Sunday, September 9, 2012

A Watercolor Clock-Face Sequence

This clock face was inspired by a "repaired" clock case I found in a thrift store. The case was once a very nice electric clock that had burnt out. It's mahogany, I think, and still beautiful.

What kills me is the repair job on the top. Someone must have dropped it and tried to glue it together. "Tried" is the key word here. Sort of like the restoration job the Spanish grandma did on the church fresco.

The parts

 the finished clock below:
Noddy Boffin's Clock. Watercolor face in repurposed clock case. 8" x 11 1/2" x 3 1/2". Private collection.

The watercolor sequence follows:

 I drew the face with pencil on Arches 300 lb. cold press watercolor paper, then inked it with a fine brush.
The face needed to be a bit ghostly, and also busted up--like the clock case.

The paper was dampened, and blue was dropped into what will become the deeper areas. Before that dried, I threw some burnt sienna in.

Both the blue and the burnt sienna areas are deepened.

Eye color and gum color added, plus deep darks.

 Shadows over the teeth and more work on the eyes, which I like a lot.

The completed face, ready for the clock movement.

In my head, some little kid was being nosy and knocked his grandpa's clock off the mantel. Panic, then some frantic gluing, ensued. 
And then the kid, certain that all was well, headed outside to play ball.
You know the feeling.

Thanks for the visit!


  1. Es perfecto!!! El verdadero Cronos...
    Ah! acabo de descubrir tu maravilloso blog y espero seguir tus novedades porque me encantan!


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