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Hi fellow Watercolorists! :wave:



Hope you are enjoying summer! Today we are opening the AquaChallenge folder, ready for your entries. More information here: AquaChallenge: Summertime!
Hope to see you participating!

Now to the actual feature, which is a little different this month :giggle:

After a brainstorm initiated by TokyoMoonlight we decided to improve our Monthly Best Of feature by adding some new sections. Now there are three sections, each of them dedicated to different idea - and more space for exposure for our talented members!


Watercolor Downpour - The Best of July


The first one is simply a continuation of previous arrangement - ten artworks chosen by a different moderator each month + a poll where you can choose your favourite.

What Remains by Kirschpraline by Kirschpraline :iconkirschpraline:
:thumb623086855: by Flibertyjibbeth :iconflibertyjibbeth:
::Gaia and Cosmo:: by Erion90 by Erion90 :iconerion90:
The Woman of Many Years by fluffypallas by fluffypallas :iconfluffypallas:
Modraszek by ISHAWEE by ISHAWEE :iconishawee:
waves by Jelena-Misljenovic by Jelena-Misljenovic :iconjelena-misljenovic:
Dare by bon-adriel by bon-adriel :iconbon-adriel:
girl from above by Neivan-IV by Neivan-IV :iconneivan-iv:
Yellow Meadow with Tansy by MirielVinya by MirielVinya :iconmirielvinya:
Rainy Day on Grand by richardcgreen by richardcgreen :iconrichardcgreen:



Watercolor Drops - Categories Highlights


We decided to give a better chance to artists who pick up unusual topics and choose various categories. In this section no category will be repeated. While in Watercolor Downpour (Best Of) there might be five portraits and five landscapes, that's not an option in Watercolor Drops (Categories Highlights).

We can make it to the sunrise by seanpt by seanpt :iconseanpt:
Poe's raven by veroska by veroska :iconveroska:
Light 02 by tiN-naR by tiN-naR :icontin-nar:
Faron Woods by ZulayaWolf by ZulayaWolf :iconzulayawolf:
Pusheen vs Garfield  by tomoyo696 by tomoyo696 :icontomoyo696:
Little Hero: Tancho Doitsu Koi by kivbuiart by kivbuiart :iconkivbuiart:
Flood Season I by pilarouro by pilarouro :iconpilarouro:
Red-eared Slider by CamillaMalcus by CamillaMalcus :iconcamillamalcus:
:thumb623118888: by plutojpg :iconplutojpg:
Under Endless Night by Sieskja by Sieskja :iconsieskja:
Finding Shelter by gifdot by gifdot :icongifdot:


Watercolor Drizzle - Advice Corner


In this new section we will feature artists who desire constructive critique from fellow members and watchers of Watercolorists. Anyone can be featured here with one work, however there are some prerequisites.
1. You need to be a member of watercolorists, obviously :D
2. Your work must meet the Submission rules - it doesn't need to be a part of group's main gallery, but rules apply just the same.
3. Ask some questions about the area you want to improve. We would like to know what exactly you want to improve on - it makes it easier to give helpful feedback.

In order to be featured here, please comment here or send us a note with link to the artwork and your question(s). We will feature your work in the next month. Requests without at least one question will not be featured. We wish you can find the watercolor help you need!


We hope you like the new Monthly Feature scheme, and would love to hear feedback from you as well. :nod:

Stay awesome and wet! Remember, a lot of watercolor is very important in the heats! Sailing the seven seas by CookiemagiK:iconithilloth: Sailing the seven seas by CookiemagiK:iconart-by-cricket: Sailing the seven seas by CookiemagiK:icontokyomoonlight: Sailing the seven seas by CookiemagiK

~watercolorists crew
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:iconlualady:
LualaDy Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi there brain twins and other water & colour freaks!!! <3

I have something for the critique corner. I know I said it would be for skin tones but I didn't paint portraits in the end.
So, here is my piece:

