Sunday, March 25, 2012

Swamp - Part 2

After making the watercolor pencil drawing of an egret for the Illustration Friday I had an idea to do a similar, almost the same image but using a pen and patterns. Since the original image was quite simple the conversion turned out to be quite easy. 

It's a swamp all right, a swamp of patterns. Adding the shades really helped add order to this image. Before the shades it was hard to distinguish where one surface ended and another started. Shading made the surfaces pop out.

I can't decide which version I like better, the watercolor pencil or this one. Here they are side by side.

Which one do you like better?


  1. It's very difficult to choose.I like the pattern-combo for the tangled swamp

  2. I think the pattern version is more distinctive and original- Nice job!

  3. Hi Bilja!!!! It made me so happy to get your comment on my blog. I'd tried to visit your blog a few times but it told me I was not authorised to do so. I've thought about you often and wondered what you were doing. I absolutely LOve the patterned egret. It looks three dimensional. The shading is great! I hope we can stay in touch.
    Hugs, Sue :)

  4. Thanks for the feedback! Now I feel encouraged to repeat this experiment with some future paintings. We'll see how that goes.

    Sue! I am so glad we are talking again. Sorry I've been out of touch for so long. I have my phases. The old blog has been inactive for years now. Nothing new there whatsoever. I decided to start fresh. I've been having a blast so far. I hope we can stay in touch, too. :)