Demo – Grisaille Using Water-Soluable Pencil – At Loose Ends

Example Underpainting by Allison Stein 2009
Example Underpainting by Allison Stein 2009

I’ve been working on new art for ConQuesT (Kansas City, Memorial Day Weekend) and SoonerCon (Oklahoma City, first weekend of June). I love a deadline, or as Douglas Adams, one of my favorite authors, said — “I love the sound a deadline makes as it whooshes by my head.” So much to do, so little time.

One of my first steps is the underpainting or “grisaille” — developing the tonal qualities of the painting in monochrome using a watercolor pencil.¬† I then go back over the piece with layers of watercolor and, sometimes, ink.

The image at right is an in-progress shot of this process. On this piece, title “At Loose Ends”, I used a Faber Castell Albrecht Durer water-soluable color pencil in Mauve, manipulated with a Niji water brush. Later, I applied Daniel Smith watercolors in Rich Green Gold, Quin Burnt Orange, and French Ultramarine.

“At Loose Ends”, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, ACEO, watercolor, watercolor pencil, and ink. (c) 2009 Allison Stein


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