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.
I first titled this drawing “Venus tree” because of the pose (red eye-lids and a bit of a seductive pose), but then someone else said it reminded her of an elephant tree. Well, either the one or the other is an up to now undetected tree species.
I just doodled around and I love giving trees some kind of personality. So I went for that strange tree character.
I used acrylic paper as support (had it on my shelf for some time), but I must say that it is not my favorite kind of paper. Fortunately I discovered a new art store in the Mall of Berlin which opened just a few days ago, and I bought a Canson watercolour paper pad. I am looking forward to give it a try.
Another drawing exercise – drawing and painting folds and fabric. I had a green paper napkin for reference. The painted napkin looks much more fabric like, like one of these fine napkins you get when you’re eating in a classy restaurant.
I used drawing cardboard as support. It is a heavy one, 250g, and it takes the water from the brush without buckling. It also may be that I’m getting slowly used to squeeze most of the water out of my brush before diluting the pigment of the watercolour pencils.
This is one of the exercises we did in the Watercolour pencils online course. Here again I used the method of taking the pigment from the pencil with a damp brush.
Just now I’m taking a watercolour pencils online course, and one of the tasks was to draw and paint a ribbon. Before doing that I had begun drawing the turtle, after downloading a digital stamp as a kind of reference. I’m fascinated by those watercolour pencils, and I want to paint with them as often as possible.
By the way, you still can join Dion Dior’s online class. For further information go here.
I use to go through my tv journals, old wall calendars and materials like this in order to look for references or sources of inspiration. When I saw photos of this bird in an old journal (unfortunately the name of the photographer was not given), I felt attracted by the beautiful colours and by the pose of the bird.
I didn’t use watercolour paper this time. I have a stack of rather heavy drawing cardboard sheets left, and hoped that it would not buckle up too much. It did, but only a bit.
For the background I took pigment from the tops of my pencils with a very small wet brush.