Now, now, this is our second "Help the Deviants" [Or HTD! in short] Journal!
You don't know what it is yet? We are a community who loves watercolor, right? And dA is also a community, in which we helps between us to be better artist, morally and sometimes phisically, or not? So, If you need some help, and you need to be heard, you cant count with us Even if we just can write a journal, maybe the mere fact of sharing can reach someone who want to help. ^^- So... Don't be afraid to write a comment below!
All Fridays or Saturdays, me will write a journal with your inquiries/problems.
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lyraleperformer She feels like her watercolor works has gotten worse over the past year, when she get started, and she can't tell what's doing wrong.
Here you have the samples: Her newest one [Also the one she said is the worse]:thumb296355428: Not that bad but getting worse. :thumb252152265::thumb252152858: Her very beginning watercolor works :thumb276270942::thumb276270058::thumb181321285:
So, what do you think? Is she really getting worse? Then, in what?
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In my opinion, you are trying to be more "realistic" and that might be your problem in paintings like "skates" and "hair", because they are too tight - cannot think about proper English word.
Your last picture is a bit too dark, but not bad. I think you should free your hand and paints and definitely forget about copying from reference photo for a while, because that might be the problem as well.
lyraleperfomer; it looks like you've let your colors get muddy in your newest painting. Its turned everything sort of monotone and blah. (less a problem of too much pigment, sometimes a problem of paint mixing on the paper in all the wrong ways)
Also you've lost a lot of your whites and bright vibrancy that you had in your early paintings. (again turning everything very monotone)
Maybe you could try making a few paintings with just one or two colors; really force yourself to think less about colors and more about where your light source is coming from and the shapes in your subjects.
Or maybe just letting your painting dry for a bit before painting any more would help some. This does actually help with keeping paint from mixing together on your paper and becoming muddy.
I don't know exactly, but maybe lyraleperformer's problem has to do with how she uses the watercolor. When I started, I was very careful with the ammount of color and water, and the pictures I painted were rather "pale", if you know what I mean...over the time I lost the fear of using too much color and it became more saturated...what I notice about your paintings is that also you later used more color...maybe it's that what you don't like? ._. So...you could try to be more careful with it...like a beginner. (waaah, I hope someone can understand this nonsense ) But after all I don't really think that you get worse. What also helps me sometimes is to read tutorials, there are so many different ones and even if I already know the technique, it inspires me to try something new. I hope I could help a little bit!
I've read so many tutorials...and I don't know how to say this, but basically I either feel that they are unhelpful, or I know that the advice they're giving is bad (and I see their work and think 'I don't want mine to look like that'), or it's like 'DOUSE YOUR PAINTING IN RESIST AND PAINT IT IN LAYERS LIKE A PRINT!" and I'm like "No, I don't want to do that D: " I know what you mean about the colors though...I think when I started off I, well I used more pigment actually, but I also used more water...and recently this just hasn't been working..and I have no idea why or what I'm doing differently...but I'll try to pain more carefully and with less pigment maybe.
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