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Art Pencil Drawings with Watercolor and Ink

One of my favorite ways to make art is by using pen, ink and watercolor. I learned about this method from Claudia Nice, who holds workshops at her studio in Oregon. Claudia has a lot of animals at her place, and workshop participants are able to see exactly how a horse's fur should be drawn by looking right at the horse!

When starting your drawing, you will first choose a subject or scene that you want to draw. If you're new to drawing or to this form of art, choose something simple, such as a flower. The first step is to work up a pencil drawing sketch. You can use art pencils or just a regular pencil to do this.

By now you're probably telling yourself that you can't draw and we want you to keep reading to see why this just isn't true! Anyone has the ability to draw or sketch using a piece of paper and a pencil. You can start by tracing your subject onto the paper using a picture or photo. Another way is to look at a picture in a book and rough sketch it while looking at it. You can also create abstract art by drawing shapes on your paper -- just whatever comes to mind.

Some supplies that you will need are:

A pencil Watercolor paints, watercolor sticks, or watercolor pencils A small paint brush and some water Ink pens -- the ink must be waterproof, smudge proof and archival Watercolor paper - 130 lb is a good choice A picture or an idea of what you'd like to draw

Once the pencils drawing is complete, the ink work is added next. This is simple to do by just tracing over the pencil lines you've just drawn with the ink pen. Adding depth and dimension using extra ink in areas to darken can be done by looking at your original photo or picture and adding shading where needed. If you're drawing an animal, you can add lines or strokes of ink to darken the fur around the eyes and ears.

The watercolor is next so it's time to choose the areas where the color will be added. If you're using watercolor paint, get your small brush ready and some water. Be careful not to put too much water on your brush so that the colors don't all run together; that is, unless you want them to! You're the artist so experiment and have fun. Remember there is no such thing as bad art and you can keep your work all to yourself if you want. Feel the freedom that comes from making art.


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