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Yorn-and-Mourne

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Watercolours, gauche, coloured pencils

Done for forum.deviantart.com/community… which is basically the author asking for art work to go with his story (which is utterly cool, and very original, a must read www.iorneste.com/ )

Not 100% happy with this, the paper was too rough for the coloured pencils, and I had to go over again with more paint to try and smooth it out, lost definition doing so.
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SepiaWren's avatar
You've improved even in the short time since last I checked your gallery! Your figures are sooo good - really get a sense of the personality of the character in the foreground, and I love the ability to draw different types of people that you've demonstrated here =D Critique-wise, I would suggest pushing your values a bit more, especially in the foreground (having bolder, darker shadows and possibly a few sharper highlights). Your drawing feels quite assured, but your painting feels tentative (might be a by-product of the paper and watercolours - but you can still have dark/sharp shadows in watercolour =) ) But having said that, the delicate sky and soft colours of the distant hills is gorgeous! Great work, keep improving =D your hard work is inspiring :hug:
PuNK-A-CaT's avatar
Thank you :)
I find it /really/ hard to go dark enough with watercolours - fear of spoiling the transparency I suppose (and maybe the paints, I’m not sure, even when I think I've gone horrendously dark it lightens up as it dries!)
SepiaWren's avatar
Yeah, might be the paints. Watercolours do need to be good quality unfortunately! Maybe practice using bolder values/colours with something like coloured pencils, markers or acrylic paints =)
PuNK-A-CaT's avatar
I can do bold with digital and with acrylics, my pencils aren't good enough quality either, and I only have greyscale markers (though they come out nice and bold of course!)
I think the more detail I try to cram in the less I want to obscure it with darker colours, but boldness is very striking!
SepiaWren's avatar
You can definitely use the markers to learn about values! The trick, especially with something like acrylics or digital where you can paint on top of darker colours, is to start out with bold values, colours and big strokes, and then refine those with details. Those things will do much more to help your paintings have impact than loads of details without them =)

Have you come across Chris Oatley's Art Cast? A lot of it is about how to get into creative industries, but he has some really good thoughts about what to target when creating a painting/trying to create your own learning curriculum =)
PuNK-A-CaT's avatar
I've listened to a couple of the art casts, but sort of zoned out because they rambled a lot.

I tend to do both digital and acrylic bold first and refine, I even did some tonal black and white studies in acrylic, they are good fun :D
SepiaWren's avatar
True, they do ramble XD I like listening to them while painting for the inspiration =)

Awesome! Yeah, I want to try some more tonal studies... They look really cool!
PuNK-A-CaT's avatar
They really are, I think I prefer working from greyscale photos than from master paintings and suchlike, I know copying masters is supposed to be good, but I just like photos for their clarity I guess.

I don't think I can multitask well enough to listen and understand /and/ paint, I tend to just drift off into my own little world while I paint, and then realise I have no clue what anyone said for that last half hour!
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PeterGriffinislove's avatar
wow. my first guess was it was done in colored pencils. i zoomed in all the way and decided it must be watercolor. what kind of paint did you use to try to smooth it out? NO NO NOOOOO! iT Is pERfeKt JusT LiKe iT Is without, as you say, "definition".
PuNK-A-CaT's avatar
Watercolours and coloured pencils, and I think a wee bit of white gauche for highlights. I just went over the coloured pencils with more watercolour.
PeterGriffinislove's avatar
oh, i was right for once
digira's avatar
I think it's great, thank you. :)

I'll probably make it the feature for Chapter 3, with your permission.
PuNK-A-CaT's avatar
That would be amazing! Can't wait for the next chapter, the story has really got me hooked.
digira's avatar
PuNK-A-CaT's avatar
Awesome! The story just gets better and better!
everWinter's avatar
This turned out really well, I think you're doing great with watercolour :)
PuNK-A-CaT's avatar
Thanks! I feel like I've only scratched the surface of what there is to learn about the medium.. it's soooooooo versatile! Fun learning it though!
MythOfInsanity's avatar
why the hell are you so good at this !! 
i really wish i was like you. 
keep it up, its so awesome !! x)))
PuNK-A-CaT's avatar
Watchoo talkin 'bout.. I can't do what you do.. not even a clue where to start, 3D is.. just too hard.
I guess it's what you practice? I've been practising soooo hard at this stuff, but I still have a long way to go yet...  :D One Day!
Thank you though :D :D
MythOfInsanity's avatar
what you said is so god damn true. 
i love how honest and open you are! 
you are awesome !
PuNK-A-CaT's avatar
Aww thank you <3
You're awesome too
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