This piece was inspired by my love of chickens, and rather than the comic relief that chickens provide, I decided to make my leghorn piece dramatic and serious! I used Indian ink, red inks, watercolour and fineliner — dragging the water across the fineliner to create streaks of grey across the paper.
Here’s a little piece I was quite happy with which I made last year, painted in inks and watercolour over a continuous line drawing and outlined in white pen! This little octopus now inhabits my shop after a year lurking under my bed …
Another simple fineliner and watercolour fusion, this time pulling inspiration from a small brown mouse.
In this piece I have introduced more watercolour pigment amidst the greyish fineliner, which when water is introduced kicks up these clouds of murky colour.
I’m really enjoying the spontaneity of the fineliner pen. After the watery clouds dried overnight, I went in with Indian ink and white pigment to define certain areas like the head and whiskers trying not to over do it! This colourful mouse now inhabits my shop.
Just a simple illustration I put together experimenting with adding watercolour to a fineliner painting. The ink in the fineliner and the watercolour pigment react creating an interesting cloud seen in the top right hand corner.
Despite the different hues of blue, I stuck to Phthalo blue only. But water and the fineliner soon created lots of interesting blues for me. Once the piece was dry I added and outlined my peacock with Indian ink and white pigment, this painting is also available in my shop!
Since looking at Alexis Marcou’s work, I decided to make some monochrome work of my own.
Pulling more inspiration from our rabbity friends, I bled them using fineliners. I drew the image in pencil then drew over them with fineliner and added water to create this bleary imagery.
What I like about this technique is that it takes no time at all to create something interesting. With a little more manipulation and mastery who knows what striking beasts may emerge?