Sunday, August 10, 2014
Teeny Tiny Cacti- Succulent Illustrations in Copic and Watercolor
Materials: Kaimai Sol K Ink, Copic Sketch markers, various watercolors, Caran d'Ache Pablo watercolor pencils, Winsor Newton White Gouache, Fluid Cold Press Watercolor Paper
One of my favorite downtime activities is rendering plants from reference. A rough sketch in pencil, inked with brush and Kaimai Sol K, my favorite Copic-proof ink, and let it dry a couple days. Then basic colors with Copics, shading added later on with light watercolor washes. Once everything's been dry for awhile, add in details with color pencils, and maybe white highlights with white gouache. There's something very rewarding about these little illustrations- I'm honing my eye for color, playing with materials I love, engaging my interest in plant life. A bonus is that in the past, illustrations like this make for popular sticker designs, and I plan on listing the originals in my online shop soon.
Vigilante comic artist, illustrator, and comic craft blogger at www.nattosoup.blogspot.com. I have an MFA from SCAD in Sequential Art, which means I'm highly educated in the art of drawing funny picture books. I specialize in comics aimed at young girls, and enjoy the finer things in life- seinen manga, whiney autobio graphic novels, and science fiction.