This past week was pretty busy with Easter and all, but I still found time to experiment with a new mixed media technique.
Pen-and-ink is my preferred mode of drawing. Most days I try to sketch something out in pencil first, and then get super-precise with nibs and various colors of ink. The results aren't always exact, but I do enjoy the crisp expressive lines that the ink provides.
This week's experimental troll involved a mix of watercolor, graphite, colored pencil, and ink together. And just to make sure the work didn't get too precious or detail-focused -- I used some charcoal too. (Charcoal is my least favorite because it's so messy. That's how open-minded I was feeling. =P ) First, the watercolors went down, then layers of colored pencil to provide more form and texture. Ink lines added extra crispness to the hair and clothes. Finally, I used the charcoal for shadows -- and to 'grunge-ify' him up a little.
All in all, a joyful little experience, creating this troll. Some of the techniques of mixing these different tools may come in handy for the Hobbe and future projects.
This guy probably will sneak off before long, though, so be sure to check him out on the art page while he's still here.