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Prost! It's Oktoberfest art

Updated: Jun 30, 2018

A piece of artwork I didn't realise would take so much time and be so fiddly until I came to the chequered shirts!!!! But, thankfully it was worth it in the end :)

This image celebrates the annual beer festival in Munich, Bavaria (which takes place from mid/end of September to beginning of October so really it should be called Septemberfest! :) )

Step 1: The line drawing didn't take too long although getting the perspective right was a little tricky, which is why I always start my line art in pencil first (I use a Faber Castell HB). I had to erase the lines a few times before I was happy with the angles.

Then I was able to draw over the lines using a Staedtler pigment liner 0.1mm and once the ink was dry I carefully erased the pencil.

Line drawing

Step 2: Apply the colour using my trusty Winsor & Newton watercolour palette.

I have created a colour chart to show how all 36 colours look on paper (with their names written underneath). This makes choosing colours so much easier, particularly as the paints look a lot darker in the palette to how they look when water is applied.

Line drawing with watercolour

Here's the finished artwork and those pesky chequered shirts!!! I added some white dots as a finishing touch using my Pentel Hybrid Gel Grip pen.

Final watercolour painting
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