I took several pictures as I painted this image to point out some tips and discover new ones.
Starting with a tracing with carbon paper onto an 11 x 14 piece of Yupo paper, is like creating a color by number for adults without any numbers.
Next the background is poured and brushed with Spectrum Noir Refills E3, E5 and E8. The refills are really dark and rich. I wanted to get the richness of a barn without including the details.
I was asked “Where do you start?” Since I’m right handed, I start in the upper left hand corner so I’m not dragging my sleeves through wet ink.
The blending was with the marvelous Chameleon blender pen – an indispenible tool. The reason is that the nib it very small and flexible and much easier to control than other nibs, for me. (For size comparison the left is a Copic Marker, Chameleon in the middle, and Spectrum Noir on the right).
The beard was lots of work. I put in layers from light to dark. My sepia pen turned purple when I got ink on it. I borrowed a better pen from Linda Chadwick but decided that the purple wasn’t really too bad. Here’s a picture dabbing in the pen work and then blending it with the Chameleon Blender Pen.
The next challenge was the fabric of his shirt. I used a lovely flat brush that would show fabric strokes. I wanted to use Eggplant but there’s just too much alcohol ink it. I let it sit in the pallette to evaporate but didn’t have much ink left to paint with. A bit of scary Indigo and IG10 dark gray helped.
So what I observed is that I love the Chameleon Blender Pen to blend multiple bits of color. I also saw that working from light to dark works with the ink. I hope my experiences can help you.
Questions are welcome.