Orchid for #WorldWatercolorMonth

Miltonia orchid
Miltonia – 5×7 – Daniel Smith watercolors on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico hot pressed extra white

Already bending the rules a little, this is a watercolor sketch done near the end of June – but posted in July!

One of the main goals of watercolor month is to raise awareness of the need for art education and supplies for students through the Dreaming Zebra Foundation. I’ve put this link in my sidebar so you can check that out too.

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Walnut Ink

This is a walnut ink drawing/painting of my friends antique buddha called “The Scholar” – also an appropriate submission for the “Illustration Friday” topic of “old”. He’s a wooden carving and as I understand it they were found in Buddhist Temples. The walnut ink is fun to draw and paint with. It’s also easy to wash out areas that you might want to change. Definitely will be doing more with the walnut ink. 🙂

The Scholar
The Scholar – walnut ink

Show

Show,don’t tell; is a writers chant. It’s hard to grasp sometimes and I found this post by Andrew Reynolds that I wanted to share that breaks it down better than most that I’ve seen.

He also said that, when giving a critique, he doesn’t just tell the person that they need to show not tell, but he shows them how to do it with an example. That’s the ultimate show don’t tell.

Andrew Reynolds post on Today’s Author:

http://todaysauthor.com/2015/06/17/showing-not-telling/

Of course this makes me feel like I should show you something so here is some hand lettering I’ve been working on: Mokie grafitti

mokie letters

 

Laid Paper

Following up on my post about the reed pen, laid paper is what Van Gogh used for many of his drawings. The only laid paper that I’ve tried are a “business” paper that is actually found in an office supply store and a sketch paper made by Arches.

Here is a good article on paper:

https://www.ilab.org/eng/documentation/87-the_paper_of_old_prints.html

Laid paper has a screen texture from the process used to make it. Here is a close up:

laid paper texture
laid paper texture

(If you google images of laid paper you might get a clearer picture.)

Finch on Southworth paper - micron pen
Finch on Southworth paper – micron pen
Finch on Arches paper - reed pen
Finch on Arches paper – reed pen

Both papers were nice to work on, but the pen did glide smoothly on the Southworth paper, a watermarked stationery and there was some drag on the Arches paper.

Southworth, Antique Laid, business paper, 24 lb. – ivory – 25% cotton, watermarked.

Arches Laid Paper – sketch – (Ingres) – 70 lb. – 75% cotton