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Watercolor Tutorial by Vassantha Watercolor Tutorial by Vassantha
I was testing my new camera when I had the idea of taking photos of a few steps of my current drawing ^^. And here it is!
This isn't a real tutorial because I'm not a professional artist, it's just to show how I proceed. So if you have any ideas about how I could progress, it would be very helpful :).
And please excuse my English too, it isn't my native language (that's the first time I type such a long text in English o_o).

Completed drawing: [link]
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:iconshark-san:
Shark-san Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
lovely tutorial!  It's always cool to see others' techniques.  
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:iconnatushah98:
Natushah98 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013

Thanks for the help!! Very useful.

Quick question: About the water colour pencils, does it HAVE to be water colour? Or could you use normal color pencils too?

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:iconvassantha:
Vassantha Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
You're welcome ^^.
You can use any kind of pencils.
Though the water colours ones can be useful to "blur" some of the lines.
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:iconnatushah98:
Natushah98 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
thanks!!
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:iconeryshta:
Eryshta Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Very useful. Thanks;)
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:iconpoketherock:
PokeTheRock Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
that was actually helpful, i'll try it out at home...so wetting the paper before drawing, I have never thought of that d'oh
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:iconvassantha:
Vassantha Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
I'm glad it's helpful to you ^^
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:iconstarlit-dream:
starlit-dream Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Thank you for the tutorial! It's very helpful :)
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:icontijonwolfsmajestys:
TijonWolfsMajestys Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
VERY cool tutorial :D Great work
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:iconram750:
Ram750 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
Very nice, thanks you answered a lot of my questions. Your English is much better than most native speakers/writers.
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:iconvassantha:
Vassantha Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
Thank you!
I'm glad I could be useful ^^.
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:iconpwoperzoo:
pwoperzoo Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
Lovely drawing~
So do you wet the paper or the colors itself...or both? i'm confused :/
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:iconvassantha:
Vassantha Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
Thank you ^^.
In fact I do both, sorry if it was confusing ^^;.
Wetting the paper allows you to apply the watercolour in an homogeneous way, while wetting the colors allows you to adjust its tone (the more water you add, the lighter it will be) :).
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:iconpwoperzoo:
pwoperzoo Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
i see...so is it okay if i don't wet the paint too much? because i feel like i'm treating my watercolor paint like normal paint :|
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:iconvassantha:
Vassantha Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
Of course it's okay, it depends on your tastes ^^.
Personally, I don't wet the paint a lot (except for very large areas).
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:iconpwoperzoo:
pwoperzoo Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
thanks ^^
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:iconkarolina1994:
karolina1994 Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Student General Artist
It's really amazing! Thank you for the good tips! :-)
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:iconvassantha:
Vassantha Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
You're welcome ! I'm glad it was useful ^^.
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:iconlacelazier:
lacelazier Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
This fits my style, excellent work making the tutorial!!
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:iconproxyness:
PrOxYnEsS Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011   Traditional Artist
Very nice composition, and use of watercolor. It was helpful!
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:iconcoffeekarena:
CoffeeKarena Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Very helpful. Thanks.
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:iconylee:
YLee Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
An impressive tutorial for a WONDERFUL painting! Excellently done.
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:iconvassantha:
Vassantha Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
Thank you ! It's too much praising ^^
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:iconaruki:
aruki Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
this is really helpful! i always wanted to try painting using watercolor, but i suppose i'm just too lazy to find some tutorials over the net (i'm no art student, too, so.. yeah). Thanks very much! :)
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:iconvassantha:
Vassantha Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010
Thank you! I'm glad it can be of any help. Watercolor is so cool and convenient (doesn't require as much time and technics as oil painting XD).
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:iconkouteri:
kouteri Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
well thats wonderful! Thank you!

