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October is over, which means time for our monthly feature. It was very productive month - we noticed slight increase in traffic of your submissions! We're so happy that so many of you spent October in such a creative way :clap:
Sadly, one of our moderators Theresa Art-by-Cricket needs to go on half-time because of her job duties, being able to vote only on weekends. Now watercolorists is fun, but job is important too :dummy: so we will probably soon announce recruitment for another moderator to back up any shortages.

Now to the feature! :la:


WATERCOLOR DOWNPOUR: THE BEST OF OCTOBER

BETHOR by ChrisPanatier by ChrisPanatier :iconchrispanatier:
Swim by Ellofayne by Ellofayne :iconellofayne:
Midday Fantasy by Jadesweetboxx by Jadesweetboxx :iconjadesweetboxx:
Aleppo by MichaelNashvili by MichaelNashvili :iconmichaelnashvili:
King by FuzzyMaro by FuzzyMaro :iconfuzzymaro:  
BlackBird by nash8808 by nash8808 :iconnash8808:
Panic Attack by KCHuang by KCHuang :iconkchuang:

Mature Content

Erotisk by Tistelmark
by Tistelmark :icontistelmark:
At the forest's edge by Manuela-M by Manuela-M :iconmanuela-m:
Too early yet to rise... by Gavenia by Gavenia :icongavenia:



WATERCOLOR DROPS: CATEGORIES HIGHLIGHTS

The gentle guidance by rollarius55 by rollarius55 :iconrollarius55:
Inktober 23 Hydrangeas by LualaDy by LualaDy :iconlualady:
Into the waves by NeoNative by NeoNative :iconneonative:
Colorful grapes by Why2be by Why2be :iconwhy2be:
Octocup by Hummingbird26 by Hummingbird26 :iconhummingbird26:
by ilustrajay :iconilustrajay:
!*#@% This... by sofierimmer by sofierimmer :iconsofierimmer:
In another world... by Colutea by Colutea :iconcolutea:
Rainbow skull by ericadalmaso by ericadalmaso :iconericadalmaso:
Rohan by Martidy by Martidy :iconmartidy:



WATERCOLOR DRIZZLE: ADVICE CORNER

Liquid by LualaDy by LualaDy
The questions of our member in distress are: What I don't like about this piece is the background. I think I got pretty good (as far as my self expectations are concerned) at painting characters, now I need to deal with backgrounds. When it's only a mono or bi-chromatic abstract texture I'm good at it, but when it comes to actual backgrounds well... not quite it. IT's also my second real scenery like background so... yeah.
Anyway, as far as watercolour technique is concerned, how can I improve my background painting? Too much detail? Not enough details? Wrong colours (again)?

If you know how to help, please comment under LualaDy's artwork!


You never gave a critique before? Don't know how to do it? Here are some tutorials on this subject:

PE Feedback: How to Give a CritiqueHOW TO GIVE A CRITIQUE
It's a great thing that you want to critique other deviant's works and help them improve their skills through your constructive feedback. By critiquing fellow deviant's works, you are developing your critical thought and vision and thus, developing yourself as an artist. However, critiquing is not all about pointing out what others did wrong.  As ChewedKandi has pointed out in 'How To: Critiquing Artwork' "a critique is giving your opinion in a constructive manner about a subject - be it a piece a music, a piece of art, the meal you've just ate and so on."
That's the main point of this article: to share a few pointers on how to give a quality critique while providing links to a compilation of useful guides that focus on this very same topic.
Introduction: Let's start! :eager:
First things first! You've come across a piece of art that caught your attention and
  PE: Do You Really Want Critique?As part of projecteducate’s Critique Week, we thought it’d be a good idea to take into consideration when you should and shouldn’t ask for critique on a work you post to deviantART. 
Before I get any further into the article, I would like to address the fact that the things I say here will not always apply. In fact, they may not even apply most of the time. As with all guides to art and feedback, your mileage may vary, and it’s always best to learn things for yourself. So, without further ado, here’s a few things to consider before you request critique:
Personal work: The most common issue with critique that I’ve personally encountered around dA is the critique of personal work, and a lot of the time this is because the artist requests critique on a work that they are not ready to receive critique on. A few examples of this could be work done as a result of a person’s passing, a difficult change in life, or a work based
  PE: The Basics of Giving CritiqueA lot of people seem to think that giving a critique requires you to have an art degree and a lifetime of experience. This is merely an excuse barrier to stop you from trusting yourself in the art of delivering a fine critique. Today's Project Educate guide is an aid to help you consider the basics of critique, and in particular critique on dA.
This article has been written as a guideline overview only and one persons advice. There are hundreds of existing "how to" guides for critique already existing on dA, so if this one doesn't suit you, take a browse and see what else you can find!
The key rules to critique
1.  Keep in mind you are writing a CRITIQUE not a CRITICISM. Be wary of your word choices and make sure you keep in mind you are helping the artist for improvement. Be Constructive, not Destructive.
2.  Consider you audience- who is the artist reading this critique? How may they react to your words? Be wary of patronising the person you are c
  PE: Dealing with a negative feedbackPE: Dealing with a negative feedback


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"To escape criticism - do nothing, say nothing, be nothing."

Elbert Hubbard
Everyone wants to be praised for their work. It's the extremely rare individual who creates things and doesn't care how they're received. Dealing with criticism can be painful, but at the same time enormously helpful.
Let's begin with understanding the function that positive and negative feedback serve. Positive feedback (pointing out things you did WELL) increases commitment to the work you do, by enhancing your experience and your confidence, white Negative feedback (pointing out things you did WRONG), on the other hand, is informative - it tells you where you need to spend your effort, and offers insight into how you might improve.
With that being said, positive and negative feedback are affective and motivate differently, their impact varies from different peop
The Hitchhiker's Guide to Critique by akreon

About Advice Corner: Artists who wish to receive constructive critique from fellow members and watchers of watercolorists can be featured here with one artwork per month.

The rules are:
1. You need to be a member of watercolorists, obviously  
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 a 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!



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Thanks for viewing our October Monthly Feature! Now please give our featured artists some love by comments, faves and constructive feedback. :love: Also remember to vote for your favourite in our poll!
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Jadesweetboxx Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the feature! I really appreciate it :)
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2016   Traditional Artist
You're welcome :love:
Keep on painting and submitting ;)
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ilustrajay Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you soooo so much for this feature, and for your support! You guys are very sweet <3
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016   Traditional Artist
So happy to hear such good feedback :happybounce:
The whole watercolorists  group aims to make all our members feel welcomed and at home Love 
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NeoNative Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey! Thanks a LOT for the feature of Into the waves! I really appreciate your support! :D (Big Grin) Heart 
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016   Traditional Artist
You're welcome. It's always good to know, that our group watercolorists can make you feel good :love:

Your "water paintings" are always so nice to watch...you just know how to capture the nature in its movement (sky, water). You've mastered it so well bear clap emoji 
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NeoNative Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww, you're so kind!!:happybounce:  It feels especially nice that you like my interpretations of water, since I put a lot of efforts into this! Your words are really encouraging! Thank you and have a nice and inspiring day!!! Heart Heart Heart 
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016   Traditional Artist
Panda Emoji-10 (Blush) [V1] well...have no words cute blush 

Have a great day too!!! La la la la 
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NeoNative Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
NaNoEmo '16 Day 4: Sun in the Sky 
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FuzzyMaro Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016
Thank You for the feature :) It means a lot! 
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TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016   Traditional Artist
You're welcome...we watercolorists are happy we could brighten your day :happybounce:

Just keep on painting ;)
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MichaelNashvili Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thankyou.
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:iconithilloth:
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016   General Artist
You're most welcome! :love:
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Ahau2 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:clap: 
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Ithilloth Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016   General Artist
:clap:
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ericadalmaso Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the feature Heart 
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:iconithilloth:
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016   General Artist
You're most welcome! :love:
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:iconrollarius55:
rollarius55 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm very honoured by the feature!!! Thank you so much!!!:bow::w00t:
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:iconithilloth:
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016   General Artist
You're most welcome! :heart:
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:iconkchuang:
KCHuang Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016  Student
:O omigosh thanks for the feature! I didn't think I'd ever be on one of these journals, it means so much!
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:iconithilloth:
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016   General Artist
You're most welcome! We're happy to surprise you in this kind of way! :D
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Manuela-M Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the mention Hug 
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:iconithilloth:
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016   General Artist
You're most welcome! :heart:
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Hummingbird26 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016   General Artist
Thank you for adding my works to the feature, much appreciated 😊
I'll be checking out the other artist on it to!
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:iconithilloth:
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016   General Artist
You're most welcome! :love:
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Hummingbird26 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016   General Artist
:)
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LualaDy Featured By Owner Edited Nov 1, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
wooooooooo
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah
can't wait for the vote results ^^

also I think I have nothing this month for the advice corner, because of Inktober, very little watery pieces and most important, quick pieces
I could ask though an open question without any piece as an example: "How to create quick watercolour pieces?" Like sketcbook pieces for example, or those for 30 days challenges.

I'm pretty sad nobody's joining the fun on the distress side! I'd love to be able to help ^^ well, as long as it is in my skill range hehe
But I did recieve some helpful critiques, I believe one for each month ^^
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Ithilloth Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016   General Artist
You can also ask for feedback under older watercolor work, it doesn't have to be brand new :)
Hmm, I think we could add your question to our future poll ideas. If you have any other specific question, just note us or comment. ;) We are always open for members suggestions (maybe we should highlight it more often :lol:)
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LualaDy Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
the thing with older artwork is that I've more or less figured out most of the wrongs in it and know what to do to improve
whereas new artwork... we're always blind to it because we've been diping our nose so deep in it we can't trust our eyes anymore =d
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sofierimmer Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016
I'm overwhelmed... Happy cry (Tears of joy) 
Thank you so much for the feature - means the world to me Earth 
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Ithilloth Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016   General Artist
You're most welcome! Thanks for sharing your artworks with our group! :love:
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DasFarbspiel Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And the artist I add to my watch-list becoming more and more :D :love:
Such great paintings!!!
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Ithilloth Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016   General Artist
The fame awaits! :la:
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DasFarbspiel Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
excited happy 
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Aya-Lunar Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016   Traditional Artist
Great works, I'll check them out!
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Ithilloth Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016   General Artist
:eager:
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