I tried playing with colour for some of my works initially.
This is a drawing from an initial series that I did based entirely on Chinese Mythological creatures. The lining was done traditionally, after which I took a photograph and did the colouring digitally.
After reading up about Nian, I came up with a personal interpretation for its appearance. I added in the traditional depiction of its appearance, such as the lion head and cloven feet. However, I also combined it with traits that I felt were necessary for a beast that lives underwater- the scales, barnacles and lobster body/tail. I decided to use various shades of blue as Nian has traditionally hated the colour red. Although green is the complementary colour to red, I decided that the idea of a sea-beast would be more prominent if I used ultramarine as the base colour. I also made the colours more saturated for this series (A personal preference).
However, Prof Ina mentioned that this style of drawing was more conceptual, thus I decided to head towards the completely traditional route of drawing.
Other drawings that I did with different mediums:
Colour Pencils on Brown Paper. I decided that I would go with brown paper as the background as it elicited a very vintage, old feel. I tried going with more brown, earthy tones for this as I thought it would go together well with the brown paper. Additionally, I liked how nicely white stood out on the brown paper as highlights.
A sky koi (A particular species of koi that only swims in the ozone layer) rendered in Indian Ink and fountain pen, then coloured with orange and yellow drawing ink. I liked this medium due to the bright, saturated nature of ink. However, it was a little difficult to control the ink flow of the fountain pen. This prevented me from getting as much detail as I would have liked.