Gift Art: Ozzie for Eric Lide
Not too long ago, my buddy Eric Lide celebrated a birthday. Our mutual friend Frankie Coleman arranged a little get-together on the Friday before SPX for us to celebrate. Since this isn't really a personal blog, I won't post pictures, but I figured I'd share my gift to Eric here, since it is art.
In the past, I've done guest comics digitally, but I wanted to do something watercolor for Eric. I was working on Kara pages at the time, and there was a bit of a crunch, but I decided to push Kara back a bit to get this knocked out. Usually I don't like starting new projects in the same medium I'm working in, since I have a tendency to get mixed up and use the wrong colors, but working with a separate palette helped me keep things straight.
This piece was painted on Blick's watercolor paper, which isn't my favorite to work on, but it has a nice heft and texture, making it perfect for gift giving. The majority of this was painted with Winsor Newton half pan watercolors, but the sky was painted with a black mixed from several liquid watercolors. This choice was inspired by a painting I did half a year ago, Kara standing in the snow at night, because I liked the tonal separation the mixed liquid watercolor gave me. After everything dried, I masked off everything but the sky with tracing paper and flecked opaque white ink and iridescent medium to achieve the starry sky.
EDIT: I just found some profess photos, so up they go! I hope the photos help clarify my process.
I'm always on the fence about giving original art as a gift, as some of my presents weren't as well received as I had originally hoped, but Eric seemed to really like it. Compared to the photos, the scan is kinda meh, but I think it looks really nice in real life.