Above: Another painting of my friend's eggplant, also, as it happens, on a prepainted journal page. The edges of the page spread were masked off before I painted the background with light washes of acrylics. Then a week or so later I drew and painted this eggplant. The journal is a 7 x 9 inch one I made using Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media paper. Click on the image to view an enlargement.
Sometimes I don't put my glasses on at night when I sketch and then things start to get fussy, like the cap on this eggplant, as I squint away. But I was having too much fun to get up and get my glasses.
You can see the first eggplant painting I did of this little guy here. It wasn't as plump as the first painting and it wasn't as thin as this second painting. That unpainted drawing is just about right. But some of the change is also attributable to different angles and "shriveling." The eggplant is getting older in the fridge as I type this. I really do need to paint it one more time! (I'm working in a journal with tan paper now and it would be fun.)
Both of the above sketches were done with the Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. The second, unpainted sketch, is actually a little more detailed around the cap (with pen lines), because I knew I wasn't going to paint it and hide lines. I just wanted to do one more sketch, not write something about the painting or my day, on that page spread. Sometimes, gasp, I just don't want to write.
In this painting the cap is drying out and losing color and the eggplant itself is also losing color, becoming more violet/red and I think it is going towards a dullish brown (we'll see what happens as it ages).
On this side you can also see the scars, and they are more prominent than before.
This was the last empty page spread in that journal. (Paging doesn't happen until I finish a journal. I was so happy to finish the journal I paged the book right away and indexed it even before I scanned it to post.) It was good fun to finish up the book with a painting.