Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Perfect Picking - Mini Tutorial - working with Inktense and Coloured pencil on Canvas

Perfect Picking - 5x7 inches
Drawn with Derwent Inktense and
 Coloured pencil on Watercolour Canvas

Reference Photo

Transfer of image
Draw your outline and transfer your drawing to canvas using your favourite method of transfer. The canvas I used was Renoir Watercolour Canvas Panel, which has a very fine weave and is similar to Fredrix Watercolour canvas. You can use any fine weave canvas of your choice and still get similar results.

Dry Derwent Inktense Pencils
Inktense Pencils used dry. Colours used for the Strawberry include Cadmium Orange, Scarlet Pink, Tangerine, Poppy Red and Cherry. The little strawberry pips were coloured with Sicilian Yellow. The strawberry leaves were given a very light application of Spring Green and the Background was done using a combination of Spring Green, Hooker's Green, Beech Green, Iris Blue and Scarlet Pink.

Water added to Inktense Pencils
This is the same image after water has been applied to the Inktense pencils. An 0 and 3 brush were used for the strawberry and an old rough flat brush was used to stipple the background.

Colouring with Coloured Pencils
Here you can see we have started to colour the background and strawberry using coloured pencils. Colours used on the background include Faber Castell colours Chrome Oxide Green Fiery, Permanent Green Olive, Permanent Green, Apple Green, Olive Green, Pine Green, True Green, Grass Green and Light Green. Faber Castell Colours used on the strawberry include Cream, Cadmium Yellow and Light Ochre, Dark Chrome Yellow for the 'seeds', Cadmium Orange, Dark Flesh, Vermillion, Deep Scarlet Red, Pale Geranium Lake, and Light Carmine for the red strawberry. Madder and Purple (also known as Red Violet) were used for the darker recesses around the seeds. Light Flesh was used for the pink highlights.

Blending and Burnishing with Caran D'ache Pablos
In this image, the leaves of the strawberry have been coloured using Faber Castell colours Apple Green, Light green, Light Ochre, Walnut Brown and Brown Ochre. At this point all areas are then blended and burnished using the softer Caran D'ache Pablos. Colours used on the background include Grass Green, Light Olive, Olive Black, Khaki Green, Light Green, Spring Green, Light Ochre, Bluish Pale and Pale Yellow. Caran D'ache colours used on the strawberry include Ruby Red, Carmine, Apricot and Salmon Pink for the pink highlights. The leaves were burnished using Light Olive, Spring Green and Pale Yellow.

Adding detail with white ink
In this final image, I used some Art Spectrum Concetrated artist's ink in white to add little hairs around the strawberry, to give definition to existing white highlights and add further tiny ones. If you enjoyed this mini tutorial, please visit to find a list of more comprehensive tutorials.


Wendy Mould AFCA said...

I enjoyed your tutorial, I have not used watercolour canvas. Interesting that it can be varnished and framed with glass. Seems to be the 'thing' right now. No glass.

Unknown said...

Thank you so much Wendy and yes you are right - I think the galleries are really preferring works that are framed without glass, perhaps from a safety point of view, or maybe no reflections. It does make it cheaper and easier to send artworks away too :)