Watercolour is fun!

After I did animation in watercolour, I was very eager to do more of it! I don’t have much time to experiment, but I can make few sketches and make sure what would work. In this case, I was very interested in finding my colour pallete. Decided that would be interesting to test in greyish muted colours.

streetwalker in watercolour

The sketch of streetwalker was very easy and quick to make. I did some rough pencil shadows before I applied watercolour, so I didn’t need to use more colours in this. I might have slightly used blue around the sides, but I blended in, so the corners won’t be as visible. I am thinking that I could make rough drawings in pencil and when apply roughly one colour for the body and when everything else in grey tones. Still I would need to loosen up a bit.

testing watercolour.jpg

Another test I made, I decided to use something to make a contrast, like this red square carpet thing. I don’t think this is working. Not at all. Maybe it is the fault of the subject’s position.. Or I would need to tone the red down much more.

drooling face

The face I made is too detailed for animation and takes way too much time to complete if I was making animation. Unless I would make it more simplified. The only I like this drawing is that red sweater. It is so plain and simple and very watercolour like.

I felt that this experiment was quite successful in terms of style and material. I am slowly finding my way to use methods, which are quick and good to make animation. I shouldn’t forget that I care about materials; I don’t need to use rubber to erase extra lines or blend and multiply watercolour in many layers… The best thing I did was that I began to feel the brush strokes and how watercolour paint settles on a surface of watercolour paper. Once it get scanned, you can’t see any paper texture, but you still can see some watercolour nuances (I use Canoscan Lid 120). But I might need to go through settings as the scanned work looks very bright. If I can sort it out, that would be so great!

Not like black ink, watercolour looked weird used in geometrical shapes. Maybe I don’t know how to do it properly, but also seemed unnecessary. I can always add some shapes later when I will be animating.

If I could do it again, I would probably be more abstract and more sensitive. I keep trying to make it more detailed and structural, but I would like to see it more raw. In the future I will be trying to be more thoughtful (or not at all) and let the paint go the way it wants.

Obviously, the greatest challenge in this was to keep it simple. Not to overwork. Realize when it is enough. Also, how long does it take?

I should begin making animations soon and some of them I am planning to be made of watercolour. I want to keep it simple and make short loops, so each animation should be around 30-50 frames, which would be around 2-4 s long. SO, all situations become very limited, but I think this way it is the most effective way and it compliments the material.