I really enjoyed drawing Bunnybow using biro pen previously. Of course, that was simply the birth of Bunnybow and I now want to develop my character further. I was working on a few sketches and found myself liking her with droopy ears. Overall, Bunnybow is still evolving and I wouldn't be surprised if she looks nothing like the first drawing I've made!


Bunnybow pen sketch by Anna Legaspi art. Bunnybow is a cute, kawaii bunny rabbit.

Above: Initial sketch idea

Tools used

Process


Although I have a sketch to follow, I still made a mistake on the actual piece. I forgot to draw her ears! LOL. Saying that, I'm okay with that since It was a good exercise to see how the hair will flow underneath the ears. Yes, I see the positive in most things... well almost. Also, my sketches look so different from my actual drawings. I wonder why.


Now that I've done a few mixed media art, I decided that it's time to try and apply what I've learned and create my own style for Bunnybow. I used watercolour as the base and used coloured pencils to apply more detail. This was truly exciting for me since I wasn't too sure how my art will turn out until I was finished.


The first thing I thought to myself was, "What colours do I use?" I was so excited to use colour, but I didn't even think about what actual colours to use. I did think about using the true colours of the rainbow initially. However, the pastel colours in the Gansai Tambi watercolour palette just looked so appealing. I'm so pleased I used that instead since Bunnybow just looks even cuter than I thought she would! The lilac, baby blue, pink and lime yellow is a really good combination!


Gansai Tambi 'New colours' watercolour, pastel pallet,

Above: Gansai Tambi 'New colours' watercolours has a really cute pastel pallet.


Above: Watercolour step on Bunnybow


I was planning on taking more scans on the different layers of watercolour, but I forgot! I guess I got too engrossed with painting, I keep forgetting to scan every now and again.


The hair was the most interesting part to paint. I added a light wash all over and slowly added more and more layers. I love the final effect, especially on the ends of Bunnybow's hair.


On the other hand, the most challenging part was the skin on her face. I wanted to make sure that her face was even and I found this challenging with watercolour. Despite that, I think the skin looks pretty good. Maybe having slightly uneven skin tone adds more character to Bunnybow anyway.


Bunnybow watercolour and pencil sketch by Anna Legaspi art. Bunnybow is a cute, kawaii bunny rabbit looking at a rabbit flower.

Above: Mixed media (Watercolour & coloured pencils) on watercolour paper. Anna Legaspi 2021.


After the watercolour has fully dried, it was time to apply the coloured pencils. This step is what really brought Bunnybow to life. One thing that I told myself not to do was to use black coloured pencils, especially since I was going for cute and pastel colour vibe. I'm so glad I did that since it worked! I think If I used black anywhere, it would ruin the ambience I was going for.


Similar to the watercolours, I started off with light strokes on the darkest parts of the drawing. I thought that slowly building up the coloured pencils will be better than putting too much pressure too soon. I slowly gained confidence the more strokes I did and towards the end, it was a lot easier to decide how hard to apply the pencils.


Apart from the fact that I forgot her ears, I'm very pleased with the outcome. It gives me a really vibrant and happy feeling. Definitely a feel good artwork! It reminds me of children's books illustration and I imagine this art style will appeal to kids.


Coincidentally, I'm about to start a children's book project so I will be using this technique for that book. Once the book is completed, I will share details of the book on my blog. Exciting times!

Up Next


I've been thinking about developing Bunnybow a bit more, but this time with just basic coloured pencils. I'm just starting to get acquainted with coloured pencils now, but I have no idea how to use it on it's own. I may never


Thank you for taking the time to read and see my latest original art and I hope my I've made a positive contribution to your day. If you like what you've seen so far and want to follow my art journey, please follow my socials or subscribe to get emails when I've got a new post.


Remember, It's not about creating the best art, but creating art that makes you happy!

All the best and until next time!

Lots of love and positivity,


Anna


Above: Watercolour painting on A4 paper. Anna Legaspi 2021


Baby Rabbit Study


As much as I like drawing cartoon based characters, I can't deny that drawing based on real references gets me thinking, trying different techniques and learning new skills. Watercolour is such as free flowing medium. Painting a subject where I can't go over the lines is an interesting challenge. I wanted to try and explore how it feels to paint differently and come out of my comfort zone.

Reference

Above: Photo reference taken from Google. This is not my image.


Despite my attempt on a new medium and new style, the cuteness is staying. I just Googled and found a random cute furry baby rabbit as my reference.

Tools used

  • Mechanical pencil

  • Rubber or eraser

  • Gansai Tambi Watercolours

  • Dalton Manor watercolour paper (lightly textured 300gsm/140lb)

  • Music from my Jazz Anime by Anna Legaspi on Spotify to set the mood.

