Hello dear watercolorists members! :love:

Let us say goodbye to summer and welcome the colorful autumn. For some of our members the month September also meant the beginning of a new school year. We wish you good luck with your exams and lots of fun too! Study hard, but don't forget your beautiful watercolors  ;) They need some love and attention too.

This month we got our first AquaChallenge winners:
JoaRosa , artMARUSIK and IvieMoon  

Congratulations again :clap: moonflower by mintyy

Our group would also like to give a big THANK YOU to our donors NOLANOS and LualaDy for helping us with the prizes for this previous AquaChallenge. :blowkiss:

We are now accepting submissions for the next AquaChallenge-Halloween. We can't wait to see all of your entries!


Watercolor Downpour - The Best of September

Phases of the moon by jacquell by  jacquell  :iconjacquell:

ejercicio 20 by PSTazatriste by  PSTazatriste  :iconpstazatriste:

I'm sorry I'm not what you wanted... by KlarEm by  KlarEm  :iconklarem:

Spirited Away by Calmality by  Calmality  :iconcalmality:

Ariel Mermaid has no tears, therefore suffers more by ArielTW by  ArielTW  :iconarieltw:

Embrace by Doringota by  Doringota  :icondoringota:

Forest by kamiira-chan   by  kamiira-chan  :iconkamiira-chan:

Perpetuity by CoalRye by  CoalRye  :iconcoalrye:

Port of Aberdeen 05 by lukuluku666 by  lukuluku666  :iconlukuluku666:

The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore by MiserableCreature by  MiserableCreature  :iconmiserablecreature:

Watercolor Drops - Categories Highlights

The Untold Story by DandanPon by  DandanPon  :icondandanpon:

Catseye/ Ein Supertrio  Fanart by EyeXcatcher by Eye-X-catcher by  Eye-X-catcher  :iconeye-x-catcher:

Three sisters by Konorao by  Konorao  :iconkonorao:

Deep Ocean Dreams by ArtbyGloriaColom by  ArtbyGloriaColom  :iconartbygloriacolom:

Ca Vang by mongso by  mongso  :iconmongso:

Lublin from the top by your-confusion by  your-confusion  :iconyour-confusion:

'57 Star Cheif by nash8808 by  nash8808  :iconnash8808:

Invaded by Hedgesloth by  Hedgesloth  :iconhedgesloth:

Gargnano by Alagvaile by  Alagvaile  :iconalagvaile:

Study session? (Daydream Artbook contest) by Ambers-and by  Ambers-and  :iconambers-and:

Watercolor Drizzle - Advice Corner

Thank you to RiEile who gave such a good critique (advice) to LualaDy artwork A stroll in the Forest .

As it says, this space of the journal is meant to be for giving advice. Since this month we didn't receive any requests for critique cry orange by mintyy we will use it for learning purpose.

:thumb497972052: This month's AquaTIP focuses on:

Critique / Feedback / Commenting bee by mintyy

All of them are meant to be helpful and meaningful for the artist. Whenever you write to another person, please be careful what and how you write. Even if you have good intentions it can happen that the other person feels offended or discouraged by it. Whenever this happens to you, don't stop writing. Take this as a lesson and be better the next time. Always make sure you end your writing with a positive note, with what you did like about the artwork.

For the ones who get feedback or critiques, be open minded, don't take everything personal. It's a good opportunity to see your artwork through other's eyes. No one likes to hear that they done something wrong, or that something needs to be improved, but as an artist we all can and must grow. Hearing all the time praises won't help you to improve. It's mostly the »negative« feedback that is a blessing in disguise.

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


"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

Artists who wish to receive constructive critique from fellow members and watchers of watercolorists can be featured here with one artwork.

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!


