I am trying to learn painting by mimicking the adaption of The Whisper of Glocken by John Worsley. I just love it!

I just need to know which techniques does he used there. The link above and the video Here (Episode 04, 02:19) describes the artwork as crayon, pen and gouache. But which parts are done with which techniques?

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The simple answer is Worsley is using all of the techniques, in combination, for all of the parts!

To be able to analyze a work like this you need to know how each of the mediums are used, ie. the various ways they are applied, how they behave when applied and how they interact with each other.

Some examples:

  • Crayon makes a variety of marks; broader than a pen-stroke; sensitive to pressure; shows texture of paper.
  • Pen uses ink and makes a hard edged stroke of different weights; ink is liquid so it will diffuse in wet areas, be sharp in others, can be brushed for washes, etc...
  • Gouache is opaque watercolor and is applied by brush; used to make areas of solid and blended colors as well and sharp details; will also diffuse in wet areas.

Experiment with the different mediums cited, both on their own and in combination, to understand what is going on in the artworks and then you can reproduce that style. All of the techniques here have extensive documentation in print and online to get you started.

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