After watching a recent Draw Tip Tuesday video on pen control, I was inspired to draw a vase of flowers by loosely holding the pen at the end away from the tip.
I started the sketch by roughly doing a single-line contour drawing, lifting the pen only a few times to reset. I knew I was going to go over with a wash of watercolor, so I focused more on suggesting the foliage instead of carefully drawing every item. And instead of obsessing over making the roses look like literal roses, I made swirly ends to suggest the petals.
I’m happily surprised how this loose approach worked! I think the swirly roses read better as roses than when I tried to draw each petal step by step in another sketch.
For the watercolor wash, I also kept it loose and rough. My main goal was to get a good range of greens, from bright yellow-greens to deep brown-greens. I added some splatter to amplify the sketchy quality.
- Uniball Vision Fine black ink pen
- watercolor brush
- Pentel Aquash Water Brush
- stencil brush (for splatter)
Our summer vacation amongst the Redwoods gave me much-appreciated space and time to play with watercolors. I could have sat for hours and hours experimenting with color blending. Actually, I guess I did sit for hours and hours doing just that. It was interesting to get familiar with the feeling of different blending techniques, and by the time I was working on the final plant drawing in this set, I felt like it was clicking more.
I like the bold, graphic quality of first drawing with a black ink pen (the Rapidograph in this case) and then filling in with watercolor.
- Tube watercolors
- Size 4 brush
- Rapidograph pen filled with india ink
To continue my hand lettering practice, I drew this Seinfeld phrase, “Chicken supernova”, with a combination of bounce letters and faux calligraphy. It’s such a goofy combination of words that makes me crack up every time I hear it.
Season 8, episode 8 “The Chicken Roaster”
- Micron pens