A couple of small sketches here created using Indian ink and fineliner pens. I really enjoy drawing animals in these mediums, but I feel when painting I lose a lot of the line work due to me applying to much heavy paint on the paper. I want to get the balance right so my line work can be fully appreciated and not lost forever.
I haven’t looked to do another kingfisher since I was very happy with my Pied Kingfisher which was a bit of a turning point piece for me a year ago, and incidentally was one of the first paintings I ever sold at my first local exhibition.
These paintings were inspired by the Common Kingfisher, and were created using my nelgected hot pressed water colour paper.
Pigeons have to be my favourite animal, plucky, mischievous and super hardy, they never fail to make me smile. Also — very tricky to paint, lots of grey so couldn’t help injecting some limes and some oranges. These two were painted in watercolours and lots of blue ink.
Scruffy hummingbird drawings now, these little whizzing, jewel like beings are the focus of my next set of paintings. These drawings were created in Indian ink, graphite and fineliner. With the graphite drawings, I transfer them onto watercolour paper by flipping them face down onto my chosen paper and pressing really hard using pencils on the back — so I don’t have to redraw the original image onto expensive paper which could prove costly …
I never feel like I can do peacocks enough justice, they are trully incredible, which is why I have again painted yet another peacock. The hens aren't getting much love from me at the moment, I guess they are somewhat overshadowed — I'm sure to get to them soon.
I chose to lay bright inks down in the background, before propping my work up on an easel and using gravity and water to bleed the pigments into one another, creating these translucent streams of colour.
This is the largest peacock I've painted, A3 in size, see my other peacocks from previous posts …
I’ve been experimenting with further segmentation with white pen and ink in this piece, I feel using this technique could lead to some exciting places with enough exploration. I’ve also tipped the page forward to allow for the watercolour to pool and drip in certain areas, whilst using straws to stretch ink across the paper to suggest a mane.