Sunday, June 2, 2013

Butterfly Girl WIP

Here are some progress shots of Butterfly Girl.

 Beginning sketch. I'm drawing on a heavy piece of Arches hot press watercolor paper after reading that several artists (Allen Williams in particular) use it. I really like the texture of its surface. Holds up to a lot of erasing too. Using a soft lead in a .03 mechanical pencil. Darkening with a Caran d'Ache Grafwood 4B pencil.
At this point, I felt the sketch was complete and as you can see from my post, the original sketch was sold at Spectrum Live. Thank goodness for scanners. I printed the sketch out on a piece of Lanaquarelle WC paper, 140 lb. paper. After I stretched and stapled down the paper, I put a thin coat of white gesso over the printed sketch. I could still make out the lines, though they were faint. I then took a pencil and reinforced some of the lines that were lost. 

I then started painting it with watercolors and going back and lifting out the color with a wet brush where needed. Once completely dry, I will put a few light coats of acrylic matte medium and start putting down some oil glazes. 


Kelley said...

Wow, it's really beautiful.

Victoria said... very beautiful!!