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Journal Entry: Sat Sep 11, 2010, 1:41 AM
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So, back from two thrilling days of fun, learning and inspiration! Last weekend, we met in Aachen for the watercolour workshop I held there for the second time (and very probably not the last).

:iconschimmerklang: :iconannawedler: :iconageofaquarius: :iconleysan: :icondonkringel: :icondulliros: :iconriana-art: :iconhentaichimp: :iconkoshiatar: :iconfumetto:
were all part of the gang, completed by Spong, Antia, jody-claire, foxx, Corinna and taps from comicforum.de.

That was an extremely cool mix - KoShiatar and Saito20 are from Italy and Spain, respectively, so we all ended up talking English for most of the time. Apart from the times most of us lapsed back to our native German - sorry for that, you two, and thanks to Foxx, who usually was the one to get us back on track, linguistically.

The areas covered were, of course, watercolour basic techniques and tips, folds, picture composition, contrast, some colour theory, and the lesser known areas of expertise such as "Happy little accidents are rarely happy" or "Green is overrated", as well as "Brussels sprouts happen". Particularly in watercolour.

Here are some of the results (loads more since last time!)

Wolf-something girl by KoShiatar The Agitator - Colour version by Dulliros :thumb177289423: The watercarrier by Riana-art Massai by Riana-art Black haired girl by Schimmerklang keine Lust auf Baum by Leysan portrait practice by Leysan folds studies by Leysan random studies by Leysan
by Foxx: www.olive-foxx.de/pics/aquarel… Another coloured by Foxx, inks by me: www.olive-foxx.de/pics/aquarel…
by taps: www.goldseven.de/ww_andrea_01.… www.goldseven.de/ww_andrea_03j… www.goldseven.de/ww_andrea_04.… www.goldseven.de/ww_andrea_05.… (that's one kickass steampunk mermaid!)


Here's some photographic impressions - KoShiatar was making photos:




Hoping to repeat the experience in the none too far future! ^^ Thanks to all!


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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds and looks like every one had a fabulous and creative time!
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Neko-and-Koy Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010
Sound like you all had fun!
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TrollGirl Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm happy to know somewhere in a galaxy far far away people meet up and share awesomeness.
I often wished to have friends that share my interest in watercolors.
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Anduinel Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010
Sounds like fun was had and inspirations were recharged. Excellent all around.

And that is indeed a kick-booty mermaid.
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:iconmene:
mene Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010   Traditional Artist
"Green is overrated"?

I wanted to come, but that weekend I was at my first convention selling drawings and stuff XD
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
My aversion to the colour green has become a running joke. ;)

