*|WATERCOLOR|* Color • Texture • Elegance

*|WATERCOLOR|* Color • Texture • Elegance - student project

INTRO

My artistic endeavors have evolved in the past decade. My background is in photography, and I am currently employed as an editorial photograper. I am also a graphic designer. most of my designs have been born out of pixels and vector graphics, but I find myself drawn (no pun intended ... well maybe a little) to organic, hand-drawn design. 

My best friend is an illustrator and a painter. I am like a kid in a candy shop watching taffy being made when I watch him draw and lay watercolors down on paper. It seems so effortless. 

When I first saw Katie's painting on Polyvore, I was inspired. So with great excitement, here I go ...

STAGE 3: WATERCOLOR

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STAGE 2: SKETCHING PROCESS

As I began the sketching process, I was having a difficult time grasping the style I thought I had in mind. I am probably too tense. I haven't found a balance between too much detail and not enough, so I was spanding a lot of time on how the heads and faces appeared on the bodies. I'm hopeful that as I begin the watercolor process, I will understand what the sketch should ideally have and not have.

Here is how I spent the first few days. Using a small sketch pad, I scribbled down whatever I felt should be done. Some of them were not based on any particular photograph. Note the odd little character down on the bottom left was created in a moment of frustration.

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The following two sketches will be my first watercolors. They are about as different from one another as they come, so I think they'll be good practice. The sleek black dress versus the swirling multi-colored gown will each have their own style. 

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STAGE 1: FINDING INSPIRATION

This is my favorite image. The gown seems to be in constant motion with swirling, smooth silk. The colors swirl around the next like a blooming flower.

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Also selected for its drama, this image captured my attention because of the cutouts on the gown. I love how the light beaming through the cutouts on the skirt are reflected on the ground.

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Two Words: CLASSIC ELEGANCE. Need I say more?

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Here, I begin to soften my palette. The floral headpieces are fascinating. The gown has such a sweet, soft innocence to it.

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And now we're down to my favorit color. As sheer and minimalistic as this gown appears to be, there is still a softness. It's almos fairie like. I look forward to experimenting with the color play between the skin tones and the aqua marine when I pick up the paints.

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I selected this image for its playfullness. It will be interesting to try my hand at detils such as the cable knit on her sweater, and the baubles on her bracelet. 

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Nicole Werner
Photographer/Graphic Designer