I am exploring watercolors and feel more successful today than I usually do, in part, because I used a square edged Daler and Rowney number 8 brush instead of a smaller, pointy tipped brush. This brush allowed for much more natural flow of the watercolor than I normally experience. My model was a bunch of silk sunflowers, because they are a bit easier to work with than the real ones. Once I completed my pencil sketch, I began right away with the color and stayed put until I was finished. I know myself, and that I am very unlikely to revisit a work, because I will not be happy with it later. Here it is. Let me know what you think if you want to. http://www.artpal.com/creationcreature/?i=53048-13
I was recently exposed to a method of creating imagery with sharp contrast and vivid colors using tempera and craypas, also known as oil pastels. The first step was drawing and coloring in an image using a smooth, thick coat of the craypas and then painting a coat of black tempera paint on top of the craypas. By placing the dried painting over a source of light, such as a window, the image below is revealed, and strategic removal of the tempera with a scratching instrument will expose colors that appear vivid in contrast to the darker tempera. To create solid areas of rich black in the paper, leave the paper white where shadow or outlines would be instead of covering them with oil pastels. The black tempera will soak into the paper in these areas creating contrasting black lines. My example can be seen at Artpal and is available for sale as a print. http://www.artpal.com/creationcreature/#i1
This is my newest addition to zazzle.com. A faux gold fleur de lis contrasts a medieval style stone wall. I created the gold fleur de lis by adding a clipping mask to the fleur that I created in Adobe Illustrator. For the background I used altered transparency and combined images with differing textures.