Today, we're going to talk about different types of finish for your watercolors. How you want to create your lineart (or whether you want a lineart at all!) can drastically change the end aesthetic of your comics and illustrations. Below are a few of my favorite methods.
Graphite pencil, brushpen, then erase the graphite. Paint.
Inks that Work:
Waterproof India Inks (make sure they say waterproof on the bottle)
Pigment Based Inks
Ink Used: Sakura Pigma Professional FB brushpen (pigment based)
Other Examples of Inked Watercolors:
Printed bluelines, then tight pencils. Paint.
HB or harder
Other Examples of Penciled Watercolors:
Graphite pencil sketch. Paint
Graphite Transfer. Paint. 'Inking' with paint.
Colored Lead. Paint.
Colored Leads that Work:
Color Eno Leads
Harder, waxed based color pencils
"Lineless" Watercolor Style:
Other Examples of "Lineless" Watercolor:
Inking After Painting:
Method: Sketch illustration. Paint. Ink accents.
Any ink will work with this method, so long as you aren't adding water again.
Other Examples of Inking After Painting:
Straight to Watercolor
Process: Sketch directly with watercolor, focusing on mark making and shapes.
See: Chinese watercolor, Japanese sumi-e, loose floral watercolors
I hope this has inspired you to try various methods of 'finish' with your own watercolor art and illustration! If you're looking for more inspiration, make sure you check out my Watercolor Basics series, here and on Youtube.