I don’t see myself getting sick of this medium anytime soon. I just LOVE how much detail you can easily get with them!! Today I’m demonstrating a secretary bird using both the blocks and pencils.
Supplies used: (Amazon affiliate links)
- Fabriano Artistico Extra White Hot Pressed 300lb watercolor paper
- Inktense 72 pencil set
- Inktense 72 block set
- Various taklon and synthetic hog hair brushes (mostly rounds and filberts with a couple of flats and liner brushes)
- Faber-Castell water soluble pencil set to draw out my initial outline. I use water soluble pencils for this to avoid pencil lines in my finished work.
While I am using the whole set of inktense blocks and pencils, you can mix colors easily with these so if you just want to try them out for the first time, the 12 pack of blocks is a decent set. The 12 pack set does not come with a white block though.
My reference photo comes from http://www.wildlifereferencephotos.com. You can purchase this photo there if you would like to paint this same bird!
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