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« on: December 28, 2011 01:56:20 PM »

firstly im very new to watercolour, as you can probably tell. Im making a birthday card for a friend and this is his cat. I am going to add some whiteish accents once its dry, with a very fine brush, any other contructive criticism for a newbie?

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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2011 03:42:06 PM »

I think it is lovely, and I'm sure your friend will appreciate it.


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« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2012 12:14:18 PM »

I think its great! Your better than most who are new to watercolor. I would blend out the black a little more and take a really fine brush or a watercolor pencil make strokes that look like fur , other than that just continue what you were doing and add the white accents
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2012 03:29:11 AM »

It's looking great and bit real. But it could have been much better if there would be different color in its ears.
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« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2012 08:35:07 PM »

It's a lovely painting so far, the fur is rendered awesome! I think it would benefit from a background though! A nice light green to match the eyes maybe?

And just fyi - in watercolor, you work from light to dark. So, white (highlights) should be the white of the paper. Taping them off with masking tape works just fine. Wink

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« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2012 08:28:02 AM »

It looks great considering you are just starting out with water colours.  For this particular painting, I would recommend some very light colour fill in the background (not the entire background though, I would keep it to the lower half of the page, kind of like a shadow for the cat, but more abstract).  I like the mottling brush effect that you have on the main body of the cat.  (I would also try to add more details to his eyes, since the photo glares out the eyes a bit, just look up nice photos of cats eyes and try to copy the design from that)

Technique wise, you should play around with watering down your paint more.  Although your kitty is very cute, it looks as though it could have been done with some standard acrylics.  As another poster already mentioned, you want to work from light to dark with water colours, from very thin washes of colour, to more intense and less diluted colours.  If you think you are struggling with adding more water, spray your paper with water before you start, this will aid a bit in diluting the paint (but, this will also cause some initial bleeding, hence the importance of using really light washes and building up).  I usually let my water colours dry anywhere from 10 minutes, 1 hour, to 24hours between layers, and sometimes I use work-able fixative between layers too.  Just keep experimenting and playing around with water colours.

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