I was in Fort Wayne, IN a number of years ago with a friend of mine from college. We were looking for something to do, so we went to an antique store. At that time I had been practicing a lot with stilllifes to improve on my inking techniques. I found this little porcelain statue of a Greek woman. It had that old yellowish look to it. I was sold on it.
Not too long after that, she was one of my subjects. This piece was drawn in blue pencil on illustration board. I have found that illustration board is more versatile than I thought and it is more rigid than most watercolor papers.
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The Outdoor Watercolor Learning Experience
Try experimenting with illustration board. You can buy a large sheet at an art store or online. Have it cut down to a nice size.
- I recommend making some simple drawings first.
- Try light washes and see how the pigment adheres to the board.
- Try layering with one color.
- Try layering with multiple colors.
- Test out the boards acclivity to texture. You can see how the dense paint and liquified paint travel with your brush.
- Illustration board is particularly adept at doing texture and layers. Try combining both.