Thunderstorm inking is in progress this afternoon. I stopped to paint a cat on a discarded piece of paper (a piece of paper with two eyes cut out of it for Greyfur the puppet and a great deal of splodgy ink). This is actually a glorified-blob drawing. The blob suggested the Cornish Rex, and then I finished it off and put some shadow play in the background, experimenting with tone and shape in the way that I want to much more in the future. The Greyfur eye holes (bottom right) can be seen but have been filled in with a collaged piece of watercolour paper behind.
But here’s the thing. The original hard copy looks like this (below).
I’m reasonably pleased with this picture as a start. But it needs more tonal contrast and more definition in some areas I think. I shaded those blue areas over the top of this image in PhotoShop, almost without thinking, because I’m using PhotoShop so much to edit and enhance illustration work at the moment. I wanted to see what would happen if I added a further layer of colour and shape.
Now I can go back and add this over the real image if I want to. Or in a different colour and pattern. It’s a handy experiment that I hadn’t thought of before that might be quite helpful with my painting practice sometimes.
Delightful! What size is this? I love your blob drawings, you must see faces and animals everywhere you look! Now that I am successfully subscribed to your blog , ( I don’t know what happened before) I will be dipping into your archives, I just had a quick peek at the Cornish Soliloquy, it’s fantastic; again, I keep thinking the phrase ‘so refreshing’ when I look at your work, and I always come away from the computer with a feel-good smile on my face, your work gives me such pleasure, thanks.
Thanks Liz! Glad you’ve subscribed ok. I’ve been having a lovely time subscribing to lots of the puppet challenge contributors this evening. This puss is A4. Much bigger than my usual diminutive blobs. It was a patch of inky mess left over from painting my kangaroo puppet… rather suggestive, but I knew I wanted to draw a cat, so I was looking for it.
Glad I’ve put a smile on your face. That seems a useful thing to be doing right now. Hopefully many more smiles to come :-)
Your blob paintings are better than a lot of regular, elaborately planned paintings! Love this kitty. Kind of feisty!
Thank you! This was a different kind of blob process. I should have photographed the paper beforehand. It really was a bit of scrap and I was rewarding myself with a bit of free play after finishing a figure for my book. Thanks for taking the time to comment :)