blotted line drawing & aries

aries_7Many people ask what kind of medium and what kind of technique do I use.  So, I thought I should share how do I paint my paintings using my interpretation of the astrological sign Aries as an example.

The technique I use is called “Blotted Line Drawing”.  Since I was a child, I have loved illustrations created by this method without ever knowing how it was done.  It was only until I saw an Andy Warhol drawings exhibition, that I found out about it.  After that, I completely changed my painting style, and adopted blotted line drawing technique.  Though looking back, I should have done more research when I first started this, because it would have saved me lots of trials and errors!

Above is the final product which is all hand-drawn, scanned, and touched up on a computer.  And below are the steps:

1. I first sketch out my original idea for Aries

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2. I then trace the sketch in pencil with design vellum paper, as I find normal tracing paper to be too thin

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3. The traced sketch is outlined with ink by me slowly blotting the outlines on to a mounted sheet of watercolour paper.  This is a really time consuming step, where lots can go wrong–too much ink, small splatters, smudging, and etc. Oh, how much time and sheets of paper and time have I wasted in the past (and still do) on this step alone!

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4.  After completing the ink blotting, I wait overnight for the ink to dry

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5. I use watercolours with traditional Chinese/Japanese paint brushes to colour in the illustration

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6. After another night, the dried coloured image is scanned to be touched up digitally.  I do this because too much of the texture from the paper shows up in the scans, and is very distracting especially when viewed on a computer screen.  This is the same image as the initial one of this post–the completed product, so to say

 

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7. The original painting is framed, and is really to be showcased at the stars & my favourite things show!  Of course, my little Aries is also looking forward to meeting her new owner, and finding her destined new home!

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For more information about the blotted line technique, please visit the Andy Warhol Museum website (For me, I found this out a little too late):

http://www.warhol.org/education/resourceslessons/Blotted-Line/

They even have a step-by-step video, though I personally neither use watercolour ink nor trace from photos even when I draw items in real life.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlvFRDvvNow#t=196

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