Hello all! For this In Depth Process, I am going to go over the tools and materials I used to create the piece, Paloma. It's actually more of a sketchbook piece, but I still wanted to go over it as I think it has an interesting process that's different from my previous IDPs for Decay (Deer) and Untitled Landscape 1.
This piece is actually a lot different than my previous pieces because it is an Alternative Sketchbook page. An Alternative Sketchbook is a sketchbook made from an old book that you can paint over, tear apart, and generally experiment with. The used book I had was an old copy of Hamlet. In order to make the book your own, it's nice to cover the text so it doesn't overpower your artwork (though I like how it looks when the words slightly peek through).
I started by covering the page in white gesso, but white acrylic paint works well too. It did require a few coats to cover most of the text. Then I began sketching with graphite (I'm not partial to any one brand, I just used an office mechanical pencil I had lying around). Then, I finished by painting the background with one of my favorite tubes of acrylic paint.
And there you have it, a finished Alternative Sketchbook spread. I would recommend spraying it with some spray fixative if you use graphite so parts don't smudge like mine did (I don't mind it though). Also, if the pages of the book you choose seem too thin to hold gesso or paint, glue some pages together like I did to make them stronger. If you have any questions about tips and materials please feel free to comment or email me!
Sarah Bustillo is an illustrator from Los Angeles, CA. Her work delves into themes of femininity, death, and rebirth. She graduated from California State University Northridge in 2018 with a degree in Illustration and Anthropology.