As always, I apologize for upside down photos.
Comparison of Set Up and Materials
Stretched 10X15 cold press watercolor paper. Original sketch was printed in blue ink, outlined in pencil. Blue printer ink washes away with initial stretching of paper.
Simple watercolor commission on 8"x8" cold pressed watercolor pad (fluid), taped at two ends. Graphite transfer of original sketch, tightened in pencil. No need for stretching.
Materials used with Simple watercolor commission. Small plastic palette, Sakura Koi field set with 12 pans. Limited selection of brushes selected for durability (usually a synthetic/natural mix, a lot of Neptunes in there) and resiliency. Miniature water wells. White gouache. Color reference.
Materials used for original watercolor commission. Large watercolor palette (I usually use more than just one). Large watercolor box with carefully selected watercolor pans and color reference sheet. Large selection of brushes.
Comparison of sets (I keep them separate)
Comparison of palettes.
Comparison of Process
Applying initial color wash: Simple watercolor commission
Brush used: Synthetic squirrel mop (Creative Mark)
Initial Color Wash: Original watercolor commission.
Brush used: Synthetic Cotman mop
Adding background shadows to help push illusion of light
Adding color: Simple watercolor commission
Depth of color is achieved utilizing layers of same color, or slightly more saturated color
Adding color: Original watercolor commission
Shading is achieved by subtle layers of same color. Additional shading is added using contrasting colors, shadows applied with a mix of Payne's grey and indigo when necessary.
Simplified Watercolor Commission
Details were added with gouache and color pencil.