With this week’s topic being ‘Dusty’ I decided that a scene out of the Midwestern Dust Bowl might not be amiss. I haven’t worked with vellum since my last freelance architectural project back before the housing industry went belly-up though, and now I remember why. Despite the gorgeous blending effects you can get with it, it’s more aggravation than any artistic medium has the right to be (and I’ve worked with clay, wood, metal…). Breath on it while the ink is too wet, and it ripples. Let fingers or hair stray too near, and it smudges. Fail to move your pens quickly enough and it puddles, and even wiping it up with an eradicator doesn’t entirely get rid of the mess. Even so, I enjoyed working with this one, trying to catch the sunlight refracting in the dusty haze.
Dust Bowl (2011)