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When we've finished these tutorials, this is what the finished illustration will look like! This image was designed and used for my Christmas 2016 cards sent out to friends, family, and Patrons.
This image features Naomi and Kara from my children's watercolor comic, 7" Kara. If you enjoy this blog, and enjoy my art, I highly recommend you order a copy through my shop!
Previously, we went over how to add shadows and shading to your watercolor illustration (link).
Today we're going over how to add final details with watercolor pencils, opaque watercolor, and gouache.
Materials Used in this Tutorial:
Watercolors of your choice (I use Winsor and Newton moist half pans, Daniel Smith, SoHo, and Holbein watercolors)
Daisy watercolor wells or palette of choice- Continue with the colors you have mixed
Watercolor brushes (I use mainly rounds)
2 watercolor cups- 1 clean, 1 dirty- I like the Faber-Castell collapsible cups
Watercolor Pencils (Derwent Inktense)
Grumbacher Opaque Watercolors
Canson Moulin du Roy
Watercolor Brushes Used in this Tutorial:
- For rounds larger than 6, I use synthetic brushes. Your preferences may vary from mine- I have several brands, and still have not found a brand I think perform as well as natural hair brushes. Synthetic brushes are much cheaper than natural hair brushes, especially at larger sizes, and are useful for blocking in color, as we will be doing in this tutorial.
- Creative Mark Rhapsody Kolinsky Sable Brushes- 4, 2, 1, 0
- Creative Mark Squirrel Brushes- 4, 6
- Blick Master Studio Squirrel- 4, 6
Step 1: Refining with White Watercolor Pencil
Step 4: Add Details with White Gouache
Step 9: Sparingly use opaque watercolors or colored gouache for toned corrections
(like covering some of the pencil marks in the fire)
Allow illustration to dry completely before removing watercolor tape. When peeling off watercolor tape, pull away from the board at a 90 degree angle to reduce tearing.
Our finished and scanned piece, corrected digitally for color accuracy: