Monday, May 17, 2010

Demo - Grisaille Using Water-Soluable Pencil - At Loose Ends

I've been working on new art for ConQuesT (Kansas City, Memorial Day Weekend) and SoonerCon (Oklahoma City, first weekend of June). I love a deadline, or as Douglas Adams, one of my favorite authors, said -- "I love the sound a deadline makes as it whooshes by my head." So much to do, so little time.

One of my first steps is the underpainting or "grisaille" -- developing the tonal qualities of the painting in monochrome using a watercolor pencil.  I then go back over the piece with layers of watercolor and, sometimes, ink.

The image at right is an in-progress shot of this process. On this piece, title "At Loose Ends", I used a Faber Castell Albrecht Durer water-soluable color pencil in Mauve, manipulated with a Niji water brush. Later, I applied Daniel Smith watercolors in Rich Green Gold, Quin Burnt Orange, and French Ultramarine.

"At Loose Ends", 2.5 x 3.5 inches, ACEO, watercolor, watercolor pencil, and ink. (c) 2009 Allison Stein

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Silent Cat, ACEO

Originally uploaded by AllisonStein
I finished this tiny painting recently, and posted it to my Etsy shop ( a few days ago. This one was created with Daniel Smith pigments -- the underpainting is Raw Umber Violet, with Undersea Green and Gold Ochre for the dominant colors. Some detail was added in pencil.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Whooo Me?

Originally uploaded by AllisonStein
I posted this cute little guy on Etsy this evening, and he sold within mere hours. Owls are incredibly popular. I have no idea why. But I'm not above following a trend when it presents an opportunity for Teh Cute.

This was painted using Daniel Smith watercolors on Arches 140# cold press. I especially like the raw umber violet -- the brownish purple color used on the wings.