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Art Review 2011

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Illustrators and artists that I like/have influenced me:
Ilon Wikland
Gabrielle Vincent…
Marcel Marlier
Beatrix Potter…
C.Barkley's Flower Fairies…
Hergé's Tintin,
Goscinny's Astérix,
Shirley Hughes…
etc and they've definitely influenced my style much more than any mangas or anime comics/films. :D

I do admire the skills of some manga artists like Ayumi Kasai…
but I'm not overly fond of the way faces and limbs are drawn.

However there are some Eastern artists on DA that I really like, they work in a fairly manga-ish style, but their watercolour skills are amazing….

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Recently I've been listening to the Septimus Heap series, a children's/YA fantasy series new to me. (It's not new at all, lol, but I'd never discovered it before, and my audible audiobook credit was due, so I just gave the first book "Magyk" a try.) 

I must confess that it took me some time to get into it; I couldn't really believe it got so many good reviews, and was deemed even better than Harry Potter, because it seemed quite tedious for the first two hours or so. But, oh surprise, it started to grow on me so that I even bought the second (audio)book "Flyte" with my next credit. I liked most of the characters, even the villain Simon. Poor chap, he seemed to hapless, lol.

My favourites were Jenna and Aunt Zelda. I heartily approve of strong female characters in children's/YA's literature, they're such a rare occurrence.

My favourite parts: (Beware of spoilers! But you probably know the books much better than I do. ;))
The awakening of Hotep Ra's boat by Jenna and Boy 412
Jenna's escape by transforming her prison's door into (excellent) chocolate by means of a charm given to her by S.H.
All the parts with the messenger rat
Spit Fyre's antics and his first attempt at flying

Looking forward to my new audible credit in a month's time, yay! :D:D:D


The following list might be useful to you:
Working with watercolours: Collections of links and hints
Working with watercoloursWorking with watercolours.
A collection of hopefully useful hints and links:
It seems preposterous to make a tutorial about working with watercolours and telling people what to do and not to do. I suppose that each artist is very unique in his/her approach to the matter. Some will work in thin, transparent layers, others will prefer the strong colours that come out of tubes. Some will never condescend to use black and others will use it all the time. There are purists who never would dare touch any white or use other media to reinforce their pics and give them more depth.
Well, my personal opinion is: try out what you like, study the works of classics like Constable, Dufy, Nolde, Schiele and many, many others and then do your own thing. ☺
A few little hints that may help you in the beginning:
Use the VERY BEST brush you can get. Sable brushes are wonderful to work with, you can achieve very thin lines and broad strokes just with one thick brush. There are of course very good synt

Collection of Advice about DrawingIf you want to start drawing seriously without attending an art school, you will need to at least get yourself some guidance in form of books.
Here's a collection of books I'd recommend in the beginning:
Betty Edwards: The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
Very interesting concept that enables you to perceive drawing from an unusual perspective and that gives you lots of ideas and exercises on how to hone your skillls.
Ron Tiner: Figure Drawing Without a Model
My absolute favourite! Such a witty and fantastic book. A must in every artist's book shelf. :D
Link to the downloadable version:
Barrington Barber: Complete Introduction to Drawing

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Kitteh-Pawz 4 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the :+fav:'s :)
Feel free to check out the rest of my gallery! :la:
SwiftNote 5 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thankyou for the fave:)
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Thanks so much for adding "Round Robin!" to your favourites. Your kind support is very :iconmuchsignplz: :-) :hug:


RavenMontoya Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for all the favs! I really appreciate it! :happy-wave: 
cricketumpire Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
...and thanks for faving "No longer the ugly duckling..." Leochi    :+favlove:
         :iconflowerheartplz:         You must admit it grew up beautifully!   Keep watching!  
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