Snake. NeocoloursII on watercolour paper
The background was done with a stabilo 68 pen. You can create nice textures by changing the directions of the strokes.
I painted the snake by applying some of the shavings of the watersoluble wax crayons with a brush and by taking the pigments off the crayons with a wet brush. I noticed, that I had to be careful not to have too much water on my brush when I did the latter – otherwise the paint is far too watery and liquid.
Sometimes going through old files results in surprises: I actually did not know that I had done this antelope with Inkscape some years ago. I must say that one the one hand I see quite a lot of things which could be done better, but on the other hand I still like how I did the the shadows and high lights on the antelope. It makes me want to draw and paint another animal with Inkscape soon…
This is a quick sketch of a whale, done with pencil, then my staedtler pigment fineliner, then coloured with markers and coloured pencils.
It is the result of following a drawing video tutorial on YouTube, sitting in front of the screen with paper and pencil, As I am now looking at it I am sure that the anatomy is not fully correct, but as I said I did it very quickly (about 7 minutes or so). I consider these sketches to be drawing exercises, not more.
This is another quick sketch – I think I didn’t need more than 10 minutes, the search for this image included. I was looking for cats, because I had that story about the guardian cats in mind (you can read a short version of this story here.) I have an illustration in mind which shows the cats meeting in the forest and talking about how to help their human friends. I definitely can see one of the cats yawning, looking a wee bit bored.
I already did a bigger version of the yawning cat and imagined myself tracing it onto good paper standing at the window once again. I more and more wanted to have a lightbox to transfer my drawings to the final paper. Those lightboxes or lighttables are quite expensive, so I asked around whether someone would know of a used one. One of my colleagues I was eating lunch with told me of a simple solution – a glass pane put on something with a lamp under it.
Today I brought some old books to the nearby charity institution and strolled through the rooms not really expecting to find something I could use for a light table. However, I found a glass pane and paid 4 Euros for it. Back at home I pulled out two of my IKEA KASSETT boxes and put the glass pane on them. Then I fetched a lamp which I still had but not really need and put it under the glass. Voilà! The lighttable! I have to sit on the floor for tracing, so it is not super comfortable, but it is much better than standing up, and I am not depending on daylight.
This time I am using my watercolour pencils in a more “traditional” way: first dry, and then wetted with my tiniest brush. I’ve got the impression that the butterfly is talking to the kitten – maybe trying to show him or her the way home. Or persuading him to climb done this steep hill. Or trying to seduce her to follow it away to some wonderful place where there’s plenty of delicious milk… Nobody knows…
Several steps were necessary for this digital painting:
- sketching with a traditional pencil
- inking the scanned sketch in Inkscape. I had to get familiar with Inkscape again which was not too difficult. However, I’ll definitely change the thickness of the strokes the next time. Mostly they are at 2px, which is way too thin,
- exporting the outlined sketch into artrage. When I did this I exported the whole image instead of selecting the head of the horse and exporting the selected part of the image.
- Because of that I wondered about the small size of the head in Artrage. I used the airbrush, the marker and the oil brush tool. The airbrush tool is nice for shading, but you have to be careful to have soft and hard edges on the painting. I finally used the eraser to clean up along the lines, but because I knew that I wouldn’t get any colour spots I exported the image into photoshop, put the painting on a dark background and thus was able to see all the tiny wee spots that were left.