I spent hours carefully drawing the boat, rigging and figures.  Unfortunately, I forgot that the watercolor paper was from a package that had been in Betty’s basement when it flooded.  The mold showed up only after I applied a wash of color.  The mold is on the left side where the figure stands, waving to the crew of the other sailboat.

First two washes, building layers of color variations and value

The images below show the original pencil value study and the value study in a monochromatic watercolor sketch.

Value studies in pencil and monochromatic watercolor

Close up of figure showing the effects of mold in the paper.  I had bleached the paper hoping to kill the mold.  The paper looked fine but obviously it isn’t.

Splotchiness due to mold

Close up of second figure:

Beginning stage of figure

Advertisements