Blonde Bombshell Yak – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen & PM-701, Daniel Smith watercolor and Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bleedproof White on a Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcard. Reference photo courtesy of hbieser on Pixabay.

Doodlewash prompt: Blonde. I’m sure this beautiful blonde is the envy of all the other yaks!

Did you know that yak milk is often made into chhurpi, a hardened yak milk cheese can take several hours to chew. This cheese can be stored for years and is perfect for long trips in cold climates.

Tools

And Where You Can Buy Them

Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcards (review)

    Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bleedproof White

    Daniel Smith watercolor:

    How to Draw a Koala Bear-Fun & Easy Tutorial and Challenge


    Artwork: Zebra Zensation Fineliners & Mechanical Colored Pencils in a Hahnemühle 1584 peach DotGrid notebook.

    Challenge: Draw a Koala bear! You can use my step-out below or just draw one any way you wish!

    First, I apologize because my scanner is having trouble with the right colors, so you’ll have to take my word for the colors in some of this tutorial.

    If enough people give me feedback and indicate they are getting benefit from this tutorial, I’ll continue doing them, and may even try to do some videos. But those take time, so I won’t do them until I know there is reason to.

    If you want a place to share your artwork (not just from my challenge or tutorials), I have a Facebook group Fun & Easy Artwork. It used to be Fun & Easy Landscapes, but it is now open to all kinds of artwork.

    Now – the Koala step out.

    For my example, I used one of the new Hahnemühle 1584 DotGrid notebooks that has a section of peach colored paper (the step-out was drawn on one of the DotGrid pages). I felt the peach was a nice base color for colored pencil drawing.

    I used a Fineliner pen to draw the picture.

    With a purple colored pencil, I lightly added the first layer of color. The method I used here is called squirkling. In essence, it is just scribbling in circles. It is a great way to blend colors, and adds an interesting texture for woolly fur.

    Things to note:

    • I scribbled lightly
    • I left LOTs of open space
    • I colored the nose in lightly but no squirkling.
    • I colored the ears with straight lines, not squirkling
      • to show longer hair
    • I colored the darkest where there will be shadows
      • Under the head and ears,
      • under the furry part of the ears,
      • along the bottom

    Okay, this looks like brown, but I squirkled some more with gray pencil.

    Things to note:

    • I still left open space
    • I left lighter areas around the edges
    • I squirkled darkest next to the lighter areas
      • This kind of shading makes the figure look more rounded
    • I colored the nose darker at the edges and added white in the center
      • This gives the nose a different texture and highlight than the fur.

    It’s hard to see in the scan, but I added white on the tummy and under arms & legs, around the eyes, nose and mouth and on the ears.

    I used a violet red color to squirkle the tree trunk and a yellow green for the foliage.

    Things to note:

    • I left lots of open space for added color later
    • I used larger squirkles- almost figure 8’s – for the trunk
    • I used larger squirkles in the lower bushes than in the upper tree

    I wasted a lot of time trying to get true color, so I’ve skipped some steps in coloring the background. But it’s mostly the same kind of coloring, so I think you can figure it out.

    I used a golden brown on the trunk, and this time I colored it in solid. Then I squirkled with the purple pencil that I used for the base on the koala.

    I squirkled olive green on the foliage.

    I used the purple to add the spots on the lower foliage. I wanted to add some interest without adding a lot of detail.

    In the upper foliage, I added a repeated pattern of purple squirkling along each loop of the tree. It’s just a little half-circle of shading, but it creates texture and the feeling of depth among the foliage.

    With white pencil, I squirkled a few clouds. I colored over some of the clouds later to give the sky more a stormy look.

    Next a blue pencil was used for the sky, colored in strokes about an inch in length. I tried to keep the strokes going in the same direction. In some areas I used lighter pressure so that the sky wasn’t too monotone in color.

