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Illustrators and artists that I like/have influenced me:
Ilon Wikland www.ilonart.ee/
Gabrielle Vincent
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Marcel Marlier
youtu.be/Vpf_WY9xRjI
Beatrix Potter
www.peterrabbit.com/potters-wo…
C.Barkley's Flower Fairies
www.flowerfairies.com/home.htm…
Hergé's Tintin,
Goscinny's Astérix,
Shirley Hughes alfiebooks.co.uk/allaboutshirl…
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 animeartbooks.net/author/61-ay…
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 leochi.deviantart.com/favourit….


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Watercolour paper review
Watercolour Paper Comparison by Leochi

 

Tested brands in alphabetical order:

 

Arches 300gsm NOT 100% cotton

Canson Fontenay 300gsm NOT 100% cotton

Canson Montval 300gsm NOT 100” acid free cellulose

Centenaire 300gsm NOT and rough 100% cotton

Daler-Rowney Aquafine 300gsm NOT 100% acid free cellulose

Fabriano 300gsm hot press 100% cotton

Hahnemühle ,12 different papers,will be listed and reviewed separately

Lanaquarelle 300gsm hot press 100% cotton

Saunders Waterford 300gsm NOT 100% cotton

 

My watercolour paper collection has been steadily growing throughout the years. Some of them are used on a daily basis and others haven’t been touched yet. Therefore I’ve decided it’s time to give them a closer look and to discover more about their properties and whatever special features some of them might surprise us with.

 

The best kind of watercolour paper is made of 100% cotton rag. To prevent bleeding the paper needs some sizing. This means gelatine is added to the paper pulp and to the surface of the sheet.  Studio range papers are usually made from high quality wood cellulose sometimes with the addition of varying percentages of cotton rag. Some papers are manufactured from bamboo, esparto grass or other natural fibres.

 

Some papers are mould-made and some are produced on a machine. The mould-made papers have irregular edges and are usually more expensive than machine-made papers.

 

 Watercolour paper are most commonly offered in following weights:

 

90lb/190gsm

140lb/300gsm

300lb/638gsm

 

European papers are usually

200-220gsm

300gsm

625gsm

 

There are thinner and thicker papers, but they usually aren’t in stock at smaller retailers and might have to be purchased by special order.

 

Thinner paper will need stretching if you don’t want it to buckle.

140lb paper is the most economic choice because it’s thick enough not to buckle too much and still more affordable than thick watercolour board.

 

Watercolour papers can have three kinds of surfaces: hot press, cold press and rough.

 

Hot press paper is very smooth to the touch. It is mainly used for wet on dry techniques and allows very fine detail.

Cold press paper (also called NOT) has a fine tooth. Texture may vary from brand to brand. Cold press is a lovely all-purpose paper that allows larger washes and finer details. It’s therefore the most commonly offered paper. 

 

Rough paper comes in two varieties. Some rough papers have a very textured surface, others have a smoother but cloudy texture called “Torchon”. Rough watercolour paper takes water very well and allows for dynamic wet on wet techniques. It’s usually not very suitable for detailed work due to its coarse texture although Torchon may allow some rather charming results with finer brushes.

 

Most watercolour papers are off-white. Some like Arches and Fabriano satin are more yellowish, some others like Saunders Waterford appear more white. Some companies offer some “extra white” versions.

 

 

Links that might be useful for more detailed information:

 

Arches

www.artsupplies.co.uk/item-arc…

 

Canson Fontenay

www.greatart.co.uk/Watercolour…

 

Canson Montval

www.greatart.co.uk/Watercolour…

 

Centenaire

www.greatart.co.uk/Gold/Papers…

 

Daler-Rowney Aquafine

www.daler-rowney.com/aquafine-…

 

Fabriano

www.artsupplies.co.uk/item-fab…

 

Hahnemühle

www.hahnemuehle.com/en/traditi…

 

Lanaquarelle

www.greatart.co.uk/Watercolour…

 

Saunders Waterford

www.artsupplies.co.uk/item-sau…

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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 http://www.amazon.co.uk/New-Drawing-Right-Side-Brain/dp/0007116454/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1307768924&sr=8-1
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 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Figure-Drawing-Without-Model-Tiner/dp/0715329324/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1307769226&sr=1-1
My absolute favourite! Such a witty and fantastic book. A must in every artist's book shelf. :D
Link to the downloadable version: http://www.scribd.com/doc/2433933/Ron-Tiner-Figure-Drawing-Without-A-Model
Barrington Barber: Complete Introduction to Drawing http://www.amazon.co.uk/Complete-Introd
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Long Long Ago ODOS 18
Medium: Schmincke Horadam Gouache

Trying to get familiar with gouache. It's very different to watercolour, but I'm slowly starting to like it, although I've got a long way to go.

One Day One Sketch #18
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JohnPatience Featured By Owner 1 day ago
Thanks for the fave  :)
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DebasishPhotos Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot for faving "Black Winged Kite".Clap 
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nnoijen Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello Leochi, I was wondering; where is all your harry potter artwork? You used to have so much of it. ?
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HendrikHermans Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for faving ! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
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