I then move on to the next part of the image. The duck is white, but the white will need shadow to give it dimension. I decide on some blue-violet. I follow all the areas that I think should have shadow, that means creases of wing, under the chin, where he sits, the belly lines. All of this will make him look more real. I use only 2 blues, a light and a dark, relying on my white to blend into the lightest color. The darkest areas are of course those closest to the areas casting the shadow.
I blend it in with water, starting with the lightest to the darkest, back to the lightest and then cleaning my brush to blend the lightest into the white.
Last I need to do the hay. I pick colors which best represent hay, Yellows and Ochres. Darkest under the duck and out to the lightest. I use quick strokes or scribbles, I try to keep it loose and flowing.
After it is blended according to my earlier method I consider him ready to use. At this point I would either cut him out, or I would continue on to make a background. I will get more into that on part 2 of this tutorial.
Finally I photographed my method for organizing my watercolor markers. They are arranged in six color groups: earth tones, Yellow/oranges, greens, blues, violets, and red/pinks. It's not perfect but then I also have my chart to rely on to easily find the colors I want! I hope this helps out and shows you how easy this stunning technique is!
Stamps: High Hopes Rubber Stamps
Ink : Memories Dye Ink
Markers: Tombow: 553,946,026. Stampin'Up! Barely Banana, Ballet Blue, Ruby Red, So Saffron, More Mustard.