Sunday, August 6, 2017

State of the Artist: August 6, 2017

This week's topics are set—art in water media (watercolor, ink, gouache), art in colored pencils (Pablo), and some detail about the art process I used for to structure "Protection from Fate's Seas."

My tutor tells me that the composition of tomorrow's art piece is quite interesting, in particular making the negative space work fully with the foreground objects. I work hard at creating asymmetric balance in my art, since symmetry is best reserved for special occasions (for instance, when the subject is presented front and center in interesting detail, or when you want to emphasize the overwhelming importance of the subject to dwarf all of the background—and even so, a little asymmetry gives a dynamic air otherwise missing).

Future posts will include

  • Figuring out what to do with PBk11 (Lunar Black)
  • Easy yet deep hue adjustments for scans and photographs of art in Pixelmator
  • Why I don't draw or paint floofy kitties anymore
  • Watercolor mix: smoky quartz and its uses
  • Why I use a secondary-primary palette
I've thought also about doing Friday round-ups of the week's entries (last Friday through Thursday). I seem to write quite a bit about art these days.

Thus far artist-grade colored pencils have been quite nice to use, as well as reducing the amount of times I have to pull in filtered water for my watercolors (rather an oppressive affair in high heat, terrible air quality, and general illness). 

Surprisingly I kinda like the Leda sketchbook for both dry media and light washes of water media. Water media buckles the paper a bit, and it certainly can't take that many layers of dry or wet media, and the paper appears to be unsized so watercolors won't disperse and lifting/blending is more difficult, but it's a better experience than moleskine sketching/drawing journals for sure. 

At some point I also need to do art supply reviews.

The AQI is getting better here, but that's only relative, and it could go downhill rapidly. August is ripe for forest fires.

Ava Jarvis is an ink and watercolor artist with a portfolio site at If you found this post useful, consider a one-time tip or supporting Ava on Patreon.