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A* Episode 17, Page 117
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  Less is more! Or anyway, easier.Jul 22, 2014 12:54 AM PDT | url | discuss | + share
Added 1 new A* page:The previous page (page 43) was originally drawn out like this
but then I realized that while those lines looked okay—by my standards—in themselves, there was no way my noobish watercolor skills would be able to color them in in any way that wouldn't end up being a big blob; caves, after all, have a primary distinguishing characteristic of being DARK—and if you image Google, say "underground lake," you will find that most of the photos achieve their picturesque effect only by the insertion of many bright colored lights above or below the water; the few that have not availed themselves of a spectacular artificial light show simply look like dank dark holes.
I didn't really want to end up with a dank dark hole if I could help it—and I generally do hate establishing shots anyway, having to be all zoomed out and get in a bunch of detail and all that—and at about that point it occurred to me that I could keep it simple and just have the view pointing upward at the two women, as if from just below the surface of the water being discussed—and I could, in theory, let the watercolor do its stuff to look like watery stuff should. Besides, when will I ever have a chance to do a page seen from this weird vantage point again, anyway? I did a little sketch to see how the poses might work
and on the strength of that little scrawl (ignoring the feet which I threw in experimentally at the end, forgetting that this was supposed to be a view from below the water's surface, not a reflection seen looking down from above : p) I figured I'd go for it—and the watery effect somehow worked out pretty well. Yay watercolors! (The nice thing is, when you have to do something like that in watercolor, you have to work fast to keep the whole thing seamless, and it helps me avoid dickering around and muddling things up to much, as I am very prone to doing otherwise. : p)
Erasing that original cavey drawing pretty much exhausted my last eraser, but fortunately my restock eraser shipment had arrived that same day. : )) (It had been a close call because when I went to order, I found that was moving offices and thus couldn't ship for a few days—what are the odds! : P (I mean, considering that the last thing before that that I ordered was some prints I needed for an art show and it turned out to be a super tight deadline even with their fastest, most horrendously expensive shipping, because they were closed for a week—keep in mind this is a big, online print shop—for Passover! That was a new one on me.) Anyway, now I've got plenty of erasing power on hand, huzzah.)
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