crayon for colour.
Tracking my art projects, week by week.