Here is one of my first attempts at watercolors. I used watercolor pencils, but I plan on trying traditional watercolors soon. This is one of a few watercolor pencil experiments I have going at this time. I first drew basic forms with a light pencil. Why a robot? I love robots. Here’s my first watercolor stage completed.
Applied dry, watercolor pencil really builds up inside watercolor paper ridges. I applied water with a #2 brush. Most color would dissolve, the rest would just streak. Experimenting along, I kept applying pencil and brushing away. Watercolor artists do their magic here. Me? I will learn this magic through practice. Blending and controlling color is a calming experience, even when it turned out “wrong”. I don’t know if you can tell, but I spent a lot of time pushing colors around.
This next scan shows when I decided to stop adding colors, and start applying ink lines. The forms were starting to fade. I like the way ink pens can make a subject “pop” in a composition. This piece was done in more than one sitting. Before using ink, lots of drying time was always required. I used paper towels to blend and dry as well.
Finally, ink wash time! As you can see below, I buried all the background sky detail using a good amount of ink wash. This stage was fun, as I mixed different concentrations of ink and water, and tested them separately. I love the way ink wash looks. I think I got a nice grey out of it. And to finish it off, I added details with colored brush pens.
I hope you enjoyed my process description. There will be more of these in the near future. If you’d like to ask a question, comment on any of this, or give me a suggestion, I will really appreciate your feedback. Thanks for visiting, and have a great art time!