From the creators of “Pen and Ink” compendium previously shared here
Here at Sketching Workshop Facebook group community of 150 artists, we have been busy! creating our second publication PDF on “Living Creatures” a compendium of techniques by members of our Group. Eight authors from different countries:
Stacy Egan, Barbara Moore, Inge Leonora-den Ouden, Suzie Althens, Amanda Lee Conduct, Jane Pereira Siebert, Wes Douglas and Myself (with my tutorial on “Drawing Marine Life”)
This PDF will be release this coming Monday to social media, and will be under the the Wiki Commons collection with license for free sharing.
Our previous “Pen and Ink” publication has been incorporated in art classes in several local art schools and widely appreciated.
At Sketching Workshop our motto is:
“What is not given is lost”
HERE it is below!
I am collaborating on a project (like my previous collaboration on Pen and Ink book) on “Living Creatures”. My theme is marine life
Today I submitted my finished article and will publish here very shortly as the head of the project assembles the work of several collaborating artists.
This is a 20 x 30″ watercolor rendering on Arches 300lb hot press, a commission portrait for this lovely couple from Matamoros Mexico.
I started this with alight pencil sketch just massing out the main shapes, placement of features and proportions. that is the part that takes me more time since its the barebones and the likeness depends on that. In order to achieve likeness i take the most prominent features and I exaggerate them a bit, as long as the features are flattering.
I usually shed a couple of lbs on the faces because, this being from a photograph, the photos flatten the images and in my view adds apparent weight to the people’s faces.. I tried to be more gentle and delicate in her linework and a little rougher on his. this is about 6 layers of watercolor buildup the final touch is to use some white paste out of the tube and do some brush strokes here and there for highlights. I squint my eyes constantly to see masses composition and contrast. contrast is very important to make the images pop out.
I used a staedtler pigment liner #5 and tried to keep linework to just essential as every time I plan to add color, otherwise I work with several points and detail, when its just an ink sketch. i have to do this very quickly to keep the image dynamic and fresh, the more I work it the less spontaneous it becomes. I think brushworks should look like brushwork to give this feeling. the background is always a choice of color to go with the overall scheme, since they were outdoors and it was sunny I added yellow. Her dress was black. but it was too monotonous to make it black
This was done on Arches 300lb hot pressed watercolor paper with KOI watercolors and Isabey petite gris brushes. The initial ink sketch was done with Staedtler pigment liners, which dry fast and are water resistant. I like the Isabey brushes because they hold a lot of pigment and the spread is smooth and uniform.
Unfortunately I can’t scan a watercolor bigger than 11 x 17″ so my work is cropped, yet the original is 20×30″
This is a commission work and I spent about 3-4 hrs. Usually if I start a watercolor I have better results working fast