I decided to redraw the same illustration and apply some watercolor. Here is a look at the process:
|Pen drawing on 140 lb hot press watercolor paper|
|I added detail with a brown colored pencil. Sized the paper and taped it to my board.|
|I masked off where I wanted the snow flakes to be and did my first glaze of color.|
Sometimes, well, most of the time, I really like my piece after the first couple glazes of color while it is still washed out looking. This is the point where I have to push myself to carefully add more color.
I like how happy Viola looks :) She is the grey kitty on the left.
I scanned in my drawing before painting because I really liked the way it looked. I want to improve my under drawing and watercolor technique so I don't lose as much texture. I rely so much on my strong lines that I end up just coloring in with watercolor. How do I improve in this area? I want my colors to be more descriptive and luminous. It will just take more practice!