Who could resist drawing this cute little boy with a fish in his mouth and a turtle hat? Not me! I took some creative license and changed it up a bit, giving him more hair, a full view of the turtle on top of his head and changed his garment to a T-shirt. This fit the page better as my page is square where the subject picture is elongated.
Originally I was going to do a sepia toned ink drawing but that fish called out to me for some color...especially a metallic aqua color. After that, the color started to flow...coloring his T-shirt, the turtle and tinting his face to make it less red.
I started with a Walnut-Ink background over the entire page. Once dried, I drew in the shape with a pencil and then inked it with a waterproof Uni-ball Vision pen (available at your office supply store). The fish was painted with Silk acrylic paint and the face, T-shirt and turtle were tinted using Derwent Graphitint water-soluble pencils. The white on his face was painted using Liquitex Modeling Paste mixed with white acrylic paint and then applied using a scruffy old brush.
I like the way that everything pulled together and might do a whole series of paintings using this same technique. What do you think?
There you have it...how I approached painting "Turtle Boy."
Until next time...