Bitey Cat

Bitey Cat - student project

I've done some illustration with ink pens and nibs on bristol board, so I decided to try out something different: working with a brush on cold press 140 lb. watercolor paper. I chose a synthetic round-tipped watercolor brush because I found that it gave me a wide range of strokes depending on how much ink I charged it with and how much pressure I applied (as you can see in the illustration).

Bitey Cat - image 1 - student project

I have a lot of practice ahead of me, but I like the versatility of the brush. After I finished, the whiskers bothered me, so I tried to 'erase' them using a boxcutter on the left, and sandpaper on the right. I think the sandpaper worked better for such a large area, but it still left a smudged mark on the page. So, I quickly painted the design in with watercolors.

Bitey Cat - image 2 - student project

I intend to practice more so I can master some delicacy with this brush. I learned a great deal from this class and it has motivated me to experiment more.