Priestly Thoughts June 1

page was done in a 6×8 inch Stillman & Birn Epsilon sketchbook. I
chose it for it’s smooth yet tough paper. The finished image is
5x7inches and is available matted and ready for framing on etsy here.

started the page with a sheep mask with an overlay of chrome yellow and
red liquid watercolors. Yesterday I found some images of guys in funny hats on Flickr, and I had sketched them a few times, I decided I wanted to continue with that theme. So, I sketched a guy with a funny hat in pencil using a palomino blackwing original.
then inked the sketch. I used a Pentel Pocket Brush Pen
inked with
Platinum Carbon Ink.

wrote my journal entry with a Derwent graphitone in 2B light, in some
tan or brown color. (Some of the text is blurred to protect the not-so-innocent.)


The image of the man in the funny hat didn’t stand
out from the background so I used some earth toned watercolor on the
negative space to make the face stand out and blur the writing. It

Then looking at the face I decicded he needed some highlights. So I added some highlights with a white China Marker. (Which you can see in the above picture.)


Finished piece is on Etsy here.


I like about this image: The graphic quality of the line in his face.
The hot colors in his face. That he overlaps an image of a sheep, in the
context of the priest gives some interesting meaning. I love the layers
of meaning here. The writing is about a formerly catholic friend who is
dying, so add the additional layer of meaning to the already complex
page. I love that the text is muted and partially legible in the
finished piece, but very hard to read. This perfectly compliments my
feelings on the subject. (It’s a complicated friendship.)

I don’t like: The earth tones in the negative space. I think this image
REALLY could have used some color opposites, a nice indigo would have
been perfect in opposition to the oranges. But the problem is that it
would have blended with the oranges and made something muddy.


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