Friday, 15 April 2016

Saltwater Crocodile


Saltwater Crocodile - Crocodylus porosus, handmade ink, handmade watercolour, white gouache on toned paper, 23 x 37 cm, © Matteo Grilli 2015


For this watercolour of a Saltwater Crocodile I used a different technique which was great fun. I laid a light was of Burnt Umber to give an off-white tone to the paper, then I sketched a light pencil drawing of the Crocodile. Then, I decided to draw a more detailed sketch using Chinese black ink obtained from a traditional ink stick ground with some water on an ink stone (see materials on the top right hand corner of the image), the ink was then loaded on to the dipping pen's nib with a brush.


After I finished with the ink drawing, I started applying washes and glazes of watercolour.




At last I used some white gouache to highlight the colour of the teeth.





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