Where to begin…
At first i thought this exercise pointless, another book-filler. After looking deeply into what i could accomplish through creative process and experimentation, I realized that there was a much greater potential for creativity and for a better understanding of using technique and mixed media to portray emotions and feelings of characters, played by inanimate, lifeless objects.
A King, the Miller and his Beautiful Daughter who would eventually become the bride of the King, a Messenger, a beautiful child belonging to the King and his Queen, and lets not forget that little Troll of Trolls, Rumpelstiltskin.
The six character sheets were A1 in size, comprised of different poses, emotions (or as much as they were capable of), states of being and actions.
Each one was different to the other in not only description and appearance, but also in the amount of involvement they had in the story.
Where some of the characters had extensive details on their pose and mark-making to show emotions and different moods, such as the troll, king and miller’s daughter, others had less detail and much less movement to them, such as the miller, messenger and the child. This was simply because they did not prominently feature in the story as being a character that was shown frequently or with as much action as others.
The Final Pieces were set out to be a mixture of several elements of media.
Charcoal, black and grey acrylic Inks, watercolour brush pen, washing pen, black 0.3 fine-liner and white gel pen were all used to a certain degree depending on the scene and each one of the characters.
The techniques employed were very tedious to blend together, yet worked out very well overall once an order was established.
First, each one of the images was roughly outlined in graphite pencil, then the majority of medium (depending on the piece) was next added. This mostly consisted of either brush pen, charcoal or black ink. Next, after the majority of the first medium was placed on paper, the highlighting and shading of the darker areas, which included smudging and adding/taking away from the charcoal areas. The areas where the brush pen had been used, were blended together using that nifty new self-retaining water brush. This worked very well with the shading of certain areas, not to mention I might have cheekily been able to get away with a slight shade of purple being produced as a result of the ink from the brush pen being thinned by the other brush. (although this was a result of technical process, no colour was used in the actual completion of the pieces, as per the guidelines of this project).