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01-02-2017, 01:43 PM
Happy new year everyone! Thank you so much for all your comments and encouragement last year. Time to start a new thread for 2017! My focus is still going to be comics and illustrations.

Here are my two sketchbooks to start out 2017: a Stillman & Birn Zeta multimedia sketchbook and a Strathmore 400 watercolor journal. I am still working on the Stillman & Birn and haven't cracked open the Strathmore yet. I am slowly getting the hang of the Stillman & Birn paper for wet media so I am liking it more and more. Can't wait to try the Strathmore.


01-02-2017, 01:57 PM
And two sketches for the new year. I went back to the 30 days challenge of drawing the same character (Aragorn) to different prompts.

Day 4: with an utterly uncharacteristic expression (lol)

Day 5: after an argument with a loved one

01-02-2017, 03:52 PM
Happy New Year! Yay for new art supplies!

01-05-2017, 02:57 AM
More of that thirty days challenge thing. This time using watercolor in the Stillman & Birn multimedia journal; it turns out surprisingly good for watercolor! I am really liking this journal now.

Day 8: draw the character in an alternative universe.

(I actually have this fanfic involving dragon summoner Aragorn. That was fun lol.)


01-05-2017, 10:21 AM
Those teeth are menacing!

01-09-2017, 01:18 AM
Thanks EP for the nice comments!

PS: do you live in BC? I am home in BC with my folks for the holiday season; all that snow this year is giving me some really nice reference photos for art!

And today's sketch, day 6's prompt: draw the character all bloody.


01-12-2017, 03:08 PM
Day 7's prompt: illness


01-12-2017, 03:24 PM
You're welcome and yes I'm in BC. Great eyebrows/eye sockets on the last guy :)

Joan T
01-14-2017, 05:27 PM
Great sketches of the figures!!!

01-17-2017, 01:29 AM
Little bit jealous of your range of expressions while maintaining the same character, I definitely need some more practice in that regard.

Obviously loving the watercolor, and the moodiness achieved via color and strokes...

Comic books are hard.

Great work!

01-27-2017, 09:06 PM
Thanks EP, and it's great to meet another wetcanvas member from BC. :lol:

Thanks Joan for the kind word.

MBosen, yeah, my passion for drawing/painting lies mostly with the storytelling aspect of it, but that's definitely super hard, because you pretty much have to conjure an image out of your brain. I am getting better at piecing together different photos for reference now... Thanks for the comment!

Finally grabbed some time to finish a piece, here is day 10's challenge: draw the character being serious or in the midst of a battle. So here is the battle for the Stone of Orthanc, yep~


Phthalocyanine Blue
01-28-2017, 04:55 AM
Really like the lighting on the face in that last one. :)

01-29-2017, 04:40 PM
Thanks Blue for the comment!

One more for this weekend.

Day 13's prompt: character in the past or future. So here is Aragorn as a little kid with his foster father. (Toddlers are so hard...:( )


Joan T
02-05-2017, 10:53 PM
I like your sketches to go with the prompts. They look like you should be illustrating a book.

02-06-2017, 12:16 AM
Thanks Joan. I definitely want to try a bigger project, like a short comic or illustrate an entire story, though I think I need more practice with sceneries.

And another entry in my journal for this weekend. I think I am getting the one per week rhythm. Taking a break from those prompts and Aragorn, but still in middle-earth :lol: :lol:


Monastic Bat
02-06-2017, 09:04 AM
I like the way you are using more color. Your style is interesting, these are all really nice sketches.

Joan T
02-06-2017, 08:43 PM
This last one shows nice emotion.

02-07-2017, 01:55 PM
Greg and Joan thanks a lot for the compliment!

So I got some new supplies, namely MozArt brush pens, so I naturally had to something to try those out. I didn't end up liking those pens much though I like this piece enough. Also Strathmore 400 watercolor paper has a terrible smooth side that's unavoidable in its journal. :(


Joan T
02-07-2017, 05:46 PM
Nice colors in this. Sorry you aren't happy with the smooth paper. That can be annoying.

02-10-2017, 01:46 AM
Thanks Joan. Yeah WC paper in general and Strathmore especially have a really smooth backside that's completely different from the normal working surface. In a journal book I still end up using those sides to not be wasteful and also it looks better to not have empty pages in the journal, but that can be annoying.

I finished another piece, rather inspired lately. :lol: :lol:

Because I am still working on the hard to handle smooth side and this design has way too many little things, I end up inking it to make life easier, but I am not a huge fan of this look nowadays. Kinda wishing I didn't ink it lol.


Joan T
02-12-2017, 06:21 PM
This last one has such beautiful detail!

02-15-2017, 08:58 AM
Joan thanks for the comment!

One more from this week, the angelic being Melian teaching nightingales to sing.


02-20-2017, 08:50 AM
So I had one of those moments of utter failure. I did not plan lighting and shadows carefully enough. I was also painting at a friend's house, and the glaring afternoon sunlight flooded the living room via colourful stained glass windows (yes she lives in some ancient house that has stained glass windows) throwing my eyesight out of whack. I ended up having much much darker and greyer skin tones than I intended. Nothing will fix this now, but I don't want to let it go, so I am waiting for my acrylics stuff to arrive and I am just going to paint over it in acrylics, and I can fix other issues in acrylics too.

