This is the last piece of the puzzle for the restaurant art! The request was for something a bit softer in the entryway, but it’s still another photo-turned-sketch, so all the art looks like a collection. The main difference is this time I used a watercolor technique to achieve the slight gradation in shadow.
First I had to sketch it on the wall with a washable pencil(http://www.utrechtart.com/General-Pencil-General-s-Sketch-and-Wash-Pencil-Set–2-Pencils—Metal-Sharpener-MP52027-i1012622.utrecht) and then I used a very tiny detail brush to make as thin and even a painted line as possible, using Benjamin Moore: Tempation, they same color used on the large mural.
Next, the secret to achieving that amazing gradation? Layers, layers, and ummmm, oh yeah, more layers. I started with about 7 parts water to 1 part paint. I mixed it up in a plastic party cup and started blotting with a makeup sponge, making sure there was very little excess water, you don’t want drips!!!! A little goes a long way here!
First layer creates just a slight shadow, and we move forward from there, adding a bit more paint to the cup of water for each go around. *Don’t pour the paint in, I used a flat edge paint brush and dipped it into the paint and the used it to swish into the water mixture. You want a gradual change, nothing too drastic*
See the slight fade happening? We want to keep that up. Slow and steady wins the race. Once I got to this point, and was adding more and more paint to get the right level, I switch to a rounded edge paint brush to get a more exact stroke.
Done! I think for my first attempt of watercoloring on a previously painted, vertical surface it turned out pretty nice, eh?!
My work here is done! Phew…that was alot of early mornings, but I loved every minute of this process. Many many thanks to Zachary Bliss for taking me under his wing and letting me try out a few things!