Alebrije Pig – Pencil to Paint


Doodlewash/WorldWatercolorGroup Prompt #Pig

In real life, an alebrije pig can be any size you want.

In real life, the Guiness Book World’s Record Holder for largest pig is Big Bill. In 1933, he weighed in at 2,552 lb, stood 5 ft tall and was 9 ft long!

Artwork: Zebra Zensations Technical Pen & Qor Watercolor on Hahnemühle Rough Watercolor Postcard

I drew my pencil outline lightly (scan was darkened so you could see the lines). The pencil drawing is done to make sure the subject fits the postcard, establish the scale of all the parts to each other, and to place important items such as the nose & eyes. The more complex the subject, the more I add to the drawing.

Since this is an alebrie, I wanted color to be dominant over the lines, so I used an .03 size nib, and I did very little shading.

I’ve discovered that painting at this 4 x 6 postcard size, it is really best to stay with larger patterns if you are going to paint. Smaller details just get lost and it’s hard to keep the colors bright and vibrant.

The colors used were Quinacridone Magenta, Cadmium Yellow Primrose, Nickel Azo Yellow, Dioxine Purple, and Phthalo Blue.

Note that the pale color on the belly and lower chin is a very watery mix of the Quinacridone Magenta used on the rest of the body.

I used the Princeton Velvetouch Long Round size 6. It’s my favoritest brush for this size painting because you can get wide sweeps with the side, but the tip stays nice and pointy for the smaller areas.

You can buy Hahnemühle Rough Watercolor Postcards at these places:

You can buy Zebra Zensation Technical Pens here.

You can buy the Princeton Velvetouch mixed media brushes 6 long round here.

You can buy the Golden QoR Watercolor, Mini Half Pan Set of 12 Colors here.

4 comments

  1. Fantastic as usual!! Came across a show you should watch sometime if you can, called
    Fantastic Beasts and where you can find them. On NBC tonight down here2016 staring Eddie Redmayne. A delightful array of magical creatures reminded me of all your postcard animals.

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