Watercolor painting with limited supplies
Anyone else excited to see spring around the corner? It is supposed to get into the 20s C today. While this would call for some spring photos, I thought I first would share one of my watercolor paintings, step by step, with you.
Intentionally I painted this picture limiting my art supply. Instead of using my full set of art tools, I used the ones pictured below: NeonColor II watersoluble crayons, selected tombows, micron pens and pencil for the sketching.
Surprisingly I found this limiting of supplies rather freeing. As an artist I have a sometimes unhealthy obsession of getting new papers, paints and pens. I am sure you have no idea what I am talking about, right?!
This fairy tale character was modeled after Tinker Bell, but with a dark twist. I refer to her lovingly as Vampire Tink.
Being a vampire I felt the picture could use a bit more contrast, darkness, which I could have easily done by adding another layer or two of watercolors. Instead, however, I resorted to my trusty ol' friend Adobe Photoshop CC. I played around with adjustment layers darkening the background and also her wings.
Now there's the original light version, the medium and the dark version.
My favorite one is the version with the darker background, but light wings, making her pop a bit more.