Penguin Chick: Pencil to Paint mini-tutorial


Have you seen my review of Ecoline Watercolor Brush Pens? You can find it here.

Today, my hubby took a penguin chick in his lunch bag.

#Penguin was one of the February prompts on Doodlewash and the reference photo I used was courtesy of MemoryCatcher at Pixabay. My chick was done on Hanemühle cold-pressed watercolor postcard using Daniel Smith watercolors.

The shapes were simple, so I did the pencil drawing freehand. I used a Pebeo Drawing Gum pen 0.7 mm tip to keep some areas light. I chose this brand of masking fluid because of the small pen tip, because the blue color is light and doesn’t mess up my color sense, and because the fluid dries almost instantly (humidity can affect this).

I was in a bit of hurry, and in the mood for negative painting, so I skipped drawing with a pen and went right to paint.

When the entire postcard was wet enough to shine, I made a watery mix of Buff Titanium and Hansa Yellow Medium. I touched the tip of the loaded brush onto the wet surface in a couple of places and let the paint flow onto the paper. Note, that I stayed in the areas where the mother’s body is located.

Then I picked up some Jane’s Grey (a mix of Burnt Sienna & Ultramarin Blue) and repeated the procedure above, where the chick was going to be. I added the darker areas of Jane’s Grey once the paper was almost dry. Then I let this all dry completely.

I chose to do this with a Neptune Quill brush, because they hold so much water, and releases it so you get even coverage. Mind you, if your paper curls or gets dimples the water will still pool. The postcard do curl a bit, but are easy enough to flatten out as you go.

I switched to the Velvetouch Long Round Size 6 because I wanted less water in the brush and the ability to get finer detail.

Once dried, I kept adding the Jane’s Grey to the darker areas, with a touch of Ultramarine Blue for added color. I used a little Burnt Sienna for contrast. In essence, I was using the same colors already in the Jane’s Grey but changing the amount of each color to make some areas more brown or more blue.

I added Quincridone Gold to the mother’s body and chick’s chin.

The paint was allowed to dry once before I added the last layer of these colors and then I let it all dry again. At that point, I removed the masking fluid. I wanted light, not white, on the nose and where the light and dark met around the eyes. To darken these masking fluid areas, I used a damp brush to gently pull color from around them until they were light gray.

I used a damp brush to lighten the gray on the chick’s body in a few places and then made myself leave the painting alone. I always want to overwork my paintings!

Where can you buy these wonderful toys?

Hanemühle cold-pressed watercolor postcards at:

Princeton Velvetouch mixed media brush Size 6 long round

Princeton Neptune Quill Size 4

Princeton Neptune Quill Size 4

Pebeo Drawing Gum High Precision Masking Fluid Marker Pen

Daniel Smith watercolor Ultimate Mixing half-pan set (colors can also be purchased in tubes)

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