Every Day in May: Day 21 – Mysterious Man ATC

2.5" x 3.5" watercolor
2.5" x 3.5" watercolor

Here’s another artist trading card.   I was watching  an old movie called  Ten Minutes to Live , which is a 1932 independent film by African American film director Oscar Micheaux.  It was included in a box of public domain DVDs we bought a while back.  There was this scene where the villian is coming down a flight of stairs.  I loved the way it was lit, so I paused the film and made a rough value map and a quick sketch altering his features to make him a more romantic sort of mysterious stranger.  Later I did this drawing and painted it with indigo blue watercolor.

More Ink and Watercolor: Looking Forward

ATC:  Looking Forward II
2.5" x 3.5" ink and watercolor

My watercolor experiments continue.  So far my favorite colors for portraits are:

  • scarlet lake
  • raw sienna
  • golden yellow
  • french ultramarine
  • violet
  • a touch of burnt sienna

I mix scarlet lake and raw sienna on the palette for the base color.  After that I go wet into wet and and apply an individual color on the painting moving it around to see how it looks.  I let it dry for a bit and then apply another color.

I’m getting so excited about this medium!  Do any of you have any favorite instruction videos to recommend?  If you could leave them for me  in the comments section I’d really appreciate it.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Ink and Watercolor Wash: Back to Sketching

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I had been neglecting my sketchbook so I got out my dip pen and did a bunch of sketches.   The best of the bunch is this cartoon of my husband.  I found a picture that I had taken of him more than ten years ago and took a few liberties with it.  I applied an indigo watercolor wash because coolness of the color seemed to match his expression.

It felt so good to just let go and not worry about the outcome or even finishing the thing. Coming back to my sketchbook is a lot like coming home after a long trip spent in too many hotel rooms.

EDM#201 – Draw a Stapler

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watercolor on moleskine

I thought I would round out the week by posting an Everyday Matters challenge.   These are great for my watercolor practice.  I’m actually not doing too badly with my watercolor experiments.   I’m so proud of myself.  At the beginning of the year I swore that no one could ever convince me to try watercolor.  Now I’m just naturally attracted to it.  It must just be the right time…

Ink and Watercolor Wash: Western Tanager

Western Tanager
Western Tanager

My ink and watercolor exercises continue.  I made this artist trading card for a partner who liked birds.  I’ve not drawn very many birds, but I’m starting to really enjoy it.

Ink and Watercolor Wash: Drawing a Crow

ATC - Crow for Spiced Coffee
2.5"x3.5" pen and watercolor and ink wash

The other day I finally had some success with an ink and watercolor wash drawing.  Isn’t he pretty?  I needed to do a crow card for a trading partner and I decided I would stretch myself a bit and try an ink and watercolor wash. 
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