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Friday, June 24, 2011

A single watercolor pencil...plus

Derwent blue gray, wet to suggest light and shadow...

Dry pencil...

Derwent blue grey and watercolor...

Here's my little guy in the sink with watercolor added...
Nice and loose...with watercolor pencils in other colors and some straight watercolor
Here's a dry pencil at upper left, one with water added at right, and watercolor at the bottom...versatile!
And of course you can use any color you want!  Here's Jenny in desert earth tones...


  1. Wonderful, Kate! Love specially the kitties portraits. :D They are sooooo cute! =^.^=
    I will try drawing mine in watercolor pencils too. I have a few colors but I think it's enough for something interesting. Let's see... :) Wish me luck! lol


  2. Of course you can do it! I look forward to seeing them.

  3. Thanks so much for the video and the tips. I've had a set of the Derwent watercolor pencils forever but didn't really know how to get nice effects with them before.

    I do have a question. How do you sharpen them? My regular electric sharpener doesn't seem to do a good job on art pencils.

  4. Thank you! Get those out and play with them...

    I use a Prismacolor hand pencil sharpener, it seems to be most controllable. It looks like an elongated black egg, sort of.

  5. Really nice effects with the pencils. I like the combination of stroke and wash. I particularly like the last one of the cat.

  6. Love this look, Kate. I have been doing this for awhile, but always oversketching with a non-watersoluble colored pencil to hold the line. Somehow I though all my lines would melt away, but you have shown me that's not true - thanks!

  7. They only melt away if you're using Albrecht Durers and scrub a bit! Otherwise you get that nice vibration. Fun, eh??


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