I thought I’d do an actual color study of Hilda Otejekker, the lady of my duo, Hilda and Richie. So after a pencil drawing in my Moleskine watercolor book, I pulled out my Winsor Newton Cotman watercolor pocket box and went to work applying color.
It was almost immediately that I remembered why I moved away from watercolors. It’s a hard medium to work with and can be tricky to control. While I used my standard watercolor pencil to do the black for Hilda’s ears, nose, and eyes, I used orange from a pan in the pocket box. As for Hilda’s purple dress, I didn’t have a ready made pan for purple. So it took some mixing of red and dark blue to get a proper purple down. I came up with a few different blends in the mixing process – hence you can see that in Hilda’s purple dress.
The watercolors may be kind of messy, but it still adds a certain charm to my work.