Paper is Coquile coldpress paper ..it has a stiple surface. I use it a lot, it is my paper of choice. It is predictable ..there are no surprises on the surface . I use the surface just as much as my color…it helps me achiieve the effect I want . People can identify my work .
This piece was a memorial of a cat named Buttons…It’s owners had no children ..this cat was their baby …It was " 23 years old" when it passed away.
The reason I choose watercolor pencil…I love drawing…if I have to leave and stop working for a while ..I can come back and just start where I left off…I don’t have to worry about wet paint …building a canvas or cleaners for my brushes. I use a different types of watercolor pencils…some are brighter or softer than others. If I drop one of my pencils there is a good chance it will brake everytime I sharpen it and that is frustrating… I put carpet underneith my chair so if one falls it won’t be damaged….I use different erasers….Quik tac is great stuff …you can make it any size and any shape and you press down on it on your paper and the pigment will lift it right off….then you just need it and it’s clean again…I also use an electric eraser that you can sharpen…I use my eraser to draw with more than rubbing something out….I never press hard on my pencils I just make layer over layer…I use the tooth of the paper as part of my image so I don’t press hard on it because that would ruin it…The last thing I do is spray a fine mist of water over it to bring out more depth in my color….In graphite I’ll spray lightly with hair spray…making sure it doesn’t get wet.
How I did it….I draw my image outline …The first thing I start working on is the face and then start putting layers of color on building it up ..I’m also building my depth…then I use water on the water color pencil where I want it….It is a slow process of building the color …This was also building the fur.,,layer over layer…always the face is so important especially the eyes …With the portrait you have to capture a moment of the person your working on so the buyer will recognize the subject….It has to be a right on likeness…you have to capture that person even something the viewer will see in the eyes…a part of that person…. The lighting on the subject is also important because that is what gives your image depth. You also use the texture of the paper as a tool for your effect…I go from light colors to darker color….The background color has to be even. I never let a piece go unless I’m happy with it ..Sometimes I will get half way through a piece and trash it and start over…I am my own judge and jury…the only one I compete with is myself.
“Buttons” has been “Featured” in
Domestic Pedigree Cats
Works on Paper
Pets and People
Paws and Claws