Friday, 5 December 2014

A moth drawing tutorial


This is a tutorial on using watercolour pencils and coloured pencils.

(Thanks to Shelli Bond Pabis for the use of the photo for this tutorial )

Materials Used:

Bockingford Watercolour Paper, Not

Watercolour Pencils:

Coloured Pencils: 

Derwent Watercolour Pencils: Brown Ochre

Faber Castell: Sky Blue,Cobalt Blue Greenish, Burnt Umber, Ultramarine, Cadmium Yellow, Payne's Grey

Derwent Drawing : Pale Cedar, Ink Bkue, Brown Ochre, Chinese White, Yellow Ochre, Solway Blued, Ivory Black, Sepia, Light Sienna

Step 1
Lightly sketch the outline and some of the detail of the moth before reaching for watercolours or pencils. I lightened the outline once I was happy with the sketch. 

Step 2

I used the watercolour pencil with a brush applied directly to the tip of the pencil, I varied the tone of the watercolour by how how much I wet the brush

Step 3

I strengthened the watercolour across sketch and made sure I left white paper showing through where I needed to colour it in later

Step 4
I started using the Faber Castell Coloured pencils to colour the "eyes"  using the Payne's Grey followed by the Burnt Umber to create the depth and transparency 

Step 5
I continued across over to the other side. Its important that when you are doing elements like this that you do them at the same time. By doing so you will maintain harmony 

Step 6
Using the Faber Castell Sky Blue I started to lay the first colour of the band of colour on the wings

Step 7 
Here I started using the Derwent Drawing pencils to create the colour and texture of the wings and other body parts. Using the Faber Castell Payne's Grey I started to add the shadow areas. 

Step 8
More detail added with the Derwent and the Faber Castell Pencils. More shadow areas added

Step 9
I shaded the body of the moth to give it form and texture; I used the Derwent pencils. More shadow areas added to create contrast and depth in the drawing.

Hope you enjoyed this drawing. Please feel free to ask any questions.

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