Under The Sea
Here is how it transformed.
I blew up a sketch from my sketchbook to get an idea of where I wanted the mermaid to be. My background is paint and bleeding art tissue in mostly reds and oranges.
Then I sketched her in using a Stabilio Marks All pencil. They are water soluble and it looks very cool when wet. The problem is you can't get it wet again. It'll smear. So, I use fluid matte medium instead of water. It gives me the same look and it seals it in.
Her face is coming together.
I used bleeding art tissue for her tail and added details with a medium nib Pitt Pen. Then I used layers of transparent inks and paints to create the sea. I painted the negative space to expose my original background though the seaweeds and seahorses.
The final painting. I think I used every art supply I own. Liquitex paint and inks, bleeding art tissue, Caran Dache Neocolor II Crayons, some pastels and Pitt Pens. This painting is for my daughter. I hope to sell prints of it in the not so distant future.