Now this one turned out better, didn't it? This time I chose a colourful vase, one that used to belong to my grand-mother, not the knitting one, my other grand-mother, who died when I was six, and whom I don't remember very well, except that one Saint Nicolas she gave me the most beautiful ballerina doll I had ever seen, with blond hair, a pink tutu and a pink crown (which served to control her movements). She came with a little record that you could play, and she used to dance to the Nutcracker suite theme - a twist of her crown would send her in the most delightful pirouettes. I'm sure she had other moves too, but I was not even six, so I don't remember much. I do know that she lost a leg eventually (the doll, not my grand-mother) and she ended her days wearing a cream satin dressing gown made by my mother or my (knitting) grand-mother. To this day, when I hear the Nutcracker suite, I can't help bringing my arms up in a crown and twirling like a six-year-old. I still remember one of my engineers in IBM. He was Russian and the ringtone on his phone was... you guessed it! And yes, one day, I couldn't resist, I did my twirl. It didn't seem to affect our working relationship.
So back to the vase. I decided to add a pear and an orange to both contrast and complement, and I'm rather pleased with the result.
- Use watersoluble ink. It will blend in beautifully with your watercolour.
- When applying the watercolour, start at the top, with the paper on a slight incline, so the colour slips down (but not too fast).
- Keep highlights unpainted so they pop.
- Frame your drawing on the page. The drawing will come forward instantly.
- Touch colours with colour from the adjacent object.
- Drop a tiny bit of the object's colour in its shadow.
- Maybe make the shadow lighter - it's a bit too blocky here.
- Make sure to be consistent in terms of expressing where the light is coming from.
- Don't worry if some colours bleed from one element to the next. It will add to the painting. But if it's too liquid, use a thirsty brush to pick up the excess.
And here is the original drawing, with my Manuscript calligraphy pen and red ink: