So today this blog post is a little different to the kind of blogs I have posted about before (to do with my work) i am going to take an in depth look at my technique and style. I will do my best, as I personally taught myself all the techniques I know I am a trained artist but everyone works differently. I work in watercolour and Gouache I will talk through the pans and tubes that I work in a little later....
So if you are totally staring out as a newbie and that has blown your mind, and you have a tone of questions, here is a list of things you will need to create good watercolour work.
- A variety of brushes ( nylon bristle, natural) doesn't matter
- waterolours, I use Daler and Rowney pans because they are da bomb!
- Gouache Paint (mine are designer Gouache tubes)
( i have been using them since i was 4)
- Good water colour paper ( I use Goldline 200gsm cold pressed)
- A sharp pencil
- putty rubber / standard rubber
- HOPE!, hope is always good when being an artist!
By the way, go out and buy cheap versions if you feel like it, if you are starting out it is always good to keep costs down, the pound shop do a good selection, the works, sussex book shops, Wilkinsons local stationers.
This can be a total pain for a beginner, skin tone is one of my favorite parts of painting portraiture the harder the illustration the better. So when I am working with watercolours or Gouache i always use the lightest colours first, so definitely water these colours down. I am going to talk about shading, skin tone, pencil work and highlighting.
Step 2, add a little bit more colour mix it together on your palette never on your painting, I often add a little brown and green.
Step 3 once the second layer is dry you can just use the same colours you were using in 1 & 2 because it is dry watercolours are a build up paint, so its perfect for adding simple shadows.
step 4 I always add a little more blue, burnt umber and rose and sort of mix, it working quickly because watercolours dry fast leaving a sort of on paper stain.
I hate working wet on wet, I don't like not having control over the work, so often I use from step 3-4 as little water as possible just to make the colours stand out!
Highlighting is a simple technique once your skin tone is coloured in and settled, I use white Gouache paint, rather thick and without a lot of water across the areas, that I want to accentuate. Often the cheeks, nose, eyes and lips! I think it adds a little bit of fun to the illustration and makes it stand out. You can also get this technique using gum Arabic, but i hate the stuff, always ruins my work and smells fishy! haha
Shading, I don't often leave pencil marks on my illustrations as once you have painted over in watercolour or gouache you can rub off, but for this illo I have left it in just so I can show you a simple shading technique. I only ever now since doing my degree use mechanical pencils ( All of my art Equipment is purchased from Cowling and Wilcox in East London) So I use Pentel Mechanical Pencils 0.5mm / 0.7mm / 0.9mm For this Illustration, I used a 0.7mm Pencil as I love the lines and the depth of the shading it creates.
Now when it comes to the shirt there isn't any real technique, but I will talk you through it as best I can. All you need for this sort of bold colour is, a good Gouache paint, and for the shading i have just mixed it up with a little Ivory black with Ultramarine so it has a sort of deep colour, it seems to have mixed with the rose ( which is my ultimate favorite) and then I just add a little pencil....
That's kinda how i work...I hope that has helped if you have any other questions just let me know