"Song of The Sea" painting, final state. The final result turned out a bit dark, and it lacks some of the "pop" of the original. However, I enjoyed it a good deal and it was a fun addition to the blog.
"Song of the Sea" painting - finishing up the linework.
The hill was challenging and fun. You have to look pretty close in the original frame to see it, but there’s all these wonderful veins and shapes in the hillside. I plan on tinting them back a good deal in the next step.
I’m not happy about the glow behind the lighthouse. There was just no way to overlay light (like you can on a computer) like they did, and the brushstrokes were pretty choppy when the paint was thin. So, based on an adage I learned in school (“embrace happy accidents”), I just made it blocky and stylized and ran with it. Not perfect, but the goal here is to learn and enjoy the process, not have a nice photocopy of their image to hang on the wall.
Next: overlaying transparent color.
"Song of the Sea" painting - adding linework.
I really enjoyed drawing the waves. It’s very meditative. I practiced first on some paper to make sure I could get the rhythm right (the frequency increases with distance to the horizon). The pen had a wonderful tapering effect, which made it look all the more handmade.
Next: more linework, then washes!
Here’s a few stills I shot with my iPhone whilst working on the painting.
My basic approach was to evaluate the concept and image. I have no idea what combination of media Cartoon Saloon used; my guess is it’s a combination of paint, drawing, and computer graphic treatments, all composited with animation software. I restricted myself to acrylics and a paint marker for the line work.
It would have also been fun to try to do it all with watercolor; for example, I could have used a resist medium with a pen applicator that would “mask” the paper (white) until I washed over it later. In this case, I decided to apply the dark layers, then a layer of white ink, then washes (with a gloss gel medium for transparency) over that.
Here you can see me building up the dark washes of paint. I’m just roughing out the shapes and colors. After it dries, I’ll hit the next layers.