- The closest I could find on Amazon to the watercolour set I use is the Sakura brand of Koi Assorted WaterColours Field Set.
- Just use any old toothbrush. I used to use the ones that my dentist would give me after a visit, just because those were kind of cheap and I wouldn’t actually use them anyways.
- I use acrylic for flicking and highlights because watercolour-whites tend to fade when they dry.
- Also, remember to keep your hands clean, because nothing’s worse than smudging graphite into your watercolours and then unable to get it out.
- Try to avoid black and white when possible. They tend to dull the colours and it loses that watercolouring lustre.
Since I started watercolouring again for my daily sketches, I’ve gotten a lot of asks/dA notes on if I could give a tutorial on watercolouring and also more specific questions that overlapped each other, so I decided to do a semi guide/tips/answering thing.
I actually started watercolouring before I went into digital medium, so I have a bit of personal experience, but I am essentially self-taught when it comes to watercolouring since there weren’t a lot of watercolour tutorials online back then to begin with, so I cannot promise that these are the absolute correct way of doing things.
Hope it helps anyways :)
this homunculus on your screen is supposed to be my asura engineer from Guild wars 2. Belair Frye. (I wanted her to be Kaylee Frye, but by the time I got to creating her, most of the variations of that name were taken, so instead she has Jewel Staite’s middle name as her first - close enough)
have been attempting to work through a number of frustrations by drawing - less costly than potentially ruining metal and tools. the effect on my state of mind was opposite.
P.S. forgot to link image I used for pose reference, subconsciously not wanting to associate good stock with.. my art.
this is me and my sister hamming it up for the camera, back in 2007. our group was zombie brides and sailors, who were chased by various undersea creatures, and in between performing those mock attacks, we’d dance down the parade street, singing sea shanties and offering passer byes some undead brains (which were actually pieces of durian - such a fun fruit, SUCH terrible smell and look O_O)
at the time, for all we knew, it was going to be the last Mermaid Parade to be held. luckily - it was saved and continued on.
I had so much fun there, seeing all the unabashed creativity, just having wild fun, creating the costumes, performing, seeing people smile and laugh and enjoy performances and themselves. seeing people give me weird looks but trying to hide it, as I was taking the train back home, while still in my zombie makeup :P
it was an amazing experience and it would be a shame if future generations would lack it.
so … visit their kickstarter and maybe even help along :) http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/377116752/save-the-coney-island-mermaid-from-extinction
i know I’m going to, because this is worth it. (and since I a got a little extra last minute order, i can even afford it! best use of that money IMO)
years ago, I used to play WoW… a lot. nowadays, I play it every once in awhile, usually ressubing for a month around content patches, after Blizzard tempts me back in with one of their free 7 days offers.
through luck and timing, I ended up getting CE of Mysts for free, so I got to keep playing this gal even after my original 10 free days to come back and try pandaria ran out.
I like her. a lot more than I thought I would. she’s adorable. and kinda fun. so i decided to make a quick and messy portrait of her, attempting to break my lack of new art. Her name was one of the randomly generated, but I liked the way it sounded, so I kept it. oh and she’s a monk :)
/random… pandaren women have literally heart shaped faces O_O
I just got myself some new pencils as a treat, they just arrived in a mail today. and it just so happens that I needed something to settle my mind. so I drew daffodils. no references, no lofty goals, just flowers and memory and stillness.
Daffodils have become a symbol of hope for me, rebirth and renewal. they have become a symbol of love. they were the first flowers I’ve ever been given, just because. no special occasion, no ulterior motive.
they poke their heads often through snow, surviving in cold ground, blooming then other things are barely budding. they reach for the sun, mimicking its varying shades and while they don’t survive for long, they always come back. they never give up.
I love them.
new pencils? looked brighter and richer in a box then they do on paper. I like them anyways.
and drawing did help. a little bit.
Genvisa, my jedi sage.
named after priestess in “Troy Game” books by Sara Douglass
I was playing her, sitting in group finder fruitlessly while questing (apparently, people don’t seem to use it to run leveling flashpoints on republic Ebon Hawk >_> ) and it just hit me, how much I love her face. there’s a certain fragility to it, that is only emphasized by her scars. She’s troubled and her face shows it.
so i just had to sketch it, even if just a quick messy sketch. took me maybe 10 minutes tops?
and now back to playing again.
commissioned necklace for http://yarnandteaisallineed.tumblr.com/ - <3 you, hon :)
nickel silver with malaysian jade and hematite. hand cut, hand twisted, shaped and soldered embellishment, and lots of careful polishing.
the length of the chain is 18 inch. I… may have had a little too much fun with posing this necklace for a photograph, but there’s a lot of symbolism to a 5 point star and it is a cardinal part of the alliance emblem.
on my previous post, I asked for suggestions on what to make next. I got a couple. first one was from http://faejilly.tumblr.com/ <3
Joining chalice, with blue in it :D
my original idea was a lot more literal and I may one of these days play with it anyways - a polymer clay mini chalice keychain. but in the end I ended up going with above sketchy interpretation instead.
nickel silver and glass beads, chain pattern goes all the way around to create a 16 in length. soldered, hammered, woven.
next up - house of tide earrings. I already have the sketch done and everything, just need to craft them.
no plan almost from start to finish on this one. I knew I wanted something with weaving. something that combined copper and brass. everything else was just me playing with wire, on and off, letting it go where it would. even as I finished a central piece, I still had no plan. just happened to come across a bag of hematite beads, while searching through my supplies, trying to decide on colors and shapes.
Brass, copper, hematite. chain is 16in long, pendant is 2.25 inches long. possibly for sale, send me an ask if you are interested
speaking of which.
I really could use some commissions, so if you are looking for a unique piece of jewelry for a relatively low price - I’m your gal. there are very few things I cannot do. cosplay? love to. fannish things? yes please. original design? happily.
baring that, I’ll also take suggestions if you guys would like to see something in particular made. still dealing with artblock, so I could use the promts to help out with that.