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Hey fellow artists! The new fanart community [community profile] drawesome has been really active since its inception in July and there are two posts that might be interesting for you guys too (disclaimer, yes I made those posts).

Posing references

This is a list of books, online articles, stock image sites and tutorials we compiled. I'd love more links though.

Storing art

This is a discussion I started today mainly because I don't feel I have a proper storage solution for my pastels yet.

I'd be delighted if some of you add your own resources or thoughts here in this post or over at [community profile] drawesome. We artists should help each other out!
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Hey all, I made a pastel drawing of a galaxy that I want to use as a background later but thought the WIP shots might be interesting to some folks here. It was the first time I attempted anything space-related in that medium and it went surprisingly well.

Final product:

finished spiral galaxy

Materials: rough white sketching paper A4-size, pastel chalks and pastel pencil

The WIP shots are in my journal.
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I hope this post inspires other artists to show their work again this year! I'd love to see it! I have been on a very long hiatus - not creating anything due to hectic work but I managed this pencil drawing a couple of days ago. Mostly it was a challenge in drawing hair spilling naturally over two pillows and I'm sure it could be better. If anyone would like to share some tips regarding hair, I'd appreciate it!

See it here at my journal

All the best for all of you and happy creating!
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Hi everyone, I posted a completed work from my course on pastels here in my journal.
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I made a post about it here at my journal.
What I learned: Don't try to layer watercolour over ink, it doesn't really work. :-)
I don't have an external account for my images, else I would post them here directly, sorry.
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An attempt at drawing Niall without any reference. I think I need more practice.

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A scribble done with ballpoint in my tiny notebook. :)

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Today, we studied the style of Don Andrews ( since our teacher was taking a workshop from him. His style is exceptionally wonderful. He has a "found colour" technique that works really well, although I didn't find any new colours here at all. :) It's W&N French Ultramarine, DS Phthalo Green, as well as a mixture on the palette of Phthalo Green and Phthalo Blue to get a neat Turquoise, which I didn't know how to make.


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Art » WC Brooklyn Bridge

Ink and Wash painting of the Brooklyn Bridge

I had asked our teacher to go over some ink and wash techniques with us. Instead she showed us outlining as a means to "rescue" a painting we weren't happy with. I read about this technique in an issue of Watercolour magazine last year, but it wasn't really what I wanted to work on, so I struck off on my own.


The source image came from an old calendar. It has lots of spectral qualities, which is probably the main attraction of the image as a photograph. I was struck more by the structural elements of the bridge, the skyline against the horizon, and the diagonal parking area.

Ink Drawing

I was initially pretty pleased with how the inking turned out. I used a Sharpie writing pen, rather than my usual Sharpie markers. The ink was drying out with the near constant use on the very absorbant watercolour paper, so it's not nearly as I'd have liked it. Still I do like the way things look at this point.

First Wash: Sky

Second and Third Washes

Darken Elements, add some details

Fourth Wash: Deepen Values

Redraw Bridge: Better Perspective


I'm hoping I can manipulate the bridge deck to return some perspective to it and make it actually look like it's moving into the picture.

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Finished this today. I'm okay with it, I want to do more with the weeds, but I'm afraid if I do I'll destroy the saved white.

[Painting] Snow and Barn in Winter

Snow and Barn in Winter

Watercolour on Arches 140lb cold press. Tamara Temple

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Started a new project today, a snowy church with trees around:

click to go to project page

Project Start: 2012-11-14

Other people in the class had been working on this piece a few weeks back, when I was working on the waterfall. I finally decided to put that aside and work on something else.

I decided to forgo looking at the source photo at all, and do this entirely from my own thoughts and feelings. I sketched up the basic shapes of the church, steeple, windows, ground line and trees without any guides, save the 3x3 matrix. (I still need to get those lines erased.)

The instructor said to start with painting in a graduated wash of raw sienna starting from the ground line and going up, lightest part on the top of the page. I didn't have raw sienna, so I used quin gold instead, which I am particularly happy with. I wish I had gotten a picture of it while just the gold wash was on it, but sadly, my phone was dead.

The next was to put a blue wash from the top down. I used french ultramarine tempered with a bit of cerulean blue. I tried to wait until the previous wash was completely dry, including running a hot blow drier over it, but I think the paper still had a tiny bit of moisture in it, since the sky wash didn't come out as neatly as I'd like.

While the sky was wet, I started to paint in the background trees. Unfortunately, the sky wash dried rather quickly and so I didn't get the bleeding I wanted all around.

(Cross-posted from a snowy church with trees around)

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Hi, I just joined here ([community profile] art that is). I've been taking watercolour painting classes for the past few years. I would like to connect to other watercolourists and other artists to get some more feedback on my work. My teacher is really great and I love her, and I have another friend who is a pro watercolourist who gives me help. I'm just looking for more of a sense of community as well.

So, my current work in progress is a waterfall. This is my first go at flowing water and I'm really struggling.

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Update: Corrected link:
For more on this work, see
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Pencil drawing from this wonderful photo of two starlings fighting.


Fullsize version under the cut )
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This was made with a ridiculous mishmash of pens and a couple brushes, and I'm not even going to try: except to say that the Pentel brush pen is still the most amazing thing I have EVER purchased and everyone should own one.

Follow the link to see the full-sized image...

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A fanart of Louis Litt (from Suits) as portrayed by the lovely Rick Hoffman.

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Meet Kaiser.

He's the oldest of my original characters. I have had him since sophomore year of high school; I was fifteen. I still want to do a comic with him and his sister. They are both magic wielders (or something).

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