Hello all! For this In Depth Process I will cover the tools and materials I used to make my painting Iguana (Camille).
I began this piece with a little less planning than usual. I sketched out the face on a piece of scrap paper and reproduced it on my watercolor paper in pencil. As I continued to sketch out the other elements, I decided that I wanted to incorporate something reptilian as her companion. Because I had already drawn her head and torso, I sketched the iguana to morph around her so no big changes would have to be made.
After sketching, I started with watercolor and worked my way outward from her face. After finishing all of the watercolor elements, I outlined everything with India ink pens and waterproof ink for the rest of the background. I then decided to use gouache to add some greenery to the background to give her an environment and to add some more color. As usual, I finished off with highlights and details using my favorite white ink pen.
There are areas where my initial pencil sketch is peeking through. I was taught to avoid that when painting, but I do enjoy the look of it sometimes. For that reason, I didn't try to cover it up and instead added even more line work with my pencil. I feel that it helps to define smaller details without the harshness of ink.
That's pretty much it for this one. If you have any questions about tips and materials, or for inquiries about purchasing this piece, please feel free to comment or email me!
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Sarah Bustillo is an illustrator from Los Angeles, CA. Her work delves into themes of femininity, death, and rebirth. She graduated from California State University Northridge in 2018 with a degree in Illustration and Anthropology.