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Watercolor Tutorial by Taiyo85 Watercolor Tutorial by Taiyo85
This is my first watercolor tutorial. Hope you like it.

I feel like I've missed a lot of steps, but the problem is that while I'm painting I usually drift away in dreams... But that's me.

The final piece can be found here:
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For other works check my Facebook Page my Blog and my Artflakes Store
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RGB-Oier-Mania Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
Now let's employ those watercolors! *sketching*
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Taiyo85 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Go Go Go =) I hope you do a illustration!
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RGB-Oier-Mania Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
Hopefully I will. Thank you for the support!
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maryberrie Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so helpful! >3< 

I wanted to try out watercolor for the first time with probably not really expensive or fancy materials (the usual crayola set probably like this cdn.dickblick.com/items/003/09… and the usual brushes). What should I look out for when Im coloring and would sketch paper be fine for watercolor? I'm not sure if the water will seep through the paper... :P Is there any other materials besides the ones listed above that I should think about using? 

and also, is it ok to use a little of color pencil to add some details? :P Thanks so much! :3
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Taiyo85 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello there =)

I know a lot of people that use watercolors with set like that one, so there is no problem at all. If you've used more professional grade sets you'd notice a big difference, but if you are starting this set is good enough! You should look out for the mixing of the colors. This kind of sets, since the pigment is not very good, when you want to mix some colors they can come out a little opace and the color fades away rather quiclkly, so that i one thing you should be on the look out. About the paper, I would recommend using watercolor paper. You don't need to go to the more expensive one, you can always use more cheaper, but use at least 190g/m, because the water can really ruin the paper and your drawing! So be very careful. 

Color pencils are a must have for anyone. If you don't want a pure watercolor painting, pick some color pencil, and add details to the painting. That way it is easier, and also lets you make a more interesting and full painting. Don't forget to always have a piece of paper near you so you can test the colors, the water, and if the watercolors and color pencils go together =)

I hope this information is of some use =) Good luck! Let me see the results after!

PS: One important thing, be very very patient, watercolors are not easy at all... Just try to have fun and practice a lot =)
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maryberrie Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
omg!! :3 thanks so much! >3< this will help so much :) do you have any advice for if i was using just regular sketch paper? :P This isn't something really big I want to try so I decided on just using regular paper :P
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Taiyo85 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If you must use sketch paper (instead of buying a cheap watercolor sheet...) You must be very careful not to use a large quantity of water. You can tape the sketch paper to a surface to that it doesn't wrinkle much :)
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maryberrie Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh ok :) Thanks so much for all the advice :3 you've been so helpful :3 ^^
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Taiyo85 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:glomp: 
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maryberrie Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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broror-nam Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Student General Artist
this is awesome! eeh i really need to practice now XD
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Taiyo85 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you very much =D
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BeyzanurTrkoglu Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
I can't do this. :( But , this is awesome :DD
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Taiyo85 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm sure that with a little practice you can do this and even more ;) Thank you! :D
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Kyramoonunique Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Great help and Wonderful painting
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:icontaiyo85:
Taiyo85 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! =)
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blackCRYSTALeyes Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
wow, really wonderful , the tutorial and everything :)
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Taiyo85 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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sugumarje Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful
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:icontaiyo85:
Taiyo85 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you =)
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Galaxy-Tramp Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Somehow this frustrates me. :( I'll never be as good as you. ;) But i'll give my best to improve ^^ Thanks a lot for sharing :hug:
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Taiyo85 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Don't get frustrated! Just enjoy painting =) Have as much fun as possible! No problem =)
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Galaxy-Tramp Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Yes i think the most important fact is the fun ^^ I don't want to be a professional artist. It's just for fun :hug:
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Taiyo85 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^^ :glomp:
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Ninina-nini Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Beautifully done! Thank you for sharing.
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Taiyo85 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well thank you so much!
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PhsycoTatie Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Not only is the painting you did in the tutorial was beautiful, but the tutorial itself was very helpful. :aww:
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Taiyo85 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well thank you very much!
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saekosmith Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Student General Artist
i love this it really creative im gonna try it
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Taiyo85 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! When you try it, show me =)
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bcbdrums Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
i feel compelled to say, this tutorial is rather lacking... or rather, it's not for beginners. and beginners are often the people who look at tutorials. you don't explain what a wash is, for example, and beginners will be totally lost. you don't go through the steps at all, you just show pictures of the piece at different levels of completion. no one really can see through this how you painted it.
i think you should start by talking about how the paint reacts with the water, and how different amounts of paint on the brush will change what you put on the paper, and how different amounts of water in the brush will change how the paint goes down. and demonstrate these differences, that is what should be in a tutorial. and then explain and demonstrate a wash.
this tutorial is kind of like saying to a beginning chef, "first you filet the fish, then you season it, then you cook it, and you're done." there's no actual instruction. you're obviously very skilled, and i feel like if you made another tutorial with the actual "how to" in it, it would be far more helpful than this is.

i apologize if i offend you at all, it's not my intention. i just had someone ask me what a wash was and said they were looking at your tutorial, and it wasn't helping them at all, and now they are discouraged from ever doing watercolor because it's "too hard" according to this tutorial, which gives no instruction. again, sorry if i offend you, i don't mean to. it's just...not a good tutorial.
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KaizokuShojo Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012   Traditional Artist
I'd like to learn how to use watercolours because they're like Copics but cheaper, but.....8[ Way too hard. Not enough patience to practice...
It's a nice tutorial, though... It'd be easier to understand if I knew what a wash was. :dummy:
I'll just...stick to black and white art.
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plainmilk Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
oh so thankyouuuuuu
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Taiyo85 Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! =)
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toofuckeduptocare Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Student General Artist
This is so pretty *0*
COMIC SANS *cringe*
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Taiyo85 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! =D
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Beckymon-go-RAWR Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really helpful! I just started using watercolors and this helps a lot! Thanks!
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Taiyo85 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are most welcome =) Hope you have lots of fun with watercolours! =D
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lisajong2 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that is amazing! you are a pro in this!:D
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Taiyo85 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much =)
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StrawberryFaggotism Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
I absolutely love that picture, I'm off to favourite it now; and thank you so much for this tutorial.. It's so much better than a lot of the tutorials I've seen.

What sort of brushes do you find best/easiest to use, in matter of size?
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Taiyo85 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, you are very kind! Nowadays I generally work with 3 different brushes: n.8 and n.2 Van Gogh and a very small n.0 Cotman brush (because I'm really addicted to details...). Sometimes I use a flat big one for bigger washes =) I hope this helps!
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StrawberryFaggotism Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Haha, you're welcome.

Thank-you, this'll help a lot!
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Topsie-Krett Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
what type of paper do you use? the stuff i use is terrible D:
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Taiyo85 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I used ClaireFontaine Aquarelle Fontaine, 300g/m2 Cold Pressed Grain Fin. Fabriano paper is also good! But Arches is totally the best in my opinion =)
What kind do you use?
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Topsie-Krett Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
oooh thankya :D
and it's just 180 g watercolour paper ;___; i'ma look in to this stuff you use though :D it seems to have a nice effect ^__^
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Taiyo85 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Try it if you have the chance! =) No problem!
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Topsie-Krett Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
i shall :D
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animesoul88 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
did you only used pencil for all the drawings? :P or did you use pen or something..lol.
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Taiyo85 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I mainly used watercolors, and just a little pencil where I wanted to deepen the shadows! =D
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