I've posted before about the Paris Cafe book I'm working on, but I'd like to share a bit more of the drawings and my process. Almost all my work begins with black & white ink sketches, most from life, but I often use a digital color process. For the Paris Cafe drawings I'm trying something different.
I've always loved drawing with pencils, and I really LOVE these Faber-Castell watercolor pencils. I use them a lot in my works on paper, including my Bird Games and Still Life series. For the Paris Cafe drawings I like the interaction between the sharp black line and the softer pencil coloring. I'm using them here as colored pencils, without the watercolor option. These pencils have the best strength of color I've found, dry or wet.
I want the book to have a casual feeling, an inclusive quality of being on the spot in Paris, exploring neighborhoods, finding new fun places, stopping at all kinds of cafes. For me the style of the illustrations - loose, unforced, spontaneous - helps convey that sense. I'd love to have your feedback - please leave me a comment and tell me what YOU think!
Artist/Designer/Illustrator - Drawing is my way to see and think about life in all its dimensions, color, meanings, and pleasures