Mixed-media whale

Capture the elegant curves and shapes of this beautiful mammal as it gracefully rises from the glimmering sea. Start by drawing the outline of the whale with pencils from the Faber-Castell Pitt Graphite Set and gradually build body and texture with Faber-Castell Watercolour Pencils. Carefully blend the highly pigmented coloured pencils with a Faber-Castell Water Brush, or try without the water brush for extraordinary colour and definition.

Mix hues of blue to create an intense deep blue ocean. Faber-Castell's Gelatos create vivid colour, are water soluble and mix beautifully. The creamy sticks are also great for creating a drip effect to emulate the splashes that the huge whale produces when he soars. Add metallic gelatos to the artwork for a subtle shimmer that mimics the sparkling sea.

1. Use a light pencil from the graphite set to faintly sketch the shape of the whale. Once you are happy with the curve of its body, work into the rest of the drawing, adding some subtle shading and detail with darker pencils.

2. Colour in the darker part of the whales body using deep blue and dark grey watercolour pencils on top of one another. Use the water brush to blend the colours together. Add hints of light grey to the underside of the whale and enhance darker areas, such as the underside of the fin with a black pencil.

3. Choose a selection of blue gelatos and the Faber-Castell Metallic Icing White Gelato too. Directly apply thick patches of blue around and slightly over the whales tail, use a water spray or wet brush to dampen the gelatos and tip the paper upside down to let the colour run towards the whale. Keep adding colour, repeating the process until you are happy with the results. Add extra splashes by dipping your water brush in the gelato and  flicking it around the drawing.

Project and how-to instructions by Amelia Durie.

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