Uh oh! How did it come to this? A couple of hours ago it had been intact.
I had been completely happy with this drawing. After I finished it I called it “Interplay” and filed it away. My plan was to do a small series of lanterns, “Interplay” being the first.
When I did the second drawing in the set, “Minamiza Lantern” I remembered something I used to do several years ago. I used to put a layer of white pencil underneath a colour which I wanted to glow. I don’t know why I had forgotten this or why the memory of it came back. In any case, I put white under the lantern and the blue fabric before I added colour coats. The result was a very bright picture. Suddenly the lantern in “Interplay” was flat and dull by comparison.
I immediately set to work on a third lantern drawing. Once again I put white under the colours which I wanted to glow with electricity. This drawing is called “Paper and Neon”. When I put this new drawing next to “Minamiza Lantern”, the two of them looked bold and bright together. They are the first two players in a new team…Team Undercoat White!
Seeing the lanterns in both “Minamiza Lantern” and “Paper and Neon”, I knew even more that “Interplay” was no good. I felt that I had taken a step up with the new drawings. When I looked back down over my shoulder, I no longer liked the drawing that was left behind on the lower step. So this afternoon I did the deed – rip, rip, rip. I did it without regret. Quality control.
“Interplay” served its purpose as a bridge of sorts. It was part of a learning curve which has yielded good results therefore it wasn’t a waste of time. Tomorrow I will begin the next lantern…with white.
NB: The above photos were taken with my I-phone as I STILL don’t have a computer! My new computer has been lost somewhere between Sydney and Perth it transpires.
Several years later – in 2018 – these things still happen!!