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2018 Spring Feature
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l i g h t s by yamashyn
At Trainstation X by embrand78

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Eve by Henribe
INKTOBER 2018
Curse by The-Emmeranne
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Inktober 2018, day 22. by MayamitY

Mature Content

Horrific Inktober / 14 by Aotar
People and Portraits - full
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Star Bound by NikasoArt
spouses by Artistfucking
Gravity by EmberRose95
People and Portraits 2
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Marilyn Monroe by JanevonaLiu
Boho Girl by SufiaEasel
Another Kiss by embrand78
Panorama
Lighting mushrooms by missmissy93
Castle Ruin in the Moonlight. by SueMArt
Adriatic Coast Watercolour by 80sdisco
Wroclaw, Winter Town Hall by PawelGladkow
Animals and Plants
Bartolome by Apohe
Tiger by Cloverperidot
Oriental by Alexsiel
Wisteria by ebjeebies
Still Life
rose by JanevonaLiu
Baby carrots by rougealizarine
Watercolor study #1 by theLusciousDollmaker
Glass skull (ejuice bottle) by VishKeks
Supernatural
The Call of Cthulhu by Xandyclause
Maya, the melancholic witch by Kyroda
The Old Man and the Sea Giant by Callego
The Angelic Angel. by SueMArt
Conceptual
Mainerrarium by Calmality
Abstract and Surreal
I'm the Universe by Shesvii
Manga Anime Style
Pisces by TheShinyOne333
Cartoonish Style
kurit ya brosil no tebya bi nikogda ne brosil by kataraman
Storybook
Bastiann by Floraella
Fan Art
Link in a hurry by Laura-SaintCroix
Work Space
Exeress | Elf OC by Nautileen
Watercolor Tutorials
Autumnal Fairy - Watercolor Pencils Tutorial by frankekka
Watercolor Textures
Variations in Pink, Watercolour Texture Pack by LualaDy
Fashion Design
Paper Doll 1 by ai-dama
Comics and Manga Pages
Loki is gonna fall off that fence by mkingamess
Macabre
El cuadro de Maricha by jopeli
Miscellaneous
MAGIC Pixie Dream Girl // Can't Please Everyone by adrawer4ever
Commissions
Commission - Grimira by Serenyan

Group Info

Hello, and welcome!
This group is dedicated to the noble art of watercolor and open to all artists working with this wonderful medium!
Here you can show your work, and also welcome all those who admire and love it as much as you do.

Have a good time! :heart:

Chee-boo, ayjaja, Dot21g
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Founded 9 Years ago
Dec 14, 2009

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Submission Rules

:bulletred: :rose: Hello, and welcome! :rose: :bulletred:

This group is dedicated to the noble art of watercolor and open to all artists working with this wonderful medium! Here you can show your work, and also welcome all those who admire and love it as much as you do.

We're a group that lives by its members, so if you have any questions, ideas, suggestions etc. on how to make this group a cooler place, don't hesitate to contact us!

Please read the submission rules and folder descriptions first.


Thank you, and have a good time! :heart:



:star: SUBMISSION LIMIT :star:

1 piece per month per folder: This means that the 1 month limit applies on each folder instead of globally as before.

We'd love you to submit your best artwork and little by little. Show us and the members what you're proud of, but please don't submit all at once: Members may ignore your art if they see tons of pieces by the same artists.

With that said, here the are the rules!

:star: RULES :star:


:bulletblue: Submit only pieces where the watercolor is at least 85% compared to other possible media.

:bulletblue: Watercolor pencils as well as other translucent media that work similarly to watercolor (like gouache, ink, tea and even coffee) are absolutely allowed and even encouraged! Show us your creativity! :heart:

:bulletblue: Submit to the correct folder! You can find the folder descriptions here: fav.me/d9fag6s

:bulletblue: Pictures of your watercolor artwork are acceptable, but please be sure to crop them (if necessary), adjust brightness and contrast, but do NOT apply any filter.

In a nutshell: Pictures of good quality! :dance:
We're aware that not everyone is at the same level of skill, and to ensure that people have a chance to really see the beauty of each piece and the person's individual style, we'd love the works to be presented in the best possible way.

If you're lost on how to make it happen, here are a couple of useful tutorials:
How To Photograph Paintings by joshthecartoonguy, PE: Presenting Your Traditional Artworks, Part 2Traditional Art Week
This is the second part of a basic guide how to make your traditional artworks look appealing when presenting them in the Internet. This is not about changing or manipulating your traditional artwork to something is not originally, but helping you to make it look as good on a screen as it is in real life.

