Drawing a Rainbow Trout With Aquarelle Pencils

Colored pencils, Tutorials, Video

Last week I had great fun creating this trout drawing, using the Staedtler Aquarelle pencils. πŸ™‚ Although my priority is ink technique, sometimes I take a break or experiment with other mediums.

Here I have a full video process from a light pencil underdrawing to the final touches.

A slideshow of the main steps (please watch the video to get a better idea):

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The description of the process:

  1. I start with a pencil underdrawing. The lines should be barely visible, or the graphite may mix with the aquarelle pencils’ strokes and the colors will be messy.
  2. I apply several shades of beige and brown colors, and also add a little bit of pink to accent the natural coloring of the trout.
  3. I wash the existing color strokes with a wet brush.
  4. I let the drawing dry up a bit, and add the details of the fish. Be sure to leave the highlights, especially in the fish’s eye! πŸ™‚
  5. Gradually, I increase the contrast and richness of my drawing, refining all the significant features more and more.
  6. I add the dark spots to the trout’s body. You may notice that I use both black and dark brown pencils – this helps to achieve a smoother, varied look of the coloring.

I hope you like the process and the result! πŸ™‚ Thanks for watching!

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