PROCESS


This was the first time I've really tried a more loose approach in my art. I just sketched the rabbit without much thought to the details. I then started off with a light wash all over the rabbit, let it semi-dry and added more paint again. In some instances, I waited for the paint to fully dry, especially if I liked the way the paint flowed and spread on the paper.


With regards to the colour, I started with the intention of trying to copy the reference but that didn't go according to plan. I was easily convinced to use colours directly as they are from the watercolour palette. I think it ended quite well despite the spontaneity.


What I really found refreshing was the marks the watercolour left when it dried. The water drying left hard edges and this added more character to the painting. I was also going for a messy look and splattered paint all over in the end. This is really out of character for me and not really my art style, but it is liberating. I'm not sure if I want to adapt this style in the long run, but I might revisit and do it again in the future.

Up Next


I've been creating a lot of art recently but mainly from references. As much as I want to try more references, I'm far more excited to work on my character Bunnybow now. So for next week, I plan to make a painting of Bunnybow using watercolours and coloured pencils!


Thank you for taking the time to read and see my cute rabbit study and I hope my art has made a positive contribution to your day. If you like what you've seen so far and want to follow my art journey, please follow my socials or subscribe to get emails when I've got a new post. If you'd like to support me and buy my art, you can visit my shop on Anna Legaspi Art Etsy Shop.


Remember, It's not about creating the best art, but creating art that makes you happy!

All the best and until next time!

Lots of love and positivity,


Anna


48 Set Gansai Tambi Watercolours

Above: Gansai Tambi 48 set (including 12 new colours)


Gansai Tambi Watercolours


Since I purchased the Arteza coloured pencils, I thought to myself, how much more affordable art materials are there that are brilliant? I think I'm going through some sort of art shopping spree which is made easier and hard to resist, courtesy of Amazon. Spending money has become so easy, especially when it comes to shiny new art stuff. LOL.


I've looked into a few reviews and the Gansai Tambi watercolours came up as a good option if you're looking at watercolours. I've tested it a few times since, so I'll note down a few things about it.

  • The box needs to be stored flat with the pans upright. Therefore it's not portable.

  • The pans are labelled on the back with the colour number which is really handy. This means you don't have to worry about forgetting it's correct placement in the box.

  • The pans are much wider which allows for larger paint brushes, but it is very shallow so it doesn't mean you get more paint.

  • I notice that I can use up a lot of the paint quite quickly, especially white. I found that I can buy individual pans online from jacksonart.com or ebay.co.uk.

  • The paint dries shiny in areas where there is lots of pigment. If I'm only doing a light wash, it dries matt.

  • Paper makes a huge difference in how the paint reacts. I find that if I use smooth paper, it has a tendency to create more edges. If I use textured paper, this is less likely.

  • It's not opaque, but it is much more pigmented than some watercolours.

  • There is a great variety of colours and I like that there is also a couple of skin tones available that I can use immediately.


48 Set Gansai Tambi Watercolours back of pan with colour number

Above: Label on the back of each Gansai Tambi watercolour pan



Things I considered before buying


After deciding to purchase the Gansai Tambi watercolours, I had to choose on which set I wanted to buy. So far, I had the following options:

Looking at the cost per pan, The 36 set came out as the cheapest. As much as it's fun to mix colours, I also find that it is convenient to have colours ready for me. I found that having the 48 set of coloured pencils useful and I didn't feel lacking with colour. I've previously owned a 24 set and sometimes felt I needed more colour too, so it was an easy decision to get the 36 set Gansai Tambi watercolours.


After I purchased the 36 set, I then realised that there was a 48 Gansai Tambi watercolour set available for £52.63! Woe is me! When I realised that I missed the colours on the 48 set, I checked if there was a way I could just get the colours that I missed. Luckily, there is a 12 set I was able to buy and was referred to as a 12 set 'new colours' Gansai Tambi watercolours. I couldn't find this on Amazon, but was able to it on Ebay.


Overall, I'm absolutely pleased with my purchase. I spent a total of £56.98 for a total of 48 colours. It's not the cheapest watercolour you can find, but I have no complaints with the quality and potential of the paints. I'm looking forward to experimenting.


Swatches


48 Set Gansai Tambi Watercolours swatch light wash

Above: Light wash swatches of Gansai Tambi Watercolours



gansai tambi watercolour swatches

Above: Watercolour swatches (more pigment, less water)


48 Set Gansai Tambi Watercolours Light wash swatch kawaii cute faces

Above: Light wash swatches of Gansai Tambi Watercolours... with Kawaii faces, just because.