Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and QoR watercolor on a Hahnemühle Cold Pressed Watercolor Postcard. Brushes: Princeton Neptune Travel Round size 8. Photo courtesy of 9883074 on Pixabay.
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My hubby took an Gelada Baboon in his lunchbag. Did you know this monkey is often called a Blood Breast or Bleeding Heart baboon because they have a patch of red skin on their chest? I didn’t know this until after I finished the painting or I would have chosen a reference photo that showed it and used it for a Valentine’s Day post.
Did you know that one of the fastest ways to tell an ape from a monkey is to look at the tail. If it has one, it is a monkey. Unless it is a loris or a lemur – animal classification is nothing to monkey around with!
Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and QoR watercolor on a Hahnemühle Cold Pressed Watercolor Postcard. Brushes: Princeton Neptune Travel Round size 8. Photo courtesy of Ellen26 on Pixabay.
My hubby took an Emperor Tamarin Monkey in his lunchbag. Did you know this monkey got its name for a resemblence to the German Emperor Wilhelm II ( 1859 – 1941)? I have to wonder if either emperor was pleased with the comparison.
Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and QoR watercolor on a Hahnemühle Cold Pressed Watercolor Postcard. Brushes: Jack Richeson Richeson Grey Matters Synthetic Watercolor Flat 1/4Photo courtesy of Larisa-K on Pixabay.
My hubby took a butterfly in his lunch bag.
Did you know that the caterpillar lives to eat, while the butterfly lives to mate?
Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and QoR watercolor on a Hahnemühle Cold Pressed Watercolor Postcard. Brushes: Jack Richeson Richeson Grey Matters Synthetic Watercolor Flat 1/4 Photo courtesy of Schmid-Reportagen on Pixabay.
My hubby took a bunch of bananas in his lunchbag. You may have noticed that some of my postcards for the lunch bag, lately, have been of something other than animals. Hubby prefers animals but I feel I’m going stale because sometimes I only have time to paint his card and I want to paint other things. So we compromised. I’ll still be doing mostly animals, but the odd item like this will pop up on occasion.
Did you know that the banana plant is not a tree, but rather a type of herb. In fact, they are the largest of herbaceous flowering plants. Their ‘trunk’ is called a “false stem” or pseudostem.
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
Some paintings, you just start and go with the flow. But if you are using a reference, it is often best to think about what you like about it and how you might achieve it. Don’t stress, even if you don’t know for sure, it will help.
Did you know that dogs have a sense of time? It’s been scientifically proven.
And what I wanted from this reference photo was that expression of patient waiting for something to happen. He knows it isn’t time yet.
I chose the Hahnemühle Rough Watercolor Postcard so that the texture would add to the dog’s wild ‘do!
(This scan is darkened so you can see the pencil lines. You should pencil lines in lightly)
Even as he patiently waits, this guy is busy – all that hair and the big eyes and nose and the division of color. I did a little more pencil work than usual, to get a sense of what went where.
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’s a lot of penwork going on here and I thought I break things down a little more than I usually do.
Some of my penwork was done to establish values:
The lightest area, I leave the white of the paper.
For the lightest grey, I draw long even strokes.
The mid-grey at the bottom, I use long, even strokes that curve to the shape of the nose
The nostrils are the darkest part of the nose – I used tight, curling strokes, but still left space for the paint to show.
Some of my penwork was done to establish length and direction of the fur.
For long hair:
I used long strokes that curve in the direction of the hair – they’re pretty wild, because the hair is
I’m sneaking in some values too – I darken some areas
where the hair separates
where the hair casts shade
For shorter hair:
I use strokes of varying length – more evenly than the long hair strokes
For value, I just add more strokes where it is darkest
I use swirling lines – very loosely – to imply the texture of the carpet.
Have you experienced goat yoga yet? I haven’t, but I’m tempted. It sounds like fun! In essence, you try to perform yoga while goats wander around doing goat things. And really, is there anything that isn’t made better by having a goat in it?