So, here is how I make an inchie, yes, a square inch painting, the only way I know, the slow way.
First assemble the equipment, besides a large sheet of cartridge paper and some tracing paper.
A square inch template to draw around, to make an square just over one inch (to be trimmed later).
A 0.05 waterproof pen to draw the picture.
A pencil to try out ideas, rough sketch on the actual inchie and an eraser on the end to rub out pencil markings on the inchie.
My sewing machine brush to use while drawing or painting to brush away any eraser or other dusty bits on the inchie.
Tombows and other watercolour pens.
Staedtler triplus fineliners and other pens.
A 000 brush to paint in the tiny corners.
First of all, I do many try-out drawings relatively quickly and very small. Here are some of them. When I was at college I had a very inspiring teacher who made us do lots of samples (for weeks) before even starting to think about a finished design and I enjoyed making samples more than anything.
The sheet of paper below is roughly 8 by 6 inches. There are some funny looking birds here but that's the whole idea of samples, to let you try out new, random and odd ideas without commitment to finishing. Do you like the little bird centre bottom with the crutches, that's why he is waiting for the bus.
The main trouble with making lots of samples is that you make a very good bird, for example, then you want to duplicate that bird on to your finished piece. Tracing paper works to a certain extent but it hardly ever seems to end up quite the same.
Finally get a good bird, bus stop and bus all on the one inchie. Then comes the nerve-wracking task of painting it. One shoogly hand and it's gone. And here is the final .......
BIRD WAITING FOR A BUS
Now I ask -
Why is the bus off the road? Is it just taking a wide corner? I don't like the look of those back wheels.
Why is the bird facing the wrong way, he should be looking out for the bus. I think he may have been there for some time and has gone into a bus-waiting trance.
Otherwise, I actually rather like it. My paintings are as much a surprise to me as to anyone else.