These watercolors were painted using my travel set, under travel conditions, to serve as tests. I'd like to be able to offer affordable watercolor commissions at conventions (and online, of course), and I needed to be sure they could be done using my travel set.
|My tiny travel set.|
|The set I use for painting full illustrations and Kara pages.|
These mini watercolor illustrations aren't particularly hard to accomplish, and just require a little bit of patience to wait for the layers of paint to dry. These were painted on Fluid watercolor pads, which are nice because two of the ends are gummed, and the paper shouldn't curl up on you.
As you can see, I'm working from an original drawing. Usually I'd work from a printout, but in order to accomplish these at conventions, I'm going to have very limited supplies.
I coated the back of my paper with graphite (I use a woodless graphite pencil), and taped it to my watercolor paper. I'm using low-tack blue masking tape, as there's less of a chance of it tearing the paper when I remove it.
In order to transfer the image, you need to trace with sufficient force.
I don't usually find such transfers sufficient, so I go over it again with pencil.
When doing watercolors, I tend to work slowly and in very thin layers of color. I enjoy playing off the translucency of the medium, and I feel like thin layers really allow the light to bounce off the paper.
|You can buy the original Yotsuba watercolor painting here!|
|And if you're interested in commissioning something in particular, I'm offering that in the mini watercolor size too!|
If you're interested in having one of my existing mini watercolors or commissioning a mini watercolor of your very own, you can now find them in my shop! Prices start at just $5 for already painted Artist Trading Card watercolors, and go up to $15 for 8"x8" two character paintings.