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Thread: Autumn Fog- Watercolors

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    Autumn Fog- Watercolors

    I did this today in Paint Tool Sai and Artrage. About 2 hours of play time.
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    Fantastic!!!!!!!

    Love the simplicity. It really breathes deeply.
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    this is indeed awesome!!!

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    I like this this... not sure why, maybe because it evokes a lot from so little. I don't know. It is something I can look at and stare off?

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    My wife suggested a bit more sediment texture in the sky would be nice. She also wanted to see some greater color depth/contrast in the center/bottom to help draw your eye in more and give it a focal point.

    However, I actually worked on letting it stay really soft, so my opinion is a bit divided. I had some line work/pencil work in it, but I took it out. I started to lay some darker shadows in at the base of the tree line, and at the beginning of the creek/road, but was concerned I might be acting too overbearing with the image, as it seemed to be staying very soft and wet with pale washes.

    Still, some richer shadows, and a bit more texture up top might be worth exploring. If I get to it, I'll post a second version later today/tomorrow. That's one of the great pleasures with digital work-- you can play with and explore the image without fear of f'ing it up permanently.

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    Wonderful muted and blended colours

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    This look so simple as you have used the watercolour with such skill, watercolours have a mind of their own but you really told them who was the boss. Excellent painting which I admire very much
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    Wonderful watercolor
    Agree with Katie!
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    Thanks very much for all the positive remarks so far.

    For those who are interested, my basic approach is to build many layers of pale washes, which I then blend out, one after the other, as I see fit, leaving some sedimentary edges and grit. I know some people want to simulate the "spontaneity" of real-world watercolor washes, and so don't utilize many layers or blend modes or imported textures or stencils, but personally I find that sort of a skewed perspective that often falsely looks at the mechanics of painting digitally as a process that's antithetical to the experience of real world watercolor painting-- that's just an opinion of course. I actually find the two very similar in many ways.

    My experience, personally, with natural media has been that its a rather slow meditative process of gradually laying down many washes of various colors, slowly building up texture, color, shadows, and contrast. Similarly, I use many layers when painting watercolors digitally-- just as I would dry my watercolors between washes of natural media. I often also import found textures or would use stencils after the fact, to occasionally give a more aggressive texture as well-- much as I might do by dabbing with a tissue, for instance. I also often lay down color, lock the transparency, and then blend new color into it, "pushing" against the edges, much as I might do if I were to lay down a bit of water in an area I was working in with natural media, into which I can place more than one color knowing that both of them will mix and yet not expand past the edge of the water.

    Anyways, on this one I used about 15 layers, and painted on a 3000 x 2400 canvas. Something that I felt I might be able to crop and print at 200 dpi on a 12" x 18" piece of watercolor paper. I find 200 dpi works pretty good for watercolors, which are very soft, and therefore don't suffer from the negative effects that crisper-edged mediums do when printed at something lower than 300 dpi.

    I hope some of that's helpful to someone. Any critiques or constructive comments are appreciated! Thanks for the views.
    Last edited by Steve B; 04-03-2012 at 08:04 AM.

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    very beautiful. it reminds me of the classic work of Chinese or Japanese artists with those artistic brush strokes. excellent.

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