The Courtesan Itsutomi Holding a Plectrum after Chobunsai Eishi
The Courtesan Itsutomi Holding a Plectrum after Chobunsai Eishi. Woodblock print recreated as a watercolour.
Charcoal for Studies and HB Pencil and a putty rubber for painting.
Round No. 6 & 9, No.2
Indian Ink, Small amount of Water and dip pen.
Page from 'Japanese Colour Prints' by J. Hillier 1981
Palett 35. The Courtesan Itsutomi Holding a Plectrum after Chobunsai Eishi
A set of Watercolours pans or tubes i.e: Good Value Medium Quality Watercolour Tubes such as a 24 tube set of Reeves watercolours or for a better quality Jackson's Art Winsor & Newton are great.
Cadmium Red, Yellow Ochre, Violet, Magenta, Sap Green and Payne's Grey
Low tac or cheap (ish) Masking Tap is good for taping your watercolour paper to a drawing board all the way around. This will help the painting dry back flat after the wet and wet washes.
A lightwieght drawing board slightly bigger than A3 is great for watercolours a to a firm surface to work on to tape your paper too.
Table Top / Portable Easel
Placing your board on your easel at a 45 degree angle to your profile is much better than working flat. Its better for your neck! and creating correct proportions and the using the pull of gravity for certain wet in wet techniques.
300 gsm textured, acid free paper is best for watercolours. I often use Daler Rowney, Aquafine, Texture Pad A3 which has 50 sheets and is very good value with losing quality. Considering the amount I go through thats just as well. There are much better papers, but anything less quality than the paper mentioned will led to problems especially when using wet in wet washes.
The Courtesan Itsutomi Holding a Plectrum after Chobunsai Eishi-
Before you start...
Practice drawing the study from this upside version first to help you get you in the 'Flow' of Drawing. Afterwards draw a study the right way up. After which you find drawing the pencil sketch for the watercolour a lot more fluid, to capture the essense of Eishi's elegant elongated artwork of Itsutomi. Review the video firsts to give you an idea if you wish or go ahead and draw.
The Courtesan Itsutomi Holding a Plectrum after Chobunsai Eishi Charcoal Studies Video
Play and pause to follow along. Remember you can slow down the speed by going to the settings in the youtube player.