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.
I had a rough sketch of this kitty, and wanted to try out my handmade lighttable in order to make a clean sketch out of it and place that on a sheet of drawing cardboard. So I put my two IKEA boxes on one side, my coffee table on the other side and placed a glass pane over them. I used one of my desk lamps as light source under the glass pane – and voila, I had a wonderful light table for the price of 5 Euros (this was the price of the glass pane I got at a charity shop round the corner).
Well, the combination looked as if it could be used as a light table – but did it really work? I fetched the paper with the sketch on it and a sheet of drawing cardboard. I now noticed that even for rough sketches I should use paper with a white backside–I had used a paper which had printed text on the back which now was a bit disturbing. However the tracing of my sketch went quite well, as you can see. I then went over the pencil lines with a staedtler pigment liner which is waterproof, erased the pencil lines and then had fun with my watercolour pencils.
I used all my blue watercolour pencils for that painting. I worked with various layers, taking the pigment off the pencil with a brush and then painting with the brush. I know it’s a bird which you’ll never find alive anywhere, but I had very much fun in using all the different colours.
A few days ago I saw a photo of a mushroom with a snail on it and thought that it could be part of a fairytale landscape…
This was done on the last sheet of my rough watercolour paper. I found it very difficult to work with pencils on that kind of paper. However, I had to use it up – two things I cannot throw away – paper to draw or paint on and books.
But I did some research on other watercolour papers, and finally I managed to identifiy the German equivalent for cold pressed and hot pressed paper. (in Germany, we have rough watercolour paper (“rauh” in German), cold pressed watercolour paper (in German called “matt”), and some hot pressed papers, called “satiniert” which means “like satin”. I went to a nearby art store and bought a pad of Canson cold pressed watercolour paper. Just now I am working on a new painting, and I am quite satisfied with the paper.