To ink or not to ink….

So I am planning to post every Saturday for Sketchbook Saturdays. I’m sure a rogue post during the week will arise once in a while, but for but not I will post on Saturdays! So put that in your phone calendar and set an alarm!

Currently I am working on a character series not just for a new print book but for videos on Youtube. My channel is currently under construction because the channel didn’t portray me an illustrator like I want. It was more of a portrait artist. While I do enjoy drawing portraits in different mediums, I want to be an illustrator. And the only way to be seen and get better at illustrating is to ……practice illustrations. This may seem like common sense, and it is, but I am going to blame it on ‘mommy brain’ and say I really was just wanting to draw anything I could think of.

So I am practicing some techniques for illustrations. As you can see, the image on the far right is the original sketch. I used a red color pencil instead of a pencil because graphite can mess with the watercolors and ink.

The middle image is watercolor outlined in color pencils. Each area is outlined with a colored pencil a shade or two darker than the paint. This gives the illustration a more vibrant look without the hard lines of ink.

The left image is watercolor with ink. There is more of a comic book look to using this technique but this is the technique I am more used too and have more practice with.

So my question is this, which one is your favorite? If I had to choose, I couldn’t. To be totally honest. I just like the benefits and the feeling of both.


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