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.
Up to now I manage to follow my plan to do a horse sketch every other day. I know that they are far from being flawless, but I give myself permission not to be perfect. There are a few which are not presentable on the web, but I do not throw them into the bin. I keep them in order to document my way.
This is a contribution to the June challenge of the Botanic/Floral Forum over at Wet Canvas. The reference photo was provided in the challenge thread.
I find rhododendrons very difficult to paint because of their frilly petals. I took the artistic license to simplify the reference. The last step of the process was to dip one of my very small paper stumps into a bit of baby oil and use it as a solvent.
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!
Some days ago I joined kobobooks and bought myself “Draw 50 horses” by Lee J. Ames. It is like a workbook with several profiles, several horse brands, rearing horses, bucking horses and what not.
This is the first drawing, and there will be many more coming. Of course I won’t give up showing you my coloured pencil drawings (I managed to finish the rhododendron and I am working on my first landscape just now).
I managed to finish this abstract on Friday. I think it is not too bad, but I also think that I won’t use acrylic paper again. The texture is similar to watercolour paper, but it is less heavy.
However I decided to allow myself the luxury of a better paper than I have been using up to now. I’ve got the feeling that my art pieces deserve it… There is a big art shop just around the corner where I work (what a big temptation!), and they have all kinds of lovely paper. We’ll see…
This is an experiment. It is an experiment because I for the first time use acrylic paper as a surface for coloured pencils. Some months ago I had bought a pad with acrylic paper and haven’t touched it till yesterday when I decided to use it with my coloured pencils.
But the piece is also an experiment because I used coloured pencils together with my markers on acrylic paper, and I decided to work with a limited palette, only using shades of reds and shades of greens.
I don’t know yet whether the experiment will work and whether the final piece will be a failure or not. However, I am enjoying the process.