The Part 1 introduced some scanning and shooting tips;
This Part 2 advices how to edit the scanned/photographed artworks.

This guide is meant especially for beginning artists but maybe also more advanced artists can find something new to think about – or maybe you can share your best tips in the comment area of this article!
EDITING YOUR DIGITIZED PICTURES
For editing your scanned or photographed picture you need a software to do that (or you can use the adjustment tools your scanner offers, see Part 1 for those). Adobe Photoshop is a co


If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask!

:bulletblue: NO to drastic digital retouches (like filters, see above), but YES to minor digital adjustments!

:bulletblue: Watercolor tutorials aren't subjected to the previous rule. Go ahead and share your knowledge! :dance:

:bulletblue: We accept mature art, but within tasteful limits: Please don't submit anything too explicit, and be sure to add the mature content filter!
The same goes for gore / bloody pieces.

:bulletblue: Submit art made by YOU.
Plagiarism and outright theft are NOT cricket, so if we find out any art is stolen or plagiarised, you'll get the boot.


:bulletred: NO digital watercolors.

:bulletred: NO WIPs or sketches.

:bulletred: NO offensive art (e.g. pieces containing discriminatory messages, racist slurs etc.)
This should go without saying, right?

:bulletred: Please refrain from submitting different versions of the same piece (e.g. a picture of it framed and a picture of it angled). Pick the version you like best and submit that one.

:bulletred: Don't annoy other members! Please treat others with the same courtesy and respect you'd like to be treated with. :heart:



IMPORTANT: If you're leaving the group, first: ç_ç We're sorry to see you leave, thank you for joining!
Second: Please remove your submissions. They take the room of other possible members' pieces, and folders take only a limited number of items. Please be considerate and responsible. Thank you! :dance:

You will be sent a note asking you to, in case you don't remember. But if you leave, so does your art.
Hello! Welcome to the introductory article in our series on artists who sell their work!


My name is Holly and my business is called The Watercolor Naturalist. I create watercolor paintings in a nature journal style that are similar to the journals of 19th century explorers. You can see most of my work on DA profile and more on my website: www.watercolornaturalist.com/

I am writing this article to give an overview of what my business looks like. We had a lot of interest from members about learning how to go about selling your work. I’ve been doing this for a couple years now so I can give some insights. Since this is an overview, future article are planned to cover topics more deeply. For example, a future article will be done on exactly how I make prints.

Here we go!


How I Got Started
For about 7 years I worked in the field of wildlife biology. I hold a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology and have done fieldwork to study many different animals and insects! While I still love wildlife biology, I had a strong desire to create my own business and utilize this skill that I had been developing since I was a kid. I wanted the challenge of running a successful business!

After about a year of research and planning, I quit my job to do art full-time. I waited a year because it is incredibly beneficial to have a period of time where you experiment and start to find your style before launching into an art career full-time. This allows you to be more sure of your footing before relying on art for income (which isn’t easy regardless!). During your research phase you can start by building a website. It can be a simple gallery of your work and you can add more pages when you have time or think of things to add. Also, this phase doesn't have to be as short as a year! It can be multiple years and indeed many wonderful artists only do art part-time and like it that way.

How I Make Money
You may have heard the advice of having 5 pillars of income, that way if one collapses you can still likely survive from your 4 other revenue streams. The following are my 5 pillars: online sales, in-person sales, commissions, teaching classes, and galleries. Out of these 5, I have 4 currently going. I have yet to break into gallery work. In your research phase, it’s a good idea to plan out what the pillars will mean for you. It’s a very personal thing and some people might hate commissions while others love to do them. These are also fluid and you by no means have to do exactly 5.

I sell my work on Etsy (www.etsy.com/shop/watercolorna…) and at weekend art fairs. The bulk of my income comes from the in-person sales at the art fairs with Etsy being a nice boost here and there. Etsy shops can take awhile to set up and get the ball rolling with sales. People feel more comfortable with buying from established shops (more sales and more reviews), so don’t lose hope if you aren’t getting sales right away. For me, it wasn’t until about 8 months in that I saw a big uptick in views and sales.
My commissions come from advertising online and in-person. Since I paint a lot of insects, I often get people who want a painting of a particular insect species. For example, I recently completed a commission of two insects that are going to be turned into tattoos.  
For teaching classes and workshops, I spend time researching stores or places that might be a good partnership for my style of art. For example, I am currently developing a botanical illustration workshop with a houseplant store. It depends on the place, but you will often split the profits from ticket sales with whomever you are developing the class with.
Gallery work is the pillar that I am still trying to get up and running. I will be spending the winter developing my work in more of a series format to approach galleries in the future to see if they would be interested in representing me. If you are interested in this avenue for you work, you should try and get into group shows as it looks good on an art resume and can be a beginning of getting your work out there.

