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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Lots of love and positivity,