This week a wonderful thing happened. I borrowed water colour pencils from school.
Water colour pencils–marvelous invention. During art we were working on landscapes in water colours. I didn’t get mine done. So I took the pencils home to finish it. And… water colour pencils are awesome! I’m not a spectacular drawer. But I do it tolerably well… particularly when this week I realised that you can draw a detailed face without a single line of writing-lead-pencil. And it looks better. So I worked on portraits mostly. And it was so much fun.
Here is my landscapes from class… I had a good time drawing them.
Here is the first portrait I attempted. Her eyes are too big. Ah, but I enjoyed her. I was a little dubious when I started to paint over her with water… I could ruin her in a single swipe of my brush… but she turned out okay.
This is my second. My confidence boosted by Purple Girl, I decided to attempt one of my characters…Evangeline. Probably a bad idea, because I’m only getting the hang of coloured portraits. I love the way her hair turned out, and even though she doesn’t really look like Evangeline, she’s my favourite out of my portraits.
My third… I lost a bit of momentum, and while trying to draw her from a bit of a different angle, she turned out a little odd. Mostly in the nose. She was meant to be my villain, Gwen, but I seem to lack the ability to draw older people. Alas, she is my villain in her much younger days. Except my villain is supposed to be beautiful…and this girl isn’t exactly stunning. I did love the way the background turned out. I had great fun getting the splotchy-water-splash look in it.
I’ve done a two more now. One was an absolute mess. She was so hideous I gave her a mask. Didn’t work. She looked worse. But alas. And then I drew another just normal person, and she turned out well, but I haven’t painted over the pencil with water yet.
And the best part is, the teacher said I could keep the water colour pencils over the holidays.