The landscape I posted last week isn’t the only watercolor practice I’ve been doing. . . I’ve also enjoyed making these galaxies. They were originally inspired by this tutorial on Youtube:
Unfortunately, this method didn’t work for me exactly. My paints are less pigmented and have a smaller variety of color – so, for example, I couldn’t use the deep indigo as shown in the tutorial. I also don’t have any masking fluid. Nevertheless, Cloud and I developed a new method that layers colors and creates stars through splattering opaque white watercolor paint. Though this method cannot achieve the intensity as shown in the tutorial – or many other galaxy paintings seen online – I’m very happy with how these turned out. (^__^)
By the by: I’m thinking of photographing the next galaxy I paint step-by-step and making a tutorial. Would you be interested in this? Let me know! 😀
As I mentioned before, I’ve been sketching on watercolor paper with the full intent to paint them traditionally, rather than digitally – but I’m a little nervous to start. What if I ruin it?! You know the feeling? With digital art, you always have CTRL+Z, but with watercolors, you can’t change it once you put down the paint. So nerve-wracking! 💦 💦 💦
I didn’t want to let that feeling hold me back, so I looked up some tutorials on Youtube and started painting some small pictures to break the ice! This painting of mountains and rivers was made using simple techniques from this video by Mr. Otter Art Studio:
The idea of a simple landscape using washes sounded easy enough for even a beginner! And it was a lot of fun. 😀 Though, I think I’ll practice a bit more before I try to paint one of the sketches! (^__^);;
And a close-up of the painting:
Have you tried painting with watercolors? How did you like it? Let me know in the comments below!
I’m looking forward to coloring her – but I’m still a little inexperienced with watercolors – so I’m a little nervous. *sweats* I should start with something simpler, yet I can’t stop drawing such complicated sketches. orz Oh well, practice practice!
If you have any watercolor tips, or a good tutorial to recommend, I’d really appreciate it! Let me know in the comments below! (^u^)
For the month of June, I’ve found a new challenge: Draw Everything June! Run by Sailor Sakky on deviantART, Draw Everything June is a figure-drawing challenge with a new reference photo posted every weekday (so at least weekends are off – phew!). I’ve decided to do this challenge as a daily warm-up, which means it’s perfect for pencil sketches! XD
To keep organized, I’ll be posting my sketches for Draw Everything June once a week – probaben ly Friday or Saturday. Other content (paintings, WIPs, essays, & project updates) will continue being posted as well.
Here’s the first week! A bit short because there’s only been two weekdays in June so far. Presenting Annalia Goldburn:
For the last day of May, I have one last #Mermay sketch to share with you! This picture was actually my first concept for #Mermay, but the last finished – there were a few structural flaws with the original thumbnail that took me a while to work through. In the end, though, I’m glad I stuck with it. She looks happy playing with her starfish friend, doesn’t she?
Time: 2+ hours
Materials: Stathmore 300 gram watercolor paper, 0.7 mm mechanical pencil
And the mermaid sketches keep on coming! (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧ Today we have Mermaid Nutmeg swimming with her yellow tang friends!
Last time Nutmeg appeared on Strike A Spark, she was a witch. This time she’s a mermaid. Fantasy just seems to follow her around, doesn’t it? She’s super cute as a mermaid, but I kind of miss her bunny ears. . . . TT_TT
Again, Cloud will be painting this piece, so please look forward to seeing the finished result! And keep an eye on her blog: Cloud’s World Of:
Since GIMP and/or my tablet drivers and/or my laptop in general have been making it difficult to paint digitally, lately I’ve been doing a lot of pencil sketches! Today’s piece, “The Queen of May,” was inspired by all the flowers in bloom – the apple blossoms and lilies a few weeks ago, and the daisies wildflowers which have just burst out. It’s so refreshing to see all the color and hear the birds singing whenever I go outside. (✿´‿`)
The watercolor paper I’ve been using is such a joy to work on – I like the smooth paper in my sketchbook, but the textured Strathmore paper holds pencil so well and gives an interesting effect even to quick sketches. It’s so much fun, that the hour I spent sketching seemed to go by in the wink of an eye. It should be fun to paint, too – but I think I want to practice with watercolors some more before I try it. . . .