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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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sl2004 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  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 Traditional 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 Traditional 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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Lunatiri Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
thank you, I'll definitely have to practice ^-^
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moriarty-party Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist
this is such a nice tutorial!!!
But how do you keep the paint from bleeding and coming out of the outlines when you are painting/blending in small areas? I always have a problem with this :c 
But thanks for making this! it's so amazing! Adorable Girl Anime Emoji (Sho happy) [V6] 
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emperpep Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014   General Artist
I will use smaller brush with steady hand.
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Mikkie15 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Student General Artist
how do I shade the skin in with these colours:
Raw Sienna
Burnt Umber
Alizarin Crimson Hue
Light Red
Ultramarine
Cobalt Blue Hue
Yellow

And these are all Windsor and Newton Watercolours ^^~ 
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emperpep Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014   General Artist
Depends on color temperature in your picture [and your preference]

but for my favorite, Try diluting alizarin crimson into pink and use it for pinkish skin, or mix diluted alizarin crimson with yellow [what yellow?] to make orange skin tone,
then you can mix more saturated arizarin crimson with little amount of yellow for shade, light red is also nice for shading, but I recommend you to experiment with your colors more often so you could know how to mix and match them for best result.

ultramarine/cobalt blue, are also nice when mixing with alizarin crimson to make purple skin shade for blue/purple/violet atmosphere.
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Mikkie15 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Student General Artist
I have a lemon yellow ^^~
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emperpep Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014   General Artist
alright, it will be fine with alizarin crimson.
If you could buy more yellow in the future, try buying gamboge and yellow ochre too. 
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AQart2 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
awesomeness!!!:la: Thank you!!! :hug:
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Badjuju86 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Student Photographer
:jawdrop: holy cow! your paintings are amazing!
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CryptoPhonic Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
Your works are always beautifully done Q v Q however, I'm a bit curious, how do you keep your paper from warping when painting? Does it just not warp, or do you use tape?
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emperpep Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014   General Artist
I use 300g paper and it doesnt curl, but I have to avoid using too much water 
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CryptoPhonic Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
Oh I see! Thank you for replying! I've been using 185g paper, and I haven't been stretching it either.
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emperpep Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014   General Artist
185g paper will definitely curl alot if you use streaky wash technique on it :)
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Visu-freak Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
How much time do you spend on such an image? Insanely good work... I hope I'll be as good as you someday <3
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emperpep Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014   General Artist
From 2 days to 15 days, depends on detail and difficulty.
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Eymixx Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
Thanks you for the tutorial, I really want to try one day! ^^
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Sniggle-Wiggle Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for this tutorial! Very helpful :) Your artworks are so pretty.

I have a few questions!

Have you ever tried using watercolor pencils? How do you feel about them? Do you think it would be easier for a beginner to start with watercolor pencils first, or does it not matter?

Thanks for the help, and thanks again for this amazing tutorial :)
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emperpep Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014   General Artist
According to my preference, watercolor pencils usually leave unpleasant pencil marks on the picture when diluted with water, and I feel like they aren't smooth enough compared to real watercolor, even with artist quality pencils like Caran Dache Supracolor or Faber castell Albretch-Durer.

I only used them for touch up with watercolor painting, and sometimes used them as dry media.
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Xiaooyu Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is awesome!! :D I love your attention to detail!
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inori1211 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
are u indonesian ??? hehe nice tutorial :)
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TitanSlayerKookku Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014
she/he's Thai :) 
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annaindeed Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
for the wet-on-wet, you first paint pure water on the highlight area and then use blue or yellow (on the shirts) to surround it?
When water painting, you don't wet the whole shirt or face, etc, right?

Thanks!
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