Thursday, 22 August 2013

Playing with colour. . .



 Head's up...
I'm having a little obsession with Hopi Indians at the moment. I foresee a lot of little indians popping up in my sketchbook in the near future. 


This little girl started as line drawing. Then we couldn't decide whether she wanted to be coloured in or not. We were both dithering...colour, no colour, colour, no colour.
So I took the advice of my lovely FB friends...they said COLOUR...

Unfortunately or fortunately you may think, I don't possess a camcorder or I would have recorded the colouring in process. You have been saved... :)  (I want to record the process for lots of you that have problems with watercolour.)  I know a few people who say they just can't get the hang of watercolours.  It's all about layering colour. Putting the colour down, adding, pushing colour about and dropping colour in.  Wet on wet or wet on dry. If there is too much water, just lift it out with your brush or a tissue. It's a matter of building the colours up and having fun. 

So back to my little Hopi girl, I grabbed my watercolours and Pitt pens and decided on the colour pallette I wanted to use. I went with my idea of traditional Indian colours.
et voila...
lots of colours running into each other and then
a bit of splattering...can't beat a bit of splattering I say...


While I was reducing the image sizes to put on here, I had a little play with my very old version of Fireworks...

Lovin' the way this turned out...
I think she may get printed onto a new pouch for my phone

That's my Fun and Nonsense... 
It's Friday so I'm sharing with Paint Party Friday... :)
It's Saturday so I'm popping over to Paper Saturday...:)


21 comments:

Anne Manda said...

Your little Hopi Indians are super cute! <3

Melanie said...

She looks very cute. Love to see more of here :)
Liefs, Melanie

Melody said...

Does your little Indian girl have a nice little paint pony to trot about on?
Keep having fun ~ it looks great! :)))

Manon Visser said...

She is very sweet indeed! So glad to see you back in the neck of the blogland. ManonX

Tracey Fletcher King said...

I love both versions... watercolour is great fun and I like the softness in your pages... but then I love the digital colouring too... looks amazing... you are just multi talented aren't you!!!

www.dorissdaughter.com said...

OMG! Your little Indian is sooooo sweet. Fabulous illustration and the watercolours really bring her to life:) HPPF

ann @ studiohyde said...

Love these, such a cute little face and I love the addition of the feathers!

Kim said...

Oh how sweet!

Tammy N said...

Such cute illustrations. Live your style!

Alpha Shanahan said...

delightful sketches!

Faye said...

Catherine, your little Indian girl is precious, and yes! the color makes her stand out even better than the pen drawings do. I don't have a camcorder either, but I do love watching videos of artists' painting processes.

janice smith said...

Lovely! The color palette you chose is gorgeous! xo, janice

Ilona Heimböckel said...

You played amazingly with your colours! This is soooo beautiful!!! And I love that reverted digital version too!!!

Happy PPF
Ilona xx

Giggles said...

She is fabulous as always your work makes me sooo happy!! I have to have color myself!!
So much depth with her after the color!

Hugs Giggles

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful, happy work! Valerie

Manon Visser said...

I am here again :) Happy Paper Saturdays. I have still not fixed the reply thingy. It is on my to do list
ManonX

MeOfCourse said...

Love your little Indian girl and I'm sure it would make a great phone pouch. Nice work.
gloria

Joni Nickrent said...

How fun...love your colorful creations!

Gay McKinnon said...

She is super stylish. I love the linework and the colours!

Clare said...

Your little indian is very cute! I especially like the watercolour version. I'm popping by from Manon Popje's :)

Sabina said...

Oh she's so beautiful. At first when I saw the drawing, I was like, color, whatever for? But after seeing the other images I get it. The color brings out the gorgeousness of the feathers/trees. Really pretty.