• 8 Free Templates for Drawing Insects and Plants as a Beginner
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    8 Free Templates for Drawing Insects and Plants as a Beginner

    Practice botanical watercolor illustration and loosen your strokes using these naturalist drawing templates There’s only one way to know if you are mastering the technique of naturalist illustration: going from theory to action. If you specialize in watercolor, the process begins with a pencil sketch to loosen your hand and get over the fear of the blank page. Then you bring your drawing to life by creating a color palette, playing with shading and volumes, adding textures and highlighting specific areas. Artist and illustrator Cristina Cilloniz ( @cristina_cilloniz ), specializes in watercolor and shares eight naturalist illustration templates with you. Simply choose your favourite and start practicing in pencil, before adding brush strokes. There are insect templates and other botanical themes for nature lovers like you.

  • 435 Free Bird Watercolors from the 19th Century
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    435 Free Bird Watercolors from the 19th Century

    Get inspired by these watercolors of North American birds as an introduction to naturalist illustration If you have the opportunity to escape to the mountains or spend some time in a park with your paintbrushes, do not miss it. It’s the best way to make the most of watercolor when painting botanical and naturalist illustration. If, however, what you really like is painting birds, you will need a great deal of patience, as they can spread their wings at any moment, and leave you halfway through your composition. In addition to working from observation, you can use reference images to practice painting birds from other countries, and even from other eras. Birds of America gives you this opportunity: a journey into the natural world of the 19th century. Printed between 1827 and 1838, this free resource contains 435 life-size watercolors of North American birds, all reproduced from hand-etched plates. Its author, John James Audubon, America's first ornithologist, is considered the original wildlife illustrator.

  • Free Visual Reference Guide for Botanical Watercolor
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    Free Visual Reference Guide for Botanical Watercolor

    Learn to use visual references in botanical watercolor with this guide shared by illustrator Luli Reis In botanical illustration, besides observation, it is very important to wisely choose the visual reference you will use in your projects. Whether it's a real plant or a high-resolution photo, some care must be taken so that you can reproduce a fruit, flower or plant with fidelity and details that add layers of realism and meaning.

  • Essential Materials for Painting in Watercolor and Gouache
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    Essential Materials for Painting in Watercolor and Gouache

    Learn about the materials you need to start in watercolor and gouache painting and achieve amazing results Watercolor is one of the most ancient forms of painting, and although you don't need advanced tools and materials to start out, you will require a great deal of confidence and control to achieve the best results. Watercolor lends itself to many applications and has been used through the centuries all over the world. It is a popular technique that has recently enjoyed renewed popularity, thanks to its expressivity, simplicity, and understated charm.

  • Top 10 Creative Domestika Projects of June 2021
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    Top 10 Creative Domestika Projects of June 2021

    Get inspired by Angelina Jolie’s portrait and a concrete kitchen table, two of the most liked projects this month Some of the best-loved subjects by watercolor artists are birds. The Domestika community also shares this preference and last month two of the most appreciated projects were watercolors with birds as protagonists. Other techniques stood out among the community, such as a concrete table and sentimental embroidery. Don’t forget to publish your end-of-course project or any other work you have completed in the Domestika community area. Sharing creativity is great for everyone. Furthermore, any member of the community can put a like or comment on your project. If it is one of the projects to have received more likes during the month, it will feature in the 10 best projects blog post like the one you are reading.

  • 10 Free Online Watercolor Classes For improving Your Technique
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    10 Free Online Watercolor Classes For improving Your Technique

    Discover the techniques used by watercolor experts that will help you achieve unexpected results Watercolor is one of the most ancient forms of painting, and although you don't need advanced tools and materials to start out in this technique, you will require a great deal of confidence and control to achieve the best results in this medium. Following a watercolor painting course can help you master it and explore the possibilities of this technique, which happen by combining water, pigment, and playing with transparency.

