This is one of the exercises we did in the Watercolour pencils online course. Here again I used the method of taking the pigment from the pencil with a damp brush.
Just now I’m taking a watercolour pencils online course, and one of the tasks was to draw and paint a ribbon. Before doing that I had begun drawing the turtle, after downloading a digital stamp as a kind of reference. I’m fascinated by those watercolour pencils, and I want to paint with them as often as possible.
By the way, you still can join Dion Dior’s online class. For further information go here.
I use to go through my tv journals, old wall calendars and materials like this in order to look for references or sources of inspiration. When I saw photos of this bird in an old journal (unfortunately the name of the photographer was not given), I felt attracted by the beautiful colours and by the pose of the bird.
I didn’t use watercolour paper this time. I have a stack of rather heavy drawing cardboard sheets left, and hoped that it would not buckle up too much. It did, but only a bit.
For the background I took pigment from the tops of my pencils with a very small wet brush.
I decided to re-activate my watercolour pencils and play around with them. I enjoyed doing this painting although it showed me how much I still have to learn regarding mixing colours – as you can see in the smaller flower. However you can only learn by practice, and practise I will.
This really is a challenge – I got the reference photo from an old calendar from 2011, and up to this date never dared to do anything with it. I found out that you can use watercolour paper with markers – this time I took the smoother side of the paper (some people say that that’s the wrong side!) , and as you can see the texture of the watercolour paper is not showing very strongly.
There’s still a lot of work to do, and I am very carefully adding my strokes. It is a stylized version of the cock of the wood (Auerhahn is the German word for this big bird)
There are hundreds of Mermaid drawings on the web, and most of them are copies of the Walt Disney mermaid. The mermaids look cute and girley. When I did the mermaid in Acrylics I was pretty sure that my version of the mermaid would not look cute and girley, and I didn’t want her to look that way also when I did the painting with markers. So I took my lightest green markers for her upper body, painted her hair also in green and made her eyes look quite strange by using red and green.
I still am fascinated by the kind of strokes the markers leave on that very special paper. The disadvantage of the paper is that it tends to stick when the ink hasn’t totally dried. So you have to be careful not to touch it.