My Watercolor Illustration ProcessMonday, October 17, 2016
I recently have changed the way I work when it comes to creating my watercolor illustrations and so I thought that I would share my process with the latest painting that I made. Every artist is different, but for me personally, I find that I like to work in a detailed manner, as a looser style of painting just isn't me. I prefer to sketch out the lines of what I plan to paint first, but those of you who work in watercolor know that once you paint over pencil marks you can't really erase them. This was an issue that bothered me, especially since I tend to be (unintentionally) pretty heavy handed.
So after I sketched out my design in the colored pencils, I started to paint. And as I suspected, you couldn't see the lines at all! Even if you could, it probably would still be less noticeable than graphite anyway.
You can see the finished painting in my sketchbook above - minus any annoying graphite lines. I don't know why I didn't think about this earlier, but I'm definitely going to use colored pencils in my sketching process from now on! I'd love to know if you happen to do this as well, or just what your process looks like in general.
And if you like this illustration, you can find it on my *Society6 shop :)