Saturday, 3 October 2015

Echium vulgare and Melitaea didyma - finished!

I have finally finished my illustration of Echium vulgare and Melitaea didyma. It was such a long journey! And it's just the beginning, because I have to paint at least two more illustrations like this one. I'm really excited, because they all will be exhibit during Museum at Nights 2016 events and it will be the first time when I show my paintings in real, not virtual, world.

This painting took me about two weeks. I stopped counting hours... I used Saunders Waterford HP paper, 140lb, 16" x 12". I can't wait to start another painting! :)






4 comments:

  1. It is a beautiful picture and very educational. I'm surprised it took you only two weeks.

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    1. Thank you Gaynor! It would take me much longer, but I had a deadline.

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  2. Krzysztof, please try to switch all little plugins into English as well - I mean adding the comments - comments window for example. But I know - it takes time. I am used to English in all levels.
    But I write to congratulate you on your new website - it already is and will be really wonderful, when it's all done in a way you are dreaming. I am happy for you and you inspire me a lot. Will keep my eye on your blog and videos. Love your tutorials.
    And I wanted to ask you and all the readers about Saunders Waterford paper... I have tried this paper also, they have many types of it here in the store... mostly HP. Which do you prefer and why? Natural white? Pure white? How thick? etc. Do you mostly paint in a quite dry way with layers or does it stand wet-in-wet as well?

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    1. Hello Anneli! :)
      I checked the settings of this blog and found "change language of the blog" option. I did that, it should be ok now. Thanks for letting me know! :)
      I always buy a block of Saunders Waterford, 41 x 31 cm (16" x 12"), 300g/m2 (140lb), High White, HP. I use high white because I prefer more white than creamy papers, although even this high white paper is not really white. I think Fabriano Artistico extra white is whiter than this Saunders. But I've gotten used to using a bit creamy papers, most of them are like so. I use HP paper only for detailed botanical paintings and although I also use wet-in-wet technique, I use it in small areas. Usually I paint in more dry way using many layers. I've never experienced any problems with Saunders. The only difference between Saunders and Fabriano Artistico is that on Fabriano it's much easier to lift out the paint. I use both of these papers and they both are great.

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