This is a rather rough sketch done with a black ballpoint pen. It will serve as the basis for the next digital painting. It shows a tree without leaves on the right side, standing at the shore of the lake, with some hills /rocks / mountains added.
I will import the image into Inkscape and hope to get a decent line drawing which then will be the basis for the digital painting in Artrage. I will document the steps here on my blog.
Lots do be done here still. But now I’ve got a general idea where I am going to. For this I changed to cardstock again – which is of course much smoother than watercolour paper.
In one of my earlier posts I promised to present helpful art tutorials which I’v been watching on YouTube. Here is one – the first of a series – about perspective. I found it very useful, and I hope it may be useful to you as well!
Normally, fairies look young, beautiful and charming. This fairy does not. I imagine her coming to the wise old mushroom seeking for guidance. But of course you – dear reader- are invited to invent your own story. …
This is another horse sketch exercise, done after the horse drawings from Lee J. Ames in his book “DRAW 50 HORSES”.
I intend to do all of them in the next weeks / months, hoping that after having done them I will be much better in drawing horses from photographs. My goal is to do horses with my pencils, and I want to have at least one drawing/painting of a horse at the end of 2013.
I finished this abstract yesterday. I had no particular reference for it. I was interested in the contrast between something more specific like a human figure and geometrical shapes, and I wanted to play with shades of blue, green and red.
This time I used a small brush for applying the baby oil instead of using q-tips. Besides that I went with colour pencils over some of the areas again. Interesting!
I had fun doing this – not only the various shades of blue, but also the scales on the Sea person. By the way: I called the painting “prince of the waters” because I see more of a male person than of a female person in it. However, the person definitely has an androgyne character.
I also wanted not to paint a typical mermaid – a seductive looking female. I wanted to portray somebody who’s proud and who is a leader under the waters. That person could be a prince, or a queen, or a king or a princess…
I was inspired by a photo showing two mushrooms. Looking at it I saw a mushroom with a face and hands before my eye. After I had drawn the mushroom figure I thought that he needed to be kissed – and added the second creature.
It has been a long time since I used water colour paper, but when I felt my colored pencils going over it I liked it very much. However I definitely don’t like the white spots which you get with it. I had used baby oil with a paper stump before, but decided to go for q-tips this time. I am quite pleased with the result.
There is a lot to be done yet, more layers with the pencils, and especially the shadows in the foreground.
It is my first real landscape (meaning: not a fantasy landscape). With this I am definitely leaving my comfort zone!
The June challenge over at the Botanical and Floral forum at WetCanvas is “Rhododendron”. I don’t know whether I will be able to present the finished piece at the 25th of June, but submissions are open till the end of the month.
Most of the pencils I used are Polychromos made by Faber-Castell, but in the meantime I also got some Koh-i-Noors and some Pablos from Caran d’Ache.