Figure: Greek Woman Statue

Greek Woman Statue

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.

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