Thanks to Pixar animation, I will forever call every clownfish I see, ‘Nemo’. It really was such a fun movie, and I love how ‘kids movies’ always include fun references to keep us adults entertained, too. I’ve never painted fish before, so when I saw this tutorial by The Art Sherpa, after saying to myself ‘I found Nemo!’, I had to give it a try.
This is also the first time I’ve followed a video tutorial by The Art Sherpa. She offers I think mostly acrylic painting tutorials, but also some watercolour. Line drawings are also provided, so I made us of that, and traced the fish trio onto my Stonehenge Aqua Coldpress block. This block measures 9″ x 12″, so it was a perfect size for my Nemos.
This style is called ‘line and wash’, though I wasn’t as loose with my wash as I should have been. Usually, you do your ‘line’ first, then add the watercolour wash, but I did it backwards, adding my black outlines last.
Since I still had my Brusho out on my work table, I used those. I do love the bright, vibrant pigments that you get with using Brusho. The colours I chose are Orange, Gamboge, Lemon, Prussian Blue, Ultramarine and Gray. The black stripes aren’t actually black; I combined Prussian Blue with the Gray, for a nice dark, inky colour. The black outlines are done with a Micron #1 black pen, and the white highlights in the eyes are done with a .7mm white Posca paint pen.
For the splashes and splatters around the fish, Prussian Blue, Ultramarine, Lemon and Gamboge are used. Here’s a closer look – told you that I found Nemo! 😉
What’s your favourite thing to draw or paint? Do you prefer landscapes, animals, still life, or portraits? Or perhaps you prefer to do abstracts! Whatever you create, have fun and enjoy the process. That’s what it’s all about, right?
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