i used to think i was good at watercolor

safabindana  asked:

Could you give me some tip on how to water color really want to try and I thing your art is amazing

1) When you want to watercolor something, I suggest you to use a 200gsm paper or higher since it resist to water. Using a printer paper (let’s say it’s 70gsm) the paper can’t hold too much water. 

when watercolor with a printer paper (70gsm) the paper could be easily torn apart when there’s too much water at the paper. It doesn’t blend well with different colors.

when watercolor with a 300gsm (i think) watercolor paper, it resist to water perfectly. The water dries longer than the printer paper. Two colors blend well together. It doesn’t rip the paper apart since it’s thicker than the printer paper.

2) Use good brushes. I personally recommend you to use a synthetic brushes because it really works well with watercolor. I also recommend you to have a round and flat brushes.

The hairs from the synthetic brushes doesn’t easily come off and works very well with watercolors. Although usually when you’re not careful enough while using these brushes, one strand of hair could pop out and might ruin the effect of the brush. The brush could also get frizzy when it’s not properly used. So it’s better when you treat the brush carefully.

You can control how big or small you want the paint to apply with a round brush. A flat brush can be used to cover large places neatly.

3) When coloring a pen lineart with watercolors, use pens/inks that are waterproof on paper. Usually waterproof pens are always written on the pen itself, so keep an eye when you found one. 

used with Staedtler 0.2mm waterproof pen

Once the watercolor is applied, no smudges can be detected

4) Pen sizes, the smaller the size, the more details you can add up to your drawing.

i personally recommend you to use these 3 different sizes of waterproof pen. But it’s totally your choice!

5) Have a plate or palette to put puddles of water to adjust the colors that you want to apply.

Since the colors are individually apart, you can easily try mixing and applying the paint.

6) (Optional) Use a sketchbook paper (around 150gsm/ could be less) to know how the colors shows on paper before applying it to your work.

I think 150gsm paper is not specifically for watercolors, but it resits water pretty well which is a great to try new colors.

Sometimes the paper likes to move around, so you can use a tape to hold it down if you need to.

I also use this paper to remove a little bit of the access if I grabbed too much pigment on the brush. Stroke it once or twice on the paper, then it won’t be as pigment as the first stroke.

7) Whenever your water container is already dark and murky, change it, Because when you keep using it, the dirty water could effect the watercolor palettes.

8) Use reference if you need to. Try to pick an object that you can watercolor on. Let’s say a plant. You can go outside and see the trees and plant. Or you could just google it.

9) White pens for outlines or adding up details. White pens are totally optional, but i really do recommend you to use it just for finishing touches or adding small details on your work!

Pen recommendation, gellyroll white pen and hybrid gel grip.

10) Always experiment! Use different colors and explore more about watercolors!

Experimenting is very important! Try scribbling your brush around the paper. Think of something you wanted to draw. Try something you haven’t done before! Fill in the blank pages with your creativity and imagination. There are no limitations.

Keep practicing your watercolor skills, a small doodle or scribble counts as a progress! Even without reference, you can still picture it by using your imagination. This helps you by expanding your creativity.

Get inspired! Find artists that interest you and motivates you to do the same. You can always try using the same techniques as they do and soon you’ll develop your own style! 

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Mistakes counts as a progress of improving your skill. The more mistakes you make, the more you learn from it.

Have fun! It’s important for artist to enjoy what hey paint. If they don’t then what’s the point.

note: Hi there! I’m not really an expert on giving tips about watercolors. But i hope this helps! Also this was a really fun ask to answer, I really enjoy making this~

Something I noted about the S2 Matsu announcement picture (that I may or may not be looking too deeply into) is that the boys aren’t wearing their standard hoodies.

…Okay so Ichi probably is, but the others’ outfits have caught my eye. Oso and Kara are wearing hoodies, but they’re not the hoodies. Meanwhile, Choro and Totty have completely new looks. And Jyushi isn’t wearing anything lol but seeing the stuff Choro’s holding up for him, none of them are Jyushi’s regular hoodie either.

