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Watercolor Walkthrough Part 1 by Laitma Watercolor Walkthrough Part 1 by Laitma
This is like a total letdown and makes me feel incredibly obnoxious but I guess I'll post it anyway because school is rapidly sucking up my life and all my spare time but I'll try to get the rest done, sorrysorry. ;v;
Please tell me if this style is useful/annoying/could be improved, really. I'm pretty sure all the info here is useless but ohwell... I felt like it'd be safer to tell everything I know and hope that something ends up useful to someone? ;v; I sure found the transfer method to be incredibly useful...

L-Let me know if you have any questions, really! D:

Watercolor Walkthrough: [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3]
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:iconesvandetta:
Esvandetta Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
aahhh... This is a wonderful tutorial for those who are watercoloring! ^__^ Care if I add this series to a group favorites?
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Laitma Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Ah, feel free, and I'm glad, I just hope that this could be of use!!  You're very welcome!  <3
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Esvandetta Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
DONE! ^__^
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SketchySei Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wait, I have seen these tuts before, now I just need the materials and to apply this :iconsadtardplz:. The only water colours I have though are pencils. Not sure if it'll have similar results? >_>
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Laitma Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Hmmm, I don't think pencils can give you the same results. They're gonna be more diluted than the raw color pans, and they might not dissolve evenly depending on how much you lay down. I haven't used them often--when I do, I use them only to do my outlines/starting sketches, because they'll "erase"/dissolve when you add water, unlike pencil, which kinda stays forever once you touch water to it.
Do you have access to an arts & crafts store? The winsor & newton watercolor palettes are really cheap if you bring a 40% off coupon! :3
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chocolate-chandelier Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
transfer method is amazing :) the trees would be happy
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:iconlaitma:
Laitma Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Ahhh, hahaha, thank you! Glad it helped! 8)
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aaazafina Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
THANKGOD! I thought no one had a tutorial with Windsor and Newtons -.-'' They are Windsor and Newtons right? I just bought the 24 full pan set and sorta don't have a clue how to use them.....>.<
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Laitma Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Ahahahaha, yep, Winsor and Newton watercolors! They're absolutely fantastic, I hope you enjoy them! :)
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aaazafina Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I will thank you!! ^^ TY SO MUCH just a small question but roughly how long would they take to run out >.< im worried i might finish them quickly
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Laitma Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Student General Artist
Ahahaha, well, it all depends on how much you use them! The colors you use the most (for me, alizarin crimson and ultramarine blue) are quite a ways in, but far from out! They'll last you a good while I guess, but yeah, really depends on how often you use 'em and how much! You can buy half-pans online, since they're hard to find in-person in stores, and they're a little expensive due to S&H, but it'd be worth it, I think. :)
Good luck, sorry I don't have a more exact answer! xD;
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aaazafina Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nope its perfectly fine ^^ I just hope I can be as great as you one day >.< tyvm for taking ur time to answer these questions!! ^^ Btw could i get refills for them???
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Laitma Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Student General Artist
Ahhhhh, sorry for the late response, I always somehow end up in places with no internet... xD;;
Ah, as I mentioned above in the last reply, "half-pans" are what these individual color blocks are called, so that's what you should look up if you want to find re-fills. They're really hard to find in person in art stores since very few stock them (people will mostly just stock the wet tube paints for winsor&newton), but you can find them in come places online! (I only know of dickblick's, I believe,,,) Shipping and handling can be real expensive for such tiny little pans, so it might be better to buy in bulk or buy a tube... It's all up to you!

And gosh, you're a fine atist! Just keep at it and you'll keep on getting better and better! Good luck, and feel free to ask me any other questions you might have! :)
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aaazafina Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
SUPER TYVM!! ^^ it really helped and its okay that it was a late reply ^^ I have some tubes so I may buy a few half pans (my sis has a 45 half pan set from windsor and newton >.<)...

TYVM for telling me about dickblicks..i couldnt really find another site >.<

And tyvm ^^ It means so much to be told im in the right direction^^ Ill be sure to work harder to improve my skills!

Once again thank you very very much ^^
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Laitma Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Student General Artist
No problem at all! Do keep it up, and good luck! Hope you enjoy the watercolors! <3
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aaazafina Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I mean walkthrough*********8
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aaazafina Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
AND I just relised you said they were...sorry -.-'
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nekomimiko Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
Just trying to understand...
So the transfer method is basically like using carbon paper to trace and copy your drawings onto another piece of paper, correct? O:
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Laitma Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Student General Artist
Mmmmm, yep, pretty much, only you don't have to buy carbon paper! xD
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nekomimiko Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
okay :D
that's a healthy option from carbon paper!~ :iconiloveitplz:
carbon paper doesn't like to erase for me... I don't know why I said that, just sharing my.... uhmm yeah :aww:
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FlameFairy Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
I got a question on the transferring part, will the graphite smudge while you are transferring the picture?
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:iconlaitma:
Laitma Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Student General Artist
It most likely should not? You should make sure that the page is taped down so it doesn't move, or the picture transferred will end up wonky. But yeah, the graphite doesn't really smudge unless you rub the paper against the sheet or something; though I've noticed that occasionally, it'll even leave a light print if you press down on it very hard! :u
Overall though, it's a good technique, and there's really not a lot of graphite that ends up on the final page, so it's great! Good luck! C:
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The-Purring-Teapot Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Student General Artist
this is REALLY helpful :iconimhappyplz:

thanks for making this nice tut :heart:
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:iconlaitma:
Laitma Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Student General Artist
A-Ah, no problem at all! Just glad that it was useful! x)
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The-Purring-Teapot Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Student General Artist
<3
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Lineith Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Student General Artist
Both parts look so useful!!
I'll keep this in mind for when I get into watercolors again. I'll give it a try at traditional art soon;p
Thanks for sharing what you know, hun!!
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ElfinBlood Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW HELPFUL THIS WAS!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!
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Laitma Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Student General Artist
Ahahaha, no problemo, dear! Just glad that it helps~
Thanks so much for the +fav and the watch, too! O: I'll try to get to part 3 soon! >w<
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13roses Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
OMG I'VE NEEEVEER HEARD OF THE TRANSFER METHOD!!!! You are amazing!! I'm currently struggling with a haphazard light thingy (a pane of glass behind a hot light, ow) but now I am TOTALLY TRYING THIS! I love the internet!!! And yoU! XD
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Laitma Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Student General Artist
Ahahaha, I'm glad I have a great friend to teach me tons of traditional tricks, is all. xD Glad to have been able to help! Hope it'll save you some pain~ careful with the hot light! 8C Do you use a fluorescent light bulb? They're still hot, but much better than incandescents. xD
Good luck!
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13roses Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
Thanks!! ^ ^
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whaborg Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
Really good walktrough I love the tranfer methd
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Laitma Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Student General Artist
Ahh, thank you! <3
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KleinerSchelm Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG, Thanks for the tips on transferring to a block. I have a block and had to rip off the paper so I caould trace my image. Then thought that is totally defeated the purpose of the block but .... NO MORE!!!! Great stuff!!!
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Laitma Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Student General Artist
Hahahaa, good, thanks! Yeah, it'd really make blocks pointless if there wasn't an alternative, huh? xD There's also specifically-made transfer paper just for this reason too, I think... and carbon sketch pencils? There's a whole bunch. o:
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Curenio Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
By god girly are your brushes small. Holy crap. I don't think I ever use anything smaller than a 12 brush. Of course I work over 13 inches by default these days. But seriously, those things look amazing - the patience and technique you must have to be able to utilize them. >:

The block sounds intriguing, though. I always heard the paper quality went down due to production circumstances, but to be able to have flat paper sounds like a godsend... I bet Arches would be so terribly expensive I wouldn't even want to hear about it, though. ;A;

And watercolor palettes! I'm addicted to my M. Graham & Co. tubes, 'lest I'd totaaaally get one of those. I always end up wasting paint with my bagillion cool-whip covers. /mixes paint stupidly

And kudos on the inking bits. I hat inking and will never do it voluntarily. /adament

Excellent tutorial so far, just to say. <:
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Laitma Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Student General Artist
Ahahahaha, ohgod, I can't stand anything larger, I'm so OCD for details. 'Course, could also be I have very poor control of brushes? I'm not sure. xD
Sad thing is, I want an even smaller brush for detailing hair! D8 All these fullbodies make the hair SUCH A SMALL PATCH and soooooo hard to highlight and shade right!
I'm glad I have the dried-paint box palettes; I'd feel like I'd be wasting a ton of paint otherwise!

But ohgosh yeah no I feel like a complete idiot when I do these walkthroughs, hahaha. /denies it as being a true "tutorial";;
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SketchySei Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, very cool tips with the transfers here! I never knew that's what you could do- now I know how it's done! lol ^^
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Laitma Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Student General Artist
Hohoho, hope it helps! C':> Glad people are finding this useful~ <3
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progo Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010
I'm finding it really weird that people don't know the transferring method. Just like people who don't use windows/computer screens to transfer stuff. THEY REMIND ME OF YOU <3
Honestly it was really funny reading this because of all the parts where I was like...didn't I tell her to do/buy that? BUT YOU TAKE MY KNOWLEDGE AND MAKE PRETTY PICTURES WITH IT WHEREAS I JUST KINDA HOLD IT IN. SO I'M HAPPY :D
Though hey, I've gotten you to use better paints, better paper, all that's left is better brushes. You will turn to the dark side.
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Laitma Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Student General Artist
I KNOW I KNOW I KNOW
EVERYTHING IS YOUR KNOWLEDGE, OH SENSEI
I WOULD NEVER DO TRADITIONAL IF IT WEREN'T FOR YOU 8C
I just thought more people deserved the closest they could get to a pocket version of you c':>

