I Can’t Resist a Cute DogJune 30, 2017
I’ve never been able to resist cute dogs. (I have a very broad definition of what constitutes cute—just ask my friends who go on walks with me and put up with my frequent stops to chat up dogs.)
I thought you might enjoy this cute dog experiment. I selected an image from Sktchy because I was housebound the other day. I sketched using a Uniball Vision with green-black ink on Canson Watercolor board. Then I added watercolors. I typically don’t like the phthalo or helio blues, but on this day I went for those green cast blues.
Typically the Uniball Vision is waterproof but on this board it took longer to dry because of the sizing, so sometimes it blended with the watercolor. I knew that going in and it didn’t bother me.
What I didn’t like was the way the Canson Watercolor Board had such a pronounced, repetitive texture that it was obvious and distracting when scanned. (See the final image where the watercolor washes make it the most notable.
I won’t be buying more of this board and I’ll use what I have up with pen and ink sketches and gouache sketches. I’ve found the texture is not so obvious when I work in those media.
This was one of my loose page journal pages, but I liked the result so much I trimmed the 6 x 9 inch board down to fit a small 5 x 7 inch frame and now have this pups staring at me just above my drawing table. He always makes me smile.
Here’s a detail from this watercolor sketch so that you can see the repetitive board texture even better. Except for that issue of texture it’s actually quite fun to work on this board. It takes inks of all types well, keeping crisp lines. Given enough time before applying the wet washes I’ve found most of my usual sketching pens work in a waterproof fashion on this paper.
I think you can also see from the detail image I’ve included that it is possible to pick up areas of color (see near the ear) if your washes get too dark. (Other areas of lightness are early washes that were simply not build up with darker values.)
You’ll see the repetitive texture most clearly in the dark areas around the eye. There’s a sort of slanted ridging to the downward right that is the texture of the board. Actually now that I look at both views of the finished image I can see the texture is quite noticeable in the full image as well. You will clearly get the idea. If this texture doesn’t distract or bother you than you might enjoy working on this board.