This was done very quickly on a piece of paper. Although I not quite sure whether to add some colours on the tail and head feathers I think that I don’t want to colour the whole bird. This dancing bird is something like a symbol of the coming spring to me, with its dancing pose and the bright colours.
One of my art goals for 2015 is to sketch and draw on a regular basis. I did this while watching one of the many drawing videos on YouTube.
I want to try out several color combinations with my markers, and there’s nothing more suitable for doing so than having a lineart doodle. I can paste it into my office writer file, enlarge it or make it smaller, print it out and then put it on my lighttable. I can then either choose drawing cardboard in case I use my markers, or watercolour paper for painting with gouache.
The original pencil sketch was too small, so I enlarged it by copying the image into my wordprocessor and then blowing up the image. I then transfered it to my watercolour paper, this time using the windowplane as my lighttable.
I had some gouache paints left on my palette. I re-wetted them. They lose a great deal of their opaqueness when you use them like this, but the colour is still quite vivid. In fact they act like watercolours and work very well together with markers.
The reference I had was out of a youTube video about drawing chibis. I am however not so much into manga and chibis, and you might notice that the result is looking more like a troll than a chibi.
I was watching some drawing videos on YouTube yesterday, and one of them was so inspiring that I grabbed paper and pencil and did this quick sketch.
The next step will be to colour this little chap. The rough sketch would be cleaned up and transfered to a piece of either watercolour paper or drawing cardboard (I am not decided on that yet). However, I wanted the sketch to be bigger, especially for colouring with gouache or watercolour. So I copied the image into my open office writer and enlarged it. Voilà! Now I am looking forward to using my handmade lightbox and cleaning up the sketch.
This is the result of a quick drawing exercise, done with a graphite pencil (6 B) on a piece of scrap paper. I used some guidelines which I then erased (as you can see not very successful).
I love, love, love those PITT Artist Brush pens! I must admit there are a lot of owl line drawings on the web, but I decided to make some changes to the one I downloaded as a reference. I added the background as well, using my three shades of green–the light green, the leaf green and the chromoxide green opaque.
I also decided to put up a “real” folder with all the reference material I come across in the internet–tutorials, drawings, line-art and so on. Whenever I have no ideal what to do next I will go through that folder and most certainly find something to paint or draw.