I have decided to start a series of new drawings. I enjoyed doing the southern streetscape with the colorful buildings and evidently, so do my viewers on etsy. I have started another one and pulled several pictures of streetscapes with vividly colored storefronts from my backlog of trip photos. There should be enough for 3 or 4 more pieces without any more thoughts on it. I find it is easier to get into a flow if the planning is already there and I don’t have to make so many decisions between projects.
I also pulled some animal pictures to intersperse drawing between the buildings to keep it all fresh. Besides, my husband likes the animal ones. I think I will alternate a few of the loose watercolor/pen and ink ones (like below) just because they are fun and mentally freeing.
I have taken pictures of the initial pencil drawing and then the pen and ink overlay already. I plan on taking a few shots of the overlay in progress and will post them when I have finished so everyone can see the progression. I like to take about a day between each phase to let me have a different perspective of the work. Sometimes I get so involved with the process, it is valuable to step back and look at it with fresh eyes. A few days after I think I’m done, I look at the artwork again and tweak it if necessary. One has to know when to stop tweaking, though. That is often a big decision in and of itself. If the football games ar crummy today, I will end up back in the studio early.