August 16, 2011

Watercolor demo

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I'm posting early this week because I'm heading off to the World Science Fiction Convention! Hope you enjoy this demo.




















Watercolor and gouache on Arches paper. 15"x 20"

This is transparent watercolor except for 3 or 4 opaque gouache strokes needed in the highlights. Keep in mind that transparent does not mean it has to be applied that way, I do like luminous pastel feeling watercolors but I don't want to always be limited to that. I've laid the darks on pretty thick so that they are in fact no longer transparent. I only buy watercolor in tubes because the hard cakes just don't release enough pigment to paint in a full value range. My favorite brands are Winsor and Newton and Holbein.

26 comments:

  1. i was having trouble with the watercolor tag until i read, "and gouache."

    It's beautiful and i appreciate you showing the process too.

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  2. awesome. thank you for sharing all the steps! Science fiction convention sounds sweet.

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  3. Love the step-by-step! More of these please. :)

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  4. Thanks for showing the process! That was helpful to me

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  5. That's cool,I always love seeing others process. Have you tried M. Graham & Co watercolor pigments? I feel their pigments saturation is really high, and retain more colors once they dry out.

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  6. Thank you very much for sharing that step-by-step. It's wonderful, as always!

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  7. Brilliant post Nathan, thanks for sharing the process ! I love how what you do with this medium is so different to what most people achieve.

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  8. Un capolavoro!

    Ciao
    Paolo

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  9. Amazing atmosphere!

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  10. Anonymous9:37 AM

    great tutorial! Love your work!

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  11. the process is magic! love the colours! :)

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  12. You're art is amazing! I'm a big fan.

    www.themaraboustork.blogspot.com

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  13. It's great, I admire the freedom that you allow yourself while performing your artwork.

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  14. Great vibrant colors & exciting subject for this piece of art.

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  17. Great to meet you at WorldCon, Nathan. I only wish I'd worked up the nerve to talk to you more. I was doing my best not to get all fanboy on you.

    I LOVE your watercolors.

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  18. really inspiring as usual nathan!

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  19. Anonymous7:06 AM

    Great demo!

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  20. I love these little snapshots showing your process. Thanks for taking the time to share. I can't wait to see more!

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  21. Wonderful
    work
    thank you for sharing

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  22. Incroyable !!!! magnifique,
    une telle puissance dans les couleurs c'est fou ! vous faites un travail admirable. très bonne continuation.

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  23. Maravilhosa sequencia!!!

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  24. I read a lot of helpful info in this post!

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