Watercolour Sketches – Real Artgeek Stuff!

12 Aug

Watercolour sketch of a skull.


I don’t always sketch in pen; now and again I use watercolour. It’s good discipline to break out of my comfort zone and it forces me to observe and record colour. I almost always draw from life and I enjoy doing anatomical studies. I have a borrowed skeleton, called Felicity, in my studio [I didn’t name her and she’s plastic] and here’s a detailed watercolour sketch, on Bockingford paper, of Felicity’s skull, set against a background of screenprinted vertebrae on hand coloured Zercoll paper, using System 3 acrylics and screenprinting medium.


Watercolour sketch: my left hand.


I did this study of my hand in watercolour on Bockingford. I spent two days studying and recording it and the more I looked, the more I saw. It’s amazing how colourful skin is when you look really hard. I use Windsor and Newton artist quality watercolours and I prefer Bockingford as it’s very white and gives excellent luminosity. I started by working both up as very light pencil sketches and then added the watercolour, wetting the paper as I went.

4 Responses to “Watercolour Sketches – Real Artgeek Stuff!”

  1. life4art August 15, 2011 at 23:26 #

    love the way u produce the colour on your ;my left hand

    • Rosie Scribblah August 16, 2011 at 09:56 #

      Thanks Monica, I don’t usually paint but have little painting moments occasionally as it forces me to look really closely at colour.

  2. Rayya The Vet August 14, 2011 at 13:53 #

    stunning work….absolutely loved it..my mom is an artist so i have an eye out for beautiful work…

    • Rosie Scribblah August 14, 2011 at 15:06 #

      Thanks so much Rayya. Hope you’re having a good rest 🙂

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