Congrats on the con! :)
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Toradh Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Aber ich mag gruen!
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Entgegen anderslautenden Behauptungen habe ich keinem Teilnehmer explizit die Verwendung von Grün verboten! :D
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:icontoradh:
Toradh Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Dann werde ich einfach ganz viel Gruen benutzen, wenn ich irgendwann mal teilnehmen kann.
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Ich freu mich drauf!! :)
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Riana-art Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Professional Artist
Yo, it was a great weekend - I am in love with brussel sprouts now! I promise I´ll upload something - ähh, at least before you do the next workshop ;)
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
*please*! I loved your face-painted guy. :)
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:iconsuanin:
Suanin Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No Starbucks this time? :B I happen to know that there's one near the Dom...
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, that's the one that saw the Rhyddion Chronicles story unfold... ;)
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:iconsuanin:
Suanin Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oooh, really? :excited:
Do you live in Aachen, then?
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Close. I live in Aldenhoven, which is half an hour away. Very near the Dutch border. ;)
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:iconsuanin:
Suanin Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! :wow: That's only half an hour's drive away from where I live!
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:iconivoignob:
ivoignob Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sehr gut, dass es wahrscheinlich nicht das letzte Mal gewesen sein soll! Ich wäre so gerne gekommen :)
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Die Chance kommt garantiert wieder!
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:iconrheaver:
Rheaver Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
"Happy little accidents are rarely happy." LMAO, so true :D
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
And if they are, you'd better pretend they were intentional! :D
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pearwood Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Last night was the final session for the intro(!) black and white photography class I have been taking. With photograph as with painting, digital and physical media are not one better than the other, but they sure are different. I've been having fun with it.
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I keep thinking I want to some photography class one day as well. The better my art becomes, the more I think that my photographing skills shouldn't lag behind quite as badly...
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:iconpearwood:
pearwood Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Would that the reverse were true. You would want to see any drawings or watercolor that I might attempt. :D
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gherkin-chan Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
Wow, really looks like you all had a great time. I'm really sad that I couldn't participate but the big bad exam cat is keeping me in the library so I very much hope that you will hold another workshop in the near future.
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I certainly will!
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:icontedil:
tedil Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mist, ich hätte ja sogar Zeit gehabt! naja, nächstes mal, wenn es mein Studium denn zulässt ^^
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Ich halte dA auf dem Laufenden. ;)
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PetStudent Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How exactly do those watercolor workshops work? Seems like you had a lot of fun.
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, in my past two, I got people together both here and over at comicforum.de, booked a room at a local Youth Hostel, and then we met for a weekend covering a lot of techniques and other art-related topics. The participants, for the most part, were people who wanted to use watercolour for their illustrations, or wanted to get better at them, and the workshop was tailored specifically to those ends.
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PetStudent Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So, basically, anyone can participate? Or do you try to have a somewhat "equal" skill level between the participants in order to have the classes run smoother? I just realised how easy it was to get from here to Aachen, see. ;)
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't have any minimum skill level. On the contrary, the entire course was aimed at beginners. I had several people with some watercolour knowledge, and I actually warned one or two of them that there wasn't THAT much I could still teach them. They all told me it was worth it for them, though. ;)
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:iconpetstudent:
PetStudent Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sounds wonderful. Am really tempted to try to sneak in at some point, given that the classes aren't full months and months in advance. How much is it?
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I'll post info here when I plan the next workshop! Usually, you have a week or two before the workshop is full. :) I'll certainly never take more than sixteen people - I had that number last time, and it was just about as many as I could actually work with individually. :)
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PetStudent Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Please do! My work is pain during spring and autumn (when we plant forest), but I'd certainly work out an escape plan for those special occasions.
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haius Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist
....Brussels sprouts? o_O What... does that mean?
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
It's what water does when left to its own devices. In my tutorials, I caleld them "plumes", but "Brussels sprouts" are so much funnier. :D
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wizardelfgirl Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010
That is exactly what I was going to ask. Glad I read the comments first so I wouldn't double post a question.
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
And only after I posted that answer did I bother to actually look up the German "Blumenkohl", and found out it's not Brussels sprouts at all, but cauliflower. Which looks a lot more like the stuff on watercolour paper.
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wizardelfgirl Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
Now that makes a lot more sense than the Brussels sprouts.
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faerywitch Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! It seems you guys had fun! I wish I didn't live a whole ocean away! :)
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, I'm usually the one to say that whenever there's a cool Con over there on your side of the pond... ;)
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faerywitch Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, I can imagine, though you do have *a lot* of fairy and medieval festivals too! And traveling in Europe is so much cheaper than here!
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
And of course, the distances here are shorter. I remember talking to an online friend from Arizona, about how seldom I saw my parents as they lived four and a half hours away by car, and she was like: :O_o: I travel that distance twice a week. :D
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faerywitch Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah! When I moved to the US my sister went to France for almost a year. Each time we'd talk on the phone she'd say "Oh, I went to Nice/Belgium/Netherlands/Spain..." and ask me where I was going to go to visit... and the naswer would be "nowhere" because it was so expensive to travel and everything was so far!!
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I live in the "three countries triangle" of Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium - it's half an hour's drive to both of those. I'm planning a trip for next year with my Year Nine to Maastricht, Netherlands - it's just an hour's drive but it's a different country, with a different language and everything... that's pretty cool.
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faerywitch Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, how nice! I wish I could go from one other to another! only now that we are more solvent we can go from one state to the other! How I'd like to visit Canada or Mexico!!
Enjoy your trip!
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mori-sayurii Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
It looks like everyone had tons of fun. :D I kind of wish we had something like that in my area, I've got a small basic water color set but I have no idea how to go about using it efficiently. >.<

Although, one of the things you have posted there makes me wonder, are red lights supposed to have green shading? I've never heard of that before.
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Shadows usually are the complementary colour of the light source. This is definitely true for orange and yellow light, which have blue and violet shadows, respectively, and the shadows definitely *look* rather green up there, even if the colour picker says they're brown...
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tedil Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"All things are relative" - it looks green when placed next to red, but it probably isn't.
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