Robyn

My daughter and son rewatched Wolfwalkers this past week (our favorite film of 2020) and I thought it would be cool to draw the main protagonist Robyn. I also wanted an excuse to play with the Lyra Groove Triple crayons again. They are water-soluble and have a really rich pastel-like character. The texture turns out great on these I think. I’m looking forward to doing more!

Close up of painting of Robyn as a wolf from the movie Wolfwalkers.
Painting of Robyn as a wolf from the movie Wolfwalkers.

Hand and thumb

Another Zoom portrait using racing green instead of the typical sepia. I like the way the green turned out and picked this snapshot as I thought the inclusion of the hand was interesting. Turned out pretty good I think. Progress. 📈

Close up of portrait painting with just the face and eyes showing.

This piece was done using Derwent Inktense watercolors and water pens, along with a Uninball Eye Micro pen for the outlines.

Close up of portrait painting with just the mouth and hand showing.
Portrait painting of a guy with his hand on his chin and headphones on.

Back garden under construction

This is a view of our back garden as of a few weeks ago. Those trees you see are now in the ground, but things are still very much under construction. I hadn’t yet drawn the church by our house, so I liked the challenge of that as well as all the layers in this view. I have some ideas for more drawings featuring the church as it is such a cool building (200+ years old). I liked experimenting with a more storybook style of color and illustration on this one.

I used pencil and a Uniball Micro Pen first and then added color with Derwent Inktense watercolors and water pens.

Here was the original picture for the drawing.

Back garden with trees in pots.
Painting of trees in pots and church in the background.

Main St in blue

My idea with this was to play around with really dark foregrounds and light backgrounds. I thought I would use sepia for the foreground but ended up picking navy blue at the last minute. Although the streets were dry at the time I took the picture that inspired this painting, the blue gives the streets a wet feeling.

Close-up of watercolor painting of Main St Chryston in blue and yellow.

I limited myself to three colors on this (navy blue, yellow, and mango) and used Derwent Inktense watercolors.

Close-up of watercolor painting of Main St Chryston in blue and yellow.

The paper used is Winsor & Newton Cold Pressed Fine Grain A4 paper.

Close-up of watercolor painting of Main St Chryston in blue and yellow.

Here is the photo that inspired the painting:

Main street Chryson with sun rising behind houses.
Watercolor painting of Main St Chryston in blue and yellow.

Twisting branches

I’ve been noticing the branches of the trees here in Scotland all winter, how they are angular and curved at the same time, and have been wanting to draw and paint them in more detail for awhile. I actually started this with the intention of doing many of the branches but quickly became overwhelmed with that task and went with something s bit simpler.

Close up of tree watercolor painting
Close up of tree watercolor painting.
Close up of tree watercolor painting.

Here is the photo I was using as a reference:

Trees by a stream against a blue background.

This was the specific portion I decided to focus on:

Watercolor painting of dark and twisted tree branches.

Cap on (figure #73)

Continuing with the Zoom portraits. This is one of someone looking at another screen and I liked the angle, and the hat, as a nice change of pace from the standard front view.

Still using the larger A4 size of paper for these and it’s fantastic. This was done using Derwent water pens, Inktense Navy Blue watercolor paint, and a Uniball Eye Micro pen.

Close up of portrait of a man looking bored with face in hand.
Close up of portrait of a man looking bored with face in hand.
Portrait of a man looking bored with face in hand.