Mixed Media Himalayan Monal

Mixed Media Himalayan Monal - student project

Step 1: Sketching Himalayan Monal 

Substrate: Cold press 70% cotton watercolor paper

Media: Graphite

 

Mixed Media Himalayan Monal - image 1 - student project

 

Step 2: Blocking the colors with watercolors

Media: Blocked the colors with two layers of watercolors.

Mixed Media Himalayan Monal - image 2 - student project

 

Step 3:  Added in details with Micron pen

Media: Used micron pen for initial stage of adding in details.

Mixed Media Himalayan Monal - image 3 - student project

 

Step 4:  Added in shadows, highlights and details with gouache

Media: Used gouache to add in more varied colors to achieve shadows, highlights and more details gave more depth to Himalayan Monal.

Mixed Media Himalayan Monal - image 4 - student project

 

Step 5:  More detailing with gouache and pastel pencils

Media: Used gouache and pastel pencils for more finer details.  

Mixed Media Himalayan Monal - image 5 - student project

 

 

Finally added in a light background with pastel pencils.  I really enjoyed working with mixed media for this.  Was surprised by how much detailing can be easily achieved by mixed media approach.