Little Fox Watercolor Painting [Process from Start to Finish]

I have been slacking as usual when it comes to getting a new blog post up. I initially had to take a break because I smashed my finger in our van door and couldn’t use it for a while. Then I just procrastinated because I’m really really good at that. 🙂

Anyway, here is a painting I recently did of a little fox. I’ve been doing a lot of lettering lately and felt the need to do something a little different.

Materials Used (including links to where I purchased them):

Winsor & Newton – Cotman Water Colors Sketcher’s Pocket Box

Pentel Aquash Water Brush – Fine

Canson XL Watercolor Paper – 140lb / 300gr

Uni-Ball Signo Broad UM-153 Gel Pen – White Ink

White 2 Deleter Manga Ink

Pilot Color Eno Neox Mechanical Pencil Lead – .7 mm – Soft Blue

Prismacolor Scholar Colored Pencils (Regular cheap colored pencils are perfect too.)

 

I started here by sketching a little fox on a little hill using my soft blue lead. I just purchased this lead for the first time and love the way it erases so easily when I need it to.

Little Fox Painting by chrystalizabeth - Including process from start to finish with photos.

I gave the area around the fox a quick wash of light blue watercolor.

Little Fox Painting by chrystalizabeth - Including process from start to finish with photos.

Then added a couple layers of darker blue watercolor. Getting darker and closer to the edges with each layer. Also a wash of green on the little hill.

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I added some light-ish brown on the fox, making sure not to get the areas that I will keep white and the eyes which will end up being a nice purple color.

Little Fox Painting by chrystalizabeth - Including process from start to finish with photos.

One more darker layer of blue around the edges and a darker layer of green. Also a little more brown on the little fox.

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Now for some detail. I added some green texture on the hill using a green colored pencil. I also added some shading with a lavender pencil on the little fox and hill, but then decided to use a purple watercolor. I also added some little plants around the hill which I covered up earlier and, with that, decided to not add back the little plants that were going to be on the hill in the middle area. Lastly I added the purple eyes, a purple nose and mouth, and purple on the tips of the ears. With the eyes I made them darker towards the top and lighter on the bottom areas.

Little Fox Painting by chrystalizabeth - Including process from start to finish with photos.

For finishing touches I added some spattered stars using the Deleter ink and some that I added individually with the the white gel pen. Also, using the gel pen, I whitened the white areas on the fox and added some shine in the eyes and on the nose.

Little Fox Painting by chrystalizabeth - Including process from start to finish with photos.

Here’s the finished painting. I edited the colors using GIMP to make it more vivid. You might also notice, I fixed the hill under the butt/tail area. 🙂

Little Fox Painting by chrystalizabeth - Including process from start to finish with photos.

This is available in both my Society6 and Redbubble shops.

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Clouds & Sky {Watercolor}

I have a new painting I worked on this weekend. It’s inspired by this painting by Ana Victoria Calderon:

I love her work and love her techniques. I wanted to try and see how I do by just watching this video. Here’s how I did:

Clouds & Sky | chrystalizabeth

She also has a class on Skillshare that should definitely be checked out. 🙂 I love that site. Best classes ever.

Night Terror and Friends

I was doing some random doodling the other day and started making some really adorable little bats.

I will probably continue to make more. Maybe with different themes and other different style elements. I’m just in love with them.

3 Little Bats by Chrystalizabeth Ghost Bat by Chrystalizabeth Pumpkin Bat by Chrystalizabeth Night Terror Bat by Chrystalizabeth

All were made using watercolor and ink.

And if you like Night Terror, he’s available on my Society6 and Redbubble. 🙂

Happy Friday!

Flowers In Space {How I Made It – Step By Step}

FLowers In Space - How I made it - Step by Step | Chrystal Elizabeth

Here’s a fun little painting I did the other day.

I was trying to think of what would be fun to paint. I was doodling while watching Netflix and started to draw the flowers I always do. And I just happened to be practicing my galaxy techniques. With that said, here is what I came up with! Flowers falling in space. 🙂

Pretty random. But it came out pretty.

Here’s how I made it.

  1. First, I sketched out my flowers with a regular mechanical pencil onto some watercolor paper. Always the regular cheap pad of watercolor paper I find at different places that is at least 140lbs.

FLowers In Space - How I made it - Step by Step | Chrystal Elizabeth

2. Then I grabbed my Art Masking Fluid and “colored in” all my flowers and falling petals.

FLowers In Space - How I made it - Step by Step | Chrystal Elizabeth

3. Then I waited until that was dry. Luckily it doesn’t take too long.

FLowers In Space - How I made it - Step by Step | Chrystal Elizabeth

4. These are the watercolors that I’m using. They’re cheap, and I mainly use them because I love the dark blue in it.

FLowers In Space - How I made it - Step by Step | Chrystal Elizabeth

5. Now I’m just applying different “galactic” colors all over. Usually that is purple/dark blue, pink/red, and aqua or green from what I can tell. But you can use any color of the rainbow. Anything you like. I decided to go with aqua, purple, red, and dark blue.

FLowers In Space - How I made it - Step by Step | Chrystal Elizabeth

6. Then I applied more of the same colors because I like the color to be rich and vibrant.

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7. And I wanted to add some Black India Ink. A bit too much, but I went with it.

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8. Then added some stars using my White Sakura Glaze Pen.

FLowers In Space - How I made it - Step by Step | Chrystal Elizabeth

9. Pulled off the dried Art Masking Fluid.

FLowers In Space - How I made it - Step by Step | Chrystal Elizabeth

10. And started painting the flowers a light red/pink color. And the stems and leaves a green color.

FLowers In Space - How I made it - Step by Step | Chrystal Elizabeth

11. I added more layers of color until I liked it and added some ink for texture and shading.

FLowers In Space - How I made it - Step by Step | Chrystal Elizabeth

And done! Hope you enjoyed seeing how I made this little painting. 🙂

FLowers In Space - How I made it - Step by Step | Chrystal Elizabeth

Happy Easter to You and Yours

I wanted to take a moment and wish you all a truly wonderful Easter.

Hopefully you will be able to spend some time with family and/or friends and really enjoy the day and what it represents for you.

Happy Easter Bunny
(Totally re-using the image from the free printable cards I made earlier this week.)

In the spirit of Spring and Easter…

Here are a couple of little paintings I did.

Deer In Forest | Chrystal Doodles

I found this amazing technique while going through videos on YouTube by CheapJoes.

“In this free art and product demonstration artist Karlyn Holman shows why and how she uses the Speedball Elegant Writer Calligraphy Marker.”

It is absolutely amazing and I can’t say enough how much I love the way these turned out.

Bunny | Chrystal Doodles

Definitely worth taking a look. Especially if you already have one of those calligraphy markers. I love the way everything flows with such little effort. 🙂

Watercolor: Keyhole

Going through Pinterest again, I came across this beautiful vintage looking keyhole.

Watercolor: Keyhole | Chrystal Doodles

I love how vintage and worn it looked. I should probably paint a key to go with it.

Here is the original photo by 3_Dots on Flickr. I looked it up to give proper credit.

Keyhole | 3Dots | Flickr

Have a great weekend!