This drawing is inspired by one of Aesop's fables, The Owl and the Grasshopper (click to read the full story).
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Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils
M. Graham watercolors
1) The Sketch
For this drawing, sketched out the idea on a scrap piece of paper and then used layers of tracing paper to move around elements until I was happy with the composition. I then traced the final sketch to a piece of Stonehenge paper.
2) Watercolor Wash
Using a medium round brush, I block out shapes and hard edges. My watercolor washes are always light (it's easier to make things darker than lighter later!)
The branch is filled in with Nougat (#178) and lines are drawn to create texture with Walnut Brown (#280).
I use Chromium Green Opaque (#174) to start coloring the leaves.
4) Finishing the Leaves
I smooth out the texture using a variety of greens, including Chrome Oxide Green (#278), May Green (#170) and Green Gold (#268). I also incorporate some splotches of Caput Mortum Violet (#263) to add a bit more depth and color variance.
5) Grasshopper and Tree
Using the same green pencils, I fill in the grasshopper. He is a main character in this image but I want him to blend in with his environment.
I start filling in the tree with mostly Nougat and Walnut Brown, but I keep it lighter than the grasshopper's branch for contrast.
6) Finish the Tree
I fade the colors at the bottom of the tree so that the grasshopper's branch can stand out.
7) The Owl and Finishing Touches
I add Naples Yellow (#185) to the background, the grasshopper's wings, the leaves, and the tree to unify the piece.