I've been trying my hand at watercolor for a couple years, but I feel already like I'm just repeating myself. I'm not looking so much for exercises (work big! work small! do a monochrome!) as I am tips you've come across that made your watercolors better. I generally work abstract. If it matters, I use Holbein paints, various brushes, and cold press paper.
I love to look at and create watercolor paintings. However, most of the watercolor art I find isn’t to my taste because it’s so representational. Boats, still lifes, nature, and portraits do nothing for me. I do like the watercolors I’ve seen by Gerhard Richter and Zao Wou-Ki. Who are some other artists who are doing or have done interesting things with nonrepresentational / abstract watercolor?
My drawing style has been black ink over non-photo blue scanned in as line art until recently. Now I want to watercolor my drawings, but still start them with blue pencil. I'm having a heck of time erasing my the non-photo blue pencil marks, though. I've tried hi-polymer and artgum erasers. Usually I'm on watercolor paper. The erasers don't work well and I sometimes tear the paper. How is this done? Do I need a better eraser or to wash on another layer or something?
Everything is monochromatic, and looks like it was done in charcoal or watercolor. The copy I have is a 20-piece series of ~8"x8" drawings. The plot: a girl walks up to a statue near a body of water, removes her clothes, and begins to swim. She and the statue's water-reflection begin to... roil, quite passionately, in the water, and in the final panel she ends up in the statue's arms. Any knowledge of the artist or title would be well appreciated.
Years ago, my husband and I bought a cool print of a Japanese watercolor painting in San Francisco. It was a rad painting of fish (koi?) and it was on a scroll-type thing and it wasn't super expensive so I was psyched. So psyched that I left it in the hotel room and have been kicking myself over it ever since. Help me find something comparable so I don't have to kick myself anymore. [more inside]
I just bought this nice painting and would like to know who painted it. Here's a close-up. [more inside]
Do you know the name of this wet watercolor painter? [more inside]
Help me find the blog of a japanese artist which drew everyday objects using watercolors. Shoes, clothes, mugs, etc. I think he updated daily.
help with artistic inspiration? [more inside]
Are there any no-hassle, cheap alternatives to watercolor paper? I want to practice a lot without spending a lot. [more inside]
A young, talented art student needs advice. She did a beautiful sketch for an assignment, but had a *really* hard time with watercoloring it. Here's the final piece. It's set in a grotto-like space, with light coming from above near the waterfall, but she had problems making that area bright, making water further away really dark, with lighting, layering, shadowing, etc. She's great with acrylic, but unfortunately needs to work in watercolor again *soon*. She had a fairly basic student watercolor set, and used Arches watercolor paper." Any advice on what she can do to rapidly improve in the medium?
Watercolor enthusiasts: How do I get the &$%^##%$% paper out of this Aqvarelle Arches hot pressed waterpaper block? [more inside]
After discovering a second painting on the back of a treasured watercolor, how can I display them both? [more inside]
Framing a watercolor painting. How? [more inside]
Is there a way for me to sell or otherwise capitalize upon a novel Photoshop technique I devised? [more inside]
ArtDisasterFilter: How do I get wax out of my paper-and-watercolor art project? (Details inside) [more inside]
Can anyone identify the location (presumably in England) of this watercolor painting by Alfred W. Rich? [more inside]
I'm looking for a good pen that I can use for sketching/rendering/etc. The main requirements: ~1mm thickness and it has to play nice with watercolors. Ideas? [more inside]
If the paint brush manufacturers are only taking a certain bit of hair from an animal, what happens to the rest of the animal? [more inside]
Can you kindly recommend to me watercolor and/or acrylic paint resources? [more inside]
Where can I get a watercolor painting scanned in Seattle? [more inside]
I'm looking for recommendations for high quality watercolor paper for my girlfriend as part of a birthday gift. - bonus if it works well with acrylics - Recommendations for good watercolor paints also appreciated. [more inside]
Is this a Paul Klee watercolor or not? [more inside]