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10-23-2013, 11:49 AM
Watercolor pencil trees:
10-23-2013, 01:14 PM
Tree practice is always valuable. I would add shadows to the tree foliage and a shadow on the trunks.
10-23-2013, 02:21 PM
Thanks for commenting! I did try to keep colors airy that they won't start to look stuffy. Will try to bold them up and keep that in my mind :)
10-23-2013, 02:47 PM
I usually paint my foliage in the mid green colour and add yellow to the sunlit side and blue to the shaded side.
10-23-2013, 05:47 PM
Looks better indeed! Yellow wouldn't never come on my mind. Dark blue i had there, but obviously just too little. Thank you Doug :)
10-23-2013, 06:02 PM
I recommend you look at the Watercolor Demos link in my signature and the work of ERNST who is a master at foliage.
10-23-2013, 11:07 PM
Your trees remind me of illustrations in a child's book, light and playful. I like them! The extra blue and yellow look great too.
Something else to try is wetting the leaf area with clean water, then put pure blue, and pure yellow, on your paper and let them mingle together. You may be surprised at the results. Yellow on the highlight side and blue in the shadows, like Doug said, and let the laws of physics do the rest.
10-24-2013, 06:17 AM
You've learned how to hand the pencils well.
10-24-2013, 01:41 PM
Thanks for comments. I don't actually like that childbook look, so i have started to experiment on other techniques. I can't really use the pencils as watercolors.
here is two identical trees, I tried different techniques.
Ok, that didn't end up well.
More detailed tree.
Well, better, but i'm not happy with it. Blue color next to tree is pencil on a wet paper. I have found out that if i touch work while it's wet/damp, i will just ruin it.
couple layers of color and still not happy. More practice. it's really diffucult to add any shadows/small details when those pencils don't really work out as proper paint.
best one so far.
10-24-2013, 10:01 PM
My bad, Carelessbear, forgot you were working with pencils. They are a different world, aren't they? Your last tree does look good.
You're definitely improving. Every time pencil hits paper you are learning something!
10-25-2013, 03:54 PM
Totaly different world indeed. Takes much more practise, higher risk to mess everything up... so lots of difficulties :) But also highly rewarding!
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