Here's my contribution to this week's topic.
Hehe, and he's not usually a black cat! I was walking near Times Square the other day, and saw an advertisement for a Mary Poppins musical. Something inside me clicked, and I knew that I had to illustrate a chimney-sweep. So it shows "clean" in two ways: the chimney is now spotless (on the inside, at least, heh), and all of the other cats hanging out on the roof are clean (well, cleaner than the sooty cat!).
I haven't worked with watercolors in a while, and I really enjoyed painting with them. Quite some time ago, I read a beautiful quote upon passing that read something like "watercolors go where they want; you can coax them and plead with them, but the colors make their own path." I wish I had written it down, because I probably really butchered the quote, and am unable to cite a reference because my desperate (and pathetic) research attempts didn't yield any results. But I just had to share the quote because I think it really captures the essence of creating a watercolor painting. I love how the color runs around, exploring the paper on its own whim. Hmm, well, I guess painting with a drier brush would give me more control over the paints, but using a really wet brush is so...freeing.
Oh yes, and here's my concept sketch of the illustration. I actually like this sketch a lot, it's nice and clean.
I don't know why I've taken to sketching things out with ball-point pens...maybe because I always have one in my purse. I've been drawing on random bits of napkin, the back of bills (oops), envelopes, etc etc during my subway rides to work. Haha, perhaps it's time for me to purchase a sketch book, huh?