I simply was not going to give up on this leaf until I got one that I liked. This is the one. 🙂 I think I’m starting to develop a “style” if you can call it that. I know what I like looking at, I know the types of paintings that made me want to learn to watercolor, I know the paintings that make me smile and wonder if I will ever get a painting to look that good. After the last two leaves, I was feeling like why am I bothering. Not that they were utterly repulsive, but they weren’t what I wanted them to be.
This time I got out my watercolors, a bucket of water and a real paintbrush and started trying to get what was in my head onto the paper. I succeeded in several ways, but I still have trouble with certain things which frustrates me. The leaf is done with my Grumbacher Watercolors, the background is done with my Derwent Graphitint Watercolor pencils. It’s lined with a pigma micron and a little white gel pen for the highlights.
I really like the penciled backgrounds better than when I do a watercolor background. I feel like I have more control and I like the surprise of what I get. I also think its time to fill my rapidograph pens. I like them better than the microns. They are far more expensive than the microns, but I already have two sets, Koh-i-nor and Rotring. Don’t even price out the Rotrings unless you have lots of money to spend on pens. LOL. I got a full set at a flea market. They had never been cleaned. I spent 3 days and special solution getting those puppies clean as a whistle inside and out. So I got a large set of Rotrings for a few bucks and little elbow grease. Don’t you just love things like that? The Koh-i-noors you can pick up more reasonably. If you find them on sale you can get a set for about $80. They got a good cleaning while I was doing the other ones. 🙂 Anyway, the microns are getting on my nerves so its time to break out the good pens.
I think the white pen might be a little stark. Maybe its time to try something like an ecru or cream gouache and a liner brush? What do you guys think?
I like this leaf. Not sure the veins were a good add or not, but I don’t think they are “bad”, either. So here’s to Fall!