First toroidal book panel – done!
Here’s what it looked like before I started working on it:
What was the issue? Well, I had to draw. And I can’t draw. Or to be more generous, I can draw, but not well. For this reason, I tend to go abstract.
And that’s what I did while working on the panel in my toroidal book. The concept of this particular book was that this is who/how I am today. We were instructed to do artwork each day on one of the page spreads. I never worked on two of the panels because I ran out of time on those days.
I used only the media that I had with me when I went to PBI. One of my options was my fantabulous set of 126 Caran d’Ache Classic Neocolor II Water-Soluble Pastels. I bought it for myself on a whim when I was having a really crappy day. I LOVE THEM.
I started by looking back at my notes for the specific dates I was at PBI. On those two blank panel days, I was in a workshop with Bonnie Stahlecker – An Artist’s Approach to Embossing Leather for Books. I found this quote in my notes:
May all your tools be sharp.
It made me think of the experience of sharp tools and in a nutshell, that usually means that at some point I’m going to cut myself.
So I got bloody with my artwork (gross!). I was disappointed because my watercolor crayons didn’t have a red that was sufficiently bloody – the reds all come out pastel-y.
I drew a bunch of arrows in red and silver. I then took a wet paintbrush and loosely painted water over the red arrows so the color would bleed (yeah, I’m pretty literal). I then dipped the red watercolor crayon directly in the water and made little dots all over the panel.
At this point, I wasn’t sure what to do next, so I waited for the panel to dry.
When I came back to the piece, I got the urge to draw white circles all over the arrows. So I did it. A white watercolor crayon dipped in water did the trick.
It was interesting that I still had the urge to use circular imagery in this book. I seem to have entered the mindset I was in during PBI (check out and day 3 and day 4) – it’s cool that I could get back to that place.
Now my book looks like this:
Just one more panel to go!