Drawing Flowers Video


Artwork-Zebra Mildliner Brush Pens and Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pen on a Hahnemühle Nostalgie Postcard.

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I uploaded an upgrade to my Filmora video program and did this quick video. I didn’t have time to do a write-up or get in the least fancy, but you can see my process in applying mildliner and then gel pen colors.

Doodlewash prompt ‘flowers’. Uhmm. I’m a few weeks ahead of the prompt, but better early than never. Isn’t that a saying?

Tools

And Where You Can Buy Them

Hahnemuhle Nostalgie Postcards 4×6 20 Sheets

Zebra Pen Mildliner Pens

Zebra Pen Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pen

 

Abstract in Abstract


Artwork-Zebra Mildliner Brush Pens and Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pen on a Hahnemühle Nostalgie Postcard.

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The Alebrije is a Mexican art form of paper mache or wood carved imaginary animals (if you watched the movie Coco, you know what they are!).

In art, abstract means something that has elements removed from it, so that it departs from reality, so in a sense, alebrijes would be considered abstract.

I wasn’t thinking alebrijes when I started this piece, but as I started picking out a shape with negative space, the frog I created certainly made me think of one. So an abstract in abstract!

Doodlewash prompt ‘insects’. Frogs eat insects. There are insects in this painting, but they are abstract so you probably don’t recognize them, lol. That’s my story and I’m sticking with it.

Tools

And Where You Can Buy Them

Hahnemuhle Nostalgie Postcards 4×6 20 Sheets

Zebra Pen Mildliner Pens

Zebra Pen Sarasa Clip Gel Retractable Pen

 

Deer Dog


Artwork: Deer dog-Zebra PM-701 & Brea Reese Watercolor Inks on Hahnemühle Expression Cold-Press watercolor paper.

I won some Brea Reese watercolor inks a while ago, along with some other things. Sooner or later, I’ll get a full review written up.

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.

Idunna’s Gryphon – an ATC Humgryphon


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Before I got into Zentangle, I was into ATC’s and I was as obsessed with that too. I don’t do them anymore preferring to work larger.

I had a method of painting with acrylic, and then drawing with an India Ink Pitt Brush pen to mix the color. The result looked a lot like oils.

This little humgriffin has always been one of my favorites. Actually, he’d probably count as an Alebrijes, except that I wrote a story for him and it involves the Norse gods. As I recall, I did this as part of a challenge, but I can’t remember anything about it.

Artwork Ceramcoat metallic acrylics; tube acrylics; Pitt Brush Pen on Strathmore illustration board.

Here’s the story that explains the humgriffon: Idunna’s Gryphon

Idunna, the Norse Goddess was picking out the ripest of her golden
apples one morning, when a gryphon flew over her garden. She was
enraptured, and desired a gryphon as her own pet. She was worried,
though, that such a large beast would destroy her garden.

This was in the days before Loki became the enemy of the gods, and he
loved Idunna for her sweet nature. He thought long and hard about
her wish for a gryphon, and finally came up with a plan.

He placed a dead fish in her garden and laced it with nectar to lure
both a cat and hummingbird. When one of each had arrived, he spoke
with a golden tongue, hypnotic and compelling. The hummingbird was
convinced that the cat was a bird, and the cat believed the bird was
feline. They fell in love and mated and from their mating was born a
tiny beast of the gryphon kind, with a hummingbird’ s head, and the body
of a kitten.

Now it flies around Idunna’s garden, a bright jewel among the flowers.

The Screaming Hairy Alebrije – Pencil to Paint


The Screaming Hairy Alebrije adds a little extra to his protection routine. Like all armadillos, he rolls into a ball when threatened. Due to his glittering colors, he then resembles a disco ball ,and his enemies cannot resist dancing until they run away. He is seldom attacked by the same enemy twice, because, really. Who dances to disco these days?

The armadillo has pretty simple shapes – a triangle head and half-circle body, so drew him freehand, adding the most important detail such as the eye, and where the thickest bands are.

I didn’t have to overthink the patterns, because nature has already added that for these guys. I went with heavy shadows and thick lines – a .5 nib technical pen for sure!

I’m still playing with the Brea Reese Watercolor Inks. This time I just used the bottled inks, pouring a little bit into plastic dishes and picking the color with a waterbrush.

The colors are glitter pink, glitter gold, blue Lake, kelly green and neutral gray. The Brea Reese golds tend toward the green. The colors are brighter than they appear in the scan. The glitter throws off the scanner.

Years ago, I found a set of plastic hors d’oeuvre dishes at Bimart for a dollar and they come in so handy for this kind of thing. Unless I manage to crack to many of them, there were enough in the set to last me forever.

You can buy Hahnemühle Rough Watercolor Postcards at these places:

You can buy Zebra Zensation Technical Pens here.

You can buy Brea Reese Watercolor Inks here:

Pajama Walrus – Pencil to Paint


The Pajama Walrus always feels sad. Even though he’s always in his jammies, no one ever invites him for a sleep-over.

Believe it or not!

Today’s postcard is done on a Hahnemühle rough watercolor postcard.

This is another animal that I draw freehand without worrying about my grid cards. A lot of the work in the drawing stage involves planning. What do I want to do with the drawing? Is it going to be an Alebrijes or other fantasy-type creation or a realistic drawing. What kind of line-work and colors will I want?

If I’m doing an Alebrijes, I want to exaggerate more. I’ll make some features a little smaller or a little larger. Here I made the head and the eye a bit smaller to emphasize the bulk of the body. I also started thinking about the patterns I wanted.

The line-work and colors question is important because when I do my pen-work, I need to know how much of it I want to show. With alebrijes, I tend to go heavier with the lines, especially the shading. With natural looking animals, I want the ink lines to show, but not be dominant.

Having said that, I decided to stay with medium lines for my Alebrije walrus.  Part of their charm is that they are sort of a big blubbery thing without much separation so I wanted to keep that.

I also decided that the reflection was going to be important, but that it would rely mostly on color.

Zebra Zensations Technical pens are my favorite because they give a consistent line, don’t dry out too fast (though I don’t keep the cap off for long) and they hold up even to rough surfaced paper. I used .03 tip this time because I was going for medium line-width.

Photo Reference Courtesy of Skeeze on Pixabay.

I’ve been playing a lot with watercolor brush pens and pencils, but I do have a preference for good old watercolor pigments. I find myself grabbing
the Daniel Smith Ultimate Mixing set most often because the wide range of colors is good whether I’m painting an alebrijes or realistic animal.

The colors used were Phthalo Blue GS, Cerulean Blue Chromium, Hansa yellow Med, Phthalo Green BS, Perm Alizarin Crimson, and Quin Gold. The oranges were created by mixing Alizarin Crimson with the Hansa Yellow Medium and Quin Gold.

I used a Princeton Long round size 6, because I can get long sweeps of color with the side of the brush, and yet paint very small detail with the tip.

To finish, I used a Uniball Signo Broad White gel pen to emphasize the whiskers, add a few highlights and a gleam to the sand. I used a scribbly line for this to add a little texture to the sand. In places, I smeared the white pen as soon as I scribbled so that the gleam would be more subtle.

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 a Uniball Signo Broad White gel pen here.

You can buy Daniel Smith watercolor half-pans here. Pigments can also be bought separately in tubes.

Daniel Smith Ultimate Mixing Half Pan set