Why do I do this to myself?
Try as hard as I may to get a free flowing result where deep colours run into each other and magically make a masterpiece of watercolour prowess, it just never happens for me.
Either it comes out too pastel and washed out… Or it’s too bold, or not loose enough; like this one.
Still it’s a slight improvement on some previous full colour attempts. But thinking about it, I wonder if it’s a style I’d want to develop and retain, even if if I did ever master it. I respect artists who do, and the artistry involved. But I think my strongsy lies elsewhere.
A couple days ago someone asked me for some comic layout advice over on deviantart (which was very flattering). I mentioned that certain visual tricks are part of an artist’s tool set, and can be pulled out when necessary, to better communicate the idea you’re getting across.
I wish I had such a tool set in life drawing, that I would be comfortable and confident with. It’s hard, especially with watercolour, which is so unforgiving.