Sunday, July 19, 2009

Tango - Illustration Friday


I went for a real classy upscale type of illustration for tango and I love the color blue green so that was my background choice. I found a video clip for reference and paused it when I thought the dancers were in a good pose. Then I experimented by spattering alcohol drops onto the background which didn't do what i thought it would do but maybe it was because I was using cold press w/c paper or it was too wet. Instead of leaving white spatters, they were dark so I spattered some water over that to get some white drops to add to the bubbly effect. I love the way winsor blue can be manipulated to get interesting textural effects. Of course, this ability can work against you if you want a smooth wash. :)


12 comments:

Laura Dreyer said...

thanks for your comment! I like the shading here :)

Shirley said...

Great watercolor! Your dancers are just lovely - wonderful shading and energy. Very interesting about the alcohol splatters and then water...there's so much that I have to learn! I too have noticed that the paper texture impedes what you want the watercolors to do sometimes, so I am trying to just let the watercolors flow more in my own art. You have that down so well...it's a beautiful atmosphere you've created!

John said...

sweet absolutely beautiful

Art Fan Ako said...

Nice! I like the magical swirl around them!

Indigene said...

Very elegant!

Christina said...

beautiful work

Arti said...

You have got just the right combo here...its stylish, elegant and dreamy all at once!Great illustration.

Tessa said...

Oh! Love, love this - beautifully rendered...so dreamy and softly tender. Gorgeous.

Anwar said...

I love the sense of movement I get from this illustration, and the colors are beautiful. I like that splatter effect in the background, too. Fantastic!

Samantha Webb said...

so enchanting, like a dance from a dream, perfect! really love it! x

adrienne trafford said...

so nice to hear from you! i always loved your work - this in particular is so beautiful - i like the sheerness of the dress - if you're on facebook look me up on there

Fauntleroy said...

Oh, that's lovely!!!