Answers to some of the questions I received from you:
- PAPER: this was done on Arches watercolor paper - rough - 140lb
- PEN: I used a Koh-i-noor Rapidograph .30 size pen for the pen & ink work
- TIME: it took me 9 hours to create this piece
My notes: I should have used a smoother paper since the rough watercolor paper was a bit too rough for the pen and ink work. As for the size of the pen, I could have used a larger size for the thicker branches of the trees (or even a brush)... just didn't feel like it - go figure! As for time, this was the first time I actually jotted down how long it took me to create a piece... it was quite an eye opener as I tend to lose track of time when I'm creating; I didn't think it would take this long!
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email me.
This is the watercolor background that I painted. I wanted a lot of different colors, but wanted them pretty light as I will do a lot of pen and ink work over the watercolors and don't want the overall effect to be too dark. We'll see how it goes :)
I've added the frame of the picture (8"x10") and started drawing in the trees.
I've started going over the trees with pen and ink. The pencil marks are obviously just a guide for me since my trees seem to take a life of their own and most of the pencil branches are soon forgotten.
Most of the second tree is now done.
All three trees are now finished.
I have started cross-hatching with the outside circle and will work towards the inner circle so it is easier to see the pencil lines. This darker circle has four layers: horizontal, vertical, and diagonal - both ways.
This next circle is lighter as it only has 3 layers: vertical, and diagonal - both ways.
The next circle has only two layers - diagonal from left to right, and right to left.
And this is the finished piece!! The last circle only has one layer - diagonal from left to right.