I am wanting to make an artwork for my son who loves all the Julia Donaldson characters illustrated by Axel Scheffler.
I have watched an video on him and it seems his process is:
- Draws in pencil
- Draws over in black ink using a dip pen
- Does local colour in liquid watercolours
- Does detail in coloured pencil and a very tiny amount of detail in acrylic
- Retouches outline in ink
I have a dip and ink and am very pleased with the results. My questions relate to the ink and pencils.
Are acrylic inks and watercolour inks different in terms of look? I presume the main difference as a medium is once is water soluble and the other isn't.
Would you go for normal coloured pencils or watercolours ones? Is the main advantage of watercolour pencils that you can add water and use them like paint should you wish?
Are there any inks and pencils that are good or should be avoided?
My gut feel is go with acrylic inks and watercolour pencils so if I want to add water to the pencils I can use them like paint without muddying what's underneath — or can you not use watercolour pencils over acrylic ink?