Musings

Bear and whale

Detail from Bear and whale

This piece was commissioned late last year. The brief was… well, brief – two animals, a polar bear and a whale; call me when it’s done. Initial thumbnail sketches scoured the cerebral wrack line for curios. One of the early scribbles hit on something that felt right. A few versions on the idea were tweaked out before they were all rejected; there was something in the raw scribble that was talking.

Bear & whale process

A lot of re-working on layers of tracing paper happens to get the lines right. A copy was then transferred to watercolour paper and then outlined again with dip-pen and ink. This was then scanned and a drawing tablet helped bring the image to life by deepening the outlines and adding layers of colour.

Bear and whale

I wasn’t sure if some of the subtle colour shifts for the shadows and reflected light would translate to the final print. I was stoked with the result when I called in to collect it from the printers and the client was delighted.

Detail from Bear and whale