This shows something new that I have been doing. Digital technology has really changed things with how quickly and easily photographic processing has become. I can now take a quick shot with my phone, air drop it to my laptop that rests beside my easel, and print the image on my printer. If I was a little more adept I’m sure I’d be doing all this on my computer without this print step but I suppose I’m pretty tactile being an artist. Once the image is printed out, I can doodle on it with colored pencils to figure out exactly what color balloon dog should be where, the color of leashes, etc… Thus, here we see one of these images that I saved (medium would be computer ink printer and colored pencils. These hand colored prints let me check my initial impulses as I also use colored pencils in the sketch book drawings, but vibrancy really changes a lot once I switch to oils. So, as you can see, almost every balloon changed colors from the initial drawing (but I suppose so did many of the crates).
For me, I do spend a considerable time thinking about color arrangement. It is a really integral part of my artwork, not only letting the composition dictate how ones eyes dance around a canvas, but also letting colors with their vibrancy and hues pull the viewer in directions. With the use of these soda crates with their primary and secondary blocks of color, maybe I was forced into that.
My sketchbooks are my references. Even these printouts get glued onto a page for referral as I work.