About a week or so ago, I went to the art store. You know what happened next. I bought things. Of course. A little more than I originally intended but not too much more.
I’ll show you the full ‘hull’ another time maybe, but today’s painting features two of them: Winsor & Newton Ink…
and Derwent’s watercolor paper
The more I do art and look at art and all that fun stuff, the more I realize what kinds of things I love and what kinds of things I want to draw.
Giraffes are one of those things.
Their long necks and gangly bodies combined with their goofy faces, tufted ossicones (that’s what their horny things are called as I just learned; thanks Google), and spots make them into a majestic but also a rather awkward and silly looking creature. Especially with the facial expressions they make sometimes.
And I can’t help but like them for it.
But back to the paper and ink.
I don’t have a lot to say about the ink. It’s black. Very black. It’s ink. Very inky. And it’s actually waterproof unlike my last black ink which– despite claiming to be– was very much not waterproof. It’s a good ink in other words.
There’s a little more to say about the paper, though I think I’ll be able to give a more thorough review when I try colored pencils on it– which, by the way, I’m very excited to try.
I’ve heard watercolor paper can be great for colored pencils but I’ve only ever had cold-press, which is too rough a texture for the detailed work I do. But this paper is veryy smooth. I just hope it’s not too smooth for building up colored pencil. . . that’s always a danger.
Because of aforementioned smoothness, the ink went on. . . well, smoothly. Super smoothly. So much so it wanted to do this cool unpredictable bleeding background. I could have evened it out if I wanted to but I liked the look and when it came to the giraffe and I cared about realism I didn’t have to fight it to get smoother washes.
I’m reallyy happy about that. And I bet my other colorful inks will react the same. In that case, the possibilities are endless.