Have you ever painted many layers of overlapping glass filled with colourful objects? In hindsight, I should have thought this through slightly better. Eyestrain headaches behind me, I can admit that I love this painting the best. You can see the final painting in a larger size and with many close-up process shots on my portfolio. But I did save one behind-the-scenes treat for you guys! Here is a shot of the underpainting:
I used Fineline Masquepen to carefully mask out the eyes, the shop owner's hair and mustache, and some of the lollipop sticks. That kept them nice and white through the sloppy underpainting stage. I put a light sepia wash over the entire page, dropping in some shadows when I had the luxury of being loose and free. I decided to try building up this painting in many layers of light washes, instead of my normal approach of trying to build up strong colours quickly by painting into the still wet paint with stronger colours. It definitely took (way) more time to build things up slowly, and the effect is very different (much smoother, looks less "watercolourish"). However, I really like it. I also started using Peerless Watercolours on my friend Mathieu's recommendation and they were GORGEOUS: smooth, transparent, and vibrant.
I estimate that this painting took about 60 hours to complete, largely due to it's complexity and the many layers of super thin paint. A normal illustration for this blog takes 2-4 hours. Pheeeeew.
Despite the time it took, I am very pleased with the big picture (literally). Hopefully you love it, too!