Whales are such mighty creatures. They are huge,intimidating and the blue whale is the largest animal in the world. Yet, they have this amazing cuteness they carry with them. And it’s no doubt that I love drawing them as you can see that I’ve done another whale illustration using the salt technique. In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make a watercolor floral whale illustration. So here goes!
Step 1:As always, I transfer the drawing from my moleskine/sketchbook on to some good quality cold pressed watercolor paper. I’ve used Daler Rowney here but you may use any brand that is preferably around 180 lb or 300 gsm.
Step 2:Once the outline of the illustration has been laid down , I start filling in the body of the whale using cobalt blue hue mixed with a bit of chinese white. Make sure you have enough water loaded in your brush for easy application. I decided not to do an even coat of color on the body so as to give a bit of dimension to the painting.
Step 3:Now mixing ivory black with chinese white, I get a beautiful shade of grey which I paint on the underside of the whale’s body. Again, I leave some texture although not too much as I will be overlaying it with white gel pen,
Step 4:Now comes the fun bit in creating this floral whale illustration. I had already drawn some floral patterns on the body of the whale using my favorite flower,peony. Of course, I’ve used a stylized version of the flower so this illustration is bound to have a semi-realistic feel. For this, I used cobalt blue hue with as little water as possible to get that bright beautiful pattern. The paint applied earlier needs to be completely dry or else you will have a very messy floral pattern which we don’t want. I’ve used a normal size 0 brush for this purpose but the best way to go would be to use the thinnest line brush which will give a better control over the fine lines. We also don’t want a dry brush effect, so there should be a good balance between the amount of water and the amount of paint used. You can always make use of a paper towel to dab off that excess paint.
Step 5:Remember the bottom part of the whale which we had left to dry? Now all you need to do is use a regular white gel pen to draw curved lines over it so as to get the pattern that you see under a whale’s body. You may use white ink alternately or even thinned down acrylic or poster paint. I’ve used a gel pen which is less messy.
Step 6: And there you have it. The finished floral whale illustration. I’ve added some dotted lines of top of the whale just for an added effect. Easy isn’t it? And so much fun too.
As for the materials used, 1. Sakura Koi watercolor travel set. 2.White gel pen 3. Daler Rowney cold pressed watercolor paper 4.Watercolor brushes 5.Regular pencil
What do you think?
Was this tutorial easy to follow? What do you think this will look good as? Decor for a nursery room or a greeting card? I’m sure you all have plenty of ideas. Let’s get our chat on in the comments below.
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Zakkiya is the creative blogger and founder of Inkstruck Studio. She’s a self taught artist who let go of her architecture profession to pursue her passion in art. Zakkiya likes to write detailed tutorials in watercolor, calligraphy, and hand lettering.
She also teaches watercolor workshops occasionally in Doha where she’s based currently.
Other passions include traveling, photography, and basketball.When she’s not working, you can find her cuddling and running around with her toddler boy.
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