"In the style of", 6 watercolors following the style of an artist.
This project closes my wildlife watercolor pad.
Circles and scrolls
A few pages to complete a watercolor paperpad representing animals.
The new project is to paint "in the style of", which opens a wide range of possibilities.
JI begin with Alphonse Mucha who was the darling of the early 20th century, with vaporous women contrasting over geometrical forms.
I start with the main character, the mouse, giving her a pose similar to that of these distant women.
Mice have simple shapes, I am looking for a compromise between a human pose and the morphology of the animal.
Geometric shapes are a bit difficult to make freehand. I'm trying to style 'Art Nouveau' at the bottom left.
I am fond of the colors and textures of Marie Laurencin's paintings.
One can hardly render on watercolor the oil texture, but watercolor is compatible with the softness of the tones, the monochromes awakened by a touch of color.
I try to copy the darks eyes with their long eyelashes on the face of a mouse.
On some sketches, I try to represent a piece of cloth, see a turban. But that does not work.
I simplify with a single pearl.
Marie Laurencin uses them on many paintings.
Portrait of a woman with a ribbon, 35X24cm
What is nice about this project is to be able to switch to completely different styles.
With Bernard Buffet, the expression is in the line. I imagine mice of all styles, eventually choose 2 the way of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza.
The lines are strong and in ink, I take my inkwell out of my stuff.
The eyes are also stylized, I take those of a horse's head (see opposite).
When to colors, I opt for (Mouse!) gray and yellow.
Horse head, 99X73cm
We go on with Sempé.
He is the only artist "in the style of" who is also a watercolorist. It's not possible to copy the style, its features and situations are inaccessible to me.
For a long time I'm looking for a comic drawing idea. I'm looking for a link with my project, and I'm holding back a mouse that is wrecking my own watercolorpad.
The principle seems to work, small footprints telling the story of the disaster.
For the scenario, I take exactly my work plan.
We have let ourselves go, I'm afraid.
Well, the comics style is not very serious. We must take back and return to the ART!
What can be the Everest of a watercolorist, the impossible bet?
There are many, tons of them.
The blue dancers seem to me of circumstance. I would like to take the texture, but it is not watercolor. To each his technique, so I stay in mine.
But the poses and the colors are a nice challenge in themselves. Transposed on mice, they give way to creativity.
Blue dancers, 1890
We have reached the last page.
I have been working on these projects for 2 years. What to finish? I think of the next waterpad; what theme shall I choose, what format?
Not too small, because it's good to leave white areas to breathe the drawing.
Lost in my thoughts, I say to myself: why not The Thinker? The pose is not suitable for a mouse, and also painting bronze on watercolor is not so easy ... Bet on it?
The Thinker, 1880
The notebook is finished, I have to shoot a video.
I had already worked quite a bit on the previous project. But video composition compares to watercolor, you never stop learning.
I model the exact notebook on Maya, the shapes are simple, it's pretty fast.
I finish the zooms and lights on Daz3D, a little patience for the Rendering, voila.
Then, for each drawing, I prepare a little story that corresponds to the artist: expressionism for Buffet, melancholy for Laurencin, naiveté for Sempé etc.
The first, Mucha, is taken from a nice clip on the Expo 2018, I put myself on the track.
Some details on the video: it is stalled completely on the music of Einaudi. For example, the color drops of the end logo coincide with the last 3 notes of the music.
I did a lot of work on animations (clowns, the mouse) and still looking for how to animate characters in a fluid way.