pen­cil and wa­ter­colour art

Renown an­i­mal il­lus­tra­tor Katy Lip­scomb re­veals how to bring a wolf to life, us­ing wa­ter­colour washes and pen­cils to create a stylised scene from na­ture

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Get ready to learn how I colour a howl­ing wolf us­ing un­con­ven­tional meth­ods and ma­te­ri­als! Here, I’ll teach you my ap­proach for cre­at­ing my draw­ings us­ing a range of me­dia: wa­ter­colours, colour pen­cils and more.

I’ll start pro­ceed­ings with a light wa­ter­colour wash and move to­wards darker heav­ier marks with colour pen­cils. This work­shop is fo­cused on how to colour us­ing a va­ri­ety of ma­te­ri­als rather that how to draw. To be­gin, you should first select some heavy-duty paper. I pre­fer to use Strath­more Smooth Bris­tol board; how­ever, il­lus­tra­tion board, a hot press wa­ter­colour paper or a cold press wa­ter­colour paper with a smaller tooth will also work.

You should also be ready with a wa­ter­colour brush. I en­joy us­ing a range of brushes, from flat brushes to round brushes to de­tail brushes; how­ever, much of this is per­sonal pref­er­ence. If you’re un­sure about what to start with, I rec­om­mend a size four Round brush and a thin de­tail brush with a fine point.

As for me­dia, I’ll be work­ing pri­mar­ily back and forth be­tween wa­ter­colours and colour pen­cils. In this work­shop I’ll specif­i­cally be us­ing PH Martin’s con­cen­trated wa­ter­colours, but other wa­ter­colours and inks will do just fine. My colour pen­cil of choice is Pris­ma­color pre­mier soft core, but as with the wa­ter­colour or ink, this is also very flex­i­ble. Last but not least, I’ll be us­ing a white gel pen and white liq­uid acrylic for fin­ish­ing touches.

Other ma­te­ri­als that will be im­por­tant are an artist’s wa­ter­colour pal­ette. I find dis­pos­able pal­ette sheets very use­ful, but you can also in­vest in a longer-last­ing so­lu­tion. You’ll also want a cup of wa­ter for clean­ing your brushes be­tween colours, a pen­cil for a pri­mary sketch, an eraser and paper tow­els.

If you’ve gath­ered all of your ma­te­ri­als, clean up your workspace and let’s con­tinue to the work­shop!

Katy is fa­mous for her fan­tas­ti­cal scenes and rep­re­sen­ta­tions of the beauty found in feral crea­tures. She’s has gained at­ten­tion from Time Magazine, Na­tional Pub­lic Ra­dio and more. See her work at http://katylip­scomb.com.

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