Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Forest Troll Part VII: Watercolor

By Justin Gerard

13" x 21" 
Watercolor and Pencil on Heavyweight Bristol

Next: Digital Trickery


  1. Really beautiful, looking forward to seeing your next step.

  2. Seeing the piece slowly growing is such an amazing experience. Ty!

  3. I've really been enjoying following your progress on this piece, which I love, but I'm afraid at this stage I have a problem with your solution to the triangle of death.
    the line of the over-arching branch+the curve of the tree trunk parallels the troll's profile in a way I find distracting, like the tree is too deliberately or obviously getting out of the troll's way. That the space between branch+tree and the troll's profile is similar in size to the troll's head emphasizes this, as though the troll's head were a puzzle piece meant to butt up against the tree's edge.
    This is essentially a 2-d problem, maybe solved by a cast shadow from the branch falling over/near the bridge of the troll's nose, to emphasize the 3-d space over the 2-d state? Or maybe yet another tree trunk to break up that space between the troll and the tree which the troll's head would overlap, again asserting the 3-d space?
    I hope all this doesn't sound arrogant. I'm not posting so much to demonstrate what I understand as to be called on what I don't understand, to be told I'm way off-base if I am, for which I'd be grateful.

  4. Hey Justin!
    Sorry I'm a little late to this class ;) But I'm really liking the watercolors at this point. Just by a brief examination of the piece so far, I'm assuming that you're putting in washes of color to get your warm and cool colors sort of headed in the direction they need to be, correct? As an artist that is trying to find the key to successful watercoloring, I'm approaching pieces with the idea that I wash in color 1st, then attempt to put in more "local" colors, that are more vibrant etc. Is this how you're attempting this piece? Or will you instead add more local color in the digital process?
    Looking great so far - I think this'll turn out to be one of my favorites!


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