In fact, none of their regular hoodies can be seen in the announcement picture (again, with maybe the exception of Ichi). There are various clothes on the racks behind them, but none of them look like the regular Matsu hoodie.

I may be completely wrong and might be looking too deeply into it, so don’t quote me on this, but… Maybe the boys’ default outfits in S2 won’t be their hoodies anymore? Maybe we’re looking at (for some at them, at least) their new default outfits?

I mean, we’ve had photos of the boys changing into different outfits outside of their default hoodies before, and we have so many alternate outfits for them already from official apps, merch, etc. So it probably isn’t anything new… But at the same time, that they’re doing this for the official S2 announcement has got me wondering if it means anything.

Tbh in my opinion, I really like the idea of their default outfits not being their hoodies again - and I also really like the idea of the boys’ default outfits being different from each other! It breaks the monotony of the almost-six same hoodies haha. Also in a way, it could symbolize the boys slowly finding their own identities completely separate from being identical sextuplets - Oso included - and that they’re slowly but surely growing up…?

…But of course, again, I could be wrong and the new outfits here might just be for promotional purposes :P (That or they actually will be new casual outfits for the boys in S2, just not their default ones.) It’s still a nice thought, though.

First attempt of drawing my favorite couple from SENSE8 - Kala & Wolfgang. They don’t look like them, but I tried. 😂 Also, if you’ve followed me for awhile, you’d know that I don’t draw guys very often so this is my 1st practice in about a year I think. Phew! Gonna draw them again another time! ⠀ As usual, this is drawn on my handy-dandy @mossery mixed media sketchbook with Van Gogh watercolors & some Sakura pen magixxxx✨⠀ P.S. I’m so used to painting light skin tones that it took me awhile to get a good darker color for Kala. Must practice again! 🤔⠀

radioactive-babe  asked:

I love your watercolor paintings! How do you get such small, clean details like that? It looks amazing!

Thank youuu!

It’s basically because I’m crazy with details… But I think I can tell my brushes helps a lot with it! I love using the Raphaël n°3, and I bought a new one this year, I love it to deaaath!

I won’t seems a lot of difference on the picture, but I can assure you that you need to take good care of your brushes to keep them in shape!
(I used the first one since… 4 years now at school with a lot of different mediums, he isn’t as precise as the new one!)

anonymous asked:

I just wanted to say you improved a lot like a lot this year!! What do you have to say that helped you improve this fast other than drawing everyday? also I wanted to know what program and brush setting do you use for line art and colouring? also can you ever make us a coloring tutorial please?

Holy crap you are the sweetest thing. I just sat here quietly squealing as I read your message~ So thank you!!

I think in the past I never quite knew how I wanted to actually draw.. like the techniques and I was constantly changing my mind on how I should paint until recently. I think I found an actual style that I’m happy with this year and since then I’ve been steadily improving. I’ve also found a lot of artists that inspire me and I’ve tried learning things from them. here’s a few off the top of my head: pigeon666, kelpls, kada-bura, sacetcendre, bwubwuartiguanamouth. Not to mention I’ve been scouring the world and internet for possible art references on architecture and lighting, among other things. It’s always good to use a reference and learn from nature.

Sometimes when I feel like i’m not really progressing I’ll think of something I can add and focus on. Right now I’m focusing on stuff like veins and more realistic eyes and fingernails… and like, light shining through ears. Also I think that drawing what you want to draw is really important. I decided a while back that I wont draw anything unless I actually want to draw it and just have a good feeling about it. And while I do draw almost everyday, I think it is also good to take a break every once in awhile. Play some video games for a few days or go on nature walks or play an instrument or even just take a break from digital drawing and do a few watercolors or sketches or something. Just let your mind rest and do something different for a bit. Get inspiration flowing through your body before you pick up a pencil. I think that’s good.

