How to create a marine illustration. How to create a marine illustration? To make the most of the inks, it is advisable to use watercolor paper. Now let’s get down to business with today’s illustration! With all its suggestive colors, the marine world could only be my source of inspiration for today’s tutorial. You will discover how much, thanks to these links, and it will be possible for you to create completely original and super bright shades and plays of colors in drawing ideas.
The first step is to choose your subject, and this time I let myself be fascinated by sea turtles. These animals, of which there are about 250 species, were already present on earth 250 million years ago! Thanks to the mosaic shell they are equipped with, it is also possible to create more than one illustration by customizing the different chromatic contrasts from time to time.
We draw a turtle with inks
First step: to get started, make a pencil drawing with a light stroke. Then, on a sheet of watercolor paper, start drawing so that your turtle is in the center of the sheet when the drawing is finished. Once your drawing is ready, imagine your turtle immersed in the seabed and have fun painting a super colorful board.
- Start painting starting from the upper area of the shell, execute the drawing continuing from top to bottom following the small flat bone plates arranged in a mosaic.
- For the top of the shell, use Blue (952), Emerald (959), and Ultramarine (969).
- Mix these colors on the palette to obtain different tones of green and blue based on the number of colors you prefer to use. You will be amazed at how these colors, even when mixed, retain a high brilliance.
Third step: at this point, proceed by painting the head and part of the body with Violet (971) and Vermiglione (970), which, when mixed, can create very original shades. The secret is all in letting the colors flow and overlap naturally.
Fourth step: proceed by painting the mosaic motif of the limbs using a medium round tip brush with blue (952) and Violet (971). In contrast, for the limbs free from mosaic, proceed by painting with Emerald (959), better defining the different parts of the turtle’s body. Let the color dilute on the sheet. In this way, you will get bright green areas and others with darker green.
Once you have painted the body and limbs, you can proceed with a smaller round tip brush to define the details of the belly streaks with Violet (971) and of the face, then painting the eye that will give your turtle expressiveness. Once you have finished defining the last details, you can proceed with the background of the sea. Immerse your turtle in its natural habitat. Slightly moisten the still white sheet surrounding the turtle with a medium round-tip brush and blend the blues and greens on the bottom moistened with water. With this step, you allow the color to expand directly in contact with the water.
Once you have finished defining the last details, you can proceed with the background of the sea. Immerse your turtle in its natural habitat. Slightly moisten the still white sheet surrounding the turtle with a medium round-tip brush and blend the blues and greens on the bottom moistened with water. With this step, you allow the color to expand directly in contact with the water.
We draw a jellyfish with inks
First step: start by painting the head with Ultramarine (969) and Violet (971), alternating between lighter and darker wavy stripes, creating a game of references and more or less luminous reflections. Here, too, let the color overlap freely to obtain differently shades.
Second step: continue now painting the filiform tentacles with Vermiglione (970) use the directly pure color, but, if it should be too bright, in this case, you can mix the Vermiglione with a few drops of Violet (971), obtaining an amaranth red.
Third step: now paint the thinnest tentacles blue, equip yourself with Blue (952). In this case, you can use the directly pure color using a smaller round-tip brush.
Fourth step: at this point, our jellyfish is already starting to take shape. Let’s paint part of the tentacles green and red using our Emerald (959) and Vermiglione (970). Proceed following the shape you gave with the drawing, first with the areas painted in red and then in green. Once the colors have dried, make the last details of the tentacles with Blue and a thin-tipped brush.
Finally, make small blue rods on the head and, if you have white ink available, have fun supporting small touches of color here and there to give an effect of more excellent brightness.
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