Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Watersoluble graphite pencil

I got a 2B and 6B watersoluble graphite pencil the other day. I didn't even know these existed. I really like them. You can't move the colour around the page much, and I was surprised just how much darker the 6B was. They look fairly similar when dry, and then when wet, the 6B leaps out of the page. I used my water brushpen that I use with watercolour pencils.

Bridge near Wanganui River, North Island, NZ

Mini watercolour sketches 10 and 11/30

As usual, on 8cm x 12cmish Archers 300 gsm watercolour paper.

My second go at a watercolour portrait (still in miniature though). 

 Gratuitous photo of Mt Cook, South Island, New Zealand. Photo: Jonas

Mini watercolor sketches 8 and 9/30

I did the same sketch twice, quickly drawing on one while the other one dried.  I don't know which one I like better.

It was probably a bit ambitious to try to paint a watercolor sketch every day just before Christmas! But I'll try and keep at it. 

This is a sketch of a tiny old boat winch at the Pauatahanui boat houses. A lovely summer's day and everyone was out with their bikes and dogs.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Portrait thumbnails

Thumbnail size portraits, Staedler black Superfine pen. Sugar paper.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

More pen sketches

More thumbnail portrait sketches. Staedler 0.1 fineliner in grey on A5 card.

Lighthouse, somewhere in Northland, NZ (photo from Jonas)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Pen sketches

3-5 minute pen sketches on A5 smooth card. Staedler 0.1 (I think) fineliner pen)

Monday, December 1, 2014

Pastel Portrait #3

Pastel portrait #2

My second go at doing a portrait in pastels. I think I did better at the skin colours this time. A model from a magazine.