A stroll in the Forest by LualaDy  

I'd like advice on how to kill and torture my scanner because it turns everything I do into trash!!!
Oh wait... I got carried away, what was I saying?
Oh right, advice =D

So, one thing that bothers me with this piece, aside from the fact that it was rushed because I suck at focussing on deadlines and that I didn't win the damn contest, is the depth and contrast. I don't know how to make good use of transparency. The characters look too dull and pale compared tot he background. Some areas look overworked and others underworked. I never know how much paint to put and where to put it. Overall I think my piece looks really dirty.

also don't ask me why I painted autumn when the aquachallenge was about summer...
Well you can ask me, I didn't want to paint green clothes in a green forest...
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016   Traditional Artist
Sorry for the late reply. Forgive me! 
(because I didn't write the blog, I don't get any notifications about new comments)

Thank you for being brave and ask for an advice. I copied it to our advice corner folder Simple Smiley 
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LualaDy Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
cool !!!
^^
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veroska Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016
Thank you so much for the feature. :-)
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:iconithilloth:
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016   General Artist
You're most welcome :heart:
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plutojpg Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the feature!! Congratulations to all the other artists too!
All the featured artworks are absolutely marvelous it makes me so happy to be between them!
Thank you for sharing them with everyone!! have a great day!
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Ithilloth Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2016   General Artist
You're most welcome! LoveWe're happy to make you happy La la la la
Enjoy your stay at the VIPs this month and have an awesome day too! Llama Emoji-48 (I'm Cool with Mah Sunglasses) [V2] 
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Kirschpraline Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the feature (it's a perfect birthday gift for me today xD).
They're so many pretty paintings and gorgeous artists, thank you for sharing them in this poll/journal with us! (:
And btw the new sections are a cool idea!
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:iconithilloth:
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2016   General Artist
You're most welcome and happy (belated) birthday! :love: We're glad you like the new idea :heart:
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Kirschpraline Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you - for both! (; :heart:
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Ithilloth Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016   General Artist
:iconbrohugplz:
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CamillaMalcus Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the feature! I feel honoured to have my work included amongst all these beautiful pieces of art.
:hug:
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:iconithilloth:
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2016   General Artist
You're most welcome! :love:
Enjoy your stay at the VIPs this month! Llama Emoji-48 (I'm Cool with Mah Sunglasses) [V2] 
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CamillaMalcus Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2016   Traditional Artist
Oh, I love that! Spotlight Happy cry (Tears of joy) 
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kivbuiart Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR FEATURING!! I am a dummy! 

SO PROUD TO BE PLACED NEXT TO OTHER AMAZING ARTWORKS! :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: 
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:iconithilloth:
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2016   General Artist
You're most welcome! We're happy to make you happy :la:
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tomoyo696 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the feature ! :love:
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:iconithilloth:
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2016   General Artist
You're most welcome! :love:
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MirielVinya Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the feature ^^. All artworks are very interesting and beautiful.
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:iconithilloth:
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2016   General Artist
You're most welcome! :heart: Yes, they are :love:
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tiN-naR Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad to see my artwork  among such great pieces of art! Thanks)
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:iconithilloth:
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2016   General Artist
You're most welcome! :love:
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bon-adriel Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the feature!

And I think adding the category highlights is a great idea! I hope it can encourage people to try new techniques and experiment :w00t!:
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:iconithilloth:
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2016   General Artist
You're most welcome! :heart: That's what we hope for too :la:
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:iconseanpt:
seanpt Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Student General Artist
Thanks so much for featuring my work. :)
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:iconithilloth:
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2016   General Artist
You're most welcome! :love:
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fluffypallas Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016
Thank you so much for the feature :hug:
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:iconithilloth:
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2016   General Artist
You're most welcome! :heart:
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richardcgreen Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW! THANKS for the FEATURE!
regards: Richard
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:iconithilloth:
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016   General Artist
You're most welcome :heart:
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:iconlualady:
LualaDy Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
"3. Ask some questions about the area you want to improve. We would like to know what exactly you want to improve on - it makes it easier to give helpful feedback."
déjà vu ^^
TokyoMoonlight 
Llama Emoji-46 (This and That) 

maybe feature them the next month. I doubt people will check regularly to see if there is a new piece to critique
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:icontokyomoonlight:
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016   Traditional Artist
Just for the notice...Ithilloth wrote the feature by herself. bear clap emoji 

