Ceremonial Elephant – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork- Zebra Zensations Technical pens and Miya Gouache & Van Gogh Interference on Hahnemuhle Watercolor Postcard Rough.

My hubby asked me to paint a ceremonial elephant for one of his co-workers who was leaving. Normally, I don’t do commissions but this guy has me wrapped around his finger, lol.

Tools

And Where You Can Buy Them

Miya Himi Gouache Paint Set, 18 Colors 

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

Van Gogh Speciality Palette 

MIYA Solid Water Colors Palette-18 Colors   (review)

Forest Fire in Abstract


Artwork- Miya Gouache & Van Gogh Interference on Adirondack Alcohol Ink paper

A friend of mine gave me a piece of Ranger’s black cardstock that is formulated for alcohol ink. It has a strange surface – almost rubbery to the feel. I used gouache and my friend used watercolor. The color showed up pretty well, but I did have trouble with streaks and my sunset turned into a more of a forest fire, lol. And that strange manlike creature. He must be a firefighter!

Tools

And Where You Can Buy Them

Miya Himi Gouache Paint Set, 18 Colors 

Adirondack Alcohol Ink paper

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

MIYA Solid Water Colors Palette-18 Colors   (review)

Princeton Aqua Elite Series 4850 Synthetic Kolinsky Sable Round, Size 10

 

Manatee – Pencil to Paint Tutorial


Artwork- Zebra Zensations Technical pens and Miya Gouache & Van Gogh Interference on Hahnemühle Burgund Watercolor Postcard Rough. Photo reference from extrabrandt on Pixabay.

Did you know that the Manatee is also known as a sea cow, but is more closely related to the elephant? Doesn’t it seem sometimes, that every strange looking animal is related to the elephant?

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

Sunlight streaming through water evokes such a serene feeling and it’s something that I love to paint. By human standards of beauty, the manatee is an ugly beast, but in the ocean surrounds they have poetry. I wanted to capture a bit of that.

The manatee has a textured skin, and water ripples, so I chose one of Hahnemühle’s rough textured postcards.

Pencil

(This scan is darkened so you can see the pencil lines. You should pencil lines in lightly)

The shape of the manatee’s head is very simple, so I drew it freehand, mostly to make sure it fit the postcard, and to capture placement of the eye nose, mouth and some of the shadows.

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.

Pen

After inking the outlines, eye, nose and mouth, I used a masking fluid pen to reserve the white of the postcard.

Sometimes, I use a white gel pen after painting to add white, because it can be difficult to reserve it in a painting this size. But the white of the paper gives you a softer, yet more vibrant white. I chose to go this route because the light in this painting is important.

Paint

It only took a few moments to paint this, possibly because I had a strong idea of what I wanted.

Timing was important. I painted the manatee by dropping watery mixes of Ultramarine Blue and Purple onto the page letting the colors run together. When they had dried for a few minutes, but were still wet, I dropped in the creamier darker mix of Ultramarine Blue for the shadows. I wanted the darker color to run into the lighter color, but not enough to lose intensity.

I used Tehran (Cerulean Blue) to paint the water and after a few seconds, I dabbed at it with a kleenex to get texture.

Once it was all completely dry, I removed the masking fluid. Sometimes, I use a damp brush to soften the edges of the white or to pull color into it. Not this time. I felt the hard edges suited the feeling of light catching the texture of the manatee’s skin.

Tools

And Where You Can Buy Them

Miya Himi Gouache Paint Set, 18 Colors 

Van Gogh Speciality Palette 

Hahnemuhle Burgund Watercolor Postcard Rough 120lb  (review)

Molotow GRAFX Masking Fluid Pump Marker, 2mm

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

Purple Cow – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Daniel Smith watercolor on a Hahnemühle Burgund Watercolor Postcard. Brushes: Princeton Dagger Elite Size 3/8 in. Photo courtesy of 1195798 on Pixabay.

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Today, my hubby took a purple cow in his lunchbag.

The Doodlewash prompt for today is ‘Simple Pleasures’. I’ve always enjoyed silly little poems like ‘Purple Cow’, and that is about as simple a pleasure as you’ll ever find, lol.

(Reflections on a Mythic Beast Who’s Quite Remarkable, at Least.)

I never saw a purple cow
I never hope to see one;
But I can tell you, anyhow,
I’d rather see than be one!

by Gelett Burgess

Tools

And Where You Can Buy Them

Hahnemühle Burgund Rough Watercolor Postcards

Princeton Series 4850 Aqua Elite Dagger Striper 3/8 in

QoR Watercolor 11ml tube:

 

 

Metallic Beet Red


Artwork- Zebra Metallic Brush Pen in a Hahnemühle Black Book.

If you are here for Life Imitates Doodles giveaway #18, you can find it here. My Chipmunk-Pencil to Paint tutorial can be found here.

Doodlewash prompt Beet Red.

Beets are often more of a dusty purply-red than red-red so I thought the metallic pens would work well for them.  Only – not so much.   So I kind of have radioactive glowing beets.  That’s fine with me.  I never eat them anyway, lol.

Hahnemühle Black book – Rochester Art Supply FineArtStore 

Zebra Pen Metallic Brush Pens

Blue Moon Kitty


If you are here for Life Imitates Doodles giveaway #18, you can find it here. My Chipmunk-Pencil to Paint tutorial can be found here.

