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Watercolor tutorial 2 by emperpep Watercolor tutorial 2 by emperpep
My 2nd watercolor tutorial.

It might looks pretty long, because it's filled with many pictures to help you understand my process, instead of using a lot of texts.


Edit: Wet in Wet is : Adding wet colors on damp sheet of paper or an area of still-wet paint, and let them run out over the wet surface, giving soft-hazy effect



If you have any watercolor question, Feel free to ask me.

Link to the original work.


Link to my 1st watercolor tutorial [ it's old but has many useful info.]
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Suggester's words: Watercolor tutorial 2 by *emperpep is absolutely useful, she use words very easy to understand, her steps to follow are easy, too! Makes it look so easy that a beginner at watercolors could do it. Even gives tips for scanning. There's so many details and see its process in this tutorial is simply amazing. ( Suggested by Nakusa and Featured by FantasyStock )
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SumiSunny124 Featured By Owner May 20, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Really good watercolor tutorial 😊.
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AmyNekoChocolat Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thaaanks!! You are the beest! :'DD
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michellemallari Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Wow~! You're so good at this! I love how you explained everything out!
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Fhilippe124 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you !
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Ellalasting Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2016  Student General Artist
Thank you for making this tutorial!
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inazumagalaxy Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can u help me??

So i painted a very pastel drawing but therrs no shading,how can i make the drawing have shades but still looking pastel at the same time?
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emperpep Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2016   General Artist
maybe try making shade layer lighter to match pastel base layer.
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inazumagalaxy Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok but in the eye how shoukd i draw it? Because i went the drawing to look cute
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inazumagalaxy Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I need your help Emper please ok so when i use wet on wet it splashes EVERYWHEREE and yh also for hair and skin do u base colour then wait? For it to dry or.. do u use wet on wet?
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emperpep Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015   General Artist
if you use wet on wet, watercolor is supposed to spread , maybe try reducing amount of paint loading in your paintbrush,  

and when I added base color, I usually added 2nd or 3rd wet colors along with first color [wet on wet] to make gradation, when I add only single base color without adding additional color, that object seemed to look a bit dull and lifeless.
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inazumagalaxy Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So basically i just shade with ok just a sec
So i take so colour and water then colour skin while its wet i take another colour and it splashes everywhere is that how its supposed to work?
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inazumagalaxy Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok
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EllisMichel Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015  Student General Artist
I have the same watercolors as you so I just wanna ask what Colors would you recommend for painting a dark skin character? And how would I mix them? Thank you. :)
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EllisMichel Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Student General Artist
Okay. Thanks! :)
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emperpep Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015   General Artist
I'm not so compatible with darker skin, but I usually used burnt sienna for base color, and used burnt umber for shadow, or mix burnt sienna with payne's gray for shadow.

it also depends on picture temperature,  if it is cool tone, I might have to mix cool color into the mix [such as diluted ultramarine],

and used warm yellow/orange such as gamboge for warm tone mixing 
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Elfiore Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Student Digital Artist
A great tutorial! Thank you so much :love:
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ViolePandora Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your technique is absolutly amazing!! Thanks so much for this tutorial, very interesting and helpful
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Colutea Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a very well-made tutorial. Thanks!
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Chococat-3 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Student
i have a question about your lineart o^o' uh..You said you did the sketch in sketch book, then did the lineart on watercolor paper, but...how did you do it? did you do the sketch on watercolor paper first then ink it? (i kind of got confused at that step sorry ;7;)
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0MiniArtist0 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol I know this isn't my question but I think they used a lightbox uwu
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Katy-chantheotaku Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha *she
//shot
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emperpep Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015   General Artist
:>
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sl2004 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Student Artist
HOW?? THIS IS AMAZING OMG
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SynneWarrior Featured By Owner May 21, 2015
hey look at that :D
my girl got featured.
butttt
NOPE
CBA

NO WATER COLORS.

stuff sticks to my hands a little too much :,D
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JamieTr Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Student Interface Designer
very detailed and it helps a bunch Little Pixel Heart Little Pixel Heart Little Pixel Heart 
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IchigoNyannn Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Student General Artist
XD You use the same palette as I do hahaha
What color pencils do you use? I have Prismacolor softcores but I'm worried it's too waxy for watercoloring.
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emperpep Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015   General Artist
I used colleen colored pencils for touch up, also polychromos for better quality, but I prefer colleen because they are cheap and good for touch up.
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IchigoNyannn Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Student General Artist
Ohhh I see. Thanks :D
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honekonekochi Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015
kak kalo misalnya mau nge blend warna, itu warna nya harus nunggu kering dulu baru dicampur atau langsung di campur waktu masih basah? 
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emperpep Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015   General Artist
I dont understand your question, mind writing in english?
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honekonekochi Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015
oops sorry, im really sorry >.< i wanted to ask if we want to blend colors, when can i blend it? when its still wet or already dry? sorry im not good at english
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emperpep Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015   General Artist
You can blend color on both wet and dry surface, if the surface is wet, watercolor will flow and requires less effort (depends on watercolor quality), if it is dry you will have to blend it with your paintbrush, both techniques require some painting skills though.
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honekonekochi Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015
thank you so much, that's really helping me :D
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Hetaliavodka Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When you forgot the hands, and went over the dark pillow color with the skin tone, how did you get the color so solid? In other words, how is the color so clear, not muddy at all? Is it just the high quality of the paint?
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emperpep Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015   General Artist
I used copic opaque white

copic opaque white is really opaque, its covering power is much greater than white gouache, when used at full strength, it can cover that black sofa without any problem.
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Hetaliavodka Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought you used copic opaque white to make the paint colors transparent?
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emperpep Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015   General Artist
I guess you asked 2 questions but I've only answered one.

I use artist quality watercolors to make good quality watercolor painting, artists watercolors contain very few extender and have high amount of pure pigment, so they will not get muddy like student grade watercolor.
[also look really clear and brilliant]
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vikio99 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
How do you know where to add shades on their clothes
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emperpep Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015   General Artist
I added them using sense, I had to practice painting clothfolds regularly though. 
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Mymylle Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for this tutorial!
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Explosion245 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Do you outline your pictures with pencil or pen?
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emperpep Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014   General Artist
 I prefer pencil, draw with low hand pressure, pen feels somewhat to dark/bold for my art style.

I motly used colored pen to draw outlines or coloring small details when I'm done with coloring
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Explosion245 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you very much!

urgh, i wish i could draw as well as you >.<
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ShotaconShota Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
thanks for your tut
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Emily7974 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How long did it take you to make this?
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emperpep Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014   General Artist
about 2 days
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Emily7974 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahh I wish I had patience! X3
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emperpep Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014   General Artist
2 days is quite easy for most artists though, I have some big acrylic artworks which I spent 1-3 months making each.
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Lunatiri Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
this is amazing, but how do you keep your watercolors from bleeding outside of the lines? =(
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emperpep Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014   General Artist
steady hand and sharp paintbrush, also with proper amount of paint and water in the brush.
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