Adding Color

22 x 9 inch graphite on heavy watercolor paper.

I’m working on some agriculturally related illustrations for an up coming publication. When I started the illustration above I kept anding texture and value. I got way more detailed than I intended. I liked the way it looked. When I showed it to the client they said , “add color.” So I did. Adding color for me is dipping a brush in water and paint and going for it. A lot of color these days are added digitally. I still can’t duplicate what I can do with a brush. I can’t undo it, but hey, that’s half the fun. Below are the results.

22 x9 inches, Watercolor washes over graphite on watercolor paper.

 

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Spring Time Illustration

Working on an illustration to show spring time on the great plains. Black fields are replaced with stubble to catch moister as no-till is common now. Spring planting  is just around the corner. The geese are already passing over us on their northward journey.

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VP #85: Holy Mackerel

I just did a version of this one for science. This one’s for faith. I’m sure this pun has been done many times, but this is my version.

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Iditarod 2018: Vet Book

The 46th running of the Iditarod kicked off in earnest on Sunday with its 2:00 pm restart in Willow, AK yesterday (3/4/2018). Above is a spread lifted from my Iditarod journal. It shows the “Vet Book” that all mushers are required to carry from checkpoint to checkpoint. The bright yellow covers make these little, waterproof notebooks easy to spot in the pocket of a sled when the head checkpoint vet needs to sign off on the mandatory vet checks.

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VP #84: Holey Mackerel

My hope is that one of my puns end up hanging on the bulletin board of some science lab somewhere. Maybe this will be the one.

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VP # 83: Snow Bank

Why? Because I live in a northern climate and we’re about to be hit by a Snownamee. Next 48 hours we are to get 10–14 inches of snow. I also Know that once you get to the far reaches of the north banking is much different that in the lower 48.

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VP #82: Pair-A-Dimes

Always a good idea to keep an open mind and be open to shifting those paradigms. The best way to find change is to look on the ground.

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