Have I mentioned that I have gremlins in my home? I know I have, because if I turn away for an instant – an INSTANT – things disappear. I couldn’t possibly lose this many things! Further proof – the things always reappear somewhere, right where I’d trip over, days or weeks later. Months in some cases.
So, I scanned, I lost and I found it the other day along with yesterday’s caracal cat, and the card I’ll post on Wednesday. So details will be sparse because I can’t remember that far back.
This painting is what is known as a ‘line and wash’ because it is drawn in pen first and then painted with watercolor.
Before You Start
Make sure you keep track of your supplies, and your finished work and maybe your shirt and shoes.
(This scan is darkened so you can see the pencil lines. You should pencil lines in lightly)
All the shapes are simple – notice that most of them are ovals.
Not sure if you’re up to drawing this? Art Tutor has a great grid program that will help by applying a grid to your uploaded photo. You can also crop and adjust color and value.
There isn’t a lot of value contrast (light to dark) in this painting, so my penwork focuses on the outline and on the texture and direction of the fur.
I don’t remember what I did, but I can tell that this is a painting that I did very quickly, and it was kept minimal. I used very watery mixes, slightly thicker for the eye. The whole thing, from pencil to paint, probably took about half and hour and that was including taking the time to scan each step.
It’s a guess, but I’m pretty sure these are the colors I used (I kind of checked it out by using the same colors for yesterday’s caracal cat).
- Daniel Smith Monte Amiata Natural Sienna
- DANIEL SMITH Rose of Ultramarine
- DANIEL SMITH Lavender
- DANIEL SMITH Wisteria
- Phthalo Blue Green Shade
Want to know more about the Tools?
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Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)