Inspired by Danielle Donaldson

The Art of Creative Watercolor by Danielle Donaldson is a book I’ve been working through and have enjoyed her whimsical style. Here are some more of her “Littles” and also followed up by one that I created on my own.

These were some of my favorite characters in the book. I did all the pencil work up front because I had a hard #2 pencil only at the time and it didn’t work to go back in after the watercolor was applied.
Here they are colored in rainbow order. I used Karin watercolor markers on Strathmore Hot Press Premium 140# paper. With these markers and the details, I’m finding I am enjoying the hot press paper more than cold press.
This last one was done from my imagination using the inspiration I had picked up from the book. It was colored on Arteza cold press 140# paper. The background was done with Winsor & Newton half pan travel watercolors and the characters and foliage was colored with Korin brush markers. I wasn’t able to control the color and water as easily on this paper but was able to play with some cold press techniques of mixing colors. The cat and mermaid tails were done in the metallic Korin brush markers.

More Danielle Donaldson Creative Watercolor

I’ve continued to work through the book The Art of Creative Watercolor by Danielle Donaldson. Here are some more creations from her book that I’ve mimicked using different papers and different watercolor mediums.

More done on the Fluid Hot Press 140# paper, left with Arteza Brush Markers, middle with Winsor & Newton 1/2 pan set and right with Karin Brush Markers.
This last one was using Strathmore Mixed Media 184# paper and Winsor & Newton half pans travel set.

Danielle Donaldson Creative Watercolor

I’ve been getting into watercolor and one of the books I came across was The Art of Creative Watercolor by Danielle Donaldson. She has a fun whimsical style that I like and thought that was a good place to dabble. One of the things she draws are wonky people she calls “Littles” so in this project, I picked out a few of my favorites to color. Some of these are altered or combined but mostly are mostly examples from the book.

This one was colored with Brea Reese Watercolor Creams on the same paper, of course.
This Little was colored with Karin Brushmarker Pro watercolor markers, with a direct to paper technique where I wet the paper then touched it with the marker and spread it around with a brush.
The Little on the left was also colored with Karin Brushmarker Pro watercolor markers but it was done with an indirect method – the ink was dispensed on a mixing tray first then picked up with the brush and applied to the paper. The Little on the right was done with the Winsor & Newton half pan watercolor 14-ct travel set.

Here’s the group of Littles all together. I went back in and fixed the blotch on the troll’s shirt then darkened the lines in some places, used a white gel pen and splattered colored water to finish. I didn’t enjoy working with the Brea Reese Watercolor Creams so I’ll skip those the next time. The rest are still on the table and I’ll try this again with another sheet of Littles.