I wanted to try some simple negative painting of an early spring flower and found a terrific photo reference here that wowed me. So I set to work. Wound up with two paintings: one before the Inktense pencils arrived and one after. (Yes, Dick Crack, I mean Dick Blick strikes again!)
As you can see, the Inktense version is … well, more intense than the one painted with traditional watercolor pencils (also made by Derwent in UK).
In this traditional watercolor pencil version of the painting, it took 3-4 layers to even get close to the same level of intensity I got from just one layer of Inktense. This is due to the fact that the Inktense pencils are ink in pencil form. They are also apparently permanent once they are fully dry, and so you can layer on top of them without disturbing the layer(s) underneath. Not such a common thing in water soluble pigments!
Which one do you like better? I think the next time I try this, I’ll make the flower shape much more simplified, which will allow me to be more consistent with the surrounding wash. I had to be much too fiddly with this in order to preserve the white of the many flower and leaf shapes.
Back to portraits tomorrow with an American actress this time, and looking forward to it! See you then.