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

 

Yellow Mongoose- Postcards for the Lunch Bag


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 MAKY_OREL on Pixabay.

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Tomorrow, my hubby takes a yellow mongoose in his lunchbag. These guys often hang out in meerkat burrows, and despite the fact they yellow mongooses, they are often called red meerkats!

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

 

Tutorial – How to Draw a Fennec Fox Using Zebra Pens


Today, my tutorial showing how to draw a Fennec Fox on black paper, using Zebra Pens metallic brush pens and an assortment of Sarasa Retractable Clip Pens.

Head over to the Zebra Pen Z-Blog and read my tutorial to find out how it’s done!

Don’t forget to check out today’s Weekly Wednesday Giveaway. It has a special prize this week!

Princeton Travel Brushes Review


As part of the World Watercolor Month, Princeton Artist Co. sent me their two new travel sets – one Neptune set and one Elite set. Each has four rounds and a cool brush holder.

What is the set like? How do they differ from the traditional Neptune and Elite brushes? Head over to Doodlewash and read my review to find out!

Tomorrow, I have a tutorial coming out on the Zebra Pen blog. Be sure to check it out and learn how to draw a Fennec Fox!

World Watercolor Month is almost over! But it isn’t too late to join in with a painting or two, enter some of the giveaways and shop for cool World Watercolor Month merchandise that will no longer be available after July 31.

Horse Laugh- Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and QoR watercolor on a Hahnemühle Cold Pressed Watercolor Postcard. Brushes: Princeton Elite Travel Round size 6, 8 & 10. Photo courtesy of x on Pixabay.

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Tomorrow, my hubby takes a laughing pony in his lunchbag. It may look like a laugh, but that curled lip is a horse or pony’s way of investigating an interesting smell!

Doodlewash prompt ‘ Wildthings ‘.

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