A few months back, I was lucky enough to be asked to create another watercolor for Aerin Lauder's new Aerin East Hampton Store. Below, is how it went from sketch to publication!
After building a Sketchup model to make sure I'm perspectively accurate, I create a pencil sketch over top. There's usually some back and forth to get the styling just right... swapping out art, changing accessories.
Next is the long road of layering and balancing the sometimes uncooperative watercolors. I actually paint faster than below--this is slowed down by half for the human eye to see it.
After I'm done painting, I scan and digitally adjust the watercolor to pop. The translation to digital isn't always as straight forward as you expect. Some colors dull out, while others unexpectedly just don't work.
And then, sometimes I'm lucky enough to see it published in a major magazine! Check out this illustration in the June 2018 Elle Decor!