Monday, October 15, 2007

The Nightingale

This was an assignement for my elective class "Illustrations of the Romantic Period". The first image is based on John Clare's The Nightingale's Nest and the second on Samuel Coleridge's The Nightingale. I really love using watercolors, it had been a while since I'd done it. If anyone's wondering, btw, watercolor is ALL ABOUT what paper you use. I used a cheap paper to do some tests for this and that totally sucked, but those here were done on Arches Coldpressed paper, which was total bliss. Later!


Arschblog said...

The Nightingale artwork is beautiful!=) I really want to see them bigger(to see the details) but I can't click.
The colors are fantastic, it could be artwork from a old book.

Yes, that should be me!^-^
By the cat in the frame, I tried to do a background. I'm glad that you like them!!!

I'm fine but very busy, there is not much work for everyone but I still have to work on a very cartoony show. After work I work on my projects.

To bad that I couldn't meet you in Ottawa! I hope you had a great time!
I wish you lots of fun and success with your new film!:)

sourgrapes said...

Hi Guillaume :D

Really nice water colours! I would love to see them closer.

Bianca showed me your leica reel too, very awesome! Can't wait to see the next version. Hurry up ;P

samacleod said...

Really beautiful paintings. Funny you mention the importance of the paper. In one of my Color and Design classes we were forced to go buy this coldpress paper which cost way more than what I was used to paying, so I was bitter at the time, but you're right. It does make a big difference.

Seriously, great work. Watercolors are tough for me.

Mitch K said...

Lovely! Did they take a while?

How are you doing your film BGs? Do them like this. haha

Great colours!

Guillaume said...

Steffi: Thanks! :D Yeah I don't know why you can't click on them, I'll try to re-upload them when I get back to Oakville (I'm at home in Montreal for the week). I glad to hear you're doing good, "very cartoony" sounds pretty fun!

Dave: I didn't know you had a blog! I'll have to spend a good hour drooling over your paintings, they look incredible. I'll send you the next version of my reel very shortly, and with an English version too!

Steve: Thanks, glad you like 'em! I think good paper makes the most difference when you're doing an actual layered/detailed painting. Cheap stuff is fine for sketches, but it degrades the second you try to do anything remotely fancy on it. I really like to work through many layers over long periods of time and do wet on wet, and for that Arches coldpress is the only way for me :)

Mitch: Thanks! They took maybe 1:30/2:00 hours each, pretty quick actually. I did some tonal studies with pencil beforehand though, so maybe it's more like 2-3 hours each. I might do my BGs in watercolor, but I'll have to make some tests beforehand. Sometimes photoshop is just a more efficient medium.