August 8th, 2020

James Bowing

ARTIST: Dominique Eichi, United States

ARTIST STATEMENT: The process of this piece was to explore and discover what watercolor can do once you let go most of the control of it and add a drawing of an image with details using an 005 ink pen. Thus, creating two opposites. This brings a duality that becomes attractive.

I painted on a page in my sketchbook with a paint brush dipped in water first, then added watercolor to match as best as possible the image I wanted to create of the raven. This part was where I purposefully lost control. Because once you add water to your paper the watercolor goes in different directions that become unexpected and surprising. Once it dried I added the drawing of the raven with a black 005 ink pen and finished it with some details with a white fine marker pen.

I like to use a Stillman and Birn sketchbook Beta series for its capacity to take quite a bit of water and since I like a smooth surface for my ink pen details this works really well for both kind of mediums. Also, these sketchbooks lay flat when opened and I enjoy that detail when using two pages spread for one art piece.

MEDIA: Ink, watercolor
SURFACE: Beta Series- Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm – White – Cold Press Surface

ABOUT THE ARTIST: I grew up in Manhattan, NY as a child then studied in Geneva, Switzerland and became an interior architect. These studies gave me such a confidence of being able to do anything with my hands. I now live in San Diego, California where I have been an avid Urban Sketcher drawing on location. COVID has forced me to focus more on creating at home and experimenting but also brought some fresh waves of creativity. This piece “James Bowing” was part of a challenge (for me) of laying down watercolor before drawing the image. I’m glad to experiment with various constraints sometimes because it gives me an opportunity to be challenged and grow. You can find more of my work on my Instagram @dominiqueeichi and Facebook @ Dominique Eichi.

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