Yesterday I felt like using my brush and some opaque watercolours. I’d bought a set of 24 opaque watercolours, not in tubes, but in some kind of tablets, and I wanted to give them a try.
I did the background using a dark blue stabilo 68 pen, The texture you see was caused by varying the direction of the strokes.
This cute little dolphin has been done with Inkscape quite some time ago. Here’s a selection of products which have got the dolphin on them:
In the beginning I wanted to draw a rhino in Inkscape. However I completely failed. The creature I created had nothing whatsoever to do with a rhino – but it looked a bit like a monster dog. So I decided to improvise on that, This is the result.
This Chinese Dragon is another free sampler colouring page from Dover publications. After I found out that my new coated paper goes very smoothly with my printer and with my markers I decided to have a go at it. I used my stabilo and staedtler fineliners, and the stabilo 68 pens. Of course it would be great to have more colours (compared with my markers the colour range of the stabilos and staedtlers is quite limited), but you can have nice shading effects by layering down the colours and by layering down one colour over the other.
Colouring books and colouring pages have become something people talk about and write about. The action of colouring is said to be good for people who live a stressful live. You can find lots of colouring pages on the internet, for example on pinterest.
I chose this mermaid colouring page because it was not too big and could be done in a forseeable time period. I had to use my fineliners because of the tiny picture. While I was colouring with them I noticed something I hadn’t noticed before: you can do some shading with them when you lay them down in layers!
Doesn’t she look happy? The blue flower girl was drawn and coloured in Inkscape. I plan to upload the image file to Zazzle, looking forward to select products for her. Not that I haven’t enough designs to put on mugs, cards, plates and what not, but putting design on products is the one thing – creating a design is the other thing, and I try to switch between those two activities.
These are some quick flower sketches which I did as preparation studies for an inkscape drawing. They were done on one morning before work, on some piece of scrap paper.
With this piece I went back to traditional colouring with my markers. There’s a bit of digital work in it as well, though, because I did the lines with inkscape. I had a very rough idea of fish jumping through the water when I did the lines and the colouring.