Waiting – A Pencil to Paint Tutorial


Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and watercolor on a Hahnemühle Rough Watercolor Postcard. Brushes: Princeton Aqua Elite Travel Brush Set, Series 4850 Synthetic Kolinsky 

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.

Reference photo courtesy of Fran on Pixabay.

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!

Pencil

(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.

Pen

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

For texture:

  • I use swirling lines – very loosely – to imply the texture of the carpet.
  • The lines follow the direction of the nap.

Goat Yoga – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Goat-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen& QoR watercolor on Hahnemühle Rough Watercolor Postcard. Brushes: Escoda Aquario Petit Gris size 12 . Reference photo courtesy of Capri23Auto on Pixabay.

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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?

Don’t believe there is such a thing? Google it!

Tools

And Where You Can Buy Them

Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcards (review)

QOR Watercolor Half Pan Set of 12 Ultimate Mixing Set   (review)

Escoda Aquario Petit Gris Mop, Series 1130 Size 12

 

Gorilla in Thinker Pose – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and QoR watercolor on a Hahnemühle Cold Pressed Watercolor Postcard. Brushes: Escoda Aquario Petit Gris size 12 . Reference photo courtesy of Gellinger on Pixabay.

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Earlier this week, my hubby took a Gorilla in his lunchbag. The late Koko, was a gorilla who was taught sign language. She knew about 1,000 signs and could understand some 2,000 words of English.

Tools

And Where You Can Buy Them

Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcards (review)

QOR Watercolor Half Pan Set of 12 Ultimate Mixing Set   (review)

Escoda Aquario Petit Gris Mop, Series 1130 Size 12

 

Cotton Top Tamarin- Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and QoR watercolor on a Hahnemühle Cold Pressed Watercolor Postcard. Brushes: Escoda Aquario Petit Gris size 12 .

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Today, my hubby takes a Cotton Top Tamarin. These guys are squirrel-sized and found in the Amazon.

Tools

And Where You Can Buy Them

Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcards (review)

QOR Watercolor Half Pan Set of 12 Ultimate Mixing Set   (review)

Escoda Aquario Petit Gris Mop, Series 1130 Size 12

 

Tutorial-How to Paint a Baby Meercat


Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and QoR watercolor on a Hahnemühle Cold Pressed Watercolor Postcard. Brushes: Princeton Elite Travel Round size 6 10. Photo courtesy of manfredrichter on Pixabay.

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Tomorrow, my hubby takes a meerkat pup in his lunchbag. A momma meerkat usually has 3-4 pups at a time, though they can have as many as 8. A group of meerkats is called a mob, gang or clan.

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

This guy is cute, and that’s what I most wanted to capture.

Pencil

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

Really simple shapes in this drawing so I didn’t worry about a grid.

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

I debated about doing this one with no pen drawing, and then I decided I would do a minimal drawing, but once I got started, I ended with a very detailed pen drawing. It was a sort of spur of the moment decision.

If I had intended to keep this as a pen and ink, I would have continued to darken my values, but I made sure to leave something for the paint to do.

I created the outline of the pup, the texture of the fur (making sure the pen lines followed the direction of the hair), the texture of the rock, small details in the foreground, and the shadow.

Paint

Purple Mix – Ultramarine Blue Violet, Quinacridone Violet in equal amounts and just a touch of Iridescent Gold (Fine)
Brown Mix – Cadmium Red Light, Manganese Blue and Quinacridone Gold

I started with Quinacridone Gold and the size 10 round brush, applying medium dark stripes of color along the back, the head, the neck and top of the front leg. Then I cleaned my brush, and blotted it until it was quite damp. I pulled color from the areas I had just painted, going in the direction of the fur until all of the meerkat was a very light yellow.

Once that dried, I added a few swipes of purple mix to the foreground and background. I did the same clean brush and pull color everything not meerkat was purple.

Switching to the size 4 brush, moving it in a cross hatch motion, I added more of the Quinacridone Gold to the meerkat, with the darkest in the eye. While it was all still wet, I started adding brown mix around the neck, top of the head, and the back.

While that is drying I add some of the brown mix to the background. I let everything dry.

To finish off, I add a more of the brown around the eye, the ear, the nose, under the body and around the entrance of the tunnel. With what is left of the brown in the brush, I darken the shadow just a little bit more.

Tools

And Where You Can Buy Them

Hahnemuhle Burgund Watercolor Postcard Rough 120lb

QoR Watercolor 11ml tube:

Princeton Aqua Elite Travel Brush Set, Series 4850 Synthetic Kolinsky

 

Blueberry Muffins


Artwork: Zebra Zensations Technical Pen & Qor Watercolor on Hahnemühle Britannia Watercolor Hot Press Paper. Aqua Elite Travel Brush Set, Series 4850

The other day, one of my husband’s friends at work sent home two homemade blueberry muffins for me. They were the yummiest!

I painted them on a card as a thank you, with this poem:

The muffins that you sent me,

Really tasted great

I had barely met them

Before both of them I ate.

Now they’re gone

And there is little I can do,

But treasure the tasty memory,

And send my thanks to you!

Where can you find these toys?

Hahnemühle Britannia watercolor paper

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

QoR Watercolor 11ml tube:

Princeton Aqua Elite Travel Brush Set, Series 4850 Synthetic Kolinsky  (review)

Tutorial – How to Paint a Kangaroo


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Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Arteza Watercolor Brush Pens on a Hahnemühle Rough Burgund Watercolor Postcard. Reference photo courtesy of Free-Photos on Pixabay.

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

What drew me to this reference photo? Well, that Kangaroo’s expression of course. I’m sure he’s saying ‘What you got dere? I want it!”

I’ll confess that I ran out of time and didn’t really finish this painting, before slipping it into hubby’s lunch bag. But I felt it was close enough, and that I used something different enough, that it was still worth a quick tutorial.

Pencil

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

I felt the shapes in this drawing were simple enough to do freehand so I didn’t worry about a grid.

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

I was going for speed, so I chose to use a Permanent Marker for the darkest of areas. I have two of these and one is almost out of ink, so I used that one for the gray areas. I used a .03 technical pen to draw the outline and hair.

Paint

This is the reason I felt this painting was different enough to post even though I didn’t finish it to my satisfaction. I used Arteza Watercolor brush pens. These are pen with watercolor (dye, I think) and bristle tips rather than nylon. Most of the time, I use these to add last minute adjustments but they are a quick way to do a small painting.

They can be used as is, or if you want to thin the color, you can use a barrel watercolor brush – one of those brushes that you fill with water to use with watercolor pencils or pens.

Colors for Kangaroo – Arctic Blue, Parma Gray, Tawny.

I scribbled in the color where I wanted it to be darkest.

Then I used a water brush filled with water to spread the color around, letting the color blend. I added the water with a sort of dab/swipe motion. I’ve found with these pens that the color doesn’t move very far. I was painting on a rough watercolor surface, which meant even less movement. Knowing I couldn’t spread the color far, I worked more to thin it in areas and blend it in others.

Colors for background – Chamomile and Green Tea.

I scribbled on the color for the background and used the waterbrush to even them out.

That’s all I had time to do before hubby had to leave for work. What would I have done to finish? I would have added shadow color to the eyes and deepened the color around the Permanent Marker, so those lines would blend more. I’d have added more shading to the face.

I would have added another color and some texture lines to the background. It would have probably taken about another 10-15 minutes to complete.

Tools

And where you can buy them

Hahnemuhle Burgund Watercolor Postcard Rough 120lb

Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

Zebra PM-701 Stainless Steel Permanent Marker

Arteza Real Brush Pens, 48 Colors for Watercolor Paintin