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July 1: Sir Not Appearing in This Film
I did not know about World Watercolour Month on July 1.
July 2: White-Throated Kingfisher
So Day 2 (my first day), I decided to tackle a white-throated kingfisher, for many reasons:
- I found out about World Watercolour Month via a watercolour group I belong to on deviantart around 6pm, so I had to finish and scan a piece ASAP;
- I'm most comfortable drawing birds and desert landscapes;
- It seems like the common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) is a super popular subjects among watercolourists, BUT...
- I've, uh...never draw or painted a kingfisher ;
- from the birders I follow there are so many kingfisher species, just as stunning as the common kingfisher, if not moreso; and
- kingfishers are fucking adorable.
The kingfisher piece didn't take very long. 30 minutes, maybe? That's also why I messed up and have a band at the neck that doesn't exist on any photo I've seen of the bird, as I was trying to rush to get the piece finished, scanned, and submitted online.
July 3: Golden Marmoset - primary colours
This day was, in my opinion, a massive success. The suggested prompt was primary colours, so I picked three colours I don't really think of as "going together". I didn't know what my subject matter would be - perhaps steak? - but that day a primate-loving friend texted me AND direct messaged me on instagram, begging me to paint gibbons! What's funny about this is that since I went to the Antwerp Zoo on a trip to Belgium in June, I'd been wanting to paint a gibbon, especially after reading an article about a two millenia old Chinese crypt that held the bones of an extinct gibbon species. But the only animals I've ever painted are birds, and the only drawings I've done of other animals are doodles of my dog and of cats. I never like to dive out of my comfort zone, so I decided to draw a golden lion tamarin, aka golden marmoset (Leontopithecus rosalia) to test the waters. With its beautiful fur and mane, I knew it would be the perfect way to see if I could draw non-human primates, and also test out that primary colour challenge. From the pencil sketch and inked version I knew I was doing well, and wow. I was very happy with the final piece.
my deviantart page.
July 4: Wise Crow - saving an old drawing
The Crow, the Owl, and the Dove" and wanted to draw something inspired by it, but I detested the sketch I did back in March. It just...I could not make it look like a crow. I drew other crows in my journals...but it seemed this paper was cursed. I got home late that night, so I decided to take out the sketch and see if I could salvage it. The inking was...okay. The jewelry looked right, even if the crow didn't.
Originally, I had wanted the setup to look like a Yu-Gi-Oh! card. So I looked up the Superstition Mountains outside of my hometown and added those in. And perfect! I did go in with watercolour pencils for detail and deeper shadows at the end, but wow. I shocked myself, especially with the colouring on the crow.
"A crow flew to me, kept its distance.
Such a proud creation.
I saw its soul, envied its pride,
but needed nothing it had."
From "The Crow, the Owl, and the Dove" by Nightwish.
July 5: Meh
July 6: Direct Watercolour Landscape
July 7: Great Bay Wildlife Refuge
July 8: Pink-browed Rosefinch
I wasn't sure what to do for today, so I looked at the prompts for inspiration. Today's was "something flying" so, since I love painting birds and am now comfortable painting them, I hopped right back into my comfort zone with a pink-browed rosefinch (Carpodacus rodochroa). I'd actually painted one of these in May, as a quick 10-minute sketch. That one is shown here, just because.
And that wraps up week 1 of world watercolour month! I'm posting these day by day and progress as I go on my Instagram profile, if you want to check that out!
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