The next sitting at this drawing took 1 hour. I was finding the area of turbulent water in the top righthand corner a bit daunting and wasn't sure how to tackle it successfully, so I decided to fill in a few of the surrounding areas of calmer water first. Perhaps this would give me more of a grip on things.
Again, it's important to blend the colours together and I do this by applying Chinese white at an angle to the colours.
Having to use the same colours over and over and all this blending seems a bit boring... but it will pay off in the end (I hope!).
I use orange chrome for the main body of the fish and highlight the ridge of the koi's back with some deep chrome.
Again, I apply the usual layers of colour, blending in between layers.
My attention moves at last to the turbulent area where a few fish are moving about in the water. Using blue grey I pencil in some of the darker ripples, leaving the lighter areas white.
my Etsy shop. You can take a look, if you like, right here.
Having spent way too long putting this together, mainly because I accidentally clicked everything away and had to start again, I head back to the task at hand.
I define more of the darker ripples in the water and add the usual sequence of colours. I figure I'll do a huge area of water in this way and add darker areas and more definition later on.
That's another 35 minutes of drawing, adding up in total to 9 hours and 30 minutes on this drawing so far. I'm off for tea and snacks!... More later...