Sunday, June 5, 2022

"Red Giraffe" (watercolor on paper; 12" x 9")


"Red Giraffe"


The following is the description of what we did in the seventh week of the spring term, 2022 for my "Watercolor from Start to Finish" class (my online Zoom class with the Art League School in Alexandria, VA).

This week we explored a stylized portrait of an animal through "Red Giraffe". I don't usually paint like this, so it was a lot of fun and a liberating experience. Art should be about creativity and thinking outside the box. This may not be your cup of tea or it could be just what you were looking for. Finding one's own bliss is the goal, not getting the approval of your instructor or family!
You will need white gouache, a dip pen and black india ink, and Pentel Arts Portable Pocket Brush Pen. If you cannot get hold of the Pentel brush pen (make sure you get the right one, there are many different Pentel brush pens!), you can use a small round brush or rigger brush with India ink instead.

First draw the design, then wet the paper thoroughly and drop paints (cobalt blue, Winsor lemon, cadmium yellow pale, and cadmium red) randomly without overmixing. Immediately spritz water and let colors drip and mix. Let it dry.

Do the linework with the dip pen with India ink, then with the Pentel pocket brush pen, using my paintings as reference. There is no right or wrong, so do your thing!

Finally, paint markings on the giraffe in cadmium red and restore the lost white with white gouache. Have fun! 



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