Based on the drawing I made for this year’s Inktober for day 23. Because watercolor lifts the ink and makes the drawing really muddy, I traced it with my lightbox using only my pencil. I actually had to redo it twice because I was trying to erase the lines and graphite smudges before I started painting but then I couldn’t see the lines anymore… Erasing is ok on some papers, but not on the one I was using this time…
Luckily I still managed to finish the painting today despite a couple of setbacks. One of the biggest ones was the fear of messing up. It’s been a while since I last painted traditionally so that’s always a bit intimidating. But it’s always a matter of just starting. I almost messed it up right out of the gate since I didn’t completely clean the main brush I used (it still had some ink in it). The good things was that I could still lift up the affected area (it was the face…).
I really love watercolors. The look it has and versatility are just amazing.
Airi had a recent post where she had a really cute outfit. I just really wanted to draw her in it. The sweater has a lot of details which I wanted to draw. The colors are also really beautiful so I’m really looking forward to painting her sometime in the future.
One thing I’ve noticed is that I really crave more details in my drawings. But because of the size of the drawing I don’t always manage to add them. My tools aren’t quite as precise as I would wish them to be, and that is a problem. Now if I made the subject larger I wouldn’t have a problem, but that isn’t always an option. I have to find a way to remedy this without having to use photoshop to refine my drawings. I actually had to use it a bit on the eyes of the recent Samus Aran drawing. Although it wasn’t much that I had to do, I stilled used photoshop, and I prefer not to. I’m going to be changing gears a bit on the next drawings. Instead of full backgrounds, I will do either none or very simple ones. We’ll see what happens.