    For my last step, I burnished. This means I used a light-colored pencil, and with heavy pressure, colored solidly over the other colors to blend and unify them. This is a common method, usually done with white or clear blender pencil. It should be done as the last step, as it is difficult to add any more color once done.

    I used white to burnish the koala, and yellow-green for the foliage.

    I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and go on to create many koalas of your own!

    Remember, you are welcome to join my Facebook group Fun & Easy Artwork to share your work.

    Tools:

    Hahnemühle 1584 (review) at:

    Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

    Zebra Pen Zensations Sarasa Fineliner Pen

    Zebra Zensations Mechanical Colored Pencils

    Silver Fox – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


    Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Daniel Smith watercolor on a Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcard. Reference photo courtesy of FoxTerrier  on Pixabay.

    Doodlewash prompt: Silver Fox

    Did you know that the silver fox is just a color variation of the red fox? About 10% of the population has the silver fur, and it varies from bluish gray to almost black.

    It’s funny the way that we perceive color. I used lavender, amethyst and a yellow orange, but given the deep shadows, I think you can be convinced that this is a silver fox in the dusk. Am I right?

    Tools

    And Where You Can Buy Them

    Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcards (review)

    Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

    Daniel Smith watercolor:

    Raspberry Tart


    Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen, watercolor and gouache in a Beige Toned Hahnemühle Watercolour sketchbook. Reference photo courtesy of MaxStraeten at the Morguefile.

    Doodlewash Prompt: Raspberry Tart

    Did you know that originally pie was considered a dish for commoners, while the tart was a food for nobility?

    It’s my birthday today, and I can eat as much of this tart as I want because it is calorie-free.

    Tools:

    Hahnemuhle Toned Watercolor Book (review)

    Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

    Permanent White Gouache

    Daniel Smith watercolor:

    Tomatoes in the Gloaming


    Artwork: Zebra Zensations Technical pen, and colored pencil over watercolor on Hahnemühle Cézanne Hot Press.

    Doodlewash Prompt: Tomatoes. Did you know the scientific name for tomato is Lycopersicon lycopersicum, which means wolf peach?

    Gloaming is a word (more or less obsolete) for twilight or dusk. I’ve always loved it but it isn’t a word you often use.

    This picture was an experiment. It was another painting that I washed away under the tap. The colors were too staining though and remained pretty bright. I decided to draw and then color my tomatoes with colored pencil. I looked at the result and immediately thought ‘it’s tomatoes seen in the gloaming after a rain’.

    I still don’t really like the piece, but it’s more interesting than it was before and, at least I got to use the word gloaming, lol.

    Tools:

    Hahnemuhle Cezanne Watercolor Block Cold Press (review)

    Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

    Zebra Zensations Mechanical Colored Pencils

    Black Pearl Pepper


    Artwork: Daniel Smith watercolor on Hahnemühle Cézanne Hot Press. Photo reference courtesy of PublicDomainPictures on Pixabay.

    Doodlewash Prompt: Red Pepper. I believe the variety shown in my painting is a Black Pearl pepper, which turn red when mature.

    Did you know that the capsicum annuum is a fruit that is both male and female? It is known as Sweet Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Chili Pepper, Christmas Pepper, Sweet Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Chili Pepper, Christmas Pepper, Ornamental Chili Pepper, and Red Pepper.

    Tools:

    Hahnemuhle Cezanne Watercolor Block Cold Press (review)

    Daniel Smith watercolor:

    Blue Crab – Postcards for the Lunch Bag


    Artwork-Zebra Zensations Technical Pen and Daniel Smith watercolor on a Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcard. Reference photo courtesy of backpackerin on Pixabay.

    Doodlewash prompt: Blue Crab

    Did you know that the blue crab’s scientific name – Callinectes Sapidus – means ‘Savory beautiful swimmer’?

    Tools

    And Where You Can Buy Them

    Hahnemühle Cold Press Watercolor Postcards (review)

    Zebra Zensations Technical pens (review)

    Daniel Smith watercolor: