I’ve finished my third illustration of the girl with the red hat… and this time I took photos so that I could do a step-by-step blog post. I thought it might be fun because I would be using some watercolour texture techniques to make the manatee’s skin look rough and barnacle-y!
4) I scraped some fragments of watercolour pencil onto a spare piece of paper, then when I painted the manatee I dropped a little salt and this pencil dust into the wet paint.
5) Here’s another close-up after I’ve brushed off the salt and excess pencil scrapings…
6) I didn’t have much else to do in watercolour except fill in some areas of the girl. I had a bit of a disaster taking the masking fluid off as it took the surface of the paper off in a few places (something that’s never happened before!) I still have no idea why… but I decided it was rescue-able and that I could work around the damage.
7) I switched to watercolour pencils to tidy up edges and add detail to the characters… and that’s about it!
Watercolour is really enjoyable when you add texture with salt and things, but it can be pretty unpredictable and prone to problems like masking fluid malfunctions. But then again that’s all part of the fun. My artwork tends to be very controlled so I like the gamble of using watercolour, where you’re literally forced to incorporate random elements that emerge during the process of painting.