Waterlily – WIP

Waterlily. Markers and coloured pencils. Ulla Hennig August 2012

I must admit that I traced that waterlily. The photo is from the Reference Image Library over at Wet Canvas. I had two things in mind when I traced it:

  1. Tracing helps getting better at drawing. Sometimes your eyes tell you different things than what your tracing pen tells you, regarding the size of objects. Some people say that tracing is cheating – I don’t believe that. For me, tracing is a means to learn drawing.
  2. With that water lily I am focusing on colour, and on the use of markers and coloured pencils. You can see how different it looks when coloured pencils are applied on top of the markers – look at the petals on the right side of the flower. I first applied a rather light pink hue with a marker as a kind of underpainting. Then I went over with a cadmium red coloured pencil, and then I added a layer with the rather light pink marker. The marker served as a kind of solvent for the pigments of the coloured pencil.

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About Ulla Hennig

I live and work in Berlin. Taking photos is one of my hobbies, and writing is one of my hobbies, too. So I decided not only to show some of my pictures here but also present some of the thought which came wth the pictures.

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