So did you guys see the “Slice of Life” episode today? IT WAS FUCKIN’ AMAZING OMG. Quite a bit of my headcanon actually meshed very well with what I saw too, so it’s a win-win in my book! Very fun episode, it almost felt like a tribute to the fans, but that’s probably wishful thinking. o3o
Anyway, this image doesn’t actually have much to do with the episode from today. It’s just a little something I did for fun and because I wanted to play around with my watercolors. c:< The image was inspired by the fact that it’s really hot here, and to cool off my dog likes to lie on concrete that’s been sprayed with water. So I figured it’d be a cute idea if it were a hot day in Ponyville, so to cool off Fluttershy found a shallow pond to lie in but fell asleep. A duckling finds her and touches noses with her, curious about why a pony is lying in a pool of water.
It’s not as great as I’d like since I worked on it quickly, but I enjoyed drawing and coloring it all the same. I’ll probably sell the original, but it definitely will be one of my small prints available for Bronycon (It’ll be pretty limited though, maybe only about 6 or 8 prints made of it. Dunno yet). But yeah.
As always, feel free to ask any questions if you have any! :3
but when i first saw the thumbnail, i thought she had drowned or something.
lmao whoops phew she's just fine.
So after everything in the image was painted I focused on the water, where I essentially painted VERY thin layers of blue, green, and brown to give it at least some sort of presence in the image. I don't know how many layers, but they were enough to give some color to effect what was underneath the surface, but not enough to muddy the image (to achieve that you have to use coats that's more water than paint). When that dried, I use slightly more opaque layers to give a slight reflection of the background on the water, which you can see much better from the water toward the back. When that was finished and dried I used opaque white acrylic and painted the needed ripples, reflections, and such to give it the appearance of water you see above. Turned out working like a charm. :3
For this sort of thing I recommend trying the mixture of acyrlics and watercolor. Watercolor is nice, but for painting actual water that's really clear, it can get a little tricky since you can still pick up paint after it dries with the watercolor medium. Acrylics you water down and treat like Watercolors will act like watercolors, only with the distinct lack of being able to pick the paint up after it's completely dry. It also dries faster, watered down or not. >.>
I hope this helps. :3