1. Scanning of Original Drawing
For the original drawing I used a combination of dip pens, watercolour, gouache and pencil crayon. I wanted to create as much texture using analog techniques as I could before scanning + painting digitally. This was a great jumping off point and provided a nice softly coloured canvas to work on!
2. First Set of Digital Edits
Eliminated texture in sky and applied a soft gradation
Added more detail to water
First set of shadow in grass + hills
Started to add more colour and detail to the rock wall attached to the mill
Darkened the negative space within the wheel to create depth and contrast
Added more layers of colour to the thatched roof
Started focussing a bit more on the reflections within the water to make it more realistic
3. Final Edits + The Finished Piece!
Added cloud detail
Darkened the rock wall and added more shadows
Created more depth + texture in trees
More layers of translucent colour applied to water - really happy with this affect!
Added warmth to the thatched roof by applying rust tones
Reduced saturation of cottage so that the yellow was less vibrant
4. Final Thoughts
This project was definitely something different for me. I wasn't planning on digitally painting on top of my original work, but once I finished the drawing I really wasn't happy with it and, to be honest, was a little bored using analog materials. I'm really happy I went with my gut and scanned the drawing onto my computer. I kept pushing myself further with this project and what I got in the end was a more realistic-looking painting that is pretty different from my other work. Overall, I'm very pleased with how this piece turned out and it looks even better printed! Hooray!