Put below a cut so it won’t be a spoiler. It’ll be tweaked here and there before inking, but I promise not to start erasing and redrawing and erasing and redrawing….
I saw a few YouTube demos of Peerless Watercolors, with convenience being a selling point for these: cut a strip from each card, attach them to a piece of drawing board, and you have a ready-to-go custom palette. I love that they came packaged in sheet music—an extra treat to play with—and I guess I’ll forgive them for calling the language of their original 1902 product insert “old English.”
From the videos, I expected the cards to look like the Brilliant Yellow one, but some have lovely crystalline patterns. The Sepia Brown makes me think of tree trunks in a wintry forest.
The Sky Blue is exactly what I see when I have a particularly bad migraine. Imagine that, overlaid on and blotting out whatever is actually there. Just looking at this sheet makes me queasy.
I drew this during my weekly stint at Carmine Street Comics last Friday. I was considering whether to redraw it more tightly. This character—Amurrican Jesus—used to appear from time to time in my old journal comic. He chain-smokes, carries a gun, and loves his Mom.
The actual drawing is pretty tiny, as is my wont, so I increased the size for legibility, which then led to some Photoshop cleaning, which then led to Photoshop imploding, so it took a few days before I could post this. Click image to see the whole comic.