So, let’s talk about art. It’s what I do every day. It has become my “day job” and, aside from a few freelance articles a month, it’s my only job. I paint custom pet portraits for a living.
If you asked me 15 years ago (which is about when this photo was taken) if I ever thought that my art would be more than a hobby, I don’t think I would have believed you.
But it’s true. I’m doing as an adult what I loved to do as a child! And it’s something that I continue to work on and experiment with.
Trying New Art Materials
I’ve used a lot of media in my art — watercolor paints, oil paints, acrylic paints, pastels, oil pastels, air brush, graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, digital art — but I’d never tried watercolor pencils. (For that matter, I’ve never tried gouache, either.)
The other day, while at Michael’s craft store, I decided to pick up a set of watercolor pencils and give it a go. I used a photo of Banjo and tried it out on a 5×7″ sheet of watercolor stock.
Testing the Watercolor Pencils
At first I wasn’t super thrilled with how the drawing looked. It seemed like regular colored pencils, except really cheap, non-blending, chunky, gross, colored pencils.
Then I wet my brush and started blending the pencils marks.
Ooh! It turned out so pretty! I’m going to have to make a bunch more!