Thursday, July 22, 2010

Mandala: More Water

Using less paint more water mandala

Painting with watercolor is as simple or complicated as you wish to make it. If you approach it with the openness of a child while releasing any expectations on what the end result will look like, you'll find it easy and will most likely have a great time working with it. It is an art media that anyone can use "right now" - yet like many things, can take a lifetime to master.

In this piece, I worked with water tinted with paint, rather than a wet brush filled with paint. This gave me the ability to create thin layers of color.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Prismacolor colored pencils

Prismacolor colored pencils

These Prismacolor colored pencils are the first such pencils I bought about 6 or 7 years ago. I initially purchased a few individual colors as open stock from a local hobby store, then went crazy and bought a set of like... a million or so from eBay. Didn't have a use for all of the colors in the giant set and ended up giving half of them away to a co-worker's daughter who liked to draw Anime.

Overall, I find the leads inconsistent - ranging in extremes from soft and creamy to brittle and waxy. As I no longer have the original box, and knowing that Prismacolor currently has several different kinds of colored pencils available, I had to do a bit of creative Googling to figure out that these are from the Premier line.

Blue & Green Mandala

My patience runs thin when creating art with pencils and so I only pull these out now and again to color in the occasional mandala. Though the Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils are a bit more expensive, every pencil I've tried has been soft & buttery and I love that I can use them with water. If you ask me, I say skip these and try a better pencil that allows for a greater range of creative versatility.
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