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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

[Tips] Magnolia: Painting White Flowers

Mixing 3 primary colour paints will produce richer "grey" than using only diluted single black/grey pigment to paint white objects. As I mentioned here, the mix consisted of 2 parts of French Ultramarine, 1 part of Cadmium Yellow Pale, and 1 part of Cadmium red deep. I added a small amount of other paint that matched with the object's hue, e.g. Permanent Rose for the Magnolia and the Hydrangea, or Cadmium Lemon for the snowy wood-rush (illustration in the middle). 
[Insights] Those 3 paints of basic mix didn't mix together long, they would separate out.  It meant I needed to stir it again soon before applying it on paper. You can even expect them to separate again on paper if the wash is really wet. However, I liked the "separated" effect especially when the granulating french ultramarine came out in this Magnolia illustration. The shadow tone looked rich and it lent the leathery effect of the petals, too.

In addition, I used white gouache for the fine hair of the buds. [Tips] I mixed white gouache with yellow watercolour, hence it blended nicely with the whole illustration. If not, the white gouache tended to look bluish.


And here is the scanned image of the Magnolia. It is one of the 4 illustrations I made for Rathbone Square Garden. Please visit my Behance to see the complete illustrations. Cheers :)

10 comments:

shevaun said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Eunike, I just love this illustration! It's so beautiful and the composition is so elegant. Congratulations on all that you have achieved, particularly as you also have your hands full with the little one too.

cenil said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

love it!!

Eunike Nugroho said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Thank you, Shevaun :)
Though I have to stay awake from late night to early morning after the little one sleeps, I'd rather have time to paint than not. As I said before, commission or not, painting always makes me happy :D
Glad that you like it :) Thank you for your kind supports!

@cenil, thank you :)

Shasha said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Awesome! It's true that whatever the situation is, our passion simply makes us happy. Truly inspiring work of art.. Thanks for sharing, dear :)

Eunike Nugroho said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Shasha, thank you for your encouraging comment, I couldn't agree more :)

Wardah Adina said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

perfect mbak, ini keren banget T_T

J R Shepherd said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This is gorgeous! You are very good at white flowers!

Eunike Nugroho said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@Wardah Adina Makasih ya! :)

Eunike Nugroho said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

@J R Shepherd Thank you for taking out your time to leave these kind comments, Jess. xx.

蔡孟均 said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hello,I'm Meng Chun, come from
Taiwan and work in a digital design company.
We do design for Double Ninth Festival gift box now and really interested in your Magnolia.
Please reply me if it's possible to sell your Magnolia digital file for us.

here is our facebook
https://www.facebook.com/pages/%E5%9C%96%E7%8E%8B%E6%95%B8%E4%BD%8D%E5%BD%B1%E5%83%8F%E6%9C%89%E9%99%90%E5%85%AC%E5%8F%B8/1418615315071832

and you can reply me by e-mail
alice@towan.com.tw

we look forward to receiving your reply.
by the way, I'm not really good at English and hope you may understand what i mean.
Thank you

Meng Chun