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11-30-2011, 03:39 AM
This time I succeeded a little better than in the past to simulate a watercolor.
I used a watercolor painting by John Lovett again for carrying out this more advanced experiment on how to approach such tool in a simple and spontaneous enough way ... Obviously his style is also particularly appropriate for my tricks.
I used the mouse here, since the lines were either straight or not precise.
Looking to it closely, I should probably work a little bit more with the wet knife and perhaps, consider some chalk sign too. In the meanwhile You better see it from some distance.

11-30-2011, 05:14 AM
Caesar... BEAUTIFUL!......you have really succeeded with this it has all the halllmarks of a fine watercolor..you really have quickly come along way in your mastery of emulating watercolors.... BRAVO my friend!!

11-30-2011, 07:43 AM
yes....i like it..............

11-30-2011, 08:12 AM
Caesar- I love your painting! I used to do watercolors before I got Artrage.
You have truly captured the sence of watercolor. The white paper showing through for the highlights is what it is all about. You seem to have to work from light to dark in actual watercolor but in Artrage you can do it either way.
Tell us more about how you achieve this great style.

11-30-2011, 11:48 AM
Great watercolour Caesar, like this a lot.

11-30-2011, 08:43 PM
Cool, placid and yet very lively, I like this direction

12-01-2011, 12:33 AM
Thank You, dear Gary! I love real watercolors and I couldn't stand the idea not to get decent results with this AR tool too by using appropriate lessons, settings and some ancillary tool or trick. Without some them You would get only watery and fainter stains or neat borders etc.
My only requirement was that I could still paint quickly, spontaneously and loosely with just some immediate adjustement (by knife or eraser) when really needed, without a time consuming, complex multi-step refinement and process all over the painting.
To this purpose, this one is also all on the same layer, by the way.

Glad to read Your appreciation, dear Albert! Thank You!

Dear Tedb, I made three attempts recently in these main gallery which should be here and in the last page (pls check there too). There are just some indication on settings, tips and tricks to get some effects, but not a procedure (because I never have a fixed one). Here I used mostly a wet on wet with either wet or dry paper, but also wet on dry where I didn't want color of sarker tones to get diluted (in case I could have it fading a little or on the border with some thinned wet or dry strokes. The hard knife is useful, the wet one sensibly more, to blend and give some grain. Grain may be obtained also by dry paper and low or very low loading (circling around there a little bit to let the stroke lay the grain of the ending paint. Eraser at very low pressure and gloop pen are useful to to trim here and there in case. Thank You.

Thank You, dear Tony! I think You have a fine taste, because the merits of this composition are of John Lovett, a remarkable watercolorist, and my little ones were just to find a way to emulate him decently with AR in a quick and spontaneous way. I hope that some of his lessons will allow me to develop a similar style to interpret pictures and views I can see around me.

Me too, dear Iceaxe, in the sense that enough tonal contrast should be given to watercolors too also to help emphasize its subtelty and luminosity. Thank You!

12-01-2011, 04:23 AM
Amazing work per usual Cesare.....what a compliment to the digital art world!

12-01-2011, 05:08 AM
Nice one Caesar, you seem to be trying lot's of new things lately.

Evil Robot
12-01-2011, 06:38 AM
Great work! I've always loved water color. I think you nailed the traditional look.

12-01-2011, 08:32 AM
Thanks for you tips. I'm still learning some of these tools and tricks.
I am including a real watercolor from years ago you may want to try with Artrage.

12-01-2011, 11:00 AM
Very nice water color my friend...

12-01-2011, 04:03 PM
Hard to beat the real wc (Great one Ted) but I think nice strides are being made by you and others Caesar.

12-01-2011, 11:26 PM
Beautiful and very skillful watercolour Cesare:)

12-02-2011, 02:24 AM
Thank You, dear Sandra. Actually it is a digital work ...:p

Thank You, dear Geoff! I think that's my problem, I mean, trying lots of new things, but that was my vice since ever and my gallery too seems to testify my style and genre "fidgeting".

I reasonably did, to some extent, dear ER I think. Thank You!

Thank Yoy, dear Tedb! I replied to this on Your fisher village thread and attached there a partial sketch of Your lovely work to show what You may easily and quickly get without complex or elaborate tricks, just loosely and spontaneously. Have a look there.

I'm sure You would enjoy too working with them with some of my easy-to-use findings, dear Semd74! Give a try in case.

I agree, dear Jibes, but we may at least hope to deceive a distant enough observer ...:p Thank You!

Glad You like it, dear Katie,. It was reasonably simple and fast with my simple findings ... and this is not a minor issue I think. Thank You!

12-02-2011, 02:20 PM
Brilliant work Caesar! I love it! Al

12-02-2011, 05:20 PM
Caesar, I think you've aced the wc look :)

12-02-2011, 10:07 PM
Thank You, dear Al! I'm still researching how to improve with WC, but I'm now glad to have found the way to paint spontaneously enough and on one layer with AR watercolor and not end up with that watery, grainless and faint color look You often get.

Thank You, dear Jean! In my sample demo on the fisherman village Tedb post I found also the interesting effects You get by changing the watercolor sheet grain (roughness was already 100%) and, above all, the interesting contribution to furtherly simulate wc pigments grain by setting metallic to the color. .
Have a look to this sample ...

It will be interesting to use this feature on high pressure roller too and some appropriate wet knife setting at least nextly