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January 23rd, 2015

Still Hauling

Artist: Barbara Tapp
Artist Statement: I’ve been searching around for a winter scene here in California. I am looking for urban and industrial themes in my journaling this year and love the forms of machinery, buildings and street scenes. When I found this 60’s Chevy truck in the parking lot at Home Depot… there was my story! This vintage truck with its rusty patina and dent, parked amongst modern muscle trucks, spoke to me of loyalty, reliability, strength and love.I added the lumber on top and the guy loading in the back to suggest the work this pickup might be expected to do. The leafless trees gave me the winter scene I was looking for. I drew this is in my new 8.25 x 11.75 Epsilon Journal and a much larger area to sketch than my usual 7 x 10 size.

I free-handed the sketch in light pencil first, blocking the shapes. I then drew in a fine Sharpie a light outline of the pickup with a small amount of hatching allowing me to see a value study, keeping the area behind the wheels as my darkest areas. The watercolor washes were then layered over the underdrawing over a period of two hours. I love the way this paper does not absorb the paint, it does not bleed through and once dry can be lifted, allowing for highlights and tones. There is minor buckling but I keep clips on the sides.

I was experimenting back and forth with wash and line trying to capture the weathered Duco [automotive lacquer] in the winter afternoon light. This smooth paper is tricky but very rewarding. Ink glides over it and can go from very light to very dark without staining the paper. A lovely patchy appearance happens in the washes, giving spontaneity to the illustration.

MEDIA: Pencil, ink, watercolor
SURFACE: Epsilon Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – White – Smooth Finish

 

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