A picture of how it went wrong before I destroy all evidence :lol: :lol: :lol:


And then I did a small landscape to cheer myself up. This is a different journal, a smaller Stillman and Birn beta. It's supposed to have a cold press texture better for watercolor. It is slightly better for watercolor, but not really cold press? Every new surface is a new adventure. :lol:

I find water surface and waves super challenging....:wave:


Monastic Bat
02-20-2017, 10:08 AM
Don't feel too bad about the fail, it happens to all of us. Your little seascape looks great. :thumbsup:

02-20-2017, 11:49 AM
Don't feel too bad about the fail, it happens to all of us. Your little seascape looks great. :thumbsup:

Thanks Greg! I have heard from an artist that one good practice is to always finish a piece of art, even if you have to paint over it. You want to get in the habit of knowing how it went wrong and how to fix problems. Working in a nicely stitched journal book also really encourages me to stick it out instead of tearing it out for the trash. I think that's the ultimate benefit of having a nice journal. :lol: :lol: :lol:

Joan T
02-20-2017, 06:10 PM
Love the seascape! I hope we get to see the other painting when you do it over in acrylics.

02-25-2017, 02:42 PM
Thanks Joan!

And I finally finished painting over my failed watercolor from last week with acrylic. I haven't done much acrylics before, mostly for crafts, so this is a lot of guesswork and try random things. :lol: :lol:


02-27-2017, 11:53 PM
A quick watercolor practice piece. Don't think it ended up so well; handling dark background and out of focus objects in watercolor is so difficult……:o


02-28-2017, 10:46 AM
Great job on the eyes in post 22 and the waves crashing in post 23 :)

Monastic Bat
03-01-2017, 08:45 PM
I think your watercolor practice looks pretty darned good. I would be happy if I had painted it.

Joan T
03-02-2017, 05:28 PM
I think you nailed that dark background!!!

03-04-2017, 02:28 AM
Thanks a lot to EP, Greg, and Joan for your encouragement! Definitely helps me keep going :lol: :lol: One more exercise piece.


03-04-2017, 05:36 PM
Hmmm I just realized that uploading multiple files with the same file name is a terrible idea for wetcanvas. So that Bowie knife doodle is a later piece I did for the next sketch thread haha. Here is something I tried to upload this morning.


03-05-2017, 07:28 AM
love the knife and the high contrast within the picture! keep up the good work.

03-08-2017, 09:15 PM
Thanks BG!


03-08-2017, 09:24 PM
I'm jealous of that Bowie Knife!

03-08-2017, 09:41 PM
Lovely work

Joan T
03-09-2017, 09:48 PM
The Bowie knife looks great. I really like this last one...such contrast between her hair and the dark background.

03-10-2017, 05:59 PM
Thank you DLander and JJ!

And Joan thanks for your kind word. This last one is a character I was challenged to draw by friends. The face was a bit off and I played around with it in PS a lot :lol: :lol:

One more for today.


03-22-2017, 08:34 AM
Two more pages from my watercolor journal. I am still figuring out kinks with those paper. The rough side is not that great for water-bsaed markers lol. :rolleyes:



03-22-2017, 08:55 AM
Loving your work!!!

03-22-2017, 01:40 PM
Thanks a lot JJ!

I did more work on the second piece; always want to fix things lol.


Joan T
03-27-2017, 08:53 PM
Loving these!!!

04-01-2017, 07:06 PM
Thanks a lot Joan!

I did two smaller watercolor practices.



04-01-2017, 07:06 PM
Thanks a lot Joan!

I did two smaller watercolor practices.



04-01-2017, 09:33 PM
I like the bird and blossoms picture :)

04-03-2017, 09:57 PM
Great sketches, otherworlder. Your watercolor work is really good.

Joan T
04-06-2017, 09:12 PM
Love the last two! Great color and richness to them.

04-08-2017, 07:17 AM
That landscape is beautiful

04-26-2017, 09:12 PM
A bunch of thanks to Sandra, Joan, and JJ for offering feedback.

I have been busy for a couple weeks, but last week I finally finished this spread that I had in progress for a long time. :clap: This is all done with water-based brush markers.


04-27-2017, 09:50 AM
Woo hoo!

Joan T
05-04-2017, 03:07 PM
Wowza!!! That looks great!

05-07-2017, 09:11 PM
Thanks for the comments EP and Joan!

I had a few free days to just do art, so I went crazy. Completed a two-page spread in my watercolor journal that I really enjoyed doing. This is done with watercolor and markers. X-posted in watermedia.


And today I wanted to try something more manga/anime style since I haven't done one of those in like forever. Not sure what I think about this really. I don't like my inking, need to play around a bit more and find something better. :lol: The coloring is all watercolor this time.


Joan T
05-12-2017, 08:21 PM
That double page one is gorgeous! These are so well done.

05-13-2017, 09:09 AM
Awesome work

05-18-2017, 07:09 PM
Thank you so much Joan and JJ for the encouragement. A few more pieces I did over the last few days.

More watercolor~

And as I was flying a LOT in the last week I did a couple digital paintings on my new ipad pro with Apple Pencil. The Apple Pencil is absolutely amazing. :lol:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-May-2017/1968973-170511.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-May-2017/1968973-1701516.JPG

05-18-2017, 10:31 PM
I really like the purple hair with the pink section. You might want to check the girl's left arm proportions and look at the fingers on the left hand.

05-19-2017, 05:22 PM
Thank you so much EP! I will look into it.

Joan T
05-21-2017, 08:44 AM
I like your digital sketches too. Nice!!!

05-25-2017, 08:27 AM
Thanks Joan! And thanks again to EP; I fixed the problem with the arm as you mentