Rainbow Portrait Commission

The process is a lot of fun.  I get my paper and inks out, a jar of water, a straw, some salt and then I just play.

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The straw helps me direct the ink around the page by concentrating the air- making it steerable.  It’s a little dizzying.

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Then I use the references to draw on top of the ink.   Sometimes the lines of the ink are in places that are a little too distracting so I have to tone it down with pencil.  But it’s also part of the medium.  It’s messy, joyous, colorful, fun, and a little unpredictable.  Like most little kids!

I think one of the coolest things about this whole new commission endeavor is that it simply came from play in my sketchbook.  That’s something really important to remember- if I don’t let myself play and explore, I am seriously limiting my opportunities for growth and exploring completely new and uncharted territory for myself as an artist.  A whole new direction might emerge from a whim expressed in the sketchbook.

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Selina Beck says:

    That is so neat and creative. It looks awesome!

    1. harperleich says:

      Thanks so much! They are so fun to make 🙂

  2. Stacey says:

    The colors really capture the joy of the child, neat process!

  3. Jim Leich says:

    Very, very cool! I know that a lot of folks will want one!

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