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Old 09-10-2005, 12:53 PM
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WIP - Dragon book cover

Hello
after long time I am back to show you what canceled work on my " Merry Alechemist". This is cover for book Fantasy legends. Editor wished to have something like medieval/fantasy book cover but not with skin background, their wish was to have blue velvet and on it logo with dragon from gold. O.ki ... there it is and I will try to post it step by step. In last projects I try to use only watercolors, but there I was asked to use my old technique which
I dont do so often now. (lol.... wetcanvas influence)

Size is A4, 21x29cm on some unamed czech watercolor paper in block. I use DILO watercolor in mixture with old school watercolors for background. I use agresive work with sharp brush, so I dont wont to destroy my more expensive colors. Here is how I begin.

I do drawing which I transfer to wtc. paper and outline by ink or I found more useful light brown acryl as ink have troubles with watercolors than. THAN ... I do very light acrylic layer - light because I need work with watercolors on it and it means I need keep watercolor surface. And also I do it because I do what I call "tuping" Doting with flat round brush filled with dry color ... dot by dot. This technique is nice but agresive so I need to protect paper from demage and light layer of acryl works good for this.



Than ... I take cheap school watercolors and round sharp brush. I buy cheap oil brushes for this occasion and cut them so they are flat to create wheel of color. Take two or 3 diffrent shades of blue and dot by dot I put dry color so final effect looks like very intensive heavy color looking like airbrush or watercolor, but it's done with brush.



And here how it looks after this work. Most of backround is shaded and done.
You can see that old schoold colors and how brush is now flat and a bit deformated after battle.



lol.... it's time for dinner. I will try to continue at the evening or tomorrow.
Btw in this stage painting usually looks horible and I am always tempted to stop and start again, but one I go through this nightmare stage, it's going to be fine.

Have a nice evening.
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Old 09-10-2005, 03:44 PM
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Woohooo - am first one here - got a great seat and I have chocolate.

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This is just beautiful. Can hardly wait to see it done. What is going to be the name of the book that this will be the cover for? Maybe we can buy it???
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Watching!!

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Jana
Thanks so much for sharing. Especially the different techniques with the dotting and brush cutting. Can't wait to see more.
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Jana,

I love your work so...
I am pulling a chair too!

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This is looking good. I'm here for the duration.

This reminds me of Alphonse Mucha's style already. Very Art Nouveau. I love this kind of work.

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This looks like its going to be really interesting!
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This is looking good. I'm here for the duration.

As always, Jana... Your work is just fantastic. Each one you show
reminds me again of the beautiful illuminated illustrations by the
monks of old... I am in awe of the detail you achieve, and all the
thought and planning that go into your works...

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Woot Jan I so love your wips. I am watching too..
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This will be interesting. Thanks for sharing!
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Good morning ...
lovely to see you there and thank you for your comments. I was painting most of the night which makes me sleepy a bit and lazy this morning, but I have more to show you.
Here I have finished background. Finaly I decieded that blue was to sharp and poisonous so I did another layer and changed that to more cold cobalt blue and decieded to do side columns in darker blue. Than I started to do background layers of gold. Here it is as it looks now. I will work more on this picture during day ... but at first I must wake up and take a really big coffe. Jupeeeee. I just found that parents invited me for my favorite food called "svickova" - very heavy milky/vegetable souce, beef and dumplings. From kitchen under my room are spreading so wanderfuls scents, that It's so hard to concentrate ... o.k. I am good girl. Coffe and run to work!

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