“Eat Your Hero’s Hands.” Zelda Devon of Teetering Bulb, once suggested this to me as a way of learning, to see what has been successful in the illustration works that I enjoy and as a way to grow my own work. It’s good advice, and it’s something that has been bouncing around in the back of mind for quite some time.
So, perhaps when I saw this post, Another Progression, by Shelia Rayyan about her husband, Omar’s work, a little light bulb when on in my attic.
I became fascinated with the way that Omar created this piece and the resulting opalescent quality of his colors, so, I decided to try it on the a smaller scale. In the Omar’s images I saw that he was using a yellow to draw the forms and then working back ontop of that. I’d tried this a while back with some watercolor figure drawings that I was doing. At that time I was going back in with large areas of washes, however this time I found myself drawing with the brush a lot more than I have in the past which was a pleasant change. I do believe some learning happened when I wasn’t looking too.
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