Color with me – Dryad from Ticket to Dreams, part two

Well, it seems this was a two-part project 🙂 So lets finish this! We’ll switch tactics here a bit, going from pencil to paper to brush to pencil to paper. Yeah, it’ll make sense soon.

Stuff used on day two:
Derwent Inktense (set of 72), Kuretake water brushes in sizes S and M, white Posca in size 3M
Pencils listed in order of appearance. Feel free to use other pencils and/or replace some colorways entirely with something else you like

  • Shiraz
  • Carmine Pink
  • Sicilian Yellow
  • Deep Indigo
  • Kuretake water brush size M
  • Bark
  • Sepia Ink
  • Baked Earth
  • Spring Green
  • Red Oxide
  • Saddle Brown
  • Payne’s Grey
  • Light Olive
  • Iron Green
  • Ink Black
  • Kuretake water brush size S
  • White Posca, size 3M

When doing the skin, make sure you keep the brush REALLY wet. What I did here was drip the brush and catch the drips on the back of my hand so I can wet the brush with the drop as well when needed. You can also just use a regular brush and wet it since these water brushes don’t really like to stay as wet as we want them to for this technique. For hair, it’s good just damp since that way we’ll get a crisper more exact line but we’ll want to blend the skin out so wet is the way to go.
With skin, work fast and work in layers. Let the last layer dry and then add the next one.
I am jumping around from area to area to let the previous area dry before I add the next layer. If you do that, be careful not to accidentally smudge the previous wet area with your hand. That is also why I turn the page for the hair so my hand rests on the top part that is dry.
Before adding Posca, let the page dry for a few minutes at least. It doesn’t have to be 100% dry but dry to the touch would be necessary. Posca is acrylic paint in the form of a marker, acrylics are water soluble so if you tap over a wet surface, it will bleed and you won’t get a nice sharp dot. Which can be desirable at times but not this time.

Thank you all for playing along and do tag your works in Instagram with #colorwithiris so I can find, like and share them!

End result:

I must say I love this book so much that I’ve been working on another image with Inktense at nights. Haven’t filmed that since it started out as an experiment and well, anyway. I’ll show that to you tomorrow 🙂

Next project will be another portrait from somewhere that can handle water, we’ll explore this technique for water solubles further, with using the paint straight from the pencil instead of coloring with pencils first. I also have another neat technique to show you at a later date with Inktense that I think you’ll like 🙂 But yes, next project coming soon!

All parts of this tutorial series:
Day one – background, tree and leafy bits
Day two – skin, hair, flowers, finishing touches

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