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March 14th, 2016

Arising from Flowers

Artist: Mashiiro (Magalie Gréaux), France
Artist Statement: Flowers have always been a subject I wanted to practice with watercolors. For this piece, I wanted to depict a fragile woman, reaching from a field of delicate white flowers, like she used to be one of them, and “evolve” to a woman. I found that layering washes of different soft colors was a lovely way to draw the softness of a field of flowers, contrasting with the black lines of the leaves.

Building up layers for this drawing took me quite a long time because I had to wait for the layers to completely dry before applying the next one, and be careful not to paint on the previous flowers. Once all of the watercolor layers were completely dry, I inked the leaves with a Posca marker pen for a very deep matte black effect, and outlined the woman with a Sakura Micron Fineliner. This drawing was definitely a good opportunity to practice this very simple but time-consuming negative coloring technique.

MEDIA: Watercolor and ink
SURFACE: Epsilon Series — Heavyweight — 150 gsm — White — Smooth Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Mashiiro is a digital and traditional French artist, mostly using pencils, watercolors and ink techniques. Self-taught, she’s not pursuing a professional art career even though art is taking all of her free time. You can find her on Instagram @m4shiro, on Tumblr (www.m4shiro.tumblr.com) or support her on Patreon (www.patreon.com/mashiiro)!

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