|This Bing Fairy Image brings to mind the powerful blend of |
reality and fantasy in Ghost Horse Hollow
|This Bing Fairy Image reminds me of the character of Luka-shen,|
Lady Titrimia's Eldest Green Maiden in The Fairy Lore of Ghost Horse Hollow
Painting with watercolor requires overlapping transparent layers of color, usually starting with pale, pastel tones and working toward darker hues. With oil painting, sometimes the opposite process is employed. Darker shades are applied to the canvas first, and lighter touches are dabbed on during the final stages of composition. Watercolors, especially those involving detailed facial expressions, demand the best possible brushes that pull downward to a tiny tip. Working with water frustrates many artists, because this slippery medium is unpredictable and difficult to control. My best advice is to develop a sense of the "beading" process in which the medium forms droplets that can be shifted along the surface of very absorbent paper. Watercolor paper is listed as "cold" pressed or "hot" pressed. I usually work with the 140lb cold pressed.
|This Bing Fairy Image calls to mind the Fairylands that surround Ghost Horse Hollow|
|Miss Genevieve "Panther" MacKennon and Elestial's Opal Moon by Artist Steve Lillegard|
When combining ink with this challenging medium, be sure to select a water-proof variety; otherwise, your base drawing will blend into your washes. Sometimes using non-waterproof India ink will result in a rich, dark mass that will dramatically contrast with your pure white paper. I have also used gold, silver, and pearl ink for special highlights. The trick to watercolor illustration is to experiment with your medium until you feel confident of your ability to control a water droplet or a splash of paint. Water will form a molecular edge that can be manipulated accurately with a little concentration and patience. Practice pencil drawing frequently, and purchase professional materials whenever possible. It's also good to keep in mind that accidents always happen with watercolor, but sometimes the results are glorious! Meanwhile, I hope you will enjoy browsing through these wonderful illustrations and books that are available through Amazon.com.