Prom Dresses

prom dresses in watercolor

More watercolor experiments ahead! I painted the left side with Grumbacher’s transparent watercolors and for comparison, I drew the right side with Grumbacher’s opaque watercolors. The opaque side is definitely more murky, which I really like! Like yesterday’s post, I painted these guys using some magazine ad/photos for reference. For the life of me, though, I don’t remember which publication I had used. I’d like to say that these were from InStyle’s September issue, but they also could very well have been from an old issue of Nylon — which I miss very much, by the way!

Cowboy Boots and Watercolors

cowboy boots in watercolors

As I look through my magazines, I sometimes like to doodle on the side. I used my beloved Grumbacher transparent watercolor palette for these shoes and I’m loving the uneven washes, especially the granulation on the black boots, as well as the dirty washes on the upper right. I didn’t strive for these inconsistencies, by the way. I suppose this is what watercolorist call happy accidents. This feeling has been so elusive, I tell you. After three years of dabbling with watercolors, I’m overcome with the warm and fuzzies. Finally!

Note: I used a 0.3 mechanical pencil to draw the outlines before adding watercolor — this is noteworthy because I’m impatient and usually jump in with paint. Perhaps watercolors lends itself to outlining first???

(Photo reference: InStyle Magazine, September 2018, pg. 186)

Kiss My Face in Watercolor

I painted these Kiss My Face soap labels with my opaque watercolors by Grumbacher. I bought the set from Amazon all the way back in 2015. It was my first watercolor set, and I don’t recall liking it much. I’ve grown to love it, though — oddly enough, for the same reasons that I hated it so much then: it’s streaky and chalky, its student-grade low pigments, and texture. For whatever reason, the cauliflowers which I once found to be so unappealing and ugly now make my heart sing.

By the way, I love this soap. The earthy smell took me a while to get used to, but I’ve grown to really like it. Most of all, I love that the ingredients are limited to good stuff, things I can read and understand like olive oil, water, green tea, sea salt, and perfume. Hmmm. I just typed “perfume,” and I can’t help but wonder what perfume might be composed of.