  • 12 Free Watercolor Photoshop Brushes
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    12 Free Watercolor Photoshop Brushes

    Explore watercolor and illustration techniques in the popular imaging software using these free downloadable brushes When we think of watercolor, we tend to imagine an artist using paintbrushes. However, there is no limit to creativity, and nowadays, it is more and more common to combine traditional with digital techniques. The magic of watercolor traditionally happens through playing with water, pigment, and transparency. You can also master volume, light, and color through digital programs such as Photoshop. Illustrator and print designer Camino López (@caminolopez) admits that watercolor is a discipline that does not allow for mistakes. You need to be very skillful, and although this is a challenge she likes to take on, she works digitally, as this will enable her to achieve impressive results.

  • Basic Materials for Coloring Photos with Watercolors
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    Basic Materials for Coloring Photos with Watercolors

    Discover which materials you need to start experimenting with paint and photographs After Joseph Niépce produced the first photograph in 1826, around 100 years passed before the first color film arrived. However, you would be mistaken to think that all photographic records produced during that century were in black and white. Long before the legendary Kodachrome, one of the first great photographic color films, color was added by hand using processes such as photo painting, also known as hand coloring.

  • 5 Contemporary Artists Who Color Photographs with Paint
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    5 Contemporary Artists Who Color Photographs with Paint

    Discover this technique for coloring photos and be inspired by these innovative photographers and visual artists Painting and photography are two visual languages that can be combined to create surreal universes that awaken our creativity and imagination. For Brazilian documentary filmmaker, director of photography, photographer, and visual artist Carine Wallauer (@wallauercarine), combining photo records with watercolor painting techniques allows her to experiment with new emotions and play with different tones and textures in her art.

  • Watercolour World: Access 100,000 Pre-1900 Watercolor Paintings
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    Watercolour World: Access 100,000 Pre-1900 Watercolor Paintings

    Explore this archive collating 100,000 watercolor paintings created before 1900, which have been recovered by the Marandi Foundation Long before photography existed, artists, explorers, and scientists used watercolors to capture the world around them and record moments from everyday life. While lots of museums and organizations have recovered a great deal of material, there are still millions of priceless paintings out there waiting to be discovered. Although most of the authors are anonymous or unknown painters, the Marandi Foundation has committed itself to finding, digitizing, and categorizing these artworks for its Watercolour World archive, which includes more than 100,000 watercolor paintings. You can use their search engine to explore their catalog and download images for free in high resolution. Collaborative efforts have led to the foundation discovering where a lot of these paintings come from and what they were trying to say.

  • Watercolor Tutorial: How to Create Shadow Using Color Theory
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    Watercolor Tutorial: How to Create Shadow Using Color Theory

    Learn the basics of using Color Theory to create shadow in watercolor for beginners, with Sarah Stokes Sarah Stokes is a watercolor artist based in Worcestershire, UK. Known for her animal paintings, she uses tone and shadow to create movement, definition and texture in her work. When working with color like Sarah, Color Theory is a great tool to use as it illustrates the relationship between primary, secondary and tertiary colors and how to use them together. The color theory tells us that by adding a complimentary color to a base color, we can create a darker, more neutral shade, and dull the original base color down. This new shade can then be used to aid composition, depth and balance when applied as a color to create shadow. In this beginner's tutorial, Sarah Stokes explains how to use a color wheel to find the complimentary color to your base color, and how to create a muddier version of this shade to add shadow.

  • How to Combine Watercolor and Oil to Get the Best Results
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    How to Combine Watercolor and Oil to Get the Best Results

    Ale Casanova explains how to improve your creations by combining watercolor and oil painting techniques Ale Casanova (@casanova_ale) is a painter and teacher with a degree in fine art. He works mainly with oil paints and watercolor to create striking portraits and nudes. His work has been exhibited in cities across Spain and Europe and has enabled him to build a career as a teacher, carry out workshops around Spain, and develop a technique where color and light become focal points in his paintings. In this exclusive tutorial for the PRO community, Ale challenges what we have always been told: we shouldn’t mix watercolor paints with oil paints given that they are oil- and water-based. He shows us how to combine these seemingly opposing techniques. How? Using an intermediary element. The painter guides us through his process so that we too can mix these techniques and use them to our advantage, no matter our level. He shares tips and helps us to discover new uses for our paints that will give us unexpected results.