But i was wondering...did you tape your piece onto a board or something?
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:iconvassantha:
Vassantha Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
You're welcome ^^.
I didn't have to tape the paper because its edges were already glued to the block. It's really convenient to prevent the paper from being distorted by the water.
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:iconkouteri:
kouteri Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
But did you have to wet the paper fully before glueing it on the block? o.0
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:iconvassantha:
Vassantha Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
No, I don't usually wet the whole paper. But I know that some people do, I guess it depends on what effect you want to obtain.
In fact I didn't glued the paper myself, it was sold like that, which is very convenient in my opinion ^^.
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:iconkouteri:
kouteri Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010
ok! thank you! x]
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:iconcat-walk:
Cat-walk Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Student
This is amazing! Really helped me a lot, thank you! :love:
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:iconjuliet-ritzer:
Juliet-Ritzer Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
Thanks. It's very helpful.
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:iconnicholastse:
nicholastse Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
u are professional indeed, thanks for sharing this
if u pardon me, may i ask what colors should use for skin?
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:iconvassantha:
Vassantha Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
Thank you :).
For the skin, I use a mix of red+yellow (=orange) and use a lot of water so that it remains light. For tanned skin I add some burnt umber and a touch of black.
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:iconnicholastse:
nicholastse Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010
all my pleasure!
thank u so much for your guide, i really appreciate it.
wish to see more great work from u :)
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:iconmaitorahka:
Maitorahka Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
This one was really helpful :] And the complete work is really pretty too <3
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:iconvassantha:
Vassantha Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
Thanks ^^! I'm happy it can be helpful.
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:iconfloorsteinz:
FloorSteinz Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Student Digital Artist
ofcourse you're a real artist =w=; what makes an artist in your opinion? :) some diploma with '' artist'' on it? ^^

good tutorial :3 keep on the good work ^^
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:iconvassantha:
Vassantha Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
Thanks ^^. You're right, there are many artists out there that never got a diploma for their awesome work :D. Art is above all a passion <3.
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:iconfloorsteinz:
FloorSteinz Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Student Digital Artist
absolutly =D
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:iconeun-young:
Eun-Young Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009
Really helpful, and so clear, and funny :clap:

thanks!!
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:iconvassantha:
Vassantha Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2009
Thank you! I was so afraid it wouldn't be understandable ^^;!
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:iconorangejuic:
OrangeJuic Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009
thank you! great tutorial and plus the only one that tells you how to make a skin color!
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:iconvassantha:
Vassantha Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
Thanks, I'm happy that my little tuto can be of any use ^^
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:iconelfthekiller:
elfthekiller Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Student Digital Artist
waw, its really helpful for me.

i want to ask something, is there any big differences between watercolor in tube and pot ? cause i always see every illustrator use watercolor in pot,


:please:

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If u'll die tomorrow, what will u gonna do today ?
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:iconvassantha:
Vassantha Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
Honestly, I don't know :(. I find watercolor in pot more convenient to mix colors but this is only my personal taste :). But I refill the pots from watercolor in tube anyway :D.
Sorry for not being able to answer clearly, but now I'm interested in this question too ^^
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:iconelfthekiller:
elfthekiller Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Student Digital Artist
no it isn't ! its very clearly for me :w00t: :w00t:

so, its not make a big differences if i use in tube than in pot, right ?? :meow:

sorry if i have so much question :forgiveme:
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:iconvassantha:
Vassantha Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
Well, indeed for me it isn't a big difference ^^. But as I said I'm not a pro so I don't really know, maybe it depends on the brand too.
There's no problem with questions, on the contrary I feel very honoured that people ask me :).
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:iconelfthekiller:
elfthekiller Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009  Student Digital Artist
hmmm, i understand now,, not a pro?? but your art is great...
thanks anyway... :D
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joneko Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009
I am ALWAYS torn about watercolors -- I want to use them more, but I never know what to do about all the pencil I use, and no one has ever offered an explanation. Thank you so much for answering the question that's kept me from them! <3
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