Last year, I visited the Morningside Flight Park in Charlestown, New Hampshire and went on a tandem hang gliding flight. It was amazing! I highly recommend it if that kind of thing is up your alley. I started this sketch at that time after the flight while I watched people learning how to hang glide and paraglide, but I never finished it until recently.
This was something new and scary for me! I was watching a video of someone doing some freehand painting, some of which they added black outlines and details to after the fact. After my character design attempt from yesterday where, while I did a pencil drawing first, I then painted first before adding the outline, I thought I might want to try some freehand painting.
So, while I want to improve at drawing “real” things – people, animals, nature, architecture, etc – my main interest in art has been in animation, comics, and illustration. A lot of that requires me to draw from my imagination and create my own designs. Drawing from a reference photo and trying to replicate it in a drawing is “safe” for me – but creating characters is quite scary.
It’s always fun to get new art supplies! Some friends of mine gave me a Sakura Koi watercolor set (the travel-sized one with 12 colors), along with the water brush that came with it – I’ve never used one of those before. It’s super cute. Thanks, friends!
I tried another portrait last night and tried the black ink outline approach. I outlined the initial drawing with Higgins Black Magic Ink and a liner brush, then painted it using my Pelikan watercolors as well as a tiny bit of Higgins white ink as well.
I did not wake up thinking, “Today I will draw a cheap lantern.” But sometimes, when your day is packed, you have to seek out an opportunity to get some drawing in. In my case, I had a full day, and in the evening, I found myself manning a tent with a group that I volunteer with at a local festival. We had a couple tables set up and some cheap lanterns for when it got dark (actually, the others were good, but this one was pretty cheap). I’d brought some drawing supplies since I was going to be there for at least a few hours.
I decided to try my hand at another watercolor portrait. I grabbed a photo reference off the internet. I almost did an ink outline with this one, but instead I tried for another watercolor-only approach like my last two portraits – I guess it’s a softer approach?