I am very keen on wildlife conservation. It plays a big part in my life and I decided that I would do some research into South African species on the Red data list. It is a depressingly long list and quite difficult to deal with unless you are well-versed in the Latin names of all creatures. I came across the Riverine Rabbit. A rabbit that lives in the semi-desert regions of the Karroo.
When I was painting in Vandy's studio these holidays, she mentioned a techniques she learned last year, where you immerse your paper in water so it is really soaked. This is exactly what I did. Super wet paper, a natural sponge and Windsor & Newton Quinacridone Gold and Sepia.
Adding some detail with watercolour pencils when dry.
More sponging with the same colours
Softening the edges and finishing off with brushwork.
Paper: Daler Rowney fine grain, cold-pressed NOT 300gsm