My brother had a set of markers left over from his art-school days. I had a stack of watercolour-paper postcards which I bought more than a year ago (they were marked like a postcard on one side, and blank on the other for you to paint on). Last Sunday I decided to try my brother’s markers on the watercolour-paper postcards to create — what else — postcards for 2007.
First, I outlined the “2007” at the center with a pencil. Then I moved to ink and directly sketched the other lines. There was no prior design; I simply applied the pen to paper with a hazy idea that the design would look like something from a Chinese Vase. Other than that, I drew whatever came to mind as the sketch developed.
For the colouring, I tried to keep to similar tones and was conscious not mix Warm colours with Cool ones. But there were only limited colours so in the end, I used almost all the available colours in the box.
Sequence of inking and colouring: