Those architectural watercolors you've been doing lately are killer. Can you talk a little about your process for those?
I’d be glad to! Here are some process shots of a recent drawing with descriptions of how it came together.
Once I have a spark of an idea I usually draw the whole thing out with a mechanical, blue lead pencil, followed by a loose overall wash of subtle color.
Then comes the middle phase. This is by far the longest process. This involves hours and days of slightly moderating lights and darks in very slow and seemingly random ways, while adding little bits of subtle and transparent colors. Although the drawing barely seems to change for long stretches of time, there are thousand of decisions to be made in this phase and you just have to use your best judgment as you blindly navigate towards a finished drawing.
The final stage is mostly just adding the darkest darks and the lightest lights that really make the drawing pop. Then tightening up any loose details and bits of color.
(Artists note: this final phase, as well as the very first spark of an idea are the only true satisfying moments. The middle bits can be highly tedious and aggravating. *It is often best during this phase to deaden the senses with consistent doses of marijuana and podcasts or any other audio stimulation. Otherwise, one’s mind is apt to heavily contemplate why they are sitting alone in a room for days at a time, working on a relatively meaningless task, when there are, in reality, so few precious days that we are alive on this earth. )
The final piece
*Just kidding. Stay away from drugs.