A little experiment with a simple subject matter, the humble but super healthy avocado fruit. A lot of people believe the majority of my work is made with watercolour and ink, yet this is not the case as I usually don't use any ink. So! I thought I would give ink a go - here is a comparison showing the two techniques on different illustrations of the same subject.
Here is my regular go-to technique, simply graphite and watercolour:
And below are more avocado studies, this time using watercolour and ink:
I really enjoyed using the ink with my watercolour - surprisingly it is also a little quicker to complete than my usual graphite and watercolour technique. It does seem to create a different overall look to the illustration, perhaps a more fun, sketchy vibe than the traditional, more polished feel the graphite exudes. I will definitely continue to experiment with more watercolour + ink illustrations.
Do you have a favourite out of the two styles? Let me know your preference in the comments! :)
Artwork (C) Amy Holliday 2015. Please do not use without permission.