Wednesday, October 14, 2009

step by step

Literally and figuratively, I work "step by step" when I am working on an illustration. This home was done one step at a time, massing in the areas in pencil, the rock walls, the vegetation, the grassy knolls, the home and the steps. I then work in micron pen, erasing after the ink has had a chance to dry. A drafting brush to brush away the eraser crumbs is an important step. The final step is layering in the watercolor after a palette has been decided upon. Clean water is a must. Do you work step by step?

This was a "give-away" for our school education foundation which I love to participate in. The winner and home-owner now has "House" cards, a postcard to send greetings. Sometimes, just a post card is the first step in connecting with those across the miles or even right next door.
Do you have house post-cards to send to those near and far?

22 comments:

Debra said...

Another beauty Patricia. I do love the idea of postcards- I'd send them to everyone I know. I don't have a drafting brush- I'll have to get one. I'm loving this new paper that I splurged on-how will I ever go back? I forgot what a difference it makes.

pve design said...

Debra,
It all starts with the paper. I love trying new papers out to contrast and compare. My High School ARt teacher told me to look for paper with "tooth!
Her words still ring loud and clear!
pve

Kwana said...

This is wonderful. Wow on those steps. I love my moving cards that you did for me. I think I need to print out more for note cards now. I do love them.

As a writer it is all word by word for me.

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

This is wonderfully enchanting piece and what a great giveaway for a good cause. (tayq - I am too undiscipline to work your good method) You are amazing!

pve design said...

Kwana,
I love that -"word by word" ~ It is also "idea by idea"
poured out onto paper with immense possibilities~
pve

Tina,
The discipline does help to build confidence and to throw caution to the wind, which I do on occasion, starting fresh with a blank canvas or paper.
pve

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

No, I don't have any house postcards, but you just gave me a really good idea for a xmas gift for my friend. She would love this.

Frau said...

Gorgeous!

simply seleta said...

This is lovely. Love those big pines, they make the house seem so nestled and cozy. I can picture sipping hot cocoa by the fire on a chilly winter day.

CashmereLibrarian said...

As a non-artist, I love hearing about the process.

This is an amazing house, and your card is lovely.

vicki archer said...

This is absolutely beautiful Patricia...love your illustrations, xv.

annechovie said...

Just beautiful! I work the same way, step by step!

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

You and I have a very similar process.

I love your houses, they're wonderful!

home before dark said...

Love this one, of course. As a former writer, I understand Kwana's comment of word by word. But as someone (that would be a crazy woman) who built a stone staircase it is much more complicated. Like your art teacher advised, it starts with a firm foundation. It takes fitting stones, making sure everything is locked together. What doesn't show are the calculations, modified on site by the size of irregular natural materials. A staircase, while it begins on the bottom, has to land perfectly at the top. Sounds easy. Anything but! And as with any art form when it is done well, looks so easy. You have spent a lifetime of building those painted steps with perfect ease!

Prairie Girl Studio said...

and sometimes it is just taking that first step ...

still working on that ...

to follow in your steps would be incredible ... you are such an inspiration ... and i thank you for gently taking our hand and giving us insight and guidance ...

one step at a time ...

this is a lovely piece, pve ... and a most delightful idea to incorporate into a postcard ...

prairiegirl xo

Greet said...

I would have some postcards of you!!!!!!!

Greet

Inty swetha said...

its gorgeous!
and thanks for your exam tips! they were simple and useful !

Rachel said...

How lovely! And so nice of you to give us more detail about your work. I'm always in awe of your illustrations.

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

That's so funny...I read your comment and I also had a teacher who wanted us to work with paper that had "tooth!" :-)

This summer I crafted some cards out of vintage postcards from our Jersey Shore town. Cost me pennies a card and I love that they "say" something about where we live.

christi said...

love those stairs ... i can see them decked out for fall/christmas/easter ... lovely work.

Sanity Fair said...

Very lovely. Watercolor is a beautiful medium, and you use it so well here!

Sarah said...

What a cozy, gorgeous illustration! I want to move right in! I'm so glad you visited my blog today--what a treat to find yours! xo

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