Watercolor Seahorses

I’m starting to really like working in watercolors. It’s a lot quicker than working in gouache. It’s nice not to have to worry about covering up the underlying sketch, plus mixing the colors is super quick. This piece was supposed to originally be done in gouache. These two seahorses are pot-bellied seahorses (Hippocampus abdominalis). Here are some progress shots. The first shows the original tracing paper sketch overlaid. I don’t normally do tracing paper, but I had originally intended doing gouache which hides any sketch underneath once you start putting values down.

Sea Horse Sketch

The power went out at work last week, so I took the opportunity to go draw some fish. They were the only ones with full power because of the back up generators. My eyes hurt after drawing in the dark ambient lighting.

Cheetah Rough, Inking and Watercolor

I haven’t posted anything in awhile. I’ve been doing a lot of programming lately instead of drawing. Code examples aren’t really interesting to post. This is a 3” rough in my small sketchbook for something bigger I’ve been meaning to do. This is my first successful thing done with a brush pen. I’m also playing some with watercolors. I need to get a scanner for my house because the photos blow out some of the subtleties.

Cow Anatomy Drawing

I figured I’d try to do an anatomy drawing with my own pose. It’s hilarious sitting at subway drawing at lunch with anatomy pages strewn across the table drawing a cow without its skin on. Ink on paper, then digitally colored.

Gouache Painting of a Bald Eagle

Another little gouache painting of an eagle. For some reason when I took a photo straight on I didn’t like how it looked, so I took one like this.

Gouache Rhino Painting and Inking

This is my first time to use gouache. I think I’m in love. I’d read online that inking on top of gouache wasn’t a good idea, but I went ahead and did it. The pens would “gunk up” and not put ink down, but then I just used them on another piece of paper for a bit and they would start running again. I might have to experiment with it some. I’m also using my new drafting table. I’m in love with it! It’s a much more pleasant and ergonomic space to work on. I love the little draw that slides...

Aldabra Giant Tortoise Illustration

This is my third inking. Micron pens on sketch paper, with digital coloring and layout. I’m really starting to like this process. I’m trying to see what all I can do with it.

Cat & Rat

This was my first real time to work with a pen. I’d done other smaller things and immediately felt in over my head. I think I might be able to work on this process and get it to work better for me. Definitely a study piece I want to do more pen now.

Sketch of a Rat

I drew a rat at lunch. I’ve been playing around with a different technique involving spreading the graphite around with a tissue early in the drawing process, spreading the midtones. Then I added in darker values and picked out highlights with an eraser.