Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Hand tinting pencil drawings

Hand tinting pencil drawings is something I have experimented with this week. Rather than risk experimenting with one of my pencil drawings that may have taken hours to do I printed one instead.

Hand tinting pencil drawings: It worked surprisingly well. I printed the illustration straight onto a sheet of A3 watercolour paper. I then stretched it by soaking it in water and then placing it on a board. I then tapped it down with gum tape and waited for it to dry. The ink didn’t bleed at all. So at least that part of the experiment worked!

I then applied watercolour paint in washes. Not sure that the end result really works but it’s interesting to compare the original grey pencil drawing and the colour version. I feel though that it doesn’t look fresh and the colours look a little muddy. This is caused by the grey of the pencil influencing and changing the colour on top. I think a better option would be to do the pencil work using coloured pencils with less line work and ‘shading’ and then use watercolour paint.

Anyway I thought I would share the results with you and so below are the before and after results, just like the makeovers they used to do in women’s magazines!

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Colour tinting Hand tinting pencil drawings