Watercolour pencil little bird

Watercolour pencil bird picture

I started this last night and finished it today,  one of the best and worst things about being slightly nocturnal, all the best ideas and the inspiration to do things comes at silly times of night.

Products used

  • Derwent watercolour pencils
  • Derwent A5 watercolour paper 140lbs
  • A Derwent number 1 aquabrush

I got the reference photo for this little guy off of morguefile. I began by drawing out the branch with a watercolour pencil, using number 61 which is Copper Beech,  I used this as it’s a mid range between the darker and lighter colours I would be using on the branch. I then placed in the outline for the bird using number 39 Turquoise Blue. Once I’d done that and was happy it was looking accurate, I began to block in the colours of brown for the branch.  I used several different shades and overlapped a lot of them to aid with them mixing once I added the water, once I was happy that it looked like a reasonably realistic branch (I obviously wasn’t going for total realistic detail with this one)  I used one of my aqua brushes to blend the browns together, being careful not to overwork any of the areas as the colour moves a little too much and risks losing some of the values and shades when that happens.

After I’d finished the branch I started adding the colour to the bird, I used greys, white and blues, including the one I did the outline with to do the majority of the birds colours,  I also used raw sienna and burnt sienna for the orange sections of the feathers,  then using my aqua brush I blended the colours together. Making sure that the brush strokes went in the same directions as the feathers. Once it’d had dried I then picked out highlights and darkened some areas by using my brush to directly take colour from the selected pencils to get finer detail.

When I was done with the bird I went through my background adding various greens, and blues including the ones used on the bird, overlapping several areas, I also added a brown in there to create the look of possible trees.  Then I just used my aqua brush on it, making sure the brush strokes didn’t all go in the same way.  I was going for more of a blurry look with the background to help make the bird and the branch stand out.

One of the reasons I love watercolour pencils so much is the ability to create quick projects with them.

 

Super Bunny?

rabbit

So the intensity of the background on this has had me calling this super Bunny,  clearly reminds me of the super man logo somehow…

Finally finished this, started it last week and haven’t got much done all week due to being susceptible to the annoying colds that humans get.

Products used

  • Derwent A5 watercolour paper
  • Luminance pencils by Caran D’ache
  • Gamsol for blending.

Reference photo is from paint my photo  http://pmp-art.com/glennis-weston/gallery/118825/cute-bunny

Red tailed Hawk coloured Pencil Picture

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Today I finished off a picture I started on Saturday evening.  It’s my first picture with my new pencils.  I got the reference photo off of Morguefile.

I really am happy with how the pencils worked and how they blended and layered well and hope it’s the start of even better work to come.   The background is especially something that I like how it turned out.

Equipment used

  • Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils from the set of 24 I brought –  These are really great from what I can see.
  • Luminance pencils from Caran D’ache from the set of 20 – as I’d already heard, the white is pretty great,  also really liked the other colours I tried out.
  • Gamsol for blending – obviously keeping the container I put it into closed when not in use and being mindful to keep this away from the cats.  This worked really well for blending, and didn’t take me too long to get used to how it works.
  • The paper I used was Derwent watercolour paper – A5 – 140lbs – this let me do quite a few layers and generally seemed to work quite nicely, didn’t buckle at all when the blender was applied.