Art: Black fluff

A quickly done little painting of a kitten sitting on the floor or a wooden table. I used toned paper and the watercolour pencils that I received in the September Sketchbox.

Watercolour pencils are really convenient to turn a drawing into a painting and to avoid to have to wet paper too much.

I’m preparing a bunch of drawings and paintings that I’ll frame and give as gifts to some of my favourite colleagues who I’ll see soon! This one if for Amy.

Watercolour of a black kitten sitting on hardwood floor from behind
Black fluff, 9 September 2019

Man gazing at blooming tree

My friend Daniel gave me a book on Chinese Brush Painting. Although I have owned for years now three or four Chinese brushes and a few sheets of rice paper, I was not ready for this undertaking, and chose to continue with watercolor, since I have recently enjoyed it so much (and my vacation was getting to an end, so I went for the most gratifying process.)
It took me several attempts sketching the figure to keep to realistic proportions (the man still has a slightly too big head and too short a torso), I used a Pentel black ink Brushpen, which performs wonderfully on really thin and thick lines:
Pencil sketch and black ink outline on a postcard sized watercolour sheet.
I then erased the pencil and turned to watercolor. I used alizarin crimson for the flowers:
Pencil sketch erased. Dark pink paint added to mark the blossoms.
I added a few touches of black with my Brushpen to create the details of the flowers. I prepared yellow watercolor and painted the hat by drawing rays and leaving some white. I darkened my yellow with yellow ochre and added a few touches to the hat and went on painting the skin. I darkened further the mix with a bit of burnt sienna to paint the stick. Lastly I mixed a bit of turquoise and white to paint the belt.

I added water to my ochre/brown mix and with a light wash painted the background so the white robe would stand out. Here is the resulting painting framed (12.2×17.2 cm):