Well I said I was back but I haven't posted since July 8! It's been a bit crazy in the studio, in a good way! I got a call to do a Disney illustration protect that has kept me busy the last few weeks. It was a blast to do and I will share when the illustrations have been published. This little project couldn't have been more up my alley. More details to follow.
I thought I would share a watercolor sketch I did while in Provence. I tried a new sketchbook on the recommendation of Iain Stewart from his workshop I took last spring. It's a Stillman & Birn Alpha Series. The size I got is a 9" x 12". This is the first sketch I did in it and my first reaction was what the #$*%! I'm so used to painting on cold press rough or handmade Twinrocker paper, at first I felt really out of my comfort zone. This paper is a lot smoother. However, as I progressed I started loving the looseness of the sketches and how the washes dried on this paper! I'm a convert, not that I will give up on my other books and the variety of papers that are in those. I just have a bigger repertoire now!
This is Abbey Notre-Dame de Sénanque, a 12th century abbey in a small valley near Gordes, France.
I had to re-read this book when I returned home to keep Provence more alive in my head and re-live our trip a bit.