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Figure Painting Using Ink and Color Wash

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Pen and wash figure painting
Image: ©2006 Marion Boddy-Evans. Licensed to About.com, Inc.
Using ink or pen to capture the pose of the figure and adding a color wash to it later can be very effective. This pen drawing was one of many two-minute drawings done in a life-drawing workshop. Back home I photographed it, and opened the photo in Corel Painter, where I played with flooding areas with different washes of opaque color. The dots at the bottom were adding using a splatter brush which drops 'water' onto the paint.

The advantage of painting the washes digitally is that I can experiment with different effects and colors on the same pen figure drawing without having to draw multiple copies of it. Ultimately I will decide on one result, and then do it with 'real' watercolor on the original pen drawing.
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