Card Illustration Progress Work

Finally getting around to posting the process work for my illustrations!  Over the past few months, I discovered how much I love the ink and watercolor aesthetic, so I wanted to try my hand at it.  Abby Diamond is one of my favorite ink+watercolor artists that I found – be sure to check out her work!  Seeing her art kept me motivated to try to make something beautiful too. 🙂

I researched techniques on watercolor, ink, paper, and helpful tools to use, and then I gathered what I needed.  Some of my favorite tools to use with the ink were Sumi brushes, toothbrushes, sponges, and calligraphy pens.  I also enjoyed using salt with the watercolor pigments to get textured effects.  One of the most important steps I took in my experimental stages was testing out my watercolor crayons and paints to see what colors I could achieve with and without mixing.  I preferred the watercolor crayons for this project because of how vibrant the colors were and the textured marks I could make with the crayons.

The following galleries include a work by Abby Diamond that I used as inspiration, my watercolor tests, sketches and rough drafts, and then the progression of my final designs.  Although I regret not taking more photos of my final designs in the beginning stages, it is still cool to see them develop from the ink stage to color and then to the final digital versions.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. 🙂

Inspiration and test sketches:

Final designs: