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Chashio
04-11-2013, 05:50 PM
Inktense pencils (via water brush) and pen on a page in my blue sketchbook. The paper is not heavy, so it's getting rather warped and wrinkly, but it's good enough for practice. This is practice. I'm practicing patience. You can see where I ignored patience in favor of black... and now I will have to draw a small lake in the volcano crater to compensate for my hastiness. I was going to put a lake there anyway. (thumbs nose at impatience.)

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Ramah
04-13-2013, 04:28 AM
That looks great. Yay for patience. :)

vorropohaiah
04-13-2013, 04:38 AM
ooh very nice. can image a faux 'field-notes' type book with such images.

- Max -
04-13-2013, 06:03 AM
Very nice stuff!

Chashio
04-13-2013, 11:25 AM
Thanks! Does anyone have ideas or examples of a nice way to label such a map? vorro, how would you suggest adding field notes to it? Sometimes I think I have more trouble with labels than patience, but I'm not sure yet whether it's more a worry of messing with the drawing, coming up with names, or simply finding a neat style or font to use. Been practicing a bit of calligraphy lately to steady my handwriting, because it looks like-- Well, a chicken would have trouble reading it and I need a steadier hand to label an Island map I've been working on for a few months. ... Rambling. Shutting up.

Blaidd Drwg
04-13-2013, 12:38 PM
Looks pretty sweet. :)

As for labelling ... Why not just go for your normal handwriting? Cursive chicken fonts would suit this, I think. Unless I have the wrong idea of what yours looks like ;)

Chashio
04-13-2013, 08:07 PM
Unless I have the wrong idea of what yours looks like ;)

You do. It's much worse. haha

priggs
04-14-2013, 12:10 AM
I love pen and ink with watercolor. And that looks very nice. Good job!

Chashio
04-14-2013, 09:25 AM
Thanks! Next time I'll have to do it on watercolor paper.

vorropohaiah
04-14-2013, 11:23 AM
Thanks! Does anyone have ideas or examples of a nice way to label such a map? vorro, how would you suggest adding field notes to it? .

just some hand-written notes in small paragraphs in blank areas of the page, describing particular features or details of the map or what the artist thought while drawing it.

Chashio
04-14-2013, 12:53 PM
just some hand-written notes in small paragraphs in blank areas of the page, describing particular features or details of the map or what the artist thought while drawing it.

I like that idea. A lot. It'd be fun to do a whole fictional travel journal like that. :) I just can't think what to write.

Jaxilon
04-14-2013, 01:18 PM
I have been working at my Watercolor lately as well. I'll post up something in another thread since who knows what we can all learn from one another. Patience however....now that is the story of watercolor from what I've experienced.

I'm not an expert by any means but man, you just have to go with light coloring and gradually build it up or it's going to go to mush.

The other thing I am working at doing myself is thinking way ahead. I think this might help with labels too. While you can just write over the top of the painted image and it will probably look great. It might look even better if you thought ahead as to where you wanted those labels and left the paper white in those areas. Or maybe putting down the labels first and then painting around them? I don't know, I haven't tried it both ways yet myself but I can tell ya I've always come to a place when doing watercolor where I say, "Huh, I should have thought of that ahead of time and planned this out better."

I do love the challenge though. Keep up the good work, I'm loving what you are doing.

Chashio
04-14-2013, 02:12 PM
Thanks Jax! I look forward to seeing yours :) I'm posting another sketchbook map in progress today (illustrated pen/paper style), but I'm also toiling away at this one too, and the pencil map. Not far enough along to take more pictures yet.

Hopefully by the time I've finished this watercolor map I'll have a better idea of how much pigment to use in each brush stroke to get the effect I want. I'm much more used to acrylics and building up the lights instead of the darks.

Yes, the thinking ahead. Hindsight is easier, but I have had to do a ton of planning and research with the Island map I'm working on. And a ton of revisions when the results don't look as good as I imagined them. Hopefully the thinking ahead will get easier with practice too. I really wish I could have an undo button on hand for when the pen slips or I make a stupid mistake for not double-checking my notes. Gah! No... I must have patience. Patience is the key. Patience...

Chashio
04-16-2013, 12:19 AM
Here's a very small update. Mostly just trying to define the inland side of the volcano and put some more depth on the steeper slopes. It takes a while because I'm busy and when I find a moment to dab at it I have to wait for the paper to dry again so I can see the actual result. Well, I wanted to work on my patience. Sigh.

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