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.

Lettering & Watercolor: Sweet Christmas [From Start To Finish]

Here’s a Christmas Illustration I’ve been working on. From start to finish. I thought it would be cute knowing how much my family loved to look forward to all the sweets during the holidays. 🙂

I sketched it out. Then used my brush marker to do the lettering, and my Micron pen to outline the drawing. Then used some watercolor paints to paint it. Once I was finished with all of that, I scanned and edited it in my free GIMP program (similar to Photoshop).

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Supplies I used were:

  • Plain white paper
  • Generic Cheap Watercolors/Brushes
  • Black Tombow Brush Pen
  • Black Sakura Pigma Micron Pen (01)

 

I decided to show both versions of the final illustration. While editing it, I randomly put a white overlay on it and got a really nice pastel result.

So, you get to see the original final version and the pastel final version.

I’d love to know what version you like best.

And your favorite dessert to eat during the holidays! Mine is really almost anything homemade. I’m horrible… I can’t think of one thing in particular. 🙂

~Chrystal

Designed For You Quote [From Start To Finish]

Here’s a quote I did a few days ago that received a lot of positive feed back.

I completely forgot to take a photo of just the sketch. So here’s me going over everything with my brush and ink.

Ink used: Speedball Black India Ink | Brush used: Watercolor brush from a pack I got at Walmart | Paper: Cheap copy paper

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All inked with the pencil sketch still showing underneath. At this point I’ll wait for everything to dry and erase the pencil marks.

Designed For You Quote [From Start To Finish] | chrystalizabeth

All cleaned up and finished. I edited in a program called GIMP. It’s a free program that is very similar to Photoshop.

Designed For You Quote [From Start To Finish] | chrystalizabeth

Hope you have once again enjoyed seeing my process. And make sure to remember this quote and know that it’s ok! We are who we are and we like who we like. 🙂

Simplicity Quote [From Start to Finish]

Have you noticed a trend in my blog posts? 🙂 I’ve been trying to center my blog around sharing my processes with you.

Here’s another quote I’ve done recently by Bruce Lee.

Simplicity Quote by Bruce Lee | From Start To Finish | chrystalizabeth

As you can see in the photo above, I’m so sorry about the lighting problem. I work a lot at night and my lighting isn’t really that ideal. But this is the sketch I do before hand of the quote. I like it to be pretty raw. Not too perfect. And you might notice, I have a paper I lined as a grid right behind it. It is so helpful when using white copy/printer paper. I got the tip from the wonderful Lindsey Bugbee at The Postman’s Knock. By the way, her website/blog is a must to check out. I love it. She has the BEST tutorials.

Simplicity Quote by Bruce Lee | From Start To Finish | chrystalizabeth

Here (above) you will see that I’ve used my brush to go over the letters. I’m usually not able to stay with the original lettering, and that doesn’t bother me at all. My sketches are just “guidelines”. 🙂 The ink I used is Speedball Black India Ink, and the brush is a watercolor brush that I got in a pack at Walmart. And the paper is just cheap copy paper.

Simplicity Quote by Bruce Lee | From Start To Finish | chrystalizabeth

And the final product, which I’ve already shared on social media. I kept it simple just like the quote says. 🙂

Watercolor: Stack of Books [From Start To Finish]

I’ve been working on a lot of things lately and can’t seem to remember to actually get some things put up on my blog. But here’s something I worked on just recently. A little behind the scenes.

I came across a quote that I wanted to use to make something new for my Society6 and RedBubble shops. It was: “We age not by years, but by stories”. Such a beautiful quote. I figured with it talking about stories, a stack of books would be a perfect background for it. And since I love watercolor, I went ahead and painted a stack of books.

I found this photo on Pinterest and used it as inspiration:

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And here’s my process of painting a small watercolor painting of it.

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Here you can see my finished product that includes the quote I brush lettered here:

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More posts to come! 🙂

Bow Tie and Long Scarf {Hand Lettered Quote}

I recently watched the season premiere of Doctor Who this last weekend with many of you fellow Whovians and hand lettered some of my favorite quotes.

This one in particular I absolutely loved. I thought I’d show a little bit of the process from beginning to end on how I made it.

  1. Sketch a rough draft of the quote on whatever paper you have handy to get an idea of what you want with a regular pencil.

Bow Tie and Long Scarf | chrystalizabeth

2. Sketch it again on a blank piece of paper (I’m using plain ol’ copy paper) and then go over with a good pen. I’m using a pen I got in a set from Barnes and Noble that are similar to the Microns by Sakura. I also have some Pitt pens that I use by Faber-Castell.

Bow Tie and Long Scarf | chrystalizabeth

Bow Tie and Long Scarf | chrystalizabeth

3. Then erase the pencil once the ink is dry and scan or take a photo to edit on the computer. I don’t have photos to share for that part of the process. But I did use Adobe Illustrator to trace the lettering and Adobe Photoshop to color everything. If you don’t have access to those, I do also use and recommend Inkscape as a free alternative to Illustrator and GIMP as a free alternative to Photoshop. They’re slightly different but you can get some great results while using these free programs.

4. Below is my final product. This is now also available in my Society6 shop and my Redbubble shop.Bow Tie and Long Scarf | chrystalizabeth

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