Opera Squid

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

Opera Squid, watercolor sketch by Amy Crook

Opera Squid by Amy Crook

This little guy is made of another delightful real-mineral paint, zoisite, mixed with the eye-searingly vivid opera pink from the same company. The grains of the mineral paint separate from the finer, more staining pink in some places, which gives this cheery little squid a lovely duotone texture. The grey-green of the zoisite becomes a warm neutral when mixed with the pink, ranging from an almost violet grey to a brackish brown.

I had fun with this quick brush sketch, using the quality of the paints themselves to create texture, shape and value. Plus, you know how I do love to paint tentacles.

Opera Squid, 5″x7″ watercolor on paper.

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