Dirigible

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Dirigible, Girl Genius art by Amy Crook

“Should we haul him up?”
“Nah, let him dangle a little longer.”
Dirigible, Girl Genius art by Amy Crook

I seem to have become obsessed with patterns, though I already knew I had a strange thing for spirals. I used my water brush, which is a nifty device with a well of water the way a brush pen might have ink. I dipped the tip in paint and began at the center, then brushed outward, the color getting more and more diluted until there’s hardly any blue left. Then, of course, once I had the spiraling clouds, I needed something to float in them. I put a brass trilobyte on the side of a dirigible as an homage to the wonderful Girl Genius webcomic.

The dirigible’s dangling passenger is just a bonus.

Dirigible, 8″x4″ watercolor on Fluid watercolor paper.

Dirigible, detail, by Amy Crook

Dirigible, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the lovely purple Dirigible with its golden trilobyte and passenger holding on for dear life below, next to a dime for scale. Below, it’s resting temporarily in a 10″x8″ frame, hanging out with my iPhone for an entirely different sort of size reference.

Dirigible, framed, by Amy Crook

Dirigible, framed, by Amy Crook

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  1. […] and my new palette of almost-black paints and painted. It started out with similar spiral clouds as Dirigible, but instead of filling up the whole image, I created a stormy blue-grey sky and then painted the […]