Fuel for the Journey. Watercolor, 5" x 7".
Having always loved watercolor and getting a kick out of little guys in period costume; making this painting was a happy experience. Is this fellow really flying, or is it the beer?
After drawing it out in pencil on Arches 300 lb watercolor paper, I inked it with a brush and india ink. I wanted the pic to be light and airy, so I skipped the customary brownish layer.
Then I just kept adding darker values.
I really thought I was finished here, but a quick scan showed a need for deeper tones.
And I realized that the balance wasn't pleasing me.
So I added darker greys to the clouds, more darks nearly everywhere, and more color to the rooftops.