For the program I use Paint Tool Sai and for the brush settings i’ll do a smol tutorial with a drawing of my smol son  ´ ▽ ` )ノ

I start off with a softer brush to do the sketch.

do a quick outline, doesn’t need to be perfect cause I’ll paint over it eventually. I mainly use it for a guide

do base colors on separate layers with a solid brush. I usually lower the opacity on the sketch and outline layers at this point.

do some quick shadows and lighting with an airbrush tool. I like to do the lighting on luminosity

block out some colors and add depth. I like to use colors and not just a ‘lighter and darker’ version of the base color. I usually use purple for shadows and lots of reds and oranges for light.

paint and blend. I lowered the opacity on the outline and sketch layers again so you can barely see them. I also outlined around his eyes with the outline pen.

I got rid of the outline and sketch layers entirely here after I decided I was done painting. I use that water color brush a lot. It’s probably my favorite.

And for the last step I just did a small outline around the places I thought needed it. <3

Thank you for asking!! I think I’ll start posting more progress pictures and maybe tutorials in the future just so ya know!

*Smooches you and then flies into the darkness*


Well lookie here, i finally made a speedpaint after 84 years! And its a Rick too this time ohohoho~ It’s been awhile since I last made a speedpaint so I was actually having a hard time getting used to the camera angles and editing but hey I think I did pretty good ✨


This is my Undertale OC Willow
She is a Royal Nurse who runs a hospital close to the castle, she helps the sick and injured using her healing tears
She is kind but always depressed, however she doesn’t want to be happy since she considers being sad as her true purpose in life
Yes my OC is a skeleton, but she is not related to Sans, Papyrus, or Gaster in any way, I have a huge pre-war head cannon that I will only explain in PMs if needed
I can’t stick to one artstyle, I tried watercolor, abstract shapes, pencils and markers… but I just can’t decide :/

What do you think?


character submitted by: @ask-lucy-enderblood

This is a pretty well put together design. You’re line art is good and it looks like you have a decent understanding of proportions. The biggest problem I had was the color. Having a character with a monotone color scheme can be difficult. If you don’t have enough variation in color tone, everything can kind of blend together. The dress and the hair were clashing, so I darkened the dress. I got rid of the giant bow in the back because it sorta off set the balance of her silhouette. I like that you are experimenting with different mediums! I really like the abstract painting! It’s good that you are getting out of you’re comfort zone and trying new things :) That’s how you grow as an artist! I hope this helped!


Words with Love

I really believe that combining colors and letters, words and love will create such a beautiful piece of art. Allow me to share some of my latest artworks. I really feel happy because I used to have difficulties when using brush pens but now I think I am doing a good job. If you find it hard to make legit calligraphy artworks using brushes, please keep practicing! You’ll get there! Above are lines or titles of the song I love listening lately. And since minimalism is not my thing, I practiced adding watercolor elements around at the four seasons of the earth. :)

anonymous asked:

do you prefer drawing traditionally or digitally?? i really enjoy traditional but i wanna color and do art like digital artists do, and want to do animatics as well :,) im just kinda torn and wanna ask how you dont feel so torn between drawing traditionally and digitally?

In fact, I prefer the traditional drawing. also trying to use both methods because it is hard to draw a picture with a computer yet :/

This is my way of working from last year. First, I draw a picture with my hand. I think I need a little skill at this time. Well … I spoke a few times, I’ve learned art for a long time. (and still practice myself :D)

If you want to have a watercolor feel on your computer, it’s a good idea to try the watercolor before that! The only thing I can say is that to develop painting skills is to practice constantly! I hope it helped! Have a nice day!

yuam’s gouache brands review

hey guys, i really like working with gouache and i think it’s due time for me to make a review of the art supplies i use in my paintings and stuff because 1) this can be a good resource for me to look back on in the future, but also 2) i want to encourage anyone who wants to get into painting to maybe try this medium out!

also, i think gouache is really versatile and can be really efficient and quick when one needs it to be, like it’s the perfect balance between acrylic and watercolors, and also it dries matte and is pretty opaque. it’s an efficient and easy medium to use, transportable too, and i can’t really think of any technical downsides in using it. the only negative aspect of it is that it’s kinda expensive, but we’ll get to that in a second.

as for my canvas paintings, i personally use a mixture of acrylic paint, liquitex matte liquid, and acrylic gouache. (i like matte over glossy.)

