Recently I decided to enrich my portfolio with an illustration for a classic tale. After short considerations my choice fell on "Snow Queen".
I had a very clear idea in mind, both regarding composition and details. It doesn't happen very often, but this time I didn't need to make a single concept sketch (tripple HURRAY! as I don't like to waste much time on personal projects). Therefore the first step was...
1. A full-size pencil sketch:
2. Detailed ink drawing. At this stage I begun to regret the idea with a town from aerial view...
3. First layer of watercolors. Before adding paint, I splashed masking fluid with a toothbrush to make "snow".
4. Details. They were mainly added with brown ink (outlines) and white ink (more snow!).
To make the frost on the rose I used salt, which absorbed water from wet paint and created such a fancy texture.