Today, my hubby took an unhappy kitty in his lunchbag.

Doodlewash prompt: Blue Moon

Poor kitty left out, blue from cold and feeling blue.

Artwork-Zebra Pen Metallic Brush Pen in Hahnemühle black book

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Hahnemühle Black book – Rochester Art Supply FineArtStore 

Zebra Pen Metallic Brush Pens

Metallic Red Tape


Artwork- Zebra Metallic Brush Pen in a Hahnemühle Black Book. Reference photo courtesy of REDioACTIVE on Pixabay.

If you are here for Life Imitates Doodles giveaway #18, you can find it here. My Chipmunk-Pencil to Paint tutorial can be found here.

Doodlewash prompt Red Tape.

I know – the metallic red looks more pink than red, but I’ve discovered these black paper drawings are sooooo quick and I was in a hurry, so pinky metallic red tape it is!   

Hahnemühle Black book – Rochester Art Supply FineArtStore 

Zebra Pen Metallic Brush Pens

Brown Sugar Chipmunk-Pencil to Paint


Today, my hubby took a Chipmunk in his lunchbag.

The Doodlewash prompt for today is Brown Sugar. This guy has a lot of brown in his coat and he sure is sweet, so I think he fits!

Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Daniel Smith watercolor on a Hahnemühle Cold Pressed Watercolor Postcard. Brushes: Princeton Neptune Quill Size 4 & Neptune Round Size 8.

NOTE: Scan was punched up so pencil lines would show. They were actually drawn LIGHTLY!

My initial pencil drawing was done freehand. Even though there are many shapes, they are all fairly simple and not overly intertwined, so I didn’t feel the need to use the grid method.

With my trusty Technical pen, I drew the outline and details. I established where the darkest values were, but I didn’t fill in because I want the paint to show in these areas.

Notice that I didn’t use pen on all of the grasses, only the ones up front. The pencil lines are left as guides, but those grasses in back are less important and shouldn’t be given much focus.

My new favorite color to use for initial washes on many animals is Daniel Smith’s Buff Titanium. It is an opaque color, so I avoid using it after the initial wash, but it is just the right color for those creamy undercoats and points.

Light washes of Hansa Yellow Medium and Phthalo Green were used for the grass and Cerulean Blue Chromium for the sky.

Notice that I let the colors run even in the sky area. These are unimportant areas, and in real life they would be out of focus, moving in the wind with indistinct edges, so I don’t worry too much about them.

The Cerulean Blue Chromium is used on the eyes and nose for highlights, and blended with Goethite and Burnt Sienna in the face and body. I use darker mixes than I did for the initial washes, but they are still fairly light.

I wet the areas that I intend to paint, and drop the color, just touching the tip of the brush to the wet, letting them all flow together.

For the grasses, I do the same thing using more Hansa Yellow Medium and Phthalo Green, while adding Goethite. Besides turning the grasses a more natural color, it ties them to the colors in the chipmunk.

Some of the chipmunk’s fur is ticked – each single hair having black, brown and white. I still haven’t found a method for portraying that, that I’m truly happy with. In this case, the ticking isn’t heavy, so I use the white Uniball Signo gel pen in a few places and call it done.

Wanna buy some of these cool toys now?

Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcards (you can find my review here).

Zensations Technical pens

Daniel Smith Watercolor Half Pan Set of 15 Ultimate Mixing Set 

Princeton Artist Brush Neptune, Brushes for Watercolor Series 4750, Quill Synthetic Squirrel, Size 4

 

Purple Heart


Artwork- Zebra Metallic Brush Pen in a Hahnemühle Black Book.

If you are here for Life Imitates Doodles giveaway #17, you can find it here. It ends tonight! My Fun & Easy Swirly Tree & Squiggle Bush step-outs can be found here.

Doodlewash prompt Purple Heart.

The purple heart medal always makes me think about my father.  A sniper’s bullet went through his knee on Iwo Jima, fortunately lifting the knee-cap instead of shattering it.  He was so fortunate.  The knee always ached, but was no problem beyond that.

Here’s to all our wounded soldiers!

Hahnemühle Black book – Rochester Art Supply FineArtStore 

Zebra Pen Metallic Brush Pens

Green Thumb – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork-Daniel Smith watercolor on a Hahnemühle Cold Pressed Watercolor Postcard. Brushes: Princeton Velvetouch Long Round Size 8 & Round Size 4. Photo courtesy of Jadis96 at Pixabay.

If you are looking for the Life Imitates Doodles Weekly Wednesday Giveaway #17 , you can find it here. My Fun & Easy Swirly Tree & Squiggle Bush step-outs can be found here.

Today my hubby took a Cactus Wren in his lunchbag. The Cactus Wren is the official State bird of Arizona.

I surprised myself while painting this one. First of all, I used Sleeping Beauty Turquoise for the first time. Secondly, after I was about half through painting, I realized I hadn’t done my usual pen drawing first. Something about cactus – I just want to head for the paint, lol.

Wanna buy some of these cool toys now?

Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcards (you can find my review here).

Daniel Smith Watercolor Half Pan Set of 15 Ultimate Mixing Set  (you can find my review here)

Princeton Velvetouch Series 3950 Synthetic (review)