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Mycroft | Watercolour, white gel pen & coloured pencil on hot press watercolour paper


The second component of my course load in Italy was plein air landscape painting. These took anywhere from 30 minutes to six hours, but I can’t lie about having just laid back and enjoyed being outside instead of painting when I was feeling particularly tired…

W&N watercolor and Holbein gouache on Arches hot press and Canson Mi-Teintes toned paper. 

anonymous asked:

Dumb question: where do you get your Arches Hot Press paper? My Hobby Lobby (ONLY craft store near me) stopped carrying it for some reason. You wouldn't happen to order it from anywhere, do you? I'm nearly out and I'd like to still paint on good paper! Amazon just wants to give me cold press. Thanks in advance. Also, gosh I love your paintings and drawings. Your work inspires me so much!

Not a dumb question! I’m fortunate enough to live in an urban area that has a pretty sizable population of artistic folk they can cater to with a variety of good art material stores, both independent and chain. I have three locations I personally visit for my Arches hot press fix, one at the college I graduated from, one local independent supply store (MY FAVORITE, I love you, Wet Paint! ) and also a handful of Blick’s Art Materials stores in the metro area I call home. I am literally spoiled for choice, and every day I’m thankful for it.

I just checked Blick’s online store and it looks like you can order hot press from them! You can also choose more under their “watercolor papers” tab and can choose from blocks, sheets, or rolls. I think I personally use natural white as opposed to bright white, but I am sure I’ve used both. It’s a matter of personal preference.

I’ll throw in a response to @szolkir while I’m here, regarding the difference between hot press and cold press watercolor papers. (At least, from my own personal experience with both)

Hot press is THE go-to watercolor paper finish if you want neurotic little details and pigment staining. No stray fibers or ridges to catch your brush and snag your pigment into a mushy puddle! I use cold press for landscapes and big wonderful washy messes, I love the way it accentuates texture and allows for some reworking/lifting. (I have a set of Strathmore cold press watercolor postcards that are oddly satisfying, who would have thought?)

BUT! If you want fine brushwork, yes, hot press finished paper is for you! Try some out. I personally recommend either Fabriano Artistico or Arches, but you can try others. I find that a better paper is more worthwhile than good pigments, because bad paper makes everyone cry. 

Now in technicolor!

Custom Aequis design (tropical and temperate arboreal hybrid) for @arrowhoodcobra! She’s based on a violet backed starling.

I know I say this about all of the Aequis designs I do for people, but I loved working on her. Never thought I’d say that about the color purple, but I think I’ve got a much healthier relationship with that color now. :)

Caran d’Ache Supracolor watercolor pencils and Winsor and Newton watercolors and gouaches on Arches hot press 140 lb watercolor paper. Approx 14 x 11 inches, 28 x 35.5 cm.


I wanted to share some work in progress shots from one of my paintings (sorry for terrible cell phone quality). This is  ‘View from the High Line - 26th Street’, completed late last year. 

The painting is based on photos I took from the High Line park, which is a repurposed elevated railroad track that runs through parts of the Meatpacking District and Chelsea on the west side of Manhattan. I love the High Line because it is covered in lots of interesting plants, but the views are pretty great as well. From this vantage point, you can see the Hudson River and Jersey City at the end of the street in the far distance. The large building at the end of the street with the horizontal bands of windows is the Starrett-Lehigh Building. Built 1930-31, it is an interesting early example of International-Style Modern architecture in an industrial building. This was historically a very industrial area, but it is now the heart of the Chelsea gallery district. The buildings on the left and right foreground, along with most of this block, are home to several high-end galleries. 

For the painting, I worked on Arches Hot Press 300lb watercolor paper. The size of the art is roughly 18 x 26 inches. I start with a detailed perspective drawing of the entire scene in pencil. As you can see from the progress photos, I worked from left to right, nearly finishing each section of the painting as I go - but always going back and polishing previous sections as needed. This strategy of moving across the painting helps me keep track of how much progress I have made, but i do not focus in on each little section and mechanically copy inch by inch from the photo. As with all watercolor, the painting generally starts light and the darkest colors and finest details are added last by necessity. I use a mix of watercolor tubes, most of which are Winsor Newton brand. I didn’t use any gouache or opaque white. I usually use a small amount of masking fluid and masking tape but I don’t think I needed much for this painting.   From start of the drawing to finish, this painting took about one month to complete - working on average a few hours a day.

I approach the overall process of a painting like this as if it were a traditional landscape painting. I am most concerned with balancing lights and darks, color vibrancy, warm/cool, etc. throughout the whole painting so that the final product is harmonious and compostionally pleasing. Balance was incredibly important in a composition like this one, which is so dramatically split down the middle. 

Sorry for rambling on, hopefully someone finds this interesting!

FINALLY… I think? Custom arctic Aequis design based on Northern Cardinal for ashacadence! It took longer to complete this sheet than I had originally anticipated, but I think the effort was worth it.

Watercolor, ink, and colored pencils on Arches hot press watercolor paper, 140 lb. Yes, customs are open! (Starting at $85 USD!)


Kim’s Cleaners - 9th Avenue and W 52nd Street. Watercolor on Arches Hot Press paper. 2014.

Part of my series of watercolor paintings of Hell’s Kitchen, NYC. 

Title Bronze and Flame  

Media: Arches 300 Gsm, Hot Press and KWZ Iron Gall Inks in Orange and Noodlers Ink Rome is Burning( FP) and watercolor

This is the scan and I finally finished..  Thank you to friends who encouraged me and to advise from Ms. Karen Sioson and Sir Rolly. Its a piece I really am proud of. A piece that  i spent time thinking about and pondering because it is my favorite bronze dragon and my fireproof boy.  An amazing scene from the book “The Lost Hero “ of the Heroes of Olympus series by @rrriordan.

lilbubbagal  asked:

Hii!!!!! New follower c: I was wondering what watercolours and paper you use, your art is so freaking amazingly beautiful I love it!!! ✨💞

Hi c: your way too sweet! thank you so much for the question! I started using Arches hot pressed aquarelle watercolour paper (300g/m2) and the kuretake gansai tambi watercolours in 2017. 

The paper is super smooth and can handle many layers of watercolour (which has seriously helped me minimize the ripping!) 

If you get the spiral version and still feel intimidated with large paper (like myself) i just cut them in half and made my own spiral watercolor book (ca 16x23cm or 6x9 inches)

sorry for the late reply (kinda ghosted tumblr for the last 2 months) but thanks again so much for the lovely message ♥ hope this answered your question!

Aaaaand! The potential final version of this guy! I know it seems like spamming, but this is the only way I currently have of sharing with the commissioner. (Internet still out!) Custom Aequis designs are open!

Caran d'Ache supracolor (watercolor) colored pencils, Derwent colored pencils, Winsor and Newton watercolors, bits of W&N gouache on Arches hot press 140 lb paper, approx 11x14".