So I drew the goat I warned you about in the last post (entitled “Some Goat In France” since I’m sticking with a French theme for August). But in between the sketch and the doodlewash, I dropped by the art store to get more masking tape and left with this lovely little box of watercolor pencils by Bruynzeel-Sakura. I’ve never used watercolor pencils before so since this set was just around $15, I figured I’d give them a shot and use my goat as a guinea pig (something I never thought I would type by the way).
I liked these pencils because the color names and color coordination line up with the same names and colors I’m familiar with in traditional watercolor paints. Several of the colors I would have preferred (like Naples Yellow vs. Lemon Yellow) were not in this little set of 12, but they did have Cobalt Blue and Vermillion which was nice (although I didn’t use Vermillion on the goat).
I’m not entirely sure how you’re supposed to use them, as I just jumped right in. I basically just colored and shaded the initial sketch and then attacked it with water using the brush that came with the set. I preferred to use a brown and blue mix for the dark areas over the black pencil, though I did use a bit of black to darken certain areas. The greens were sort of crazy and not very grass-like, but I used both of them with a little bit of yellow to create the area surrounding the little goat.
The colors dissolved in the water really nicely and I was really pleased with the effect. Once an area of color was wet, I was able to blot and pull color to other areas as well, just as in traditional watercolor. In the end, the result takes on a much more illustrative feel, which can be nice for some types of subjects. (not sure if it’s perfect for goats, but it worked out okay for this one).
I don’t think I’ll be switching over to these, but it’s nice to have another doodlewash tool to play with. And since today was all about trying new things, I figured it was a good time to try these. And honestly, who doesn’t love buying new art supplies?! Definitely something fun to have in your doodlewash kit! Goat is optional.
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