Inspiration from Literature – John Milton

Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost, by John Milton is one of my favorite books.  As I read it, visual images start rushing into my head.  Itry to capture them as fast as possible even if the drawing doesn’t come out how I like. Ideas are like dreams in the sense that if you don’t record them, you forget them quickly.  Ideas just as dreams are fleeting.  These are the different steps to get to the end picture which is a rough draft.  I will keep working on this ideas until I get a result that I’m looking for.  Sometimes it takes a long time to get to the end and sometimes I never get there.

 

Sketch

I started with a diagonal grid and put in the figure.

I lay in a light wash in case I want to change something.

I lay in a light wash in case I want to change something.

I didn't add the other figure from the beginning and thinking about it now, I should have.

I didn’t add the other figure from the beginning and thinking about it now, I should have.

I try not to re-paint where already painted I try to paint into every area before going back into anything already painted.

I try not to re-paint where already painted I try to paint into every area before going back into anything already painted.

Here, I'm still keeping it light and working all around the picture plane.

Here, I’m still keeping it light and working all around the picture plane.

Here I was developing the background looking for harmony.

Here I was developing the background looking for harmony.

This is where I should have stopped, but I continued because I didn't like Adam's face.  Trying to change it made it worse.  Normally in watercolor if you try to make something better, it usually gets worse.

This is where I should have stopped, but I continued because I didn’t like Adam’s face. Trying to change it made it worse. Normally in watercolor if you try to make something better, it usually gets worse.

When I was painting the last details, I covered too much of the white and painted Adams face again.  It just got worse.

When I was painting the last details, I covered too much of the white and painted Adams face again. It just got worse.

Another version of the same idea.

 

Draw a border line with a pencil of where you want the gold leif to be.

Draw a border line with a pencil of where you want the gold leaf to be.

 

At Grossmont college, Mr. Harry Lum told us this was a great paste for collage and I've been using it ever since.  Thin the paste down with a wet paintbrush and brush it on where you want the gold lief to stick.

At Grossmont college, Mr. Harry Lum told us this was a great paste for collage and I’ve been using it ever since. Thin the paste down with a wet paintbrush and brush it on where you want the gold leaf to stick.

 

I waited til the next day before brushing off the excess with a soft brush and it came out perfectly.

I waited til the next day before brushing off the excess with a soft brush and it came out perfectly.

When you brush off the gold leaf, keep the excess in a box.

When you brush off the gold leaf, keep the excess in a box.

 

 

 

Gold leif Border with a rule of three to control the drawing.

Gold leaf Border with a rule of three to control the drawing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deep Slumber 2015

I started over and came up with a version I like more. This one is called Deep Slumber.

 

 

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