I have to be truthful though; one of the reasons I thought I might like it was that it would wash out of my clothes. Back when I was doing my foundation year in college, I got so much acrylic paint on my clothes that it wasn’t even funny. Everything I wore had a smudgy goop of dried acrylic on it somewhere. I think that was the thing that made me quit making images more than anything else.
I don’t have a headboard; instead, I have a giant cushion from Ikea. This is a trick I picked up when I was living in Newcastle and staying in low-rate rented accommodation. I must have finished off a lot of books leaning against this pillow in the early hours of the morning!
For this postcard, I was trying to get the patterns of the bedclothes. I’ve been so concerned with trying to do the “form” of things that the patterns on top often get ignored; some of the trickiest stuff to do is the patterns on clothes. I filled in the colour with light washes of gouache over the inks, which I think worked really well.