I began this painting with a brown watersoluble “Neocolor” crayon, applied with a flourish (and without much of a plan) onto A4 cotton watercolour paper. Then added watercolour and gouache. I used a tiny bit of coloured pencil here and there. The paper texture was a little rougher than I usually like to use for a “face”, however, in general I was pleased with how this turned out.
As always I love to draw “faces”. These days I tend to draw them from memory and imagination. However, the many years of drawing from observation have given me a reasonable amount of confidence to do this.
I’m aware of the distortions that may appear in my “faces” – in part due to not drawing from a model, but if I can get the expression and feel that I want, I think that the “faces”work – for want of a better word! There’s more about my continual love of drawing faces in this post, here.
I’ve recently bought some inexpensive sketchbooks with 150gsm (mostly recycled) paper – they take water quite well. I fill up sketchbooks quickly, so I don’t always like to buy the costly cotton paper ones. It’s also economical to make some of my own, and fun!
In general I work on 100% cotton paper.
Over the past couple of months, I’ve returned to the more familiar (and comfortable) territory of using: inkpen, watercolour, pencil… Also, I’m practicing painting with gouache. The use of white paint continues to be a challenge (as I found upon my revisit to painting with acrylics) but I’m improving! However, as in watercolour painting, I still like to leave some white of the paper for highlights – at least sometimes.
Though I’ll use acrylics again – my preference is definitely for watercolours; and gouache gives me the option to paint in styles reminiscent of acrylics/oils without the awful clean up and sticky messes. Also watersoluble crayons, pencils, ink pens…are a joy to use. And a little bit of iPad drawing is still on my “go to” list. As I’ve said before, I’m so thankful† for my art opportunities.
I’ll share a post soon of still lifes and landscapes, I’ve drawn and painted these past couple of months.
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I recognized your style of painting right away! Love the fluidity if your lines. Your joy of painting is noticeable in the way that some of your lines appear to be dancing, especially in the last sketch. Wonderful!
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Such encouraging words – quite a poetic description of my art! Thanks so much Louise.🙂