Solvent on a cotton bud
This method applies a lot of solvent, which really spreads the colour and also strips the colours out to a certain extent, giving a similar effect as a marker/felt tip. I use Zest it- Oil Paint Dilutant and Brush cleaner- any non toxic alternative to turps/white spirit will work.
|Solvent on cotton bud|
Really good for blending large areas and getting into corners. The solvent soaks into the stump meaning less solvent is applied to the paper so there is generally no stripping of colour.
|Solvent on paper stump|
Prismacolor blending pencil
Which is effectively solvent in a pencil and is brilliant for getting into small/detailed areas and going over black outlines.
|Prismacolor blending pencil|
|White or light- coloured pencil over darker colour|
1. I usually lay down watercolour/watercolour pencil or ink as a foundation and then use Prismacolors over the top.
2. Apply some pink Prismacolor (roughly)
|Prismacolor added roughly|
3. Blend using cotton bud with solvent ( this photo shows only part blended so you can see the difference)
|Blending with solvent|
4. Apply more colours and some black outlines
|Added colour and black outlines|
5. Blend with paper stump and solvent and use Prismacolor blending pencil for small areas and outlines
6. In this photo you can just make out the unblended indigo pencil I've used as a shadow under one leg, while on the other side I have blended under the leg (using Prismacolor blending pencil). It's amazing how vibrant and intense the colour can become when blended- depending on the colour used.
|Blending using Prismacolor blending pencil|
7. Finished drawing. It's really hard to pick up in a photo, I've used a LOT of white blending and overlaying for the feathers using a chinagraph pencil over the top of the prismas.