(also, last note but sorry for the crappy lighting….oh well.)

1. Royal & Langnickel 

Royal and Langnickel was the first brand of gouache that i’ve ever used, and i think it’s pretty good if you’re looking for a cheap, student quality gouache that works similarly if not just as well as professional paints. I honestly have no complaints about this brand, and it’s probably my go-to painting medium when i do studies from life, quick paintings in my sketchbook for school, or photo studies. i guess the only kinda-downside is it’s lack of color ranges, but overall, i think R&L gets a 10/10 from me. (it’s also really cheap on amazon, like i think you can get 24 12mL paints for like $13. yeah.)

2. Reeves

Reeves isn’t that bad for student quality art supplies, i think. I mean, it isn’t great, and i would probably prefer it the least out of all the other gouache brands i’ve used, but it does just as well as one would expect it to. compared to R&L, another student-quality paint, Reeves tends to dry a little grimier and isn’t as opaque, and leaves a kind of rough finish. the smell is also a little strange, and maybe it’s only me but i can only describe it as chemically unpleasant. overall, reeves is definitely not my first choice, and i think imma give it a 6/10. (compared to R&L, i think it’s around the same price, but i’ve only ever bought it from michaels so idk the price of it online)

3. Holbein Artists’ Gouache (NOT to be confused with Holbein Acryla gouache b/c i still haven’t used that yet)

ok, first of all, these are really expensive, even on websites like Jerry’s Artarama and amazon. Holbein produces really expensive, artist quality paints, so i can’t say i expected anything different. anyway, in terms of technical performance, i think they work really well and they’re just as easy to use as the student-quality paints listed above. also, it doesn’t really have much of a smell, which is pretty great if you’re sensitive to smells. umm, in all honesty, they’re just ok, and i dont think that artist-quality supplies make too big of a difference when you’re painting….i guess the only reason you’d buy Holbein is because you’ve worked with their watercolors and you’re familiar with the brand, or because it’s readily accessible (easy to buy), but otherwise….it’s ok. overall, a 9/10, just because it’s very expensive.

4. Turner Design Gouache

Turner, on the other hand, is a little cheaper than Holbein, and i think it works just as well as the other paints above. also, it’s artist quality except it doesn’t use heavy metal pigments, which i prefer actually. Some complaints: 1) the color on the tube sometimes doesn’t really match the color of the paint 2) the color when wet may be different from the color when dry 3) the tubes are kinda hard to control when squeezing, and sometimes it can get really messy, and 4) the smell is pretty chemically, but it’s not as bad as Reeves if you ask me. It’s ok, but i actually think i prefer Turner’s acrylic gouache over their design gouache because it dries water-resistant and it’s even a little cheaper. overall, 8/10 from me I think.

5. Turner Acryl Gouache 

finally, Turner Acryl gouache! I think that i kind of agree with everything i said above for their designer gouache, except it’s a little cheaper on Jerry’s Artarama and they have a really good/wide range of colors. idk, i think i buy the most of this brand compared to any other gouaches i’ve used, and it’s the easiest to access for me so I tend to use it the most. overall, 10/10! I like it lots.

ok, that concludes my gouache review! please take my words with a grain of salt and to not immediately conclude that just because i buy this stuff this might work the best for you! tbh i think it really comes down to what you have available/accessible to you, and everything else comes later. happy painting everyone!!

noviidoodles  asked:

Hey! I just wanted to ask how you made/added the texture to the latest issue of GOTF? (I think texture is the right word? xD) The texture to on the black and white looks so good and makes the comic that much better, so I’m interested on how you did it? :00

Totally! this is the paper I’m using for the flashbacks:

It’s set to a Color Burn layer style, at 50% opacity. I almost always use overlays like this, with a little bit of color and/or gradient to them. I prefer things that have a stained/watercolor sort of look to them, adds a little unpredictability to the results! They’re usually set to Overlay or Color Burn layer styles.