  •  7000 Free Watercolors of Fruits and Vegetables
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    7000 Free Watercolors of Fruits and Vegetables

    Be inspired by these 100-year-old watercolor paintings from the U.S. Department of Agriculture archives If you like to paint fruit and vegetables in watercolor, you will be inspired by the Pomological Watercolors collection. This digital archive, created by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) at the end of the 19th century, includes a collection of 7497 paintings, mainly watercolors and lithographs, that you can download for free. Each watercolor includes the year and author of the painting and the scientific and common names of the fruit, vegetable, or plant depicted. The collection is a brilliant source of inspiration and a great reference to help you create a mood board during your creative process. Read on to find out more about this list and how it came to be.

  • Free Domestika E-book: Watercolor for Beginners
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    Free Domestika E-book: Watercolor for Beginners

    Learn the basics of watercolor painting with this free e-book from Domestika experts Watercolor can be a perfect medium to awaken your creativity. You don’t need experience, and anyone who feels drawn to this technique can begin right away. Domestika’s free watercolor e-book is a beginner’s guide that can help you make the most of this medium and reach your artistic potential. Get some essential tips as you read it, and discover why this discipline attracts so many artists. It will become a valuable go-to reference for revisiting the basics and making painting an enjoyable experience.

  • Free Guide to Learn How To Draw Flowers and Leaves
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    Free Guide to Learn How To Draw Flowers and Leaves

    Want to learn how to draw leaves and flowers? Check out this guide shared by Luli Reis, an illustrator specializing in botanical watercolor Observation is the most important skill for those who create botanical art, after all, nature, together with its nuances and particularities, serves as a starting point and inspiration for everything that will be created. Over time, you will be able to perceive and learn patterns that are repeated in several botanical varieties. Brazilian visual artist and illustrator Luli Reis (@lulireis) seeks to convey her love and admiration for botanical life through expressive watercolor compositions. In her creative process, the details of leaves and flowers play a crucial role in expressing and reproducing the beauty and enchantment present in nature.

  • Top 10 Creative Projects of March 2021
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    Top 10 Creative Projects of March 2021

    We put together the projects that received the most likes in March within the Domestika community We kick off the new month by introducing you to the 10 favorite community projects for March. Final projects of courses from different disciplines, teachers' works and commissions are mixed in this space open to creativity. All of them different but with something in common: they are the projects that have received the most likes. In March, watercolor has had a lot of prominence, but also crochet and illustration. Nature has been one of the most inspiring themes and has also been the highlighted theme in other disciplines, such as packaging. And as for digital arts, a work done with the SketchUp design program stands out. To check their creative processes, click on the red titles. Don't forget to add your comment at the end of the article and let us know your favorite.

  • 10 Artists and Designers to Draw Inspiration From for Your Botanical Watercolors
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    10 Artists and Designers to Draw Inspiration From for Your Botanical Watercolors

    Artist and illustrator Luli Reis shares the artists who inspire her botanical watercolors Exploring the textures, contrasts, colors, and shapes present in nature can be an infinite source of inspiration. This almost infinite universe is where the visual artist and illustrator Luli Reis (@lulireis) finds references for her expressive watercolor compositions, illustrations full of color, and movements that can only be found in nature.

  • Free Brief Color Theory Guide
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    Free Brief Color Theory Guide

    Do you want to understand color theory? Check out this guide shared by an illustrator specialized in botanical watercolor For any artist, mastering colors is as fundamental as mastering the technique. This mastery of basic concepts is what allows the creation of unique and surprising combinations, as well as the transmission of ideas, sensations, emotions and impressions. Through expressive watercolor compositions, visual artist and illustrator Luli Reis (@lulireis) seeks to convey her love and admiration for botanical life. In her creative process, colors play a crucial role in expressing and reproducing the beauty and enchantment present in nature.

  • Watercolor Tutorial: Basic Mark-Making Techniques
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    Watercolor Tutorial: Basic Mark-Making Techniques

    Learn the basics of watercolor and how to use it for mark-making, with Amy Pearson Hand-painted watercolor strokes, shapes, and marks can help bring a digital illustration to life. Amy Pearson (@amypearsondesign) is an illustrator who combines analog and digital techniques to create striking images. In this tutorial, she shares how to use watercolor to make bright and beautiful marks that can be scanned and manipulated in Photoshop to create effective mixed media illustrations.