Sunday, 4 August 2013

This Little Piggy

This Little Piggy
Watercolour on Paper
34cm x 24cm (13.5" x 9.5")

Elaine and I saw this little piglet in one of the fields around the village. He was very young and seemed to be stumbling around with his eyes closed. The famer was feeding the elder pigs with huge buckets of left over cream cakes, iced buns and pastries. This little chap didn’t get his fair share.

I drew the picture with a soft carbon pencil, which makes a strong black line that the watercolour does not completely obscure. As a result, the initial drawing is visible in the final picture. This is quite appropriate for a blog that is about learning to draw. I used a similar technique in the painting of the sea gull on the What Comes Next? post.

The treatment of the painting is based on a short demonstration from John Lovett’s excellent book John Lovett’s Textures, Techniques and Special Effects for Watercolor.


  1. Mark,
    in the best tradition of artists of old do you want to trade you piggy picture for wine ? Ann likes Pigs as you know and I would offer a bottle of German Red after I've been to Essen this year. There is a reason that the Germans keep their red at home - myself and Mark Buckley have fond memories of German Red from the Youth hostel (i.e. castle) at Bacharach which overlooks the Rhine.

    1. Hi Chris,

      Yes. Thanks. I am sure we can agree a trade.