Mixing sea and mountains, I found myself imagining fish swimming in the branches of a pine tree.
Are you more a sea or mountain person?
I do not know.
I wanted to make a nice drawing, with warm colours and the impression of movement... but what to choose between sea and mountain? It is from this indecision that this design was born: the combination of the little fish of the sea and the lively and pleasant shape of a pine tree.
Studied forms, reasoned traits
I am usually very instinctive when it comes to my designs, but this time I wanted to build it to perfection: I studied the shapes so that the pine would give the idea of swaying. I wanted to give thickness and texture to the fronts. The little fish had to twirl around the tree. The mushrooms had to be plump. From the sketch to the ink stage, everything was checked in detail.
Watercolour and a touch of gold
The watercolour phase always gets out of hand for me. Watercolour has a life of its own... it does what it wants... but we had fun together (me and the watercolours) constructing this scene.
Finally, I wanted to add touches of golden watercolour, to add preciousness and give that brightness to the fish scales, and the magic of the vortex.
I can't be happier than this: the design turned out great, and the limited edition prints I created are extremely close to the original. I also added gold by hand to the prints to make them precious.
The print (left in the picture below) and the original (right): it's hard to tell the difference!
Prints and accessories
You can buy different accessories with this design: I pesonally bought the tote bag, and I love it! The colours are beautiful and bright!! You can find different products at this link.