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Watercolor Tutorial Part 1 by ElvenstarArt Watercolor Tutorial Part 1 by ElvenstarArt
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I've been asked for tutorials on skin and hair, so this covers everything. :D I wish some of my pictures didn't turn out as dark as they did (mainly the ones on part 2), but most of them are good enough. I hope you find it helpful.

PART 2:


Finished painting:


You can also read this tutorial on my website: [link]
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FireGemini Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

what are the difference between hard pressed and cold pressed watercolor papers? and are you supposed to stretch the papers? (why do you do that?) and how?

 

THIS TUTORIAL IS AMAZZINNGGG

i was thinking of starting up watercolor >< and this helped alot

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ElvenstarArt Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm glad it could help. Hot pressed wc paper has a smoother surface and cold pressed is rougher.  At the time that I did this tutorial, I didn't stretch my paper, but for the last couple of years, I've started and I really do recommend it as the paper is least likely to buckle while painting, which can produce some unwanted results while some washes dry. I have some newer tutorials too that can be found on my website. One shows how I stretch watercolor paper. You can find those here, if you're interested: www.elvenstarart.com/tutorials…
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Mustuko-chan Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is exactly what I was looking for! *-*
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hyperskygirl Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for this, your work is beautiful
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ElvenstarArt Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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darkinvasion74 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Student General Artist
how do you mix them?
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Fumichun Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Student Filmographer
So when you first apply the mid-tone layer, you just... well add it it to the sections where the midtones would show? Not over the WHOLE thing right? O.O
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ElvenstarArt Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
You add it where the mid-tones and shadows are. So pretty much put it everywhere, except for where the highlights are. That part you leave white, or lighter than the mid-tone depending on your color scheme.
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Fumichun Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Student Filmographer
Okay, thank you very much :>
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Skynetwow Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
great great tutorial
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ElvenstarArt Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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kiyotoap Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010
thanks this really helped ^w^
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ElvenstarArt Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :D
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Peace-Sprite Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2010
Thank you so much for making this (and part 2)!
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DreaminAngell Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010
Thank you sooooo much !!! :3
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ElvenstarArt Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:heart:
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Kenai-Okami75 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing :)
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60526 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2009
Wow, what a wonderful tutorial!Thank you!! ^O^
...i must study it very well! U_____U
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ElvenstarArt Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm so glad it could help! :XD:
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60526 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009
^___^
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Kemaru Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Student General Artist
>: I only use 6 colours... >___>
Skin colour is surprisingly hard to mix...

Thanks for the paper towel tip. :)
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DeaDraco Featured By Owner May 5, 2009
oh I get stuck on step 4 ... because ( i think) I didn't use the right paper but I have to finish it anyway ...any advise to make colors smooth in a paper with almost no cotton !?!?!
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ElvenstarArt Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm afraid I never got very smooth results on anything but cotton watercolor paper.
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DeaDraco Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
thanks .. hahaha I can see that :aww:
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Keira-Bui Featured By Owner May 4, 2009  Professional General Artist
Great tutorial, even though the text's toooooo small for me to read X)
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ElvenstarArt Featured By Owner May 4, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Did you download the file? It's bigger then. Or it can be read on my website: [link]

Thanks! :)
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mollygrace Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009
Wonderful!!! I've been looking for a tutorial that will explain how to BLEND watcolors. Most tutorial assume you know this, I guess? Mine always come out streaky or I rub the color out. This is awesome. I'm very excited to try out your advice. :)
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ElvenstarArt Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Yeah, I always wondered why blending is always skipped over in watercolor tutorials. :)
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mollygrace Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
It's the MOST important part? I mean, who doesn't know "base color, then shade, then highlight"? That's just drawing, that's not a watercolor tutotrial.
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EruhReign Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Oh oh oh~ miss~ Do you use cakes or tubes, and if tubes what brand would you suggest? The tubes I have are actually... rotting so my paints are drying out before I can use them.
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ElvenstarArt Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I use tubes. I have a bunch of different brands -- Grumbacher, DaVinci, Daniel Smith. Those are all good brands. Daniel Smith are my favorites because they come in so many neat colors, but they're a bit pricey so I only buy them every now and then.

If you cut the tubes of your dried paint open you should be able to wet the dried paint and use it kind of like the cakes. :)
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EruhReign Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Student Digital Artist
thanks! I need the rest of my purple tube anyways for the ocean scene, so I'll try that when it turns into a tard on me.
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LoraSpeiser Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008
I just wanted to say that your prints are absolutely perfect, I love this one and the Lunar Moth Lady one! This tut is wonderful and will be very easy for a beginner to work along with:)
Hugs, Lora
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ElvenstarArt Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, Lora!! :heart:
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LoraSpeiser Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
I need to go to the forum LOL I have not been there ina while. Hope you are well, I love your art so much!
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ElvenstarArt Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Lora! :)
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BrokenViolet Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
you are amazing :D
I'm going to try some of your tips :giggle:
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ElvenstarArt Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!! :XD:
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
Wonderful tut here! I tried mixing the skin tones like you suggested and they worked out really well! Thanks for the great tips:)
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ElvenstarArt Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you found it helpful! :D
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juhi1217 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008
Hi thanks for taking the time to make such a detailed tutorial. Its extremely helpful. Janna (kuoma) very kindly gave me this link when I had asked for some tips in painting with watercolours. It's my favorite medium but I just wasnt able to get a realistic feel to my drawings, now hopefully I can try :D. I do have a few doubts if you dont mind, it will really help me out :). I was not able to do the yellow and crimson highlights that you mentioned. I have a basic 12 colour set so to get a very light pink glow i needed to dilute the colour a lot which in turn resulted in water patches :(. Any tips???
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ElvenstarArt Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm very glad it could help! :D The yellow and crimson are applied very lightly, so yes the wash is mostly water and a little pigment. I'm not entirely sure what you mean by water patches, but maybe make sure that each layer of paint is completely dry first before applying the next. That way they won't flood into each other and will blend smoothly. I hope that helps! :XD:
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juhi1217 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008
hey thanks for that :D. im probably doing something wrong. But thanks again its a very detailed tutorial :)
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Pixie-Wildflower Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
Thanks for doing this.
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ElvenstarArt Featured By Owner May 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad it could help! :XD:
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reflection13 Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really awesome and informative :)
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ElvenstarArt Featured By Owner May 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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nightpeddler Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
thanks for the tutorial :)
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ThePix Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Professional General Artist
Awesome Rebecca! I've been hoping you'd do another tutorial! :dance:
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ElvenstarArt Featured By Owner May 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I hope is may be helpful. :D
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