Style Experiments

Style Experiments - student project

I really learned a lot about what I like and I don't like during this course.

Style Experiments - image 1 - student project

For the line experiment, I played with a dip pen, a fountain pen, watercolour, colour pencil, brush pen and a fineliner. I definitely have a preference for ink and while I like the way the dip pen looks (first beetle), I don't like using a dip pen. I far prefer a fountain pen where I don't have to worry about my ink running out. 

Style Experiments - image 2 - student project

For shape, it was really the first time I've used gouache. I've had a cheaper set sitting in my drawer for ages. I don't love it, but I don't hate it either (second and fourth ladybug). I really liked the super geometric ladybug (third one) as well as the triangular ladybug. I think I might play around with the shape of things a little more in the future.

Style Experiments - image 3 - student project

For space... I can't say that I loved any of these. I liked the final fly where the wings aren't outlined, but other than that one, I'm not happy with my flies at all.

Style Experiments - image 4 - student project

My first couple of butterflies are very meh to me, but I felt that the next four went better. My favourites are the fourth and sixth ones.

Style Experiments - image 5 - student project

I really like split complementary colour palettes. I always thought that I preferred cool colours over warm, but I found myself liking some of the warmer colours more.

Style Experiments - image 6 - student project

I have to say that I love my bees. They're not all bumble bees - only the last one is, and they won't be winning any scientific illustration awards, but I think they each have their own personality. For the most part, I used ink and watercolour as I found that those two mediums were the ones that I was most comfortable with in the other experiments, but I also used some colour pencils over some of the watercolour parts to add texture. I definitely don't enjoy using colour pencils on their own, but over other mediums is something I need to explore more as I like the results. 

Thank you for a great class! I'm definitely looking forward to exploring more about the things I learned about my preferences.

Cas Winter
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