I am beginning to work on a group of art prints to sell at Narragansett Beach this summer. I usually start by loosening up. I doodle and look for inspiration all over. I also pull up lots of photos of animals and buildings to make sure I am familiar with how many segments are in a lobster body or how many windows are actually on that historic building.
From there I begin sketching lay-outs and illustrations on tracing paper. I create the image I am happy with on the tracing paper, then I scribble an entire piece of paper with graphite pencil. The graphite-filled paper will then allow me to engrave and transfer my image to a high-quality piece of paper. I do this because I can then start painting with a really clean image with no erase marks or damage to the paper. The other bonus, is if I don’t like the painting, I can re-transfer my initial drawing. I also use them as reference. As the layers of paint get applied, your initial drawing is no longer there to work from. I have a copy of my original ideas.
I am close to finishing the sketching process. From there I will start painting… I’ll post the progression.
Now to get my cat off all my papers….