Let the October be a month full of creative ideas for your next watercolor paintings.
And to the ones who will participate in our AquaChallenge :  Good luck! Clefairy :love: by ClefairyKid

~ watercolorists crew Clefairy :tinywave: by ClefairyKid

:iconithilloth:  :iconart-by-cricket:  :icontokyomoonlight:

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Ambers-and Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG! Thank you so much for the feature! That's truly the honor! And it's the first ever feature for me!!! And thank you so much for featuring all those talented artists, their works are so awesome!
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016   Traditional Artist
You're welcome :la:
You put lots of effort to make it :cutenod: 

Just keep on painting! Hug 
ArtbyGloriaColom Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the feature!! It brings me so much joy. Love looking at everybody else's beautiful art!
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016   Traditional Artist
You're welcome :happybounce: 
Ithilloth Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016   General Artist
Wonderful selection, Marcela! Congratulations on tackling your first feature :clap: 
Also congratulations to all the featured artists :love:
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016   Traditional Artist
Anime Emoji (Blushy)  Thank you...it was very hard to select cute blush 
kamiira-chan Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016
Thank you so much for the feature! :heart:
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016   Traditional Artist
You're welcome Heart bum 
ArielTW Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Wowwww! Is that my work in the best of September???? I feel so spoiled XD
Thanks so much! And all the amazing artist!!So wonderful!
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016   Traditional Artist
Yes it is Lovely Shoujo (Nods) [V4] 
But that doesn't mean you can rest on your glory...now you have to keep on getting even better Epic 
jacquell Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for choosing my work for your selection. It will encourage me in keeping up with my work. All the best to you <3
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2016   Traditional Artist
You're welcome. That's something we like to hear...our members being encouraged! :cutenod: All the best to you too :TipOfTheHat: 
MiserableCreature Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist

Thanks a lot for mentionning my work. :) There are so many interesting people and inspiring artworks here!
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016   Traditional Artist
You're welcome :hoLA: 
That's the point of a group and features in general. It's a place where we all can share our beautiful artworks. And learn some tips and tricks too ;) (Wink) 
Sacha-Nievsky Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful selection as always :) I love Ca Vang by Mongso and A Mermaid has no tears by Ariel TW !! 
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thank you for the comment La la la la 
Both are beautiful artworks. The colors were so great. By the fishes I liked the way it's been drawn and painted. Like straight out of an illustration book. And by the mermaid her face...so adorable and the emotions Love 
LualaDy Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
oh hohohohoho
for a moment I was so scarred,
I though somehow you could have made a mistake and included my work in the best of september
ohohoho silly me

(lol not to be taken agressively of course, I'm just bad at humour)

lol no need to thank me publically
I love making features ^^
And unless one of you comes to hate me so much as to ban me, I'll always support your contests ^^

As for the critique, as scarry as it can be, I'll be in again
Liquid  (you can vote now) by LualaDy
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)? etc

Thank you <3
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016   Traditional Artist
It's always considered politely to thank someone. :cutenod:  It doesn't cost anything and it's not much of a work either.

You aren't silly for hoping you'll be featured. I was also always anticipating if I have been chosen to be in the Best of. Nod Don't be discouraged...I also never made it on the list. Day56 - Happy Cry   But look at me now...now I'm the one who makes the list  :dignity-laugh: 

Thank you for "volunteering" for the critique. It will be added in the next monthly journal :D (Big Grin) 
LualaDy Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
hahaha I'm a "test subject"

however.... however
though I think my work isn't best worthy and the selected pieces are waaaaay beyond
there are some that I don't think deserve it
only a few =P
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016   Traditional Artist
"there are some that I don't think deserve it"
Please send a Note  which you mean and why...if they are from this journal of course I am a dummy! 
DandanPon Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the feature :) 
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016   Traditional Artist
You're welcome! Keep on painting ;)
DandanPon Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hedgesloth Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, you guys put so much love and effort into this group :)
Thank you for mentionning my deviation, very very much appreciated! 
Keep up the amazing work!<3
TokyoMoonlight Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016   Traditional Artist
Thank you for your kind words :blowkiss:
We always try to make our group the best possible :cutenod: 
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