Of course every holiday has its ups and downs, we certainly had our share but, I wont go into that, it's all very boring but I have to say that our holiday let, just outside Porthtowan, was brilliant. The bathroom or wet room as it was known was massive and the shower heated up instantly. But the best thing was that the beds, not only comfy but adjustable so you can tell how I spent my spare time.
So while in Cornwall I remembered this illustration I did of a Murrough (a sort of mermaid thing) and since I spent five days among the sea I thought that it would be appropriate to include it in this post. So here it is:
Now, of course this is just my interpretation of what a Murrough would look like. You may have your own image of what one is but I like the idea of it looking less mermaid typical and more "fishy". So anyhow for this illustration I mapped out my design in pencil with just lines and cross hatching. I used my good old Winsor & Newton sketch book for this. By that point I had a plain line drawing with no colour or shading.
Once I had the design looking the way I wanted it to, I bulked it up with the Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens I mentioned in my last post. Once I had finished I cleaned it up by erasing all of pencil marks so it looked less hairy and sharper.
Next came the colour. I used Daler Rowney watercolours for this. I had the idea of using blues and greens to give it a deep sea look. I started with the lightest colour and then built it up using a wide range of soft and hard edges. By the end I had a coloured illustration of my Murrough.
Many people have asked "how do I do the hard edged shading?" Well I paint on the lightest colour and allow it to dry completely and then add the darker colour over the top in the area I want dark and that should get you the sharp colour change.
If you have any other questions then feel free to drop me a line.