This week, I acquired a set of two dollar watercolor pencils from Walmart. I’ve been curious for quite some time about them. From what I’d gathered, you either love them or hate them. I thought they might be perfect for practicing little cute animal sketches from the “let’s draw cute animals” book I’ve mentioned in previous blogs.
We were expecting rain today, and everyone has been a bit drained from our summer activities this weekend, so it was a great day for a lazy Sunday. I managed a few sketches with my new pencils, and happily… I love them. They give the animals a very childlike look to them with thicker lines and bolder details. The surprising part was the way the water just took control of all the lines. If you have not tried watercolor painting in the past, this is the way to get started.
You can wet the pencil tip itself for bold lines, draw directly on wet paper, or take a wet brush to your drawings to “activate” an instant watercolor look. Here is a little Bassett hound I borrowed from the book and altered a bit.
A spring bear…
Some tabby cats…
Having very little set up and clean up, you could take these pencils just about anywhere for a quick session. I know there are so many different levels of quality and cost for watercolor pencils, but I’m happy with my two dollar starter set from the crayon supply isle. It gives me a childlike playfulness with my illustrations. After all, doesn’t it make sense that if you want to illustrate for children you should take a step into their world and use the things they are used to seeing? I really love drawing characters and then asking Panda which ones he likes best. I feel that it gives me my very own test study for children’s book illustration.
I do hope you have all been enjoying your weekends, lazy or otherwise.