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.
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.