Saturday, 25 November 2017

pondlife


Finished this week, an illustration to go on an information board by the top pound on the Caen Hill lock flight near Devizes. I was quite pleased with the way the newts turned out. ...I'd started painting the picture as a whole, but quickly realised I couldn't do everything in as much detail as I'd have liked, unless I used a huge piece of paper - v problematic on a small and crowded boat. 

So I did the background, like this...


...and then the creatures, like this...


...a line of white ink along the back of the newt helps define its roundness and newtiness


...and then it's much easier to arrange the animals around the text, and vice versa.