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A Glimpse of Sky - Pencil
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By windfalcon   |   Watch
Published: April 27, 2011
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Finished pencil drawing for a watercolor painting I'm about to begin.
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Star-RiceHobbyist Digital Artist
Question: When you watercolor, do you ever erase any of your sketch and what kind of pencil do you sketch with?
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windfalconProfessional Traditional Artist
I try to erase all extra lines before I watercolor, since the paint often creates a layer over the graphite that prevents it from being erased. I can erase to a point once I've painted over, but never completely. All shading I keep in place to help me remember what the value will be.
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Nightowl103Hobbyist
great drawing!!
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DioptasyHobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful! I love the finished piece <3

I have a question though, how did you paint with the pencil drawing? When I paint over my pencil lines, the watercolors kind of wash it away and blurs everything out and then I can barely see my lines anymore. Is there a special way of keeping the pencil lines intact or is that supposed to happen? Thanks!
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windfalconProfessional Traditional Artist
What kind of pencil and paper are you using? If your pencil is too waxy (such as colored pencil), the watercolor can't soak through it and thus will wash away from the lines. I painted this on hot press Fabriano 140 lb watercolor paper, and the paint had no trouble soaking in through the pencil. Hope this helps!
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DioptasyHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the tips! I use a regular 2B pencil on cold press Strathmore Student 90 lb watercolor paper. Maybe I didn't make the lines dark enough? I tend to draw light lines on the paper so that may be the problem. What kind of pencil would be good, or would any work?
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windfalconProfessional Traditional Artist
I used an HB and a 6B on this, so it shouldn't be the hardness of the pencil. Light lines shouldn't affect it, either (if anything, a lot of graphite would be more of a problem). It is a mystery, for sure!
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DioptasyHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks anyways! :] I'll just keep experimenting then, watercolors are still kind of new for me ^^;
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teriathaninProfessional Traditional Artist
Ooh, wow. Loving the glimpse into your process. :)
What size is this?
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windfalconProfessional Traditional Artist
8 X 10 inches. :)
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starwoodarts Traditional Artist
can't wait to see it with color!
Catgoyle's avatar
Mmm...! This will be fabulous when you've finished it up with color, because it's lovely as is!
crushedtulips's avatar
Your level of detail never ceases to amaze me.
Hawksong76's avatar
Gorgeous, love the way you've drawn the bird's head and face!
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queenofairanddarnessHobbyist Writer
I'm looking forward to seeing the watercolor on this. It's already so amazing!

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ZaeavYeelellHobbyist General Artist
I love the sketch, this is going to be beautiful in color.
Ravenwolfe0's avatar
Very Awesome! May I color it? What kind of bird? Looks kind of like a pigeon to me. Thanks
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windfalconProfessional Traditional Artist
lol, it is quite the opposite of a pigeon. :) This is a falcon. And I'm flattered you like it, but I'm afraid I'm going to color it myself, so I will have to pass on the offer.
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MoonlightGuardianOwlHobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
meihua's avatar
The detail I admire most about this is how you realistically depicted the "porousness" of the wings - the feathers come apart and the branches can snake through them. Great work!
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griffsnuffProfessional Digital Artist
This looks amazing ;U; I would love to see a walkthrough from sketch to finished if you ever had time to do that <3
odwild's avatar
This is going to be another stunner O_O Waiting for the finished piece!
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