• Watercolor Tutorial: Wet-on-Wet Technique
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    Watercolor Tutorial: Wet-on-Wet Technique

    Learn to blend wet watercolors with Ana Santos Watercolor is a much more complex medium than one might suppose: one has to understand the drying times, when to use more opaque or watery colours, and how to mix the different shades well, avoiding undesired results–or taking advantage of them. Artist and illustrator Ana Santos (@anasantos) teaches us in this tutorial how to use the wet-on-wet technique, in which the same layer of paint is used, before drying, to perfectly blend the colors. Learn more in this video:

  • Watercolor Tutorial: How to unblock your creativity
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    Watercolor Tutorial: How to unblock your creativity

    Learn the technique to turn watermarks into characters, to lose the fear of watercolors and break the creative logjam with Alinailustra Creative blocks are something all artists have to deal with, no matter their discipline or experience. The blank page can intimidate us, but it’s important to get rid of the fear and not stop practicing. Alinailustra (@alinailustra), an illustrator and graphic designer, shares the keys to an exercise that will unblock your creativity and transform watercolor marks into scenes and characters. Find out more in the video below:

  • Acrylic Alchemy: Tips for Mesmerizing Fantasy Art
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    Acrylic Alchemy: Tips for Mesmerizing Fantasy Art

    My journey through the realm of fantasy art spans three decades, intertwining my passion for bird photography with the intricate world of role-playing game illustrations. The fusion of these worlds has enabled me to inject a dose of realism into the fantastical, crafting pieces that captivate and tell stories beyond words. The cornerstone of my artistic practice is rooted in the initial stages: sketching thumbnails until I find the one that works, shaping it into a final drawing, and then basing the acrylic painting on this drawing. The thumbnail stage is crucial for composition, and for breaking down the grand vision into small, manageable sections. It's here that the painting begins to take shape, segment by segment, ensuring each piece contributes to the whole. If you don’t get your thumbnail right before you start your painting, you will have to start the whole painting process over later on. I prefer working on watercolor board, but watercolor paper works as well. I use a simple photocopy and some coal to transfer my final drawing onto the board for the painting. The mood is set using lighting, bounce light, shadow and movement. The painting steps themselves are divided into different coloring stages. I usually start dark and go lighter along the way, ending the process with all the finer details. To breathe life into my artwork, I rely on a meticulously crafted moodboard, a collection of references that infuse realism into the fantastical. Whether it's the anatomy of bat wings, the fierce facial expression of a T-Rex or raptor head, the graceful glide of flying dinosaurs, or the ethereal beauty of cloudscapes, each element serves to ground my creations in a semblance of reality while allowing imagination to soar. What makes a painting believable, isn’t just physical accuracy. The mood of the character, particularly when it occupies the focal point, is paramount. From the nuanced facial expressions to intricate details of a backpack, or the unique features of a creature companion, everything has to feel real. So it’s very important to look at the real word for inspiration. Hopefully by the end of the process the painting will capture both the eye and the heart. For those eager to dive deeper into the world of fantasy acrylic painting, to explore the interplay of realism and imagination, I’m thrilled to be able to share my creative process in the art of fantasy acrylic painting with you in my new Domestica painting course.

  • Watercolor Tutorial: color palettes in botanical illustration
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    Watercolor Tutorial: color palettes in botanical illustration

    Botanical illustration techniques to create and apply color palettes to different types of illustrations with Ana Victoria Calderon When creating color palettes with watercolor, one of the best options is to be inspired by nature itself. If we start from images taken from botanical photographs, we will find color palettes that perhaps we would not use on our own initiative in our illustrations. In this way, we can practice with different colors and discover new chromatic combinations. Ana Victoria Calderon (@anavictoriana) teaches us how to extract the color palette from a floral photograph and replicate it using those same colors. Do you want to learn how to use the colors of nature? Pick a photo and let's get to it.

  • Illustration Tutorial: watercolor lettering
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    Illustration Tutorial: watercolor lettering

    5 practical exercises with brushes to learn how to write comfortably and find your personal style of lettering to apply to your watercolor projects Handmade lettering made with watercolors has a personal and natural quality that no other technique can imitate. By creating letters with our brush and some ink, we give them a unique texture that reveals how you are as an artist and contributes to boosting the customer's confidence in our personal style. If you want to get started in the world of watercolor lettering, painter and illustrator Ana Victoria Calderon (@anavictoriana) offers below 5 tips and practical exercises with brushes, to lose the fear of ink and get excited about one of the world's most beautiful techniques.

  • The watercolor palette of your dreams
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    The watercolor palette of your dreams

    My name is Florencia Álvarez Brunel, I love watercolors and the passion I have for them has led me to explore depths I never imagined. In this artistic journey, I have discovered the beauty of creating handcrafted watercolor collections, an experience as enriching as it is challenging. Through these words, I want to share with you the essential keys that I have learned and that I consider fundamental for any painting enthusiast who wishes to embark on this adventure.