And though those words are very familiar with the little conversation we had between us, I had nothing to do with this feature. Panda Emoji-10 (Blush) [V1] 

But I proudly admit that me & her almost share the same brains (we are brain-twins twins 1 )...that's why it's so similar. :dignity-laugh:  But it's a great coincidence.
_________________

You've got it right...for the critique (advice corner) it's meant to be collected through the month and featured in the next monthly feature. :nod 
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:iconithilloth:
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016   General Artist
:rofl:
My brain is mine and only mine :stare: You brain stealer :lmao:
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016   Traditional Artist
I thought we are the good twin sisters who share. Cry forever 
And now this...why...why Cry Cry 
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:iconithilloth:
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016   General Artist
Awww okay, have your share. Braaaaains... Petting is sensual! 
That might be the reason why I'm such a slow thinker. :XD:
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016   Traditional Artist
:love: 
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:iconlualady:
LualaDy Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Ithilloth TokyoMoonlight 
I'll just reply to you weird brain twins at the same time
just because... it's too funny... brain twins
Llama Emoji-01 (Laughing) [V1] 

Aaanyway good stuff ^^ hope people are going to use it.
I, myself, don't know what I could ask for
I got mud in my eyes, can't see what's really wrong with my pictures uhuhuhu
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:icontokyomoonlight:
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016   Traditional Artist
Don't make fun of the brain twins :ummm: 
It's true, though Ithilloth  doesn't want to admit this...she's just shy Buck 
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:iconlualady:
LualaDy Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
such a cute brain love story
Llama Emoji-39 (Eager) [V2] <---------- fan girl
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016   Traditional Artist
brain love story...brain SISTER story Lovely Shoujo (Nods) [V4] 
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:iconlualady:
LualaDy Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Llama Emoji-03 (Sparkles) [V1]  yyyyeah
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:iconithilloth:
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016   General Artist
:lmao: I had a strange feeling when we were inviting TokyoMoonlight to moderators crew... now I know it wasn't just a feeling... :paranoid:
Maybe in fact there's nothing wrong with your works :XD:
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016   Traditional Artist
Strange feeling...who's strange here? Day83 - Confused  Me?
Llama Emoji 30 (Lovely Blinking) [V2] That little, innocent cute face?

I just have super powers, that's all  Epic 
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:iconlualady:
LualaDy Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
hahaha you're the sweetest thing!
but nope, there ARE things wrong.
After we talked a bit (2 comments WOW), I thought I needed advice for skin tone, and especially daker colours
but I have no good watercolour piece that really represents my actual skill level and my current issues =/
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Ithilloth Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016   General Artist
:iconohstopityouplz:
Yeah, skin is difficult :faint: Well, now you have two reasons to paint a new artwork in August - the AquaChallenge and Advice Corner. :D There's whole month left, I'm sure you will find some time!
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:iconlualady:
LualaDy Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
I do need to paint a couple portrait for a contest ending ... the 7 =D
One character has darker skin colour, soooo... this might me the one!!!
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:iconithilloth:
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016   General Artist
Good luck with the contest! :la:
You have no excuse now :evillaugh:
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Ithilloth Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016   General Artist
That's an excellent idea actually, we planned to update the feature once a day or so, but I guess you're right - and if we notify watchers everytime there's a new work some people might be annoyed with spam. :giggle: Thank you for your suggestion! We'll discuss it :)
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