Another flower from my ramblings in the botanical garden last weekend. I may go back tomorrow.
The Bush Anemone – carpenteria californica – is a rather pretty little flower. Not gaudy, just soft, subtle, and short-bloomed. I penciled this in first, then used a brush to dab paint off of the tips of my Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils to see how that worked. Not bad for a small touch here and there! I then used a light touch with a very fine pointed pen.
Today I have a lot to do, so I thought the best way to start the day would be to do another watercolor pencil drawing. As I have little to no experience using them, the only way to learn is to use them. I am making a pencil sketch in a sketch book, and then filling in layers of color before beginning to wet the colors laid down. The idea is to replicate glazing to a degree. When I reach a point I like, then I wet a brush, and move from light to dark, maybe moving the brush in a given direction, or not. Then, more colors, more wetting, and so on. Below is the final result.
I am not sure that by themselves watercolor pencils are capable of strong contrast. It seems lines – ink lines – may be helpful. Or, the pencils themselves can be used in conjunction with other water media, such as watercolors or acrylics or gouache.
Here is the series I scanned in as I moved along. Click on the pencil drawing to start the series, beginning to end.
I decided to do a quick watercolor pencil sketch before I got ready for work.
First the shape, then the laying down of colors. The point of this was to be quick! I just chose colors I thought would work – about 5 or 6 pencils.
Final result. I used a small round, and worked the lightest areas and moved into darker. Where I needed more contrast or detail, I used the pencil in the watery areas.
Total time: about 20 minutes from beginning to end. Below is each step.
Layered watercolor pencils