Monday, January 30, 2017
I recently illustrated a series of watercolor/brush and ink drawings for a History Channel promo.
The network's new "SIX" is based off real Navy SEAL missions, and authentically captures the inside world of America’s Elite Special Operations unit, Navy SEAL Team Six.
In this promo spot, cast member Barry Sloane reads a letter from a WW1 soldier to his younger brother, written from the front lines of the trench war conflict that dominated Europe a century ago.
Many assignments I accept are created on a digital format. I use Photoshop and/or Storyboard Pro on a Mac platform and draw on a Yayanova 19" tablet. Most clients don't have a preference how I work, but they understand that if working digitally it can be easier for me to react to changes, notes, and iterations. For this project, the director and I quickly agreed a traditional approach would be best. I created some samples by applying brush, ink, and watercolor on different paper stocks, and found a smooth press 140 lb. gave me great results.
I'm no expert with watercolor or brush and ink, but my recent practice of painting trees around Westchester came in handy. Watercolor can be a fascinating medium, one that evokes mood and allows room for the viewers imagination. Painting these images of WW1 was a thrill for me, and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to interpret this soldier's historic letter and share my results with History Channel audiences.