Painting a tree and grass on my cormorant painting

Painting a tree and grass on my cormorant painting – I added a tree and some grass to my gouache cormorant painting. Using warm yellows for sunlight and cool blues and black for the shadows, I tried to give the appearance of trees and grass in the early morning sunlight. The sun is rising on the right side of the painting therefore the light is on the right side of the trees and grass and the shadows (blues) are on the left. When I paint the grass I use a dark gray or black base coat. From there I add a green with very little white or yellow mixed with it. The green goes on top of the gray/black base coat. Then I add the highlights which is a pale yellow with Permanent White mixed with it. Please watch the video to see how I paint grass using a liner brush with the colors mentioned.

Painting a tree and grass on my gouache cormorants painting
A progress photo of my gouache painting which will include two cormorants.

Winsor & Newton Regency Gold 540 Series #2 Liner Brush
One of my favorite liners for painting grass, the Winsor & Newton Regency Gold 540 Series #2 Liner Brush.

Painting the grass on my cormorant gouache painting.
Painting the grass on my cormorant gouache painting.

Painting a tree and grass on my gouache cormorants painting
This photo shows the finished grass on the lower left side of the painting.

European Chub Pen and Ink Drawing

European Chub Pen and Ink Drawing – When I was a student at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, I used pen and ink because it was faster than painting with acrylic or gouache. Also, I also used dyes instead of watercolor because the colors were brighter. I still have some of those paintings. Now when I look at them, I’m amazed at how good student artwork was in 1987. I thought that I would try to recreate some of that magic by making a pen and ink drawing colored with dyes.

My first video demonstrates how I draw the scales on the fish. The second video demonstrates how I draw the blades of underwater grass. I am using a Hunt 22B nib with a Koh-I-Noor No. 127 nib holder. The ink is Higgins sepia ink. I’m using 400 Series Strathmore Watercolor paper. The fish in the artwork are European Chub. They are very popular with Russian fisherman. Additionally, European Chub resemble carp because of their large scales. The images show the progression from rough pencil sketch to finished pen and ink drawing.

European Chub Pen and Ink - A rough pencil drawing where the composition is being worked on.
A rough pencil drawing where the composition is being worked on.

European Chub Pen and Ink - The pencil drawing of the fish has been completed.
The pencil drawing of the fish has been completed.

European Chub Pen and Ink - Scales not drawn
Before the pen and ink drawing of the scales on the European Chub have been completed.

European Chub Pen and Ink - Scales finished
The pen and ink drawing of the scales on the European Chub have been completed.

Koh-i-Noor No. 127 Made in Germany Nib Holder - Black Run Preserve - Evesham NJ
The legendary Koh-i-Noor No. 127 Made in Germany Nib Holder. I’ve been using these since I was 10 or 12 years old.

Hunt 22B Nib - Black Run Preserve - Evesham NJ
The Hunt 22B nib, I only use one nib, the Hunt 22B. A very good all around nib. Fresh out of the box, very good for fine lines. Once they get old, I save it and use it for thick lines.