THE DARK SIDE
I SEE IT BUT AM UNSURE AS TO WHETHER OR NOT I TRULY WISH TO APPROACH
I like my cheap $5 tiny!brushes though~ ;v; I haven't had a problem with the first one yet, since the watercolors are so good and wash out so thoroughly!
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KingdomHeartShera Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is SOOOO neat. I just love that your personality comes out in the comments, that made me really smile. ^^ This is just so YOU. :heart: SEE I TOLD YOU PEOPLE WOULD WANT A WALKTHROUGH! XD

Your technique is really neat, especially that transferring one. :) I should look into getting some better pens- maybe then I wouldn't be so cautious about doing traditional. The ones I have right now have too thick a nib, despite the fact that they're the thinnest that brand gets. Hmph. But, that certain type of pen doesn't bleed with the watercolor? That's so neat! ^^

I'm really happy you're doing this. Just saying. :heart:
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Laitma Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2010  Student General Artist
Hahahaha, I've got to push this point so much more ohgod in retrospect that was dumb of me, but seriously, virtually EVERYTHING in this tutorial is learned from/taken from :iconprogo:. She's so fucking amazing, holy shit. D:
But yeah, uhhhh, what pens are you using? owo There are usually a whole bunch of pens like what I use; Sakura Microns, Faber Castell, Prismacolor... any of those should be fine enough, though I haven't yet tried Faber Castell pens since they're never sold separately and all I ever wanted was another 005 xD
I-I'll work on it, hun! I get wordy so quickly, though... ;c;
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KingdomHeartShera Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I know she helped you a lot, but you have your own spin on things~ :heart: Which I think is awesome. :>

I haven't done traditional in a while, but I always used a Pilot Precise V5 extra-fine tip pen. While its ink came out well, usually too much came out, though I'm sure that was partly due to me hestiating and pressing too hard. They really need to modify packs for us artists who want singles like that! XD

But I LOOOOOVE that. :heart:
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Laitma Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Student General Artist
Hahahaha, yeah, but she's a TEACHER of the fucking best possible kind. I wish I could clone her and have one by my side all the time all throughout my life. The techniques she's taught me and the materials she's recommended to me has really made me into the artist I am, man, style entirely aside. <3
But uhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yeah, I think you should look into getting an artist's inking pen. xD MICRONS. MICRONS ARE GORGEOUS BEAUTIFUL BASTARDS THAT I ADORE. <3
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KingdomHeartShera Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
OLOLOL D'aaaw~ That's really neat! You're not that bad of a teacher either, y'know. Just firm enough, and you point out exactly what needs changing, and all that jazz. ^^ Every artist needs a sensei-lady. :)

Yeah? I'll try to see if there are some around! Maybe there are some decent ones at the school store. Hm.
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Laitma Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Student General Artist
fffffffffffDITTO
Everyone seriously DOES need a teacher. It's just so much material to try and tackle alone! D:

There's Faber-Castell, but I haven't personally tried any. And prismacolor, which seem to me to be exact replicas of microns just under a different name. 8|;; The pen size names are even the same!
But yeah, Microns tend to fade/rub out, so they're a little annoying in that regard. I think I used to almost ink things twice. xD But nowadays I just focus less on the lines QUITE so much and let it be~ xD
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KingdomHeartShera Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It really is! It's like with everything else. We build on our pasts, so why not save someone a few years of struggling if you can help them with a few tips? XD

Pffft, silly copiers. XD It'd be nice to find some actual ART pens, considering I've just been using regular ones . . . We'll see, next time I'm at a store! ^^ I'd like to do a little more traditional sometime.

Good! Stop fretting so much all the time! XP /bad influence
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Morrosseth Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
(I use Reeves, orz;;. Must finish or will feel guilty spending money on it when I was an idiot--)
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Laitma Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Student General Artist
Ahahaha, d'aaw~
The paints themselves are quite alright, color-wise. They don't do anything weird to your picture, per se... but they just stain things SO BAD! 8C MY brush is pink now, argh!
But, but, really, don't stress it! And these cotman watercolors can be real cheap; under $20, if you know where to buy them. If you know of an AC Moore or Michael's near you, they always have their 40-50% off one item coupons, sooo~ 8D
/queen of thrift, hahahaha
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