I decided to try using watercolor once again. I'm really liking how these are turning out. I think it's funny when you are making something, at least for me, that I go through this phase of wanting to give up on the project at some point right in the middle. Especially when your painting, you get to a point where you gone beyond your drawing but you haven't come to a place where the painting is finished and you think that it looks like crap! But the magic comes when you go beyond that point. Once you keep working through past that point of crappiness, you end up with something that you're happy with most of the time. And sometimes that means starting over again or moving to a different medium. The happiness I got from the leaf girls paining I made in watercolor was after I had worked for a number of hours in acrylics and not liking what I had made. Then I also started a digital version as well that looked closer to what I was trying to achieve but it still just didn't feel right. When I finally moved to watercolor, I felt like the piece was coming together. But I don't know if I would've gotten there without going through that middle crappy phase that included working in two different mediums. So I'm gonna keep chugging along and I hope that if somebody else is reading this that it will keep them chugging along. Here's to going beyond crappy phases!
Ben J Hutchison
I am an aspiring children's book writer and illustrator.