Water Lily – Watercolour

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Drawn for a card, outlined with pigment liners and then painted with watercolour. I used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi Japanese Watercolour Paints for this and it was the first time I’ve really used them.  They seem to be very pigmented and I like the look the colours have. I was using one of my aqua brushes for this but I think for these particular paints a normal paintbrush and water would be easier due to just how hard the colour can be to get off of an aqua brush.  

This was certainly fun to paint and it was my first time experimenting with using my liners and watercolour and I love the effect it’s created.  🙂

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Flower Doodle

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Created this little flower doodle as a card today.  Always pleasing to do something nice and quick to create a unique card for someone.

I created this by drawing out the flowers, then going over it with my 0.3 Staedtler pigment liner. Then added colour with my Letraset Promarkers.  The lighter bits on the purple flower were done with a Pale Lavender Copic marker pen, which turned out to be really good at adding highlights to the petals even after I’d already coloured then in with my purple Promarker.

Alfie and a kitten – sort of commissions

Now these are both done partly due to my mother knowing people who would like them done and partly just because I’m always trying to improve my skills and it does help having some direction to focus it in.

The one of the Kitten was done for a friend of hers who said she wanted anything with cats.  I got the picture from Morguefile and tried my best to draw it accurately, which considering my usual cats tend to looks like aliens of some sort, I was quite happy with this.  The sketching was done with my mechanical pencils and then the colour was added with my Luminance pencils from Caran D’ache. I seem to have taken a liking to adding bold colours like red to things recently.  kitten better scan

 

The dog picture is of a dog called Alfie who belongs to a friend of my mothers,  I’m not sure what breed exactly this dog is but it’s some kind of cross breed and the photo I was working from wasn’t brilliant so it made this a nice little challenge.  The sketching for this was also done with my mechanical pencil.  Both pictures were drawn on  Aquafine smooth watercolour Aquarelle 140lb paper from Daler – Rowney.  I really like the smooth surface of this paper.

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Coloured Pencil Swan Picture

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I started this on Saturday and completed it this evening.

It’s a picture of a young swan, hence all the grey and different tones on it.

It was created using Polychromos pencils from Faber-Castell and Luminance pencils from Caran D’ache.  The paper I did this on was Daler Rowney Aquafine aquarelle artists watercolour  A4 hot pressed.

The reference photo is once again from Paint my photo, and actually from the same photographer as my Spaniel watercolour picture.  A link to that is here 

I did have a slight issue once I’d completed this picture, as I’d taped down the edges with masking tape, which is never normally a problem, but this time it stuck too much and ripped a bit of the paper,  so it’s not the full A4 that it would have been.  Thankfully I think I saved it well enough.

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String Lake watercolour landscape

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This evening I managed to get this done,  it’s sort of inspired by a picture from paint my photo, although it did kind of take it’s own form.   Landscapes are kind of my weakness, so I’m hoping to build on that, as with everything else.

Prints available at fine art america here

Reference photo http://pmp-art.com/tam-tam/gallery/139385

Products used

  • Winsor & Newton watercolour cold pressed 140lb – A4 297 x 210mm
  • Daler Rowney watercolour paint

Lioness Painting

So for those of you that follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll have seen the in progress photos  of my Lioness painting.  This was a fun one to paint, started it on Wednesday evening and finished it this evening.

Prints are available here 

The reference photo came from Janruss over at paint my photo 

Stage one

IMG_2438  At this point I’d just drawn the outline and then covered the bits I wanted to stay white with masking fluid.

Stage two

IMG_2439  This was my progress by Friday evening. I’d put in the background and blocked in a lot of the main colours and tones.

IMG_2440  My second to last stage, the work I’d completed by Saturday evening.  By this point I’d got most of my layers and colours in and I’d also removed the masking fluid so I could start evening out some of the areas that needed it.

Finished product

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So here’s the finished thing. Final shadows and highlights were added as necessary, as well as more being done to the ear.

Products used

  • Paint brushes – 1″ Oval wash and a 6 Filbert (both Daler Rowney) and also a number 3 round
  • Koi watercolours from the pocket field sketch box
  • Paper – Daler Rowney Aquafine 12 x 9 inches  140lbs cold pressed.
  • Masking fluid and masking fluid brushes.

lioness finished cropped

A Chickadee in coloured pencil

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I finished this one yesterday, it didn’t really turn out exactly how I wanted – probably not enough layers – but I’m still pretty happy with it.

It’s a black capped Chickadee, the reference photo came from paint my photo.

I used Polychromos pencils from Faber-Castell and A5 Derwent watercolour paper.

I’m still debating whether to put this one on fine art america or not.  ( A link to my current selection on there is here.)

And now – on to the next project,  although I’m not sure what that will be yet.

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.

Robin in a tree

On Monday I finished this acrylic painting of a Robin on canvas board. I quite like it,  even if the trees have a bit of a pink tinge to them, it just adds to their individuality.   This took me about a week probably to do, but involved a lot of me just leaving it to get on with other things and of course work as usual.

The photo for inspiration was this  from paint my photo.

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