The process.

Hello friends! I thought I would show my process from drawing to painting (because your sooooo interested).

I start with a picture. I know, I know ‘real’ artists don’t use photographs. Blah, blah, blah… I use pictures. I hate only being able to paint certain times of day. I’m a very literal painter. I paint what I see and if the light is continually shifting I will continually be changing my painting to match what I see. Its a mess, hence the picture. This is a photograph of a magnet my Grandmother had on her fridge for as long as I can remember. The background is wrapping paper (way cute, right?).

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Next I decide what size I want it to be. In this case I had an 8inx10in watercolor board so I chose to use it. In a sketchbook I draw 8×10 rectangle and begin my drawing. (I decided not to show my drawing process just because I don’t have a formula I just draw) I don’t spend a whole lot of time on the drawing. I just want to get the proportions right.

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The Drawing.

Now is the part I hate, tracing. I do the drawing on a different paper then my painting because I erase A LOT. Even with the softest eraser I damage the surface so I find its easier and cleaner to trace and transfer. Also my drawings are more accurate if I shade instead of just a line drawing. I look at the tracing as a second drawing. While tracing I flesh out the drawing a little more and add more details. This step really helps me become familiar with the subject. So here is the tracing. (Its hard to see but it is a tracing)

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The Tracing.

Now the step I really, really hate, transfering. I find this the most tedious step by far. I used to use markers or pens to trace with but I found that the lines they transfer are much to dark and very hard to erase. So now I use a colored pencil.

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Transferring w/Colored Pencil.
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Transferring.

Ok so now the sucky part is over! Here is the transferred drawing on the watercolor board. (its pretty light because my transfer paper is old)

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The Transfer.

Its almost time for the painting!! But first I need to mask off all the hight lights. I use the masquepen mask. I used to use the Incredible mask but i could never get it fine enough. I love the masquepen because the applicator is 5mm, the only thing I don’t like about it is that it doesn’t always come off cleanly. I never had this issue with the Incredible mask but I feel its an ok trade off.

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Masking.

Now the fun part! Painting!! I do a color swatch to figure out which colors to use for this piece. I decided on phthalo blue, phthalo green yellow shade, phthalo green blue shade, yellow green, cobalt teal, Indian yellow, azo yellow, quinacridone violet and quinacridone red. Then I start painting!!

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Color Swatch.
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The Painting!
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Painting Detail.

This is as far as I got today. I hope this was helpful!

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It’s a wompa, It’s a butterfly thing, it’s a painting!

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Hello friends! Guess what!? I finished my painting!! I’m really excited about this one. I’m very pleased with how it came out. It went threw this really ugly stage… (You know what I’m talking about *winkwink*) I’m not sure why I winked at you. I’m just really happy this turned out as well as it did. Watercolor rules!! Ok, I’m not sure why I said that either… I better stop writing while I’m ahead. Thanks for looking!

It’s a wompa!

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Hey guys! I wanted to share what I’m working on. This is a watercolor of a vintage Star Wars figure (a wompa) and a vintage strawberry shortcake butterfly thing (I’m not sure what its called, I could google it but… Eh)
The wompa has a lot of ‘fir’ texture (he is plastic, so no actual fir) that made me hesitant to attempt this painting but its not nearly as daunting as I thought it would be. What I’m really enjoying about this piece is the orange butterfly against the cool wompa. I’m excited for it to be finished!

Bowl of fruit?

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Hola friends!! Every now and again I try my hand at oil, and fail. Here is one such failure. (Blogs can’t just be awesome stuff, right? There needs to be some sucky-ness to balance it out, you know, to make the good stuff look better)

I know, I know, you can stop laughing now. Alright I get it, this painting is bad. I said stop laughing! gosh! I don’t laugh at you (much). But I kind of like it. I tried a palette knife… It was fun… Bad but fun.

Orange Blossom

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Hey wonderful readers! Blah blah blah [insert joke here], here’s a watercolor painting. (I’m not feeling particularly loquacious)

I’m not sure how I feel about this one. I think it should go darker but the paper won’t take any more paint, its looking tired (if you don’t know what I mean by ‘tired’ its hard to explain, the paper just starts to look worn). I blame the turquoise I used for the dinosaur. It has this spotty texture that I hate. I’m just done with it. I even tried to break up the texture with colored pencil. Oh well, I can’t win them all. (Geeez, I sound like Charlie Brown)

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Fun with colored pencil!

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Hey guys! I can’t think of anything interesting/clever to say… So here’s some fruit! Super cool, huh? Haha, not really. Sometimes I just want to paint without worrying about the details. When I’m feeling this way, I paint fruit.

This piece was painted with colored pencil and outlined in pin and ink. It took about an hour from start to finish (I used the technique I spoke about in Gnomes). Enjoy!

Gnomes.

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Hello, friends! I’m so glad you took a moment to gawk at my gnomes. I know, who would spend any amount of time painting gnomes? What a weirdo… Anyway, gnomes remind me of Christmas (Santa Clause is a gnome when he’s not on Christmas duty, right?). So in honor of the holiday season here are a bunch of gnomes.

This is a colored pencil piece. It took a few days to accomplish. I really enjoy colored pencils. They are incredibly easy to blind especially if you use a solvent to blend them. Using the solvent really gives colored pencil a more painterly effect. If you haven’t tried this technique, you really should. I use stif paintbrushes to blind the colors but you could use q-tips. As for the solvent I use odorless mineral spirits. This technique works with any wax-based colored pencil (I mostly use Prismacolor, they’re not the best but certainly not the worst). Go on, give it a shot! I know you want to.