Animal and Fantasy Art by Michelle J.A. McIntyre

Animal and Fantasy Art tutorial by artist Michelle J.A. McIntyre. Includs a step by step example of "Waterdragon" illustration done in colored pencil on fiber-enhanced paper.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Second Step - "Waterdragon"

(transfer)When I have worked out the line drawing, I then transfer it to the final paper. My favorite papers are those that are fiber enhanced like Strathmore Artagain but I also like Stonehenge for some things. 99% of the time I use a toned paper. White scares me and is difficult with my transfer technique. Anyway, I simply flip the vellum paper over and burnish over the sketch with a popcicle stick. Don't laugh, okay? *winks* I've been doing it this way for years and see no reason to change.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

First Step - "Waterdragon"

The first thing I do is tape down a piece of transparent vellum paper onto my high-tech drawing board. Well, okay, it's an old kitchen cabinet door upon which I've taped down a piece of white paper topped with a sheet of acrylic. You see, I always draw either on the couch or in my lazyboy chair. Sitting at a table to draw gives me pains in my back and neck. Whatever works, right? I use transparent vellum so that I can easily flip the page over to check my proportions as I go. Okay, so here's a picture of my first sketch. You'll notice that the sketch is a mirror image of the final.


"Waterdragon" - 12"x9" colored pencil