Here’s the finished painting. I know it’s a strange bird, and one you would not find in nature. But I love the vivid colours, and I am more and more getting acquainted with my watercolours.
The first layer was done with watercolour paints. Then I enhanced the green of the leaves with a marker, as well as the yellow space between the leaves. I did the same with the blue background behind the bird, with the difference that I used one of my blue coloured pencils as well.
I still haven’t decided on the colour of the bird. I am thinking about using red as a base colour, being red the complimentary colour to the green of the leaves.
Didn’t I say in one of my earlier posts that I am going to practice figure drawing? Well, I don’t know whether drawing this little guy here could be considered as figure drawing, but a drawing exercise it was. I also practiced using mixed media in this piece: after having inked the sketch I coloured it with watercolour paints. When these were dry I went over the painting with my markers in order to ad d somecontrast to the painting. The finishing touches were done with my Polychromos coloured pencils.
The more I practise with my watercolour paints the more I like them. I use them on dry paper, and with not so much water. Doing it this way you can get rich colours.
Two days ago I discovered that a lot of my photos of my paintings were gone from this blog. You can imagine that I was absolutely horrified. At first I thought that something happened when wordpress changed to the new posting design. However, when I had a look at the source code I found out why my art pieces were gone – facebook which I had used as a host for my pictures had changed their urls for what reasons ever.
So from today on I will upload the photos or scans of my art pieces either to picase or to flickr hoping that something like this will never happen again.
Regarding the above quick sketch: I did them with the PITT Artist Brush pens first and then, as you will notice, added coloured pencil strokes.
Quite some time ago I did this with watercolour pencils only. Just some days ago I discovered the combination of watercolour paints, markers and coloured pencils. I was simply curious – what would happen if I worked on this watercolour piece again with markers and coloured pencils. I can say one thing – it looks a lot different!
There is an artist on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Sakuems) who first uses waterpaints, then Copic markers and then coloured pencils. I felt very much inspired by the way she combines those three media, and tried to do something similar. I haven’t been using coloured pencils on the owl up to now because I wanted to be able to compare the two paintings without and with coloured pencils.
This time I used alcoholic markers–copics, Delta markers, Shin Han Touch Markers. Will be back on Wednesday with the final piece which will then have coloured pencils on it as well.
I combined PITT Artist brush pens and Polychromos coloured pencils in this painting. They have the same colour names and the same numbers; however the colour range of the PITT Artist brush pens is more limited–there are only 60 colours, whereas the Polychromos pencils have a colour range of 170.
I used a piece of paper from my sketching pad. I am not very happy with the result–the colours are not so intensive as they are on drawing cardboard or even acrylic paper. I’ve got the impression that the ink is sucked in by the paper. As a consequence I will use the sketching paper for what the name says: sketches and drawings which then can be transfered onto the “real” paper.