Besides what I’ve mentioned in the prior entry…I picked up some little colored fineliners today which I’ve been coloring with for a while. :) I picked up a different orange than I intended to (it’s closer to red with a hint of orange), but it’s actually working out pretty well. The orange which I intended to pick up would have been more expensive and also closer to the tone of the orange I definitely knew I was getting. So now I have some Staedtlers (I’m just in love with Staedtler, I’m sorry), and a few Stabilos which I picked up because their color was nice. These were around $1 a piece.
This is continuing the thread which I started with getting together with someone who encouraged me to draw. The fineliners are really good for small detail work — where you need hard, sharp lines. I did eventually get into the place, today, where I probably should have been using the bullet point on a Tombow or something — I was coloring in big areas of color with fineliners (!) and I don’t know how long they will continue to last if I continue to do that. But I did happen to uncover an image which will look very good in a larger format, and which will look very different in different color schemes. It’s excellent for gouache, as none of the color blocks touch each other.
So while I was at the art store…I was looking over the watercolors and the acrylics. I think that for now, I’ll stick with watercolors (and gouache), and just try a different working method, which I’ve been practicing with my markers and colored pencils…just…not exactly the same. :) This involves using some of my very hard and light pencils to draw in an underpainting, so I know where the highlights are, prior to beginning. Watercolors are much less expensive than acrylics, as well; so now I suppose I do know why many people start out in them, despite my personal belief that they’re more difficult to work with than acrylics. I did happen to pick up a pad of two-ply Bristol Board which should suffice for exploratory ventures into watercolor, on a medium which won’t destroy fine detail.
…I wonder how it would look if I painted over transparent watercolors with gouache (which is opaque)? I should keep that thought in mind, not count it out. Just like I should not count out using watercolor pencils or watercolor sticks.
I mentioned that I picked up the Talens Angora watercolors last month, which ran about $6 for twelve pans. I still haven’t used them, it has been somewhat intimidating; but I realized while looking back over recent work with the fineliners, that I needed to start working with the watercolors the way I started working with the fineliners. I need to play around with the watercolors without a solid design in mind, most of all so I can find out how they behave. So I suppose that should be coming up, soon. (I have realized that a lot of what I set out to do, I do actually get around to — though that can be hard to see without records.) I am relatively new to using brushes, so I suspect there will be a learning curve. But at least I have access to a usable set of watercolor brushes.