Saturday, February 20, 2010

Under painting

Yesterday I worked on the under painting.
I decided to use watercolor for the underpainting because I already had the materials.
I would have had to go out to buy the right color(s) of pastel if I went with it.
As you can see I have an overall pink wash.
Then I went back in and added yellow to the sky, fencepost caps, and her scarf.

The next step will be to spray it with fixative and then start painting with more watercolor and then gouache for opaque detail.
I usually go back in at the end and do some color outlining.


k.h.whitaker said...

Very nice, I have never used fixative then more watercolor, how does this work? Doesn't the color puddle on top of the fixative?

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

Robert this is just amazing!!! Wonderful characters and a informative way to show this technique of working with watercolor and gouache too. Your style is fantastic. Can't wait to see the whole thing.

Sarah ZA said...

very sweet looking !

Jennifer said...

Such a sweet illustration! I really like the tone on tone...very warm and cozy!

on a side note, I'd love to join the site. Please find my blog at
thank you Jenn

Monica said...

ive never tried fixative with watercolors either.. im curious to know how that works, too. I like the colors and cant wait for the details!