There’s also a texture built into my brushes, but you can still get good results with just a texture overlay.

constantlyobsessive  asked:

I just saw your short watercolor plant video! It's so beautiful, i hope you don't mind if I ask some questions? What size brush did you use in that video? Also did you sketch out the design in a pale watercolor first and then layer? Thanks for reading, always love seeing your work <3

Thank you for the compliment! ♡
I use a n°3 size brush! And I always sketch with a light colored pencil (polychromos most of the time, but anything is good I think!)


This is a mini advice thing for watercolor :)
Dedicated to procrastinate-repeat and any other ppl that want some tips:

1st photo: here’s how my desk is usually set up when I paint. Most of the time I use colors from the palette on the right and I have two cup/ containers for water. (One is for cleaning the brush and the other is for dipping the brush for water to paint, though I don’t always follow that rule haha) I have paper towels on the right to dry my brush and usually when I paint I have another paper towel in my left hand so I can dab at the painting if it gets too wet or if I have to erase something. I’m right handed so if you’re a lefty, then place the water and paper towels to the other side. The sketch of your painting should be done by this point, but mine’s blank right now.

2nd photo:
1: I’ve been using straight up purple for a while but lately I think it’s better to mix a warm blue and a cold red for a nice color.. I like this color for backgrounds and shadows
2: mixing a dull yellow and a warm blue makes nice green colors for trees and nature and such, try not to use premixed green when painting nature
3: cold blue and black just makes a nice color.. you can use this for hair, clothes, eyes, etc.
4: red, orange and yellow, mixed. I have no idea why I included this mixture.
5: when you’re painting skin, if it gets too orange-y or red, if you add green it will look much better
6: a simple eye tutorial
7: when painting hair, I like to put a blue undercoat, it’s a personal preference, I think it looks better.

3rd photo: I’ve been using these three brushes for most of my portraits. They’re actually pretty old and cheap, I brought them from a pack but they still work.
1: this flat brush is good for backgrounds and a first layer of color.
2: I like to use this flat brush the most, it’s useful for painting cloth and most of the face.
3: this round brush is used for finer and more detailed areas like the eye, lips, nostrils etc.

that’s pretty much it. Watercolor is hard to control at first but then… You just get the hang of it after enough practice :) also, don’t be afraid of the water or afraid of making mistakes, that In itself is a mistake. Take broad, strong strokes. After that, just PRACTICE, PRACTICE and PRACTICE! Also, by no means am I a teacher, I’m just a kid that appreciates art and tries to make some, so this is just how I paint

Well, somebody’s been busy playing GTA V and listening to Shelter by Porter Robinson 😂 I don’t think I need to explain how much I enjoy playing as Trevor Phillips LOL! Steven Ogg’s done a very good job portraying this guy👏✨💖
His hair is kinda blue because I don’t really use black in my watercolor artworks, I used indigo instead xD

twilightknight17  asked:

Do you have any tips for someone who would like to get better at watercolor? Because, uh, WOW.

I’m no expert, but I’ll share everything I’ll think could be of value.

I use a lot of different watercolor sets, W&N mainly, but I’ve used Lefranc & Bourgeois and St.Petersburg watercolors and they’re good cheaper alternatives. Waterproof Micron and Staedtler pen is what I go with not to have the ink bleed out, I sometimes combine it with Faber Castell (colored pens also work for a more softer line if you don’t like using black ink). As for the paper… it can vary. I recommend a smooth surface because grungy/textured watercolor paper can get hard to ink on.

I start with lighter colors first and apply different shades to the base before I start shadowing. I usually combine 2 different colors into a base to make a gradient if I want the piece to be more colorful. For example, I combine Green/Blue and red/blue.

There’s this trick with salt that sucks up all the water and leaves a nice pattern on your watercolors. Like this.

It’s subtle in this one, but the faded areas have kind of a “***” pattern over them from where salt used to be. I use this for galaxies and clouds sometimes, or on areas where I want to enhance a texture. Let the salt soak in the water until the surface is dry, then scrape off the salt with a ruler or your hand (tho you’ll get color on your hand so try to use something else). Just make sure it’s dry otherwise you’re going to smear the colors. The more color you put into it, the more prominent the texture will be.

It also helps to mark what you want to keep white to give shape and volume. You could also wing it if you have a good memory of where you want the light source to be (or what you want to highlight) but I usually keep colors the darkest around where the light starts.

Have a very fine brush so you can reach these problem areas and leave white where you really need it. It takes a while but it’s worth it if you don’t have a white ink pen (like me lmao). Especially if you work on like… postcard format sometimes, on A5 and lesser.

All else I can say is to let an area dry before coloring an area next to it, because it makes the colors bleed together if they’re even slightly wet (sometimes, that can be beneficial tho if you want a gradient). Draw layer upon layer of color for depth and texture, but the most important thing is to experiment. Don’t be afraid to do something wrong because there’s always next time, and while you can’t erase a color, you can always color over it if it’s light enough.

It wasn’t much, but I hope this helps!


Good ol’ curly-haired, King Tavish Degroot!✨ Fairest of the land and…quite the drinker.

(I KNOW HE’S BLACK. This is my first time using watercolor pencil. I couldn’t get the right color. Plus, don’t even argue with me about it because it’s my decision to post my art, so, even if I got the wrong brown, I still have a right to share what I created. Btw, if you think this is white then you’re obviously blind. This is a LIGHTER brown.)

anonymous asked:

I feel like you get this question a lot but what are your brush settings?

actually its been 50.345 years since i last updated my brush settings L OL. the ones on my faq are a good 8 months old…..

sketch settings:

brush to lay down shadows

brush to blend

i use the default SAI pen settings for filling in colors


theres no such think as a ‘BLEND’ brush on sai LOL. the brushes that were provided for you are actually different settings of already provided tools (pen, brush, watercolor, eraser, airbrush, etc). the blend brush i created is basically the watercolor brush but with more blending properties. to create a new tool preset, just right click on a blank square


It has only been for a few months, but I know who you are.
I think life is strange. We know each other. It has only been for a few months, but I know who you are.
You’re a painting. You’re made from watercolors. You’re a sunrise waiting to happen.
We’re a little too good to be true, so it comes with a price. We’re alike, so I know what’s best for us. We’ve got plenty of time to explore each other, so we should analyze our reality. My words are stained with the love I have for you; you’re in everything, you’re everything.
On my best days, I’m just a breath away from you, but sometimes, I just need a little help getting out of my head.
You’re the story I tell when the wind asks about my love for sunsets.
I just want to be the owner of the galaxies dripping from your eyes. The less we talk, the more words mean.
if I’m ever on my last dollar, if I’m ever on my last heartbeat, if I’m ever at the end of the line, if I ever forget about you, if I never loved you, remember that there’s better people out there for you to fall in love with.
—  luna

I have a very strong emotion towards this particular family…

Had this idea rolling around my head and I thought, ‘why not?’ lol. Out of all the movies, the third one will always have a special place in my heart.

I wanted to use purple as the dominant shade in this painting and I think I did a pretty good job…? At the least, I’m satisfied with the result lol. My favorite part of this whole piece is honestly BABY-YASHA vsjvhkd; he’s adorablee<3