Watch artist Redd Walitzki paint watercolor details like butterfly wings and hands.
Music: "Om vinteren" by Under Byen
This is a time consuming, but fun, stage of the painting, where I render the black veins in all these little butterfly wings. You can see my under-drawing show through in pale outlines. I do the drawing separately, and print it as a very pale layer onto my watercolor paper, so the drawing can be there as a guide. Sometimes I transfer it in graphite with a lightbox, or just do the drawing straight on the watercolor paper. Before laying in the black, I had already added some pale color washes over some of the wings in light blue and yellow, to give them a little more depth.
While I'm working on the hand, you can see more of the wet on dry washes I like to build with. Especially for skin this technique allows me to create contrast while interjecting complex colors into my lights and shadows. However, it does create a quite "tight" looking render, so you will want to plan which areas you do in wet washes, and which you want to build up like this, to retain the soft feel watercolor excels at.
This whole process takes a long time, so if you're trying it don't get too frustrated & try to stay patient!
This piece is for the "Plus One" Exhibit at Roq La Rue Gallery, opening June 12th. See the completed piece soon!