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    Watercolors are so nice. Loose yet the placing of the color notes are thoughtful. Love the SP in post #21. Not just in the handling but the mood captured. Much personality comes through.
    Excellent work and an inspiration to re-try my hand at WC.

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    WOW! you have such nice handle of the medium
    my deepest respect, you rule the watercolors!

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    man, those watercolors are insane! id love to see ur process. lovely. thnx for the inspiration.

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    Solon- Great stuff, is this a new medium for you or have you been working in it for a while? Either way I think they're getting stronger.

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    Hey! You live in Ottawa!

    I moved away to find better art instruction. Your watercolours look great...I especially love the green plant for some reason. The figures where half of them melt away into nothingness are also fantastic.

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    you got rhytm man....very,very nice....

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    your natural talent is absurd.. For you to b this good within a year.. Makes me want to get serious.. Thanks for the inspiration...

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    Wow! Great handling of such a difficult medium. The way you throw around saturated blocks of colour with such ease and vitality reminds me of John Singer Sargent's watercolours.

    Looking forward to more.

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    Thank you all for you great comments!!

    Bojee:: I have been doing watercolors for a bit less than a year now but I do them almost everyday.

    Glass study (1h15)...cheers!

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    beautifull watercolours! heres a really nice SB to start visiting keep it up

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    Niiiiiice... What are the sizes on these??

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    ::Call0ps:: Thank you!

    ::Bojee:: Thanks for passing by! I use mostly quarter or half sheets. This mean 11x15 or 15x22.

    A great musician I know...about an hour drawing and painting. Watercolor on cotton sheet.

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    one of the best threadshere,
    I love you stuff at Tsofa ,and its so goo watching your work here.YOu , sir are a source of inspiration.

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    In the serie: the Portrait in 2245 easy steps


    The 45 minutes portrait challenge
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    Here I challenged myself doing a self-portrait in 45 minutes while explaining what I am doing.

    1) Lets find an handsome subject

    Mmm let me think, Brad is out with Angie for the week-end and Kate moss was posing for Lucian Freud so eh, I'm avaible.

    If you use pictures for ref. First use your own as possible and second dont use a flash!

    In this picture I have used flash.

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    Not in this one, you can see the form shadows .

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    I got myself a small camera, the f20 by fuji. It a magnificent camera when its time to take indoor pictures without a flash and its most portable. Everytime you buy one, Fuji send me a 10$ check.

    Cut your Arches 140lbs cold press sheet in 4. (you can just fold a couple of time and detach the parts) Then tape it on to a amasonite board. here I show what you need, palette with MOISTED PAINTS. When you woke up in the morning, whats the first thing you do? No, after that...YES you spray your paints with water.

    Also you basically need only 2 brushes, a round 12 (spend all your money on this one) and a flat 1 inch (I tried several and for the price Winsor Newton one is really good.

    You need also Kleenex(the one with the nice blue flowers on the box) and an artificial sponce to adjust the water in your brush.

    After all this, you already spent 5 of your precious 45 minutes.

    2)Drawing the handsome subject

    use about 10 minutes on this. Draw contour when you saw it and shadow shapes when you saw them. Follow terminator line as your softening will get into the whites.

    heres mine

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    This is the key in going fast. You must know how to draw. Every mistake will affect the final product. Normally I would spend a lot more time on this (maybe 20 minutes) but we only have 45.

    3)first wash of the handsome subject

    You have half an hour left that will mostly be used in waiting for the paint to dry, change your water and clean your palette.

    Make two puddles of diluted cadmium red and cerulean or cobalt blue. Then paint the foundation of the flesh tone alternating those two colors. Where you see warm, use cadmium, when you see cold use cobalt/cerulean. Go fast and dont go back!

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    I know it looks awful. This is watercolor, it dries lighter and your stuck with the light to dark construction.

    Meanwhile, lets add a shirt. Neutral tint and a dirty green, (cobalt blue, lemon cadmium and any orangy red to make is duller)

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    I know, I know, It looks more awful than ever but wait, I still have about 15 minutes to save this baby right?

    4)Second wash of the handsome subject

    Mix anoter purpulish color (conalt blue and cad red) and go for the shadows. Start your brush where its the darker and then rinse, remove water with the sponge and drag the pigment wherever you want. GO FAST and DONT LOOK BACK. To soften an edge need practice but basically there should be less water in your brush than in the edge to be softened. Start your brush in the white paper and meet the moist paint. Good luck with this.

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    5)Second wash and hair of the handsome subject

    Clean your palette. Always, all the time.

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    When everything is dry mix the same color, but this time a tad darker. You are aiming only for the darkest spots. Soften, let it dry. about 7 minutes left.

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    Add hair

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    6)Last wash of the handsome subject.

    Paint eyes, and finishing touches. be sure the subject is tied in some way to the background. Its time to add COLOR. the more saturated color is to be found on the edge between the shadows and light. Here I added some diluted pure cadmium scarlet on some edges.

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    and the finish 1 second left. Awwww

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    OK I know, I look bigger that I really am. This is because I drawed to fast

    Hope it may interrest someone. I was fun to do anyway. This is ONE approach . Another one would be direct painting. This would be for another one.


    PLEASE FORGIVE MY BAD ENGLISH!

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    inspiring watercolors. that tutorial is so helpful. i'm putting it to use tonight, thanks.

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    ::dakoscwash:: Eh im happy it interrested someone! Thanks for passing by.

    Today I tried to do an ANTI-watercolor subject. It was fun. Its from TLOTR still.

    Watercolor on Arches, cold press, 140lbs, Hokker green, raw sienna, neutral tint and ultramarine. Nothing else.

    Thanks for looking!

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    ohh man your'e a master in watercolor stuff,i love watercolor of the old musician and the glass study too,awesome your sp.

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    Your watercolors are nice! i love them!

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    SWEET tutorial

    Thanx a lot for sharing ! looking forward for more

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    Great watercolors! look forward to more!

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    Eh Thank you all

    another one today. In direct painting (1 wash, no glaze) from a movie still that you know. Those are pretty funny to do.

    Watercolor on cotton sheet, about 30-45 minutes.

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    OMG, how I hate people who master the water-colour-technique... Well your paintings are wonderful - keep it up!

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    wow~~~! sweet watercolors, i like the way that you simple the shapes and mix so rich colors.

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    Great work. Thanks for the tutorial.

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    Hi everyone. Many thanks guys for passing by, make me want to do better!

    Self-Portrait, Watercolor, quarter cotton sheet, 140lbs, cold press. About 2h30 of work.

    Thanks for looking

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    Woah your watercolours are so inspiring, but I'm sure you have heard that many a time

    Truth is, I've had a ton of watercolour supplies sitting around that my Uncle left to me, along with his art desk and a lot of paper but I still haven't tried it. Now that I see your stuff, I just cant help picture what I could have been doing by now, so I should really start soon, perhaps March break when school is off.

    So thanks for that and keep posting, the art is incredible man.

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    Last one is cool. Kindoff a Matrix feel to it!

    You show lots of control, very nice
    I wonder how you would tackle landscapes.

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