This one is a tad old, but I'm just now getting around to posting it . Plus, I thought this one was mediocre. The colors are a little dull, I feel, and kind of turned me off at the time.
This restaurant serves authentic Slovak food. They also play Tom Waits. So, already it's one of my favorite establishments here. Seriously, though. The restaurant is below ground level, so you set down into this romantic cavernous space, eat delicious Slovak food, and drink Czech beer on tap. What draws me to this place is the atmosphere just as much as the quirky sculptures spread about. The drunken goblin is the centerpiece of the restaurant. Oh wait, there are two of those. I guess they both are. Expect to see many a drawing from this place.
I tried a slightly different coloring method this time. Art Werger is a printmaker I know who prints color etchings. He has a cool plate, and a warm plate for respective colors. I tried a similar idea this time around. Here, I have the "key" drawing. But underneath I have a cool layer and a warm layer, followed by a layer of local color. I am moderately pleased with the results. We will see if this works in the future. Ciao!
Here is the first officially "completed" drawing done in Bratislava! The medium is once again, the iPad, with the Brushes app. I packed lightly for my trip ( as lightly as I could, when 80% of my travel gear is already art supplies), and considered leaving the iPad behind, only working with organic media. Wait.. I think I'm going to start considering the iPad as organic media. They are, after all, made by hand. Anyways ! I'm so glad I brought this along. After doing this piece I realize how much of a staple the medium is in my work.
This drawing quickly took on the appearance of a Japonisma approach. Japonisma is more or less, the 19th centuries' obsession and influence by Japanese prints. Van Gogh, Matisse, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Cassatt were all dramatically influenced by Japanese prints when they arrived in Europe. These artists began to incorporate the features of Japanese prints, such as flat shapes and patterns, into their own work.
I took this approach on, because I tend to use the Brushes app in two ways: as a sketchbook for line, and as a printmaker for colors. So, when I add color to these drawings, I am working on a different layer for multiple colors, just as a printmaker has a plate for his the, or "key" image, then a separate plate for color.