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Did you know that the Pink Fairy Armadillo really exists? Although, I don’t think they have wands, tutus or tiaras like the one I’ve drawn today. A native of Argentina, they resemble a shrimp with a hairy underside. The smallest of the armadillos and perhaps the strangest.
Done for the prompt #Something Silly at Doodlewash.
With a name like ‘Pink Fairy’, I knew I had to do something odd with this drawing. I thought about doing an Alebrijes, but the bright colors did’nt seem right for this pale, anemic-colored creature. I decided to do a cartoon.
Rather than use a reference photo, I looked at several and came up with my own composition. I drew very lightly and had to punch up the darkness for it to show.
I looked at the shapes – the armored shell, the wave of the hair, the flat butt and pointy nose. If you ignore that ‘shrimp’ aspect of this guy, (s)he looks a lot like a walking triangle with HUUUUGE claws.
Since I was going with a cartoon, I only worried about texture and outline in the pen drawing. Cartoons tend to fairly flat, so I didn’t plan to have a wide range of values.
I really played with texture – the scribbly, pebbly texture of the armor, and wavy hair along with the gauzy look of the tutu.
For the color I used the 5-color set of Pastel Ecoline watercolor brush pens. Strangely, the colors in this set don’t spread with water. Possibly because the colors are light. At any rate, I just used the pens like markers without water or brush.
The colors are Pastel Blue, Pastel Violet, Pastel Rose, Pastel Green, and Cold Grey Light. For the wand, I used Gold Ochre from the Earth set of Ecoline Watercolor markers.
Where can you buy these wonderful toys?
Paper: Hahnemühle Rough Watercolor Postcards:
- Rochester Art Supply FineArtStore
- Jerrys Artarama
- Wet Paint Artist Materials & Framing
- Hyatt’s All Things Creative