Tag: color

Painting Owls

Rainbow Owl

Rainbow Owl (4×6 inches/ watercolor) Little Miss Marikit, August 2015

Owls are really majestic creatures and I love them. I love looking into their huge eyes and getting lost in them and so when a friend requested me to paint her 2 owls, I jumped in.

At first. I thought I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I have never drawn birds, let alone an owl. So yeah i did it all by feel,  I tried and failed many times before I came up with this guy on the right.

Rainbow Owl, as I call him was inspired by a google picture of this beautiful brown owl with soulful eyes. I painted the eyes first and then I decided, on the spot that he should be magical. You know, like Hedwig magical. I wanted him to sparkle in the night sky. I used simple colors on him, wet on wet for the feathers, allowed it to dry and enhanced it with a semi wet brush to do feathers.

It was relaxing to create it, there was not a lot of pressure in creating them. I just knew what it was that I wanted to show in my head and this thing happened.

The Second owl I painted was a close up. I do love owl eyes look and most people think that i draw my manga eyes like owl eyes. XD
Big and bright. I would like to think that they are mesmerizing to look at as well.

In any case, Stardust Owl, came to being after I was inspired by an  owl named Zeus. He was blind and had stars in his eyes. His eyes looked so starry it was hard to look away. He was beautiful and I knew I wanted to paint another owl which was like him.

Stardust owlI attempted Zeus many times and failed until I decided to use a regular owl’s eyes and use the colors around the dark pupil. It worked! I was so happy. Now, stardust can stare at me with those beautiful eyes any time.

These owls are a learning experience for me. A time for me to challenge myself in painting. There is a looong way to go but at least I can do owls now. Maybe next time, I’ll try a hummingbird, or a cat.

Art on a Budget

My Anime club has an activity for the in-club artists to exchange ACEOs (Art Cards Editions and Originals) and I have spoken to a few people lately and I have discovered one thing in common– they are scared to color their work. Wait… WHUT?!

A lot of people do lineart quite painstakingly and simply do not have the energy to color. I understand that completely since I do take my time to ink my work and finish the sketch completely before I do delve into color.  Some of them, say they don’t want to ruin their drawing by poor coloring.  And one of them said it’s because they simply do not know how to color or what colors to choose.

… alright, all understandable…

But there was one who said, “Because coloring materials and inking materials need to be top class to make good art.”

Excuse me, but I beg to disagree.

Sure, a good quality colored pencil may cost more, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t use a cheaper version to color with. It’s not the materials themselves but how you use such materials to create art.

So this gave me an idea… this month of June. My theme is “ART ON A BUDGET” — Meaning, I am going to discuss different ways to use cheap materials, DIY tips on blenders etc and smart buys and suppliers for those budding artists on a budget.  I will do it in Several parts which may include:

  • Cheap-ass Manga Material Shopping-  which will go through the materials we can find on a budget, where to find them as well as how to be smart when buying art materials.
  • Creative ways to Color – a look on how to use color/materials and some things on color theory. I may share blending techniques.
  • Cheap Supplies and Suppliers
  • How to take care of materials – because part of being thrifty is not wasting materials

I hope you follow the series which I will launch soon!