Studio Update: Virtues Project

I have mostly been focusing on trying new art tools, techniques and shapes for the Virtues Project for the past couple of weeks. No complete pictures yet, but some new designs and new looks:

I spent a couple of days working out the design for this picture and I love the way it came out… honestly, just not sure what to do with it yet, so I have added it to my studio wall confident that inspiration will strike soon:

©2021, Jenn White, Virtues test

I also tested out some inking techniques so I can work out the look of the project. I used several different ink washes using standard watercolor brushes – for the most part, I like results, just feel that I need more practice with the brushes as it has been far too long since I worked with them. Still, I do like the unpredictability of some of the tests :

©2021, Jenn White, Virtues test

I also spent a lot of time working with Aquash Water Brushes and find that I am torn between the Aquash brushes and the standard watercolor brushes. The are benefits and detractions for both and I am leaning towards a using a combination of both going forward with this project:

©2021, Jenn White, Virtues test

The picture above was inked using mostly the Aquash Water Brushes and I tried to keep the design simple while experimenting with the brushes. I feel that I am gaining some sense of control over the how the ink looks when applied, but even with labeling the brushes with light, medium or 100% ink in the barrels, there were some issues and it became difficult to keep things straight. Guess I just need to work out a better system going forward 🙂

Overall, I think that the one big thing holding me back with this project is that I am overthinking pretty much everything. My goal with this project is to develop a new look and I have been feeling that by trying to force this to happen, I am slowing down any progress I could be making. The successes that I experienced in my previous projects were attained by simply letting things go, allowing the design to develop naturally and observing what happens when accidents inevitably occur.

So I will be going back to the original idea behind my work and just play.

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