|They say he severed his ear over a woman, |
but maybe, just maybe, the cause
was frustration over art materials.
In any case, one of the dilemmas we face in the context of drawing, is how to get a base color (like a wash) in a drawing. And then how to achieve the detail on top of that color, especially in the realm of illustration, because Hop-along-Bunny needs a nice soft brown coat with detailed shading, and surrounding him, a meadow of pale green with identifiable flowers: daisies, asters and such-like. (Granted, if you are doing digital illustration it's a whole different ballgame. We're dealing with old-school techniques here.)
paper in a pad
|Chartpak Markers from Dick Blick|
|Pencil manipulated with mineral spirits and a soft brush. This drawing |
was done on a textured paper. Less textured paper
will produce smoother looking results.
So... Heh heh. I have discovered a fairly wildly inventive solution for those problems. I cover an area with colored pencil. Prismacolor, with their waxy texture are good, and they are also available in a stick which helps with larger areas of coverage. Create dense color, shaded color, experiment awhile and find your comfort level. Once you have your basic drawing down, use a soft brush dipped in mineral spirits to manipulate the pencil.
The solvent will semi dissolve the waxy pencil allowing smudging, blending, and highlighting. And eureka! The paper may get a little bit wavy but it doesn't buckle as it would from water, and it dries flat. Feel free to touch up the drawing with colored pencil, oils, or pastel (oil or dry).
That's it for today. Artists art, so get arting Paint-Slinger!
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