This choice has held me up for some time!
I have to pick between:
pen and ink with water color,
or ball point pen and water color,
or graphite (pencil) with watercolor,
or gouache paint,
or acrylic paint.
I have the most experience doing children's book illustration in acrylic paint, but I really love making art that involves more use of LINE. So I'm testing a couple things out. These are small 8x10'' cold press illustration board.
TOMORROW: I paint on these with watercolor! Then we'll see how we like...
Hippo n Flamingo is pen and inked (the kind you dip in an ink bottle). I really like the look of it, and it's very fun to work with!! Downside is... I keep smearing the ink all over before it dries. Oops. Can you see the smudges?
Hippo n lightning bug started out a test with black Prismacolor pencil (it's great to draw sketchbook with) but it wasn't working with the illustration board very well. The lines were too soft and the detail wasn't showing up. So I gave up and covered what I had and finished with ballpoint pen instead!
"You Should You Should" will be published by the end of the year in ebook form with new Publishing House "Familius." If it does well, it will go to print! You can read the story Here.