What’s first, watercolour or pen and ink?

If I am doing a painting using watercolour and pen & ink in a class setting many times I am asked what I paint first. The answer often depends on where and how the picture will be completed. In my studio at home I always do the pen and ink first because I can leave the picture to dry after completing certain sections. I am also using quality materials at home so the process is a lot smoother.

In a class setting however I do the opposite. If it is a kids class the materials are usually not as good and because the class is often painting along with me due to time issues we will do the watercolour first. In addition that lets us clean up the lines at the end with the ink to get a nice finished picture. So there is no wrong or right way to complete a picture, just whatever is more comfortable for you. Find you technique and let her fly!

About the Author

Bruce Outridge is a comic book artist and cartoonist from Ontario Canada. He is the creator of the Pride Junkie series and Highway Blues series. You can view more if his work at http://www.bruceoutridgeproductions.com

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