Archive for May 19th, 2009

continued from Part One . . .

Fine details were easy to add using the Dual Brush Blender Pen. The tapered brush point fit comfortably into the small nooks and crannies. To create depth, I painted concentrated color in the small spaces of the petals between the yellow stamen, then pulled this color outward with a wet, colorless brush stroke. This created a soft transition on the petal areas and crisp edges where the pink and yellow paints meet.

Adding detail with the Tombow blender marker brush is clean and easy.
Adding detail with the Tombow blender marker brush is clean and easy.

To add more intense color to portions of the illustration, I used the Dual Brush Watercolor markers that were similar in color to the paint. The markers are translucent with nearly the same properties as the watercolor paint, but seem more vibrant. By dipping the markers in clear water, I was able to dilute the color after some experimentation. If you decide to do this, I would recommend that you test this on a scrap sheet of paper before adding it to your illustration because my first dip created a more intense color than expected. By using a series of light layers and allowing time to for each layer to dry before the next, the paper stayed smooth had minimal surface abrasion.

A final wet wash was added using a traditional brush. This casued a slight curl of the page corners.

A final wet wash was added using a traditional mop bristle brush. This caused a curl of the page corners, but they flattened out considerable once dry.

Once I completed the basic watercolor of the flower, I went over some of the details using the fine point end of a colored Dual Brush Marker to add small areas of intense color and contrast. A final, light wash was painted using a traditional mop brush on the background areas. This caused the edges of the paper to curl slightly, but they flattened out considerably when dry.

The final illustration completed in my Moleskine Watercolor Notebook.

The final illustration.

Overall I was very pleased with how the paper and blender marker performed together and look forward to using this combination out in the field. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a convenient way to create watercolor work outside of the studio.

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