Being a Business
Being a working artist is wonderful but it really is about 60% art and 40% business. You need a strong social media presence and a nice website as a home base. Your work may be amazing but no one will find it if you’re not advertising it.
I currently use Wix as my website provider because it’s only $5 a month for the cheapest plan. I plan to switch to Squarespace eventually, but it costs a fair bit more and Wix is adequate for now. As for social media, I’m not one who posts every day but I do have accounts on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Another business-like activity is learning basic advertising tactics like copy writing and search engine optimization (SEO). It's certainly up to you how much time and effort you put into learning about advertising, but it’s helpful information to know.
Also: taxes! Ugh! I keep a ledger where I track ALL of my expenses and sales. Every time I buy something with my business account it goes in my ledger. This is really important for making tax time easier on yourself so you know exactly how much you made and what type of expenses they were. I’m in the U.S. and I have to let the government know things like how much I spent on advertising and how much I spent on supplies, etc. Record keeping is a must!

I hope this overview was helpful! Please let me know in the comments which topics you are interested in learning more about. Also feel free to ask questions!


Again, my social media etc can be found at:
Portfolio Website: www.watercolornaturalist.com/
YouTube: www.youtube.com/thewatercolorn…
Instagram: www.instagram.com/watercolorna…
Twitter: twitter.com/watercolornat
Facebook: www.facebook.com/watercolornat…
Hello, dear fellow WatercolorLovers! :rose:

I'm terribly sorry it's been a while again, and people have already been asking about it - but here it finally is: The first issue of the Commission Journal!


Here, you can promote your artwork as well as get in touch with other members who are interested in commissioning, discuss different approaches, platforms and pricing.
This is your space, folks - so get cracking, and have fun! :eager:


We wish you all a great experience. ♥
Hi, dear fellow WatercolorLovers! :rose:


October's just around the corner, which means it's time for Inktober!
So, what's Inktober? Let's ask the official site's FAQ:

"Inktober is a month long art challenge created by artist Jake Parker that is focused on improving skill and developing positive drawing habits. Every day for the month of October anyone participating in the Inktober challenge creates an ink drawing and posts it online. Remember to use the hashtags #inktober and #inktober2018 if you want your art to be seen by everyone."

The challenge follows an official prompt list that aims at sparking your creativity. However, you don't have to post a painting every day or even follow the prompt list if you have another idea up your sleeve or story to tell.


The official prompt list is as follows:





For further info, please have a look at the official site: inktober.com/



Of course, this a great opportunity to get some painting done, so we decided to open up a special folder for everyone who wants to participate in the challenge! However, please bear in mind that our usual rules for posting art apply here as well (except for the submission limit: 1 per day!) :

NEW RULES and FOLDERS!Hello, dear fellow Watercolorists! :rose:
There have been a few changes to the submission rules we kindly ask you to note.
:star: NEW SUBMISSION LIMIT :star:
The new limit is 1 piece :bulletblue: per month :bulletblue: per folder: This means that the 1 month limit applies on each folder instead of globally as before!
We'd love you to submit your best artwork and little by little. Show us and the members what you're proud of, but please don't submit all at once. Members may ignore your art if they see tons of pieces by the same artists!
With that said, here the are the rules!
:star: RULES :star:
:bulletblue: Submit only pieces where the watercolor is at least 85% compared to other possible media.
:bulletblue: Watercolor pencils as well as other translucent media that work similarly to watercolor (like gouache, ink, tea and even coffee) are absolutely allowed and even encouraged! Show us your creativity! :heart:
[Bullet; Blue] Submit to the




So, will you guys participate as well? What are your thoughts on this year's prompt list? Let us know!

Have a lovely weekend everyone, and take care. ♥




PS. Thanks and a big :heart: to our affiliate group  :iconwatercolorists:  for the reminder, too! You guys are amazing. ♥
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Misfit-Sparrow Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2018   Traditional Artist
Are watercolor pencils acceptable here?
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alexiarigby Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018
Hi! thank you for letting me join the group, i'm just started to put my art out there and i think this will help me Heart 
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LittleM-Mistress Featured By Owner May 25, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Could some of you guys give me some advice? 

I want to upload my traditional art, but it seems my scanner and pictures just don't do the art justice. It seems that both don't let the colors look as vibrant as they do on the paper. 

Is there any tips you guys could give me to help me?
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