Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Sketchbook Project: Leviathans

Leviathans, pen, watercolor & acrylic ink on watercolor paper, 7 x 10", 2011.
Here's another finished page for the Sketchbook Project! I still have tons to complete, but I feel like I'm making some progress. I chose to draw leviathans as the mythological creature on these pages... AND I got to use my new green micron pens. (Woo! I'm guessing that's one of those things that's only exciting to me)

Leviathans are giant sea monsters usually depicted as whales. I based mine on angler fish because they look way more monstrous than whales... even the really scary one in Pinocchio. Angler fish aren't huge in real life, so I added the buildings for scale.

I'm still painting the ink over wet watercolor on all of the pages, so they don't get too stiff looking. I actually like how the ink bleed on top of the fish to the right's head; it looks like a leviathan crown!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sketchbook Project: Selkies

Selkies, pen, watercolor & acrylic ink on watercolor paper, 7 x 10", 2011.
I've been on vacation in Sea Isle, and worked on some Sketchbook Project pages there. Since my theme is "Uncharted Waters" drawing there seemed appropriate. I continued with mythological creatures and drew selkies.

Selkies are seals that can transform into people by shedding their skin. They are found in Irish and Scottish stories, and they are usual depicted as beautiful women. I can definitely say that I wouldn't mind being a seal sometimes... especially this one.

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