Hazy Jean | Bats, Ghosts, Goblins & Witches, too!

By heather at 5:46 pm on Monday, July 16, 2007

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Just finished this greeting card illustration for Hazy Jean, it was so much fun to work on! Am really enjoying working in acrylic at the moment, it’s such a different way of painting to watercolour, makes your brain have to work differently to achieve different results.
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Comment by Damien

July 17, 2007 @ 4:06 pm

Hey Heather, these colours are just great, much brighter than I imagined. So do you paint over your original sketch, or do you redo it on canvas and paint on that or something?

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Comment by heather

July 17, 2007 @ 5:56 pm

Hey Damien,
Thanks! Oh man, I use a few different techniques to transfer the sketch… If I’m working in watercolour, I put my sketch under the watercolour paper on my glass drafting table, and shine a light underneath so my sketch shines through the paper, and I just trace it. But with this one, because it’s in acrylic and I work on illustration board which is too thick to use the trace through technique, I just carefully redrew it. I’m working on a children’s book right now that I did end up printing out my sketches to scale, gluing them down onto illustration board, glazing them with an acrylic sealer, and then painting right over top of those copies of my sketches… and that saves a lot of time! I also occasionally use an artograph (a projector) to project my small sketch onto a much larger canvas / surface, but on these smaller scaled illustrations it’s not necessary.

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