Posts Tagged ‘water brush’

Mod Bird

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Mod Bird by Amy Crook

Mod Bird by Amy Crook

This adorably stylized bird was an experiment in water solubility — although the ink is in no way waterproof, I loved the result anyway!

I’m reminded of childhood, the Partridge Family logo and the patterns one might find on things in the ’70s, or lingering from the ’60s. The teal and apple green inks are softened to watercolor-like texture, except in the eye, where there’s a tiny bit of gold lurking in the depths.

Mod Bird, 7″x5″ pen & ink and ink wash on paper.

Mod Bird, detail, by Amy Crook

Mod Bird, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the tiny spirals in his lovely blue breast, gently blurred by the water blush into a pattern that looks pettably soft. Below, the bird is caged in its frame, waiting to decorate your hep pad.

Mod Bird, framed art by Amy Crook

Mod Bird, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Floating Gallery, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Whimsical and Strange
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Drunk Lizard

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Drunk Lizard by Amy Crook

Drunk Lizard by Amy Crook

I drew this guy while I was watching Lilo & Stitch, and drinking a nice refreshing gin & ginger ale, so he’s got a looseness to him that I rather enjoy. Both his body and his background are done with pen & ink washed over with a water brush, and then more ink added back in afterward. I really like how multiple passes of pen and brush created layers of color and texture in his otherwise simple drawing.

Drunk Lizard, 5″x7″ pen & ink and water brush on paper.

Drunk Lizard, detail, by Amy Crook

Drunk Lizard, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the little spiral toesies, which I actually added in the next day, and the various textured layers of spirals that surround and fill the little lizard. Below, he’s in a frame, hanging out with an orange five-tentacled octopus, because that’s what drunk lizards do.

Drunk Lizard, framed art by Amy Crook

Drunk Lizard, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Daily Art, Whimsical and Strange
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Crowned Skull

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Crowned Skull by Amy Crook

Crowned Skull by Amy Crook

After drawing yesterday’s bookmark, I decided to draw a big version of the same image. I actually have a Halloween model skull on my bookshelf, wearing the paper crown out of a Christmas cracker, so he’s been the inspiration and model. His name is Sherrinford, because of reasons.

Personally, I think he would appeal to fans of Game of Thrones, given how everyone dies while George RR Martin drinks your tears.

Crowned Skull, 5″x7″ pencil, pen & ink and water brush on paper.

Crowned Skull, detail, by Amy Crook

Crowned Skull, detail, by Amy Crook

Above, you can see the way the black ink separates into greys, blues and browns when I use the water brush to create shading. Below, you can see him in a frame, looking regal and tragic with my iPhone for moral support. Well, and size reference.

Crowned Skull, framed art by Amy Crook

Crowned Skull, framed art by Amy Crook

Categories: Daily Art, Sea Creatures and Other Animals, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
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