Pacific Pup: The California Coast According to Annette

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Midweek Update

Instant Shadows!
This technique is an incredibly simple way to create bold scenes with dramatic shading. I often use a pen with ink that bleeds when it gets wet. Many black felt-tip pens qualify, each having subtle differences in bleeding effects. They are fun to experiment with! First I draw basic outlines of whatever I am observing (or I just doodle). Next I use a wet watercolor brush to make the ink of the pen run, providing instant shading! The pen’s pigment can be moved around quite a bit on the paper with the brush tip. This is a quick way to make ink sketches look like watercolor masterpieces. I learned this technique from Professor Jenny Keller at Cal State University Monterey Bay, who is an amazing sketch artist and knows all the tricks of the trade.
See you at the beach!
Annette Filice
(Scientific Illustrator Intern)
Sketch Notes:
Instant Shadows!
This technique is so simple and creates bold scenes with dramatic shading. Pen with ink that bleeds when it gets wet. I use a ‘pilot razer point’ but there are many to choose from. First I draw basic outlines of my sketch. Next I use a watercolor brush to make the ink bleed. The pigment will spread quite a bit!
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