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I want to be able to help everyone, so I hope this will help you feel more confident about watercolours because I know they're hard to get used to, as wellas other stuff. Thank you for all your kind support, now let me support you :aww:

The photos might be huge sorry about that lol ^^;

Watercolour Tutorial: Advice and Guidance

:iconsandninjagaara666: What kind of water colours do you use?

:iconkidura: I use student grade (the general stuff you buy in shops) watercolours from Whsmith, and artist grade (the expensive kind) winsor and newton.

:iconlegray: What kind of pen do you use? Your paints never smudge the ink that you draw your lines with, or do you ink afterwards?

:iconkidura: I use normal drawing pens you find in the shops, with a range of thicknesses. Smallest I have is 0.05 and biggest id 0.5. I think a good brand is Staedtler. For your other question that also depends; I sometimes ink before I paint but it gets covered in paint, so now I ink afterwards as it looks darker. I also use an isograph.

:iconcandy-flavoured: What type of paper to you use?

:iconkidura: I tend to buy ones with thickness of 300gsm. Brands I use are normally hot pressed (smooth) Langton, they're quite absorbent so be careful if you pick this because you need to spread your paints quickly. I've bought some Arches paper which is supposed to be good but I've yet to use it. It's apparently very absorbent, and colours come out well on it.

Q: where do you get your references? Any recommendations?

:iconkidura: I mainly use books as references where I can, though the internet is pretty helpful. Other artists are my inspiration.
I recommend/use these:

Comickers -- These are good as they show tutorials of known artists painting or workingon their pictures. It usually has a good selection of styles

Japanese Comickers -- same as above, they also show tutorials and many Korean/Japanese/Honk kong artists, traditional and digital.

Style School -- A brilliant book, there are quitea few volumes already. They show a few tutorials. I have the second one and it does traditional and digital, and a helpful guide on anatomy. There are many pictures to look at for inspiration.

Udon's art of Capcom -- there are great poses you can practice from, and lots of streetfighter backdrops to give you ideas. it is mainly digital but still helpswith colour. Expensive price tag though.

DNAngel -- the later volumes have great lineart, I've practiced from Sugisaki-sama's outlining style many times for help

D.Gray-man -- Hoshino-sama's style is quite unique, a good manga to practice from. Her use of negative space is something to take note on.

Bleach -- Probably one of best I know for panelling in manga, alongside D.Gray-man.

Bakuman -- Many funny expressions, and realistic poses.

Q: What brushes do you use?
:iconkidura: I don't have that many. From the photo the first four to the left are acrylic brushes, you know they are for these kind of paints because they are stiff. The others are watercolours, the bristles are always soft or flexible. The two puffy looking watercolour brushes are for holding and spreading a lot of water/paint. The one to the far right is for medium detail while being able to hold a good amount of water, hence why it's so long.

:iconlegray: What are some tips for artists who would like to use watercolor paints?

:iconkidura: Watercolours are a patient medium. You can't rush them, so give them a lot time to dry between layers. Experiment. Always try new things and learn from mistakes, just like life. And always keep your water clean, if they're muddy it'll affect your colours. And test your colours first before putting them on your picture, so you can be sure it's the right colour~

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Mack-chan Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your advices are really helpfull! I have watercolours but they were cheap and I don't use them ^^;I had one try but it looks bad [link]
Few weeks ago I have bought good acrylics but I can't use them too... Do you have any work coloured by acrylics in your gallery??
Shikigami-chan Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Hello, is it okay if I ask this?
I am about to put my nuzlocke challenge into a comic, however, I have made a comic before. The part that gets me is scenery. So I was wondering, how do you set up your comics? Do you draw the scenery first and then the characters? Or vice versa?
BTW, your work is great.
Candy-Flavoured Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
AH~ Thank you! :dummy:
Cucumbermonster Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
You're so nice! Thanks! That's very helpful. :D
But I wish I could work with watercolor like you. No matter what ever I'll draw. :ashamed:
Alpha621 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Very helpful to use if I ever go into watercoloring :3c !
Kidura Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad ^^ Hope it proves useful!

Your avatar. Is epic. XD
Alpha621 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm sure it will =P !

Ahaha, thanks :XD: !
Toyger Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I absolutely adore your watercolours =^_^=

I've just recently started dabbling with it myself =)
I first bought a proper Winsor and Newton half pan set (a nice and big one) and some student grade tubes.
Do you use both or only tubes?
I find the tubes to be faster, but the half pans to be of a better quality =P
Kidura Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Zuno-san!!! *happyglomps you!!*
How have you been? It's been so long, I'm so sorry I haven't been in contact, I'm so glad to hear from you! ^^
Oh wow that's so nice! I would love tosee how you draw your lovely kittens and cats with them, I'm so sure you'd make beautiful creations ;o;;
No, I only use tubes, though pans are a lot more easier tocarry around haha ^^;
Nya..? That's strange, I watched a youtube video proving that watercolours from tubes are more vibrant owo but I guess it's the way you use themthat matters ahaha
Toyger Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, it's been too long :glomp:
I haven't been active enough on DA for a while ^^;
To busy with school and had a long period without net =P
I have uploaded three so far (two are of cats =) ) and look forward to do more in the future =^_^=

I've only ever painted from the comfort of my room, and even with the halfpans there are stuff all over my desk so I can't imagine how it must be to paint anywhere else =P
Though I know many do (but with smaller pallets than the one I have, it's big =) )

I think the difference is that mine are art brand on the half pans and student brand (or maybe even less than student brand, I bought it at a Photo Equipment store =P ) on the tubes =P
They say the quality makes such a huge difference in watercolours =)
shinatarou Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the journal! =D
I've found some watercolours in my art draw I didn't know about so I'll be definitely using them!
starfire-wolf Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
Wow, thank you for such an informative journal. Im definitely going to try some of the mediums here :'D
Math-Uhhh-Saurus Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
what's the difference between water color paint in a tube and the dryish brick kind already in a tray?
piptheghost Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Student
thank you so much this really helped me out quite a bit c:
Kidura Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad ^^ You're very welcome
Supersillycool Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome! More questions I were wondering about are now answered. Although I have one more for you: How long have you been painting with watercolors? Months? Years? They are just too amazing.
Kidura Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad, thank you, I hope it helps you~ ^^
Someone had asked about that too so I was going to make another FAQ but for other questions ^^ thank you very much :hug:
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