Minini's watercolor learning process

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Minini's watercolor learning process

Post by Nunumi » Sat Aug 11, 2007 2:06 pm

Hi hi!
The title tells most of it, so I won't write too long. I want to post here my attempts at watercolor. I've been trying to learn it since quite recently and it's haaard!. Please feel free to leave tips and comments.

Here's my first ever showable attempt at this medium. >_<

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Seconde attempt, I was trying to get some colors right. It's hard to mix them!

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Third attempt. Here I wanted to work on my sky and gradients. Which turned out not so bad I think. But I would have wanted more contrasts.

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Post by chasecorbeau » Sat Aug 11, 2007 2:57 pm

I think they're pretty.

I like the medium of watercolor, but of course it's a major pain to control.
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Post by Blom » Sun Aug 12, 2007 3:23 am

This is wonderful!!!!! I do hope that you keep working with watercolors.
A nice thing to use is Pelikan Chinese White color, that is on tube, so you can mix it with colors to make the colors brighter. Also if you press (like flowers) your drawings when they are dry, you avoid that they gets shadows from the paper when you scan them. ;)

But I think your coloring and drawings are great! So keep up the good work! :D
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Post by Nunumi » Sun Aug 12, 2007 8:05 am

Thanks guys!
And thanks for the tips Blom. I will try that for sure!

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Post by chasecorbeau » Sun Aug 12, 2007 10:24 am

You could go back and darken up some of the shadows now that they're dry, if you want. Since you seem to be using heavy watercolor paper, I don't think it will hurt it any.

You can also cheat and alter stuff in Photoshop if you're going to use the end result digitally anyway (won't help the original much, though).
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Post by Dom » Sun Aug 12, 2007 1:03 pm

They look awesome!

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Post by TheAtomicTerrier » Mon Aug 13, 2007 10:15 am

wow, if you're just learning then I have a
loooooooooooooooooooooooooooong way
to go!

awesome work and it's cool to see someone
elses approach to watercolors.
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Post by mr cow » Mon Aug 13, 2007 11:41 am

these are great and cute. like that last one especially. :)
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I love the second one!

Post by wd_kimmy » Mon Aug 13, 2007 6:21 pm

so poetic..... watercolors rocks! but such a pain to work with...

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Post by Nunumi » Tue Aug 14, 2007 9:11 pm

Again thanks everyone!
ou could go back and darken up some of the shadows now that they're dry, if you want. Since you seem to be using heavy watercolor paper, I don't think it will hurt it any.
I must try that too! I think it's really hard to get dark colors. I used to make acrylic, and it's so different. I must try what you said too. By the way, you seem to know quite a lot about watercolors, don't you??

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Post by Jambi » Wed Aug 15, 2007 6:53 am

Very nice. The last one especially.

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Post by Blom » Wed Aug 15, 2007 7:28 am

Dark watercolors: I use to paint the dark parts in 3-4 layers and let them dry between each paint. And if you only use a drop of water on the pencil and put it on the color and you get the color to dissolve so you get a lot of color on the pencil. If you use Winsor and Newton colors I think there harder then the Pelikan colors. You can also use gouache colors that comes in tubes and is much easier to get a darker color from. Hope that helps! :D
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Post by Threshold » Wed Aug 15, 2007 7:35 am

The problem I had with watercolors was that I always had to worry about the paper buckling, and had a very hard time actually getting down to it and painting.

Your stuff is very nice, especially the color blending and your reserving of whites.

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