I’ve been experimenting with using paint before I do any ink, using a brush and paint to do the actual drawing. This is mostly as a way of getting my brain to realize that there’s value in color. That’s probably an odd statement to most artists, but I’ve always been more enamoured with using a fountain pens/inks than I have been with “art.”
Anyways, I’ve decided to do more of this paint-first approach and as I also got a dose of drawing my daughter’s collection of stuffed animals with my recent sketch of Dudley the Dragon I grabbed a large rabbit with oversized feet and ears as my subject for the day.
To provide some guidance with respect to proportions and relationships I penciled in the locations/sizes of all the major masses and then started with paint. Any self-respecting artist would chuckle to watch me sneaking up on the shapes and color patterns. I started very light, improving the shapes as I went. In this process I also started identifying tonal variations, trying to figure out how to create them in color. I’m woefully ill-equipped to do this but I plowed ahead as if I were. Eventually I added some ink lines just cuz my drawings need ink lines. Hope you like the result.