New Year Postcard (2007 series A)

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.

This is how the finished side looks like (the reverse is where you write and fix the stamp):
Postcard 2007 series - 1b

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:

Postcard 2007 series - 1b (1)

Postcard 2007 series - 1b (2)

Postcard 2007 series - 1b (3)

Postcard 2007 series - 1b (4)

Postcard 2007 series - 1b (5)

Postcard 2007 series - 1b (6)

Postcard 2007 series - 1b (7)

Postcard 2007 series - 1b (8)

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