Thanks to Drew Nasto, Craig Powell, and for the various locations for allowing me to use historic images to place into sketch format to commemorate the projects!
This post shows the changes adding color to the folding journal.
I’ve always been a fan of line sketching, but the color adds a lot to this series.
Working small is hard for me — you know, I love my A4 Moleskins!
This handmade folded journal is only about 5×7-inches folded up; this feels so teeny!
Yet I love the idea of a folded journal and watching things go by.
A design challenge, as I no longer have walls to paint!
The Rivoli Theater images were mostly in black+white or sepia tones; I had to play with color and use the teeny color images as reference! The photograph used was taken possibly over a roof line, and the edges of signs were my stopping point, and they played well into the edge of
the horses tail and feet.
The Jantzen Beach Carousel was invented from many images, both historical
and recent coverage in newspapers and blog posts.
So many photographs have been taken of the exterior horses.
Still, I had no images showing the colors on the outside of the carousel.
I chose to draw the horse I would want to ride!
I hope to do so someday — I love merry-go-rounds!
The Wong Laundry Building was
also a guess in colors.
I looked to the current buildings
in Chinatown for clues, finding many
deep greens, golden yellows and reds
on buildings — the colors of prosperity!
I focused on the old neon sign,
which is much more compelling
than the run-down facade which is
the reality of the building today.
MPF Conservation has a long history with
the Chateau at the Oregon Caves NM.
Having treated thirty pieces of Mason Monterey furniture and having lived nearby for many years, we know and love the Chateau.
The image of the decks (destroyed by
snow loads) was a black and white historical
photo, and Kate laid color in as we know it.
The A-frame chair shown is the one
historic A-frame with original paint which survived
the flood of 1964, probably because a guest had
taken it from the dining room to their bedroom.
MPF Conservation used the lovely A-frame as the model
for the design of the stripped broken A-frames,
and did diligence to determine the colors used on the others.
We repaired the original, and it is now part of the museum collection. Kate used the chair to balance the horse in the layout.
In all, I think if I am to do more of these, the paper needs to change. This is good watercolor paper, and the format is small, only 5-inches high. It is so absorbent it doesn’t always take what I am throwing at it, especially my mix of inks and watercolors. This causes bleed even when perfectly dry between layers, so when a stroke should be tiny and clear it wobbles (bleeds) into the next image.
Inked sketches on a handmade Arches Journal with (mostly)
Platinum Carbon pen, Pentel Brush Pen, or Pilot Parallel pen 1.5;
Super5 or De Artramentis Document inks;
Daniel Smith, QoR, Holbien and Greenleaf & Blueberry Watercolors.
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Photographic images by known photographers Drew Nasto and Craig Powell.