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11.22.2006

watercolour sketches

I was feeling pretty bummed out last week so I bought some over-priced tea. My favourite was this lychee green tea - it tastes like what springtime might taste like. You can buy the tea HERE! Here are first and second attempts on it:
I also bought Playboy: 50 Years: The Cartoons, which was on sale at Oscar's art books. There are some amaaaaaazing watercolour pieces in it and it set me off on a painting frenzy. Thus the boob:
My favourites from the book are Jack Cole (uh... that's definitely not one of the best paintings he's done) and Erich Sokol. I love the no-line watercolours where it looks as if these shapes were effortlessly thrown into place, and yet aren't muddy or even bleeding into each other! Anyone have any tips? There's hardly any info on watercolouring that isn't flowers or still life, or, say, painting every single hair on some wolf. I'd imagine it takes a lot of experimenting and getting to know your paper and water. Anyway, the book is soooo nice. Check it out if you can.

Here's some lady and her kid (actually she had two, but she was clutching this one) spotted during lunch yesterday. I think that face a kid makes when they're about to go postal on you is the most funny yet horrifying sight ever. Their faces scrunch up into this terrible little old person's.

These were all painted with turbid water. END!

44 comments:

Anonymous said...

Clio, I just love this book! It truly is inspirational. I adore, Kiraz' work--he has the whole package! Boobs never looked so good--Playboy 50 Years: The Cartoons delivers, gurl. lol. Gorgeous new artwork, my favourites are the first two cos I really like how you played with the space around the girl and how you included white to go with the steam and hair of the girls. I also love the colours you chose for both of them. All of them are beautiful, tbh.

Clio said...

Kiraz is one of my favourites too! I just wanna pinch all his characters. On both cheeks.

Goro said...

those watercolors are so beautiful! Great work clio

Kean said...

I just love that second green tea girl.

colleen said...

you always make me wish I was braver with watercolours!
These look fantastic.

Anonymous said...

Cool paintings, second one is my flava-fave.

Good to see you are enjoying the wonderful world of watercolours, these are some good results you got here:)

guache is pretty darn awsome as well.

cheers

your fan

-LFW

John Young said...

yer a good drawer.

mackaydesign said...

excellent paintings!

Andrew Shek said...

very nice watercolours, i like the sofa with the white lines on it

Mega said...

nice! id love to find out how you crank out all the work you do!
kiraz is one of my favorites, i totally want that book, but ive had no luck in my search....how much did you pay for it?

newstreamer said...

Always love looking at your watercolor pieces, especially the girl with the "boob" ;)

Thanks for the book recommendation. I had a small kick in pin-up girls, a few weeks ago, and now this. Haha. I see it used for $5 dollars in Amazon (US) - I must get.

- diana

Clio said...

Hey Mike, it was only $22 (and say you're a friend of Oscar's, that'll give you 10% off). Diana - SCORE.

Chhuy-Ing said...

Your watercolour sketches really make me want to taste your lychee green tea. (I wonder if I can find any in Paris...)

potato farm girl said...

Scary, scary, bear child!! Those watercolors are lovely as always...I need some lychee tea.

STUDIO 10: Fish and Chopsticks said...

Ive been blogging all day and this i dont regret it cause seeing different at from different walks of life is fantastic. Feeling the watercolours. I can't wait for my break from school to do some relaxing watercolour.

Arschblog said...

They are beautiful! I love your coloration in your drawings. My favourite are your first both drawings.

donnachada said...

Hey Clio, these are wonderful. The boob girl is particularly fab. Love the lighting in it. What a rich looking colour on the chair. Really brings out the figure. Maybe I should get some of that tea. Hmmm, maybe I should paint with the tea.

Joana Carneiro said...

Clio, i am a big fan of your art!

Anonymous said...

Lovely stuff as usual. I'm torn between the two tea-girls. I love the flesh color you picked for the bottom, but I like how the lone red makes the features pop out against the green on the top one.

g-fifty said...

clio chiang...you are the clio chiangiest! killer work as usual.

Martin Hsu said...

lychee green tea!?!??! where do i get some? 99 Ranch market?? Fabuloso watercolors clio!

party for my enemies said...

I'm jealous of that book, Jack Cole's women are so amazing!

Anonymous said...

wow, great pics, Clio!!! I love the woman on the couch..Keep posting :)

scottc said...

whoah. those are bitchin. the green ones. the lady on the couch. the fur lady with little dude. i cannot choose a favorite, but those all make me feel good.

Jo Bling said...

Great site, Clio. Just stumbled across it for the first time, there's some lovely retro-feel illustrations here matey. Like it a lot.

C

Anonymous said...

These are fantastic Clio. I love your watercolor stuff. I saw this book and I regret not picking it up. I'll have to snag it some time soon.

Balkandude said...

Nice work Clio!
Cheers.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful !!!

the doodlers said...

Sensuous painting! I like the look on the mom's face in the last pic. Oye!

Chris Battle said...

Aw, man, that 2nd green tea girl is amazing.

Nick Dellhall said...

I love going to Oscar's too! Their commercial/graphic design section is my favorite.

paublo said...

nice clio

Smook said...

truly inspired work! it's also one great book!

Sam Nielson said...

I just found your blog and looked through your archives, and I'm now convinced that you're a disturbed individual. However, your art and designs are wonderful beyond compare!

Alina Chau said...

THese drawings ROCK!!

Anonymous said...

I just got back from my honeymoon and what was waiting at my door? Your sketchbook....LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!! Thanks for the drawing you did too...Jodi and I were blown away. Thanks again...you're the best!!!!

martin wittig said...

These are GREAT!!:)

Andre Barnwell said...

I love watercolours. And this may sound strange or you may have heard this too many times but your fish and cat animation. Priceless. Everyone i show thinks its pencil to paper. Keep on pumping out that good stuff that keeps evryone inspired.

Lizzelizzel said...

irI have that book too. It was a wonderful birfday present.

Clio said...

Whoa! Thanks very much guys. I posted the link to where non-locals can buy the green tea. It's very worth it!

Anonymous said...

;) We need a new update Clioz foar decemburr, omg, i am working on this yearz christmas card, stay on the look out coz you gonna get one so i hope you didn't change your addrezz or sumthing. bye!!!!

Kevin Dalton said...

wooo teach me how to watercolour.

so awesome : D

Lee-Roy said...

the one of the mom and her kid is just TOO MUCH! Wow! I love the way you did this one.

Going comment-crazy on your blog today.

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