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First Watercolor Sketch

Today I did my first sketch with watercolors. I worked from a photo of DC’s Chinatown that I took a couple months ago. First I sketched it out with my brush pen, then I filled in details with my fountain pen loaded with Noodler’s black ink (for future reference: bad plan. Noodler’s wasn’t waterproof, so I got some smudging. Not terrible, though). After that I colored it using some of Lauren‘s watercolor pencils (I don’t have any proper watercolors yet) and a couple of cheap brushes. I like how it turned out, though I don’t like how the ribs of the paper are still showing – I think they picked up a lot of the color from the pencils, and the brushes weren’t able to get all of it out into the wash. Or maybe I just wasn’t patient enough with it. I’ll know better once I have real watercolors and some different paper to try it on.

In any case, here it is!

This was a lot of fun, and I like how much more character the coloring can give to a sketch. I think it’s time to spring for the Sakura Koi field set, now!

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  1. Posted December 29, 2010 at 1:28 am | Permalink

    I love it. :)

  2. Posted December 29, 2010 at 1:54 am | Permalink

    Oh wow!! I LOVE it!!

  3. Posted December 29, 2010 at 2:37 am | Permalink

    That turned out really well! I’d like to try water-color pencils. I’ve only used the paints.