As I have mentioned in a previous post, I’m currently learning how to illustrate fairies and other magical creatures. It’s a good thing that watercolor is the preferred medium for fairy art. As it happens, watercolor is my favorite medium and fairies and other winged figures are my favorite subjects.
I finished this watercolor study of a violet fairy a few weeks ago, sometime in November. I spent days working on this — from nailing down the anatomical detail to rendering the fairy and the other elements. I must say that this has been one of the most difficult watercolor studies I’ve ever done. I almost gave up on this. Whew. I’m just glad it’s done.
I actually want to do a few more “corrections” but I barely have the time to paint or do art nowadays, so I’ll probably just leave it as it is. Perhaps I’ll do the tweaking when I finally decide to have this one framed. (Hubby says I might want to have this one framed.)
Anyway, here are some progress photos:
^ I made the preliminary sketch using a B pencil. I drew on a rough Canson watercolor pad. It’s 265 gsm, I think.
^ Then I lined the fairy, the leaves, and the flowers using a dark sepia pen. The tree branches on backdrop are supposed to recede so I didn’t line them anymore.
^ I took this photo while I was in the process of applying washes and base colors. The base color that I used for the fairy’s clothes is ultramarine. Then I added layers of purple lake, purple, and magenta. The base color for the leaves is sap green.
I’ll be working on some cute and ugly creatures next time. Fairies are lovely but the boogies and goblins will always be part of the scene. ;o) Thanks for reading through this post!
Supplies: watercolor paper (Canson 265 gsm); watercolors (Sakura Koi, Louvre, Winsor and Newton Cotman); brushes (Reeves, Pentel), drawing pencil (Kuelox, B). You can see the rest of my watercolor painting supplies HERE.