Experimenting with line and wash – Water brush

 pen and wash 4

I have brought a new water brush and soluble graphite pencil set and I have been experimenting with a line and wash technique drawing different pictures of panthers as a subject. It’s quite fun and intriguing.
I have yet to perfect this technique, but the image above made me discover the simple basics of what can be achieved.

Rubbing soluble graphite onto the brush then brushing onto the paper, I managed to sculpt the panthers above with just the right tone and brushed in a very thin wash behind the panther’s head on the left for atmosphere.

 pen and wash 2

This one is more unsuccessful because the tonal work is much darker than I had anticipated it to be. I rubbed the soluble graphite directly onto the paper before drawing with the water brush, the graphite moved slightly, but not as much as desired darkening the image as the water was applied.

pen and wash 3

The water brush tool is wonderful! It’s almost like a hybrid of a brush and a pen, you can fill the brush with exactly what’s needed too, not just water: (i.e ink or watered down paint).  I would recommend it, it’s very inspiring if you want a change.

Cheers! Hope you enjoyed. Until next time. 🙂


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