The first line and wash painting I did is one which uses the swirly, curly sea look which you sometimes see in eastern paintings. Something like this:
and like this:
I want to put a giant whale or fish or even perhaps a boat in the middle and colour it with watercolours.
So I began to sketch out lots of ideas. I could feel what I wanted but couldn’t quite see it clearly in my mind. Drawing lots of quick rough sketches helps me to play around with ideas and focus them into coherant picture.
So here are my sketches:
Do this, gradually I found out how I wanted my picture to look. Each sketch took about a minute. The final sketch is quite close to what I eventually chose to draw, except that I discarded the seahorse as the sea looks pretty fierce in this picture and, if memory serves, seahorses don’t do well in strong currents. I chose a fish instead.
So I’ll be drawing out my final design – tomorrow! 🙂