How to Draw A Finch with Water Colors
Water color drawing can be achieved by brush drawing for linear effects, and/or day out in washes to give more meaning. To draw with water colours, we need a number of equipments, including brushes, water color papers, well, water containers, and of course water colors (it'd better use acrylic water colors).
Out of some general principles and techniques, drawers may have developed individual unique skills. I'd like to introduce the way how I draw a finch. It is simple but useful.
First, if you are sure about your brush drawing, then draw an outline of the bird with a pencil first on a water-colour paper---starting with two egg-shape circles: a smaller one as the head and a bigger one as the body, then add other parts.
Second, damp the bird, and then lay out small portion of water color wash (you may choose different colors). The color will diffuse in the area.
Third, wait about 15 minutes until it is almost dry, then lay another layer color to make it clearer, but leave light reflection areas or points, i.e. to create the tone. Tone is important in a drawing, which shows the relation of things with light and how light reflects on them.
Forth, give it time to let it dry again, then use dry color (may be different from the first one) to depict feathers, tail, as well as fluffy hairs. Then, display others parts, i.e. eyes, mouth, and claws. Always remember to create the tone, such as the reflection point on pupils.
To achieve a water-colour drawing, drawers need to acquire some basic, simple but necessary techniques. For example, to put salt grains into wet colors can create a unique effect (as in the picture on the right), which can be used for a specific drawing, such as barks. And the salt grains can be easily taken off when it becomes all dry. Another one is to put dry colours in a dampened area, then a radiation effect comes out, which may be used to produce clouds or window frost flakes, and so on.
It is important in water-color drawing to be acknowledged with mixing different colors into new ones, because it is not possible to have all ready-made colors that we want, or we may say that most colors are created by mixing. For example, mixing red and yellow gives orange, and by different portions of the both, we will have an orange light series.
Hui (蕙) water-color drawingsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Water-color drawing is a fine art. Rembrent, Cornerwell and Turner all and only use water colors to give more meaning and atmosphere to their drawings. If we have some necessary equipments in back sacks all the time, we can record moments of landscapes, animal behaviours, human activities as use cameras to do so, but are more able to understand the nature and the life.