Dispatches From Hellpeckersville-Back To The Drawing Board

Literally. I’m finally back drawing again. I’ve finished two small pieces and working on a third. Nothing worth framing, but I’m pretty happy with them for the most part. I’m working with watercolor pencils, that’s new for me, so it’s a little slow going, but I like it. I keep stopping to play with them on scratch paper to see what they’ll do in any given circumstance. Now, that’s not time efficient, but it sure is fun.

The thing is, I have about 40 of these Derwent Inktense pencils, and they have different properties than regular watercolor pencils, they get wet once and then they set permanently. Regular watercolor pencils can be reworked, so not only can I play back and forth with these things almost endlessly in different combinations; I have to plan out how I need to use them in a picture. My regular pencils are only student quality, so that means more binder than pigment, and it sometimes seems like no matter how much of them I lay down the water wants to pick it right back up, so yeah, I’m playing around on scratch paper…a lot.

But I did finish something, finally!

Not museum quality, but I’m okay with that. More than okay, I’m happy, and I’m on to the next picture~


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    • on 07/30/2015 at 02:05

    almost full size.

    • on 07/30/2015 at 07:25

    With watercolor pencils the kind of paper you use is important. Luckily most grocery stores sell the big manila or gray kind and I have found that those work best with watercolor pencils.

    It’s fun getting back to one’s artistic roots. I am doing so as well.

    • on 07/30/2015 at 23:55

    doing illustrations for children’s book’s? You’re very good

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