this is my first post- i’m just trying to learn how to draw and watercolor, so if you have any tips, that would be helpful!
Since I’m still struggling with watercolor myself I’m not sure if I can give any tips. But I think your perspective here is very good, the building is well defined, the foliage is nicely done, and the composition is quite good. The rest is mostly constant practice.
Anyhow, welcome, and do show us more of your efforts.
Roseindigo is being too modest here. My best advice is to look at some of her, and other, posts on this website – OFTEN. The vast amount of different ideas is incredible and everyone learns by observing what others do. Some of us have been asked specific questions, in the past, and we have attempted to get ideas across by writing in the “Forums” section of the site. (See “sketching with Watercolour Tips and Pen Suggestions” or “Sharing Techniques with others”). If you have any problems then someone will offer a solution. Welcome to Skineart. Please submit more drawings. No one criticises here. Everyone offers support.
I think your first post is a wonderful contribution….trust yourself.. well done =)
I’m not an expert but I think it’s a good idea to look at the forums and just try out new things. I notice this is kind of tightly controlled for this particular medium. This is my own issue as well which might be one reason I’m more comfortable with the wc pencils. It’s like any other drawing and then when you add the water it’s fun. I think with lots of practice people seem to “trust” watercolor more. You have the sense that you’re losing control but sometimes that’s just when you realize that you’re learning a lot. I’m still a lurker. But Will’s right: Everyone is cool here. Everyone is supportive. We haven’t had even one creep here yet.
I am learning to use water colours as well and my problem is that I tend to paint as if I was using acrylics or oils and put to much detail in, rather than suggesting something and letting the viewers eye make up the rest.To this end I have just gone out and got an A3 moly and have been painting in it using big brushes to stop myself “fiddling,” so far its been working
Nothing wrong with this one at all! I like doing pen and wash type pictures myself.
Welcome to Skine art, I look foward to seeing more of your work.
I’m trying to learn too. I’m a bit colorblind so I’m really just doing it for my own enjoyment. I’ve found that the more I practice, the more I learn. I use cheap paint, the wrong type of paper,make lots of mistakes, and generally have no idea what I’m doing. I am having lots of fun learning. My advice is to practice, enjoy it and forgive yourself when you mess up.
Matt, a little bit of colorblindness is no real handicap as long as you do your values (darks and lights) correctly. Last year while I was sitting by a roadside sketching a local artist who is colorblind stopped and we had a nice chat. He sticks mainly to ink and/or pencil work, but he has won several ribbons and contests in the area, because he gets his values right. Color is nice, but really of secondary importance. So keep practicing and having fun, and you will accomplish more than you ever thought you could.
Thanks Roseindigo. I’m just enjoying the whole experience. I’m not all that fussed about the colours at this stage. I’ll probably have to learn how to mix skin tones and how to do shadows at some stage but for now I’m happy. I really like the encouragement that comes through the community on this site. It’s really good to see talented artists taking the time to help us novices.
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