MADMEN: DON DRAPER RUNS THROUGH A BETA JOURNAL!

RUN DON DRAPER RUN! © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. STILLMAN & BIRN BETA JOURNAL + CARAN D'ACHE SUPRACOLOR PENCILS + GOUACHE

RUN DON DRAPER RUN! © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. STILLMAN & BIRN BETA JOURNAL + CARAN D’ACHE SUPRACOLOR PENCILS + GOUACHE

WORKSHOP DEMO: STILLMAN & BIRN + CARAN D’ACHE ! BINDERS CHARLOTTE! NORTH CAROLINA! BE THERE OR BE SQUARE!

In preparation for my workshop demo I decided to layer my media in a way that would be excellent for plein air painting. As you can see in these images, I work across the gutter of the journal. Few books will allow you to do this, particularly with wet media. To test the strength of the paper I painted with flat bristle brushes ( for oil painting ) sometimes scrubbing into the surface when my paint was dry. This multimedia paper can also handle the points of a watercolor pencil without surface damage to saturated paper.

I did a quick gestural drawing using a TERRACOTTA DERWENT DRAWING PENCIL. Then, I used SUPRACOLOR watercolor pencils to establish values, local color and movement.  I activated the pencils with wet gouache paint left over on my palette, blending the dry pencil with the wet gouache to tint the paint. This is a method is a “wet on wet” approach.

POINT DON DRAPER POINT! © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. STILLMAN & BIRN BETA JOURNAL + CARAN D'ACHE SUPRACOLOR PENCILS + GOUACHE

POINT DON DRAPER POINT! © 2013 ELLEN WARD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DO NOT REPRODUCE REBLOG OR PIN. STILLMAN & BIRN BETA JOURNAL + CARAN D’ACHE SUPRACOLOR PENCILS + GOUACHE

Since this was done by looking at the television, I use the pause button and activate the scene a few times to get a sense of the movement. When the screen goes to sleep I use the interval to draw upon visual memory and paint large areas of the image. The watercolor pencils are great for both speed and intensity.

Wetting the point of a watercolor pencil can produce a strong line. Working over wet gouache it is possible to ” bring back” contour and detail after the painting process has developed a scheme of light and color. Wishing I had some loose sheets of this paper so I could work bigger ( ” over the couch” size ) with broad bristle brushes.

WHO KNEW DON DRAPER COULD RUN?

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