Every week I try my best to do at least one watercolor study using a variety of inspirations. This week I did two. One was the orchid flower inspired by my husband’s photo and yesterday I finished another donut this time inspired by J. Co’s Choco Caviar Chocolate Donut.
I chose the choco caviar from J.Co because I was challenged to see if I could redraw and color it as realistically as possible. The highlights made by the lights in the donut’s sample photo was/is a steep curve ball for a beginner like me. I needed the challenge to learn, grow and see my full potential. Here is my redrawn donut in watercolor.
Drawing alone was already difficult. I wanted to learn but I also wanted to feel relaxed as I learn, so I did not fuss about counting the exact amount of caviar nor drew the exact shape of each one. I knew if I aimed for that I would end up frustrated, angry and without any studying done at all. Next was making it look three dimensional. I mostly often see things in 2D but my husband encourages me to see in 3D. He told me training my eyes early in the learning process will greatly help. I had to admit, it was a very difficult task to include with the things I already wanted to do. Despite that, I tried my best. Also, I don’t have an opaque white watercolor for the highlights. That alone should have given me the signal to choose another subject and veer away from anything that needed highlights, again I did not. Because, I wanted to learn. So instead of making a big scene out of not having white opaque watercolor, I used white, ivory and light flesh colored pencils. No one said that improvising was not allowed. 🙂
Happy weekend everyone! Have a donut. 😉