Rough Stage with Watercolor for The Pileated Woodpecker

April 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

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This is the next stage completing the washes of watercolor for the pileated woodpecker.  This leg in the journey accomplishes a roughing in of the colors and composition.  I currently am using watercolor to allow greater freedom with my drawing and provide more intensity.  Do many of you work with mixed media and if so, what are your techniques?

Watercolor Washes for the Pileated Woodpecker

April 13, 2014 § 2 Comments

This is the next stage as I finally get to laying in the watercolor washes for the pileated woodpecker.  It was seen in my daughter and son in law’s yard feeding on insects from a dead tree stump.  I will add colored pencil IMG_4201as the final step to give greater depth, nuances, and hue to the contour with washes.  I’m hoping that this combination will allow my drawing to become more free.  I see it is still a work in process!! 

Final Version of Edie; Colored Pencil over Watercolor Washes

March 4, 2014 § Leave a comment

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This is the final version of Edie; a drawing for Deviant Art.  I previously posted the contour or line drawing and the contour supported by watercolor washes.  This last stage entails layering colored pencil over the watercolor to give the drawing added impact.  I am struck by how sweet this puppy is!!  What kind eyes she has!!

Using Watercolor to add Intensity to your Drawing

November 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

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This is a piece depicting chili peppers used to demonstrate to my drawing students how watercolor can support drawing.  I added pen and ink and pastel to refine the details and add intensity.  I particularly enjoy the looseness of the wash with the clarity of the pen and pastel.

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