I'm including the original pencil sketch where you can see the details suggested of what it looks like on Water Street to day---to cover up and change quite a bit of the initial idea was on the daring side for me---as this was not intended to be this way at all...but, the experience was priceless I think-- I used to do this a lot---imagine the past in my work--
***************** Once this pencil and a bit of ink sketch, was printed onto a dark paper bag type brown paper , I could not use the watercolor pencils---so I used regular colored pencils---which I did not know were so waxy to use---I found this out when I tried watercolor pencil work over the top---not gonna work...and also the biggest annoyance was I could not re-ink any of the linework with the Pitt pens---too waxy. This project turned out to be quite the experience and finally I got it to be pretty much the right color with the regular color pencils and using them to darken the lines---good thing I took a photo at this point as the next thing I did was spray the spread to see if I could get rid of some glare from pencil work---low and behold the spray (which I forgot to shake) covered the pages with a grey coat---which I tried to wipe off with paper towels before it dried.....so now it looked like it was a sketch from the graveyard---so I then used the reg colored pencils to try and bring it back and did to some degree. Whew!------I drew in some Vintage people that worked in the Sardine factory and today's Water St photo I took, which I revised to olden times in my imagination.
The last photo is the original sketch with inked lines and watercolor
colord pencils used--it has the morning sunrise suggested on
Here are two views of the same sketch. One was done in pencil then Pitt pen ink. The next was printed onto brown paper used in scrapbooking. It is not used with water color and stiffer than copy paper. On the brown one I used watercolor pencils (but did not use any water with them)to add color and sprayed with Matte Spray, as I did not have Workable Fixative, between added layers to build up the colors. Be sure to shake the can well and do this outside. I was going to use regular colored pencils and forgot. Right click to see better and read the words. It seemed awesome to me to be on a three masted ship in Maine on a whale watch and close enough to Campobello Island Canada to get some houses right near the water. A once in a lifetime trip for me---I have tried this with another spread and the regular colored pencils, too---the look is quite different from watercolor pencil when you use the darkish color paper...I did not like the bit of texture on the paper and prefer the Moleskine smooth coated paper.
...also I tried the colored paper to get white to show up better and it did.
This particular spread looks better in the sketchbook then in a photo..
I trimmed the sketch and adhered it into the small Moleskine
sketch journal with double sided tape--it gives the journal a
different look and lies nice and flat.
I need two pencils and have to order them--grrrrrrrrrr---no place close by
carries what I need---I better order more than 2.....
Cooking Alone with Winna--(oxymoron?) I'm sure we've all read a delicious sounding recipe and had only some of the ingredients---this was the case here in the string shoot of Flaming Hot I Yi Yiiiii Corn Cheese Egg Somethingorother...which became "Jill's Cheese Egg Omelet"... using more butter than usual for me. I used Irish butter, two eggs, some Seriously Sharp Cheese and half an onion I had left over...I could make it again sometime and use the corn with some fiesta seasoning added--IF I get the urge. The onions cooked in butter
until very very brown made this extra good for me.
************* The reason in the first place, to take the photos was for a sketch spread
Here's one of the main things I love about sketch journaling--the supplies are easy to carry around with low maintenance. A big idea I had years ago was to do a sweatshirt design that some art supply business would clamour to buy the rights from me with a sweet contract that would keep checks flying to me. So I did such things as you see here and several more around the yoke of a bright red shirt and made up the slogan, Art Supplies The Soul...then I wore it to the store I thought would see how great it was and immediately buy it right off my back. Well, I slunk back to my car for the ride home, my dreams crushed with the owner's dismissal remark of "That's nice..." The woman on the lower right is from people shots I take in many places to use later in some sketch. The colorful pen with Egyptian type designs is old and does not have any ink--but a beautiful ceramic point that works best for any transfer of work I may do and that's very little I mostly like how it looks--it even has Nefertiti on it!
Of interest, may be the fake (bought for some
Halloween years ago) hand that I laid the supplies
on to draw them---it is so real looking I must be
careful not to startle myself when sliding a draw open