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Be what you are in your Dreams
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By Ermelin   |   Watch
Published: February 25, 2017
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This is an Artist Trading Card (2.5x3.5 inches). I took part in a challenge for which you had to draw an ATC in only 90 minutes and this is the result ^^

It's for a speed-card swap on the occasion of "Fasching", some kind of German holiday. It's celebrated on the last days before Lent and everyone may dress up as whatever he or she likes to be.
Everyone who took part in the swap, made a list of 5 words + "Fasching" and another artist had to draw an ATC including those 6 topics. kiriah, who will get this card, gave me the following words:
bear, fairy, rain, fern, dragon, Fasching

Here's what I think is happening in this scene: The (male) bear has always wanted to be a fairy, so he dressed up as one and walked into the woods, to meet the other fairies. However, the first one he meets is dressed up as a dragon. She hisses at him ... but the bear is just happy to be with the fairies now, I guess :giggle:

I'm rather happy about how this one came out in just 90 minutes :D
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Aww, this is gorgeous. :love:
The bear looks so happy to be a fairy! And I love his little beady eye and shiny nose. And the little party hat! :D
I also totally adore the color scheme here, so natural and rainy :)
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Thank you so much for your lovely comment!

I'm sure the bear enjoyed your compliment as much as I did! :heart:
Bear Emoji-33 (Sad) [V2] 
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Thanks! Bear Emoji-10 (Long time no see) [V1] 
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atorifeHobbyist Traditional Artist
aaw such a sweet bear <3
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Bear Emoji-13 (Blushing Hnnng) [V1] Thank You 1 Speech Bubble - BeemoteThank You 2 Speech Bubble - Beemote 
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BlueWystHobbyist Traditional Artist
So awesome and so adorable! Great job! ^^
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Thank you! ^___^
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BlueWystHobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome ^^
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krisramieHobbyist General Artist
This is such a lovely piece! I second BettaWyvern -- the layering of the foliage and light gives it such a rich, soft touch, and it also offers a great contrast to the characters. Your swap partner is very lucky!
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Thank you so much! :heart:
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BettaWyvernHobbyist General Artist
This is impressive for just 90 mins! This is so cute and it is an adorable scene! I love the grey sky in the back and the spotted lights peeking through. You also did many layers of plants! How did you manage it? Did you paint the lightest layer first or the darker ones?
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Thank you for another one of your lovely comments! :hug:

That's exactly what I did! ^^ First, I drew the bear and the fairy, then I took a wet brush without any color to dampen the background. (Water colours blend nicely when the paper is slightly wet before you touch it with color. :heart:)
Then I mixed a color tone out of a tiny amount of blue + green and a larger amount of black. I took a very wet brush and only a tiny amount of this color mix to paint all of the background in light gray.
When it was still wet, I took a slightly bigger amount of this color to paint the lowest layer of trees and bushes.
Then I added much green to my color mix and added the next layer, then another one in dark blue and another one in black. Finally, I added highlights with white chinese ink.
Luckily, I had some of the original blue/green/black-mix left after that, as this was the ground color for the bear. Then I let everything dry and then colored the rest ^^

I have no idea if I'm good at explaining ^^; In case you'd like to try this yourself, I recommend using real watercolor paper (not the one for kids which you usually use at school, but the slightly heavier one for artists with a rough surface). Smooth, thin paper would dry too fast, so there's no chance to create any watery effects... I'm not sure what kind of paper you're usually using? It looks very smooth, but I could be mistaken ^^
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Alright! Thank you for the tip! I am using sketchbook paper right now which tends to buckle a lot. I do have a few pieces of hard watercolor board and maybe I could go for those instead. However, I do hope to become better at watercolor first before moving on to the professional paper.
I also tried the layering technique in my newest art, the jay one and I think with your help it turned out great! Kudos for that!
Sorry for replying so late. The wet brush is definitely helpful!
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Don't worry, most times I'm quite slow at replying myself ^^;

Becoming "better" at using watercolor might be a challenge without the right paper.
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I'm afraid it might make you think you're not skilled enough, while you're actually great already and it's only the paper that makes it harder ^^ Your last painting is amazing already by the way! :heart:
Maybe you could start by testing a cheap brand of watercolor paper? ^^ It's true, there are professional pads that extremely costly (and amazing ;___; ) - but there are also cheaper kinds of paper. Maybe you could keep your eyes open for a watercolor pad that's not professional, but at least made for contact with water..? ^^ (For example, you can buy a cheap watercolor pad for about $5 already in my country, while the professional ones can cost up to $40 for the same amount of paper. The cheap ones usually aren't perfect, but it might be good for the beginning ^^ Sadly, there are huge differences in the kinds of paper sold at different countries, so I sadly can't recommend a certain brand to you.)
Anyway: Keep up the great work! You're truly getting better with every work in your gallery! I think you do have a good level already ^^
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Really? Thank you!:D (Big Grin) 
Hm, I guess that does make sense, thank you for telling me. I had not thought about it this way. I will take your advice and go purchase some cheaper brands of watercolor paper. I guess they are not as expensive as I thought.

What kind of paper do you recommend using, as in is there a specific texture that works better that most?

Also, thank you! I am glad that my effort paid off, I hope that the quality of my gallery can improve more! Wink/Razz 
We should talk more, I love having conversations with you! 
Meanwhile, I could try starting with my watercolor board to see how far I can go on it! Thank you for the inspiration!
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