  •  Watercolor tutorial: how to make homemade binder
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    Watercolor tutorial: how to make homemade binder

    Learn the recipe and steps to make the classic binder you need to make watercolors at home with Scriptorium Yayyan. Is there anything more crafty than painting your own watercolor paintings? Yes: doing it with watercolors made at home by ourselves! Discover how to make the binder that will give body to our watercolors with Scriptorium Yayyan: we will use only six eggs, honey, water, gum arabic and clove essential oil. Gather the ingredients and let's go!

  • Watercolor Tutorial: textures with hairs and thorns
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    Watercolor Tutorial: textures with hairs and thorns

    How to create textures in leaves and stems with Paulina Maciel When we face botanical illustration one of the biggest challenges are the textures of leaves, petals and flower stems. In this tutorial Paulina Maciel (@pau_maciel), designer and illustration artist specialized in watercolor technique, and creative director and founder of Canela, will show you some tricks to get more realism in leaves and stems by working on textures. Discover the tutorial in the following video:

  • 5 Free Watercolor Lessons to Start Painting in 2024

    5 Free Watercolor Lessons to Start Painting in 2024

    Unlock Your Artistic Potential in 2024: Get 5 Free Watercolor Lessons & Start Painting Today! Watercolor paint is an ancient form of painting, if not the most ancient form of art itself. It dates back to the cave paintings of paleolithic Europe. Maybe you think you wouldn't fit in during those times, you might deem yourself to be too metropolitan for that kind of environment, but what if you knew how to paint? Perhaps that could save you from the "hunting a bear rite of passage"? Just in case you were planing on traveling to the past... This article will help you immensely! These lessons will be open from the 12th until the 27th of January at 00.00H! What are you waiting for? This is enough time to take a taste sample of all courses these tutorials are taken from. Maybe not enough time to travel back to paleolithic Europe...

  • 8 Free Tutorials to Get Started in Watercolor

    8 Free Tutorials to Get Started in Watercolor

    Learn the basics of this technique and digitize your creations with watercolor with these tutorials It doesn’t matter if you are starting or are already charting your path in watercolor painting, it is always good to receive advice and learn new tricks from the professionals who work it every day. These 5 tutorials to start, develop and improve your talent in watercolor are essential for you if you are one of those who enjoy the chance and unpredictability of watercolor:

  • Watercolor Tutorial: How to Paint with Watercolor Brushes and Pencils
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    Watercolor Tutorial: How to Paint with Watercolor Brushes and Pencils

    Naranjalidad teaches us different techniques to mix colors with brushes or watercolor pencils, step by step Watercolor offers a wide array of creative possibilities. You only need a brush and a few pigments to get going. Choosing the right colors, brushes and techniques is crucial for bringing the final work to life.

  • My Top 10 Essential Watercolor Supplies for Every Artist
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    My Top 10 Essential Watercolor Supplies for Every Artist

    As a professional watercolor artist, I’m often asked, "What do I need to start painting with watercolor?" The great news is, a good watercolor kit doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive and, if you make the right choices now, you’ll be working with your tools for many years to come. I’ve already written an in depth free guide, "A Quick Start Materials Summary for Beginners,” which you can find below, aimed at helping confident beginners choose the right tools for their style - but if you want a quick start guide, these are my all-time favorite supplies!

  • Photoshop Tutorial: Creating a Watercolor Brush
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    Photoshop Tutorial: Creating a Watercolor Brush

    Learn how to create a custom brush from your watercolors with Adobe Photoshop for digital illustration Working in digital format does not necessarily mean having to be content with the basic tools of design and illustration software; Just as in traditional painting, there are infinite possibilities, and the fusion between digital and analog elements allows us to obtain incredible and unexpected results. The creation of personalized brushes from your own watercolor stains is one of the favorite options of Ricard López, better known as Ricardilus (@ricardilus), to work on his illustrations and in this video he shows you, step by step, how make them. See the tutorial below:

  • 12 Watercolor Techniques to Try

    12 Watercolor Techniques to Try

    If you're new to watercolor painting these 12 watercolor techniques from basic to advanced will give you all the tips you need to get started.

  • Mythological Character Illustration

    Mythological Character Illustration

    Discover the magical world of mythological character illustration, exploring traditional watercolor techniques and innovative digital art tools. Unleash your creativity and bring legends to life! Art's a curious beast, ain't it? It's like a mirror that reflects our deepest thoughts, a canvas where the boldest dreams come alive, a language that transcends words, and a bridge that connects the past, present, and future. And when it comes to illustrating mythological characters, it's like stepping into a time machine, journeying through ancient tales, and reimagining the divine, the monstrous, the heroes, and the villains. So, are you ready to dive into the whirlpool of myths and emerge as an artful storyteller? Well, hang on to your hats, 'cause here we go!. Discover this amazing Domestika course: Illustrating Mythological Characters