I had no idea how this was going to turn out. I’ve used graphite pencil a lot in the past – it used to be my main medium. But when you add water, things go crazy! A lot of my values kind of blended together a little more than I’d hoped.
Water soluble graphite pencil.
Here is another piece I did with my watercolor pencil set from Sketchbox. You can see my other one here. Flower 2/25 in my series. It’s a collection of pinks and purples with a black pencil for the darks, as much as I hate using straight black for anything. It came out a bit darker than intended.
It’s that time of the month – Sketchbox time! This month was watercolor pencils and a black brush pen. The pen is water soluble ink, so once it dries, it seems it’s fixed. So I put down my values with the brush pen, then put some light color over the top of it. I think I might have liked it better monochrome, thought with the limited color palette it kind of retains that feel.
This is tree #2 in my 25-piece series. I’m not sure this turned out as intended, but it’s supposed to be a path in the trees. I exaggerated the natural colors in the trees, basically making them whimsical and highly saturated compared to the reference photo.
Daniel Smith watercolors, pen and ink. Reference photo Pixabay.
This is the first tree in my 25-piece series. The series is part of a challenge I read in a book to paint 25 of something. It challenges your creativity to find different ways to paint the same thing. It also gives me practice to know intimately how to paint a tree, since I’ve never been good at them! Hopefully at the end of 25 pieces I’ll see a lot of improvement!
I didn’t anticipate the branches were going to be so tedious when I first started in. What I thought was going to happen, I don’t know. My hand actually started cramping on the twigs.
Daniel Smith watercolors, pen and ink. Reference photo from Pixabay.
This one I was trying to be loose and colorful, bringing in complementary colors. It maybe made it a bit too brown, but I was using a water brush and being lazy so I didn’t get great results, but I do like the more ethereal look, since I’m usually so reliant on lines from my fountain pen.
This one was done completely with the Elegant Writer calligraphy pen with water applied. I’m trying to find the right balance with water and the ink.
Elegant writer and watercolor. I had watched a video saying that the Elegant Writer fixes itself after the initial wetting, but it seemed to reactivate when I applied the watercolor, so it turned out much darker than expected.
I did this acorn in my Moleskine sketchbook, and I’ve been layering so much more with my watercolor lately that this book just didn’t hold up, and I didn’t feel like repeating it in a watercolor sketchbook. But, it still looks cute. Copic brush pen and my travel watercolor kit.