Inspire Me Thursday - Open Studio
This week's Inspire Me Thursday challenge is to "create anything you would like and share it with us, along with pictures of where you created it." Since I did a "show and tell" about the process of turning a small drawing into a large painting for this week's Illustration Friday (you can see it here), I thought I'd continue with a few more steps for IMT.
In order to get the proportions correct, I wanted to see my original drawing scaled to the size of the canvas for the large painting. To do this, I opened the small file in Illustrator and changed it into a vector drawing. That way I could resize it to 24" x 36" without losing the sharpness of the lines. I then printed it in tiles, taped them together, and attached the poster to a bulletin board. I used the poster as a model for my sketch on the canvas. I have to say that I found drawing such a large figure very intimidating...I haven't done this since college art classes! The sketch took me all morning yesterday.
My next step was to gesso the background and put in texture as I did with the small painting. I discovered that I didn't get enough texture this time with one coat, so this morning I mixed gesso and gel medium and applied another thick coat. I used a plastic fork and a mechanical pencil without lead to put patterns into the goop...you can't see it yet, but on top of the stucco effect, I etched in vines with leaves. I think it will look really nice when I put color over it.
My studio is a small room that doubles as my office, so it's very crowded. Although I really like having the couch there (so my kitty Jezebel can keep me company), I would much prefer a work table and shelves. The table on the right is actually my desk which has two monitors (23" and 17"), a scanner, speakers, books, etc. I really don't like putting paint stuff on it, because I'm afraid it will get on my screens. Anyway, the couch will be moving to a new location as soon as we tile that area, and...I'll have a new and improved studio!