Plein air Adventures

Bonjour !

I you follow me on Instagram you might already have seen some of my plein air paintings I did during my trip to the Pyrénées, a nice mountain chain in the south of France.

During this two weeks trip I had for a plan to do as much watercolors and gouaches as I could.

And I did quite a few so I’m kinda happy about that, I also learned a lot and managed to improve my watercolor skills and maybe a bit my gouache skills ? I had low quality gouache that did not go well with the travelling situation, maybe I’ll talk about my gouache experience in another post.

Let me show you my process for one of these plein air watercolor :

Watercolor subject choice

First of all, a bit of the story on the location : Mefisheye and I went hiking to this place, it was a two days hike, quite an easy one but we still had to walk a bit to gain the 2350 m high lake that is hidden behind this small refuge. During that hike we did other watercolors ( that I will also share with you at the end ) but for now let’s focus on this one.

When I hike I try to have a minimum of supplies with me because weight is really important, the less the better !

Hiking watercolor supplies and materials, sketchbook, watercolor, pencils

I only took my homemade watercolor palette, a few brushes ( the splatters I love so much ) a graphite mechanical pencil, my trusty pen, the sketchbook I made ( that has seen better days, but hikes aren’t nice on books ) and a small bottle of water.

I start my sketch with the big graphite pencil.

Sketch with graphite mechanical pencil

I’ve really grown in love this big pencil, it is quite heavy and it teaches me to go simple and just focus on the main shapes. I know the pencil may stay in the end because it’s not the kind that disappear with water but I kinda like the look of it in the end, you’ll see.

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Harry Potter cover redesign with Reedsy !

 

Bonjour !

Did you know ? I work a lot with Reedsy to create book covers and children books for self published authors.

Reedsy team came to me a while ago to re-create the cover of the first Harry Potter book to show how I made my covers from scratch.

This is how it ended up on the video they made :

I had a lot of fun creating this cover and it is always a pleasure to work with the team at Reedsy.

I was also extra glad to be able to work on such a book ! I’ve read the Harry Potter series when I was a kid and followed its publication really closely, I read the last one as soon it was out and in 24h ( sleep was not an option ! )

 

Check out the steps here :

After the concept step, I clean the illustration, not perfectly because I will colorize this illustration digitally and I will refine my sketch as I go but enough to see everything that will be in my illustration.

Harry potter sketch the philosopher's stone book cover
Harry potter, sketch of the philosopher’s stone book cover

I then proceed to research my colors and see what will fit best the mood of the illustration

Harry potter, color test of the philosopher’s stone book cover

I went for number 3 as it a bit calm but also has a scary look with all that darkness around

Wich one did you like best ?

And then I proceed to do the full painting, I would advise you to give a look to the video above to see this process in more details :

Harry potter, final cover of the philosopher’s stone
Harry potter, final cover with lettering of the philosopher’s stone

And the final look, on a mock up to see how the book will look in the end, printed on a 6*9″ book.

I hope you liked the article !

Don’t hesitate to have a look at Reedsy if you are ever interested in self publishing and at my profile on their website.

 

à bientôt !

Best

Isa