r2f: mask

Water Effect Tutorial

Someone was wondering how I painted in the water effect on my latest mask, so I figured I’d make a quick tutorial on it. The process is surprisingly simple, it only takes three colors and two kinds of brush to pull off.

First off you want a nice base coat of your darker blue, then follow it up with your light blue making fairly squiggly lines in blob shapes.

You don’t have to worry about keeping a consistent weight to your strokes, since we’re looking for that fading effect anyway. After this you go back over the whole thing with your darker blue again, but watered down a bit. Again, no need to put on an even coat.

After this you go over with your light blue again and brighten up random areas of your lines, this time consistency is important, as you want the brighter areas to fade into the slightly darker light blue. I tend to favor intersections, but you can do whatever you feel most comfortable with.

Lastly (and you can honestly skip this step if you really want to, it’s pretty minor), take some watered down white and go back over the lightest areas on your lines to make them pop out a little bit more.

This is one of those effects where the hardest part is just the repetition of the pattern across a large area, put with a bit of patience you get some pretty decent looking water ripples.

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1. party, dance, or other festive gathering of persons wearing masks and other disguises, and often elegant, historical, or fantastic costumes.

2. a costume or disguise worn at such a gathering.

3. false outward show; façade; pretense.

4. activity, existence, etc., under false pretenses.


5. to go about under false pretenses or a false character; assume the character of; give oneself out to be.

6. to disguise oneself.

7. to take part in a masquerade.

Etymology: from earlier masquerada, mascarado, pseudo-Spanish forms of Middle French mascarade < Upper Italian mascherada.

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