Another dragon, this time painted with watercolour pencils on wet pastel paper. I didn’t know in the beginning whether the paper could be used for wet watercolour pencils at all. The only thing however was, that I had to wait until the paper was dry in order to see how the colours would look like.
For I long time I have been using my watercolour pencils dry, but last Sunday I decided to use them wet – which meant painting with them on a wet surface. I’ve watched a few tutorials and the way I did it is not the way recommended by the watercolour pencil specialists. However, I’ve enjoyed experimenting with them – there are many ways to go to Rome, as we in Germany say.
What I had in my head was the eye, symbolizing the sun, streaming light in a kind of waterfall, in which three plants are bathing…
This time I tried something new with the watercolour pencils which I used in addition to “normal” coloured pencils: I dipped them into a small container with water. It is interesting how they differ in producing that rich colour I wanted to achieve. I especially used that technique with the leaves which I did at the end of my working process.
For this I had a reference photo. The reference photo showed a much bigger part of the crocodile, but due to the size of my paper I had to crop it and focused on the head and neck of the animal.
In the middle of my creative process I had the strong feeling that nothing worked, and wanted to throw the drawing in the bin. However I told myself that I could do that in the end, that it was a piece of practice anyway and kept on working on it. There are some lines on the head of the animal which should not be there, but I like the region around its eye, and I think it has got some character.
The colouring process was a challenge, too: which colours does a crocodile really have? I went for something grey-greenish, and some light brown for its belly. It was a challenge .- and it was fun!
Another step into the world of fantasy. I’d looked at some dragons at deviantart, but then decided to create my own.
Coloured pastel paper – even the smooth side of it – is quite a challenge. I found out that it is important to know in the beginning where you want your lightest colours to be – and that means where you want to have the focus put on. I tried to lighten up the wee chap on the left side after having put dark green on his face – and did not very well. Another lesson to be learnt!
I could not resist buying some “Zeichenkarton” (drawing paper? Artist’s board?) and trying my coloured pencils on it. It is a very smooth paper, and I like how the pencils went over it. I had to keep them very pointed, and the smooth paper doesn’t take as much layering as the watercolour paper does.
“The Lady with the Hood” was inspired by a digital painting I found over at Deviantart, but the only thing which is similar to the reference painting is the idea of a human figure in the wood. I changed it into a lady, and I also changed the atmosphere.