This bizarre little pig came as a result of a Drawing Lab exercise. If you have not checked out the book by Carla Sonheim, and you are an artist that feels like you are in a bit of a creative rut, do get the book. Its lots of fun! Anyhow “Stranger Pigs Have Happened” took me about an hour and half from start to finish. I used some really cool Borden & Riley Paper, the #234 Paris Bleedproof Paper of Pens. Just a bit about this paper, it is 108 pounds 9×12 inches of awesome goodness. If you can get your hands on some, also, do so! The way that wet mediums work with it and then colored pencil is just wonderful.
About that, so I used some water color pans, did random swirls and strokes in 3 different colors. Then after it dried (which didn’t take long at all) I looked at the strange mass to see what kind of creature I could build. Thus was the pig born. I outlined the pig and did a line drawing with a #3 black Micron tip pen and then built depth with Prisma Color Colored pencil.
I really enjoyed this project. It was very relaxing and the end result makes me smile and laugh. One photo (The darker one) is the unenhanced original. The larger has been photo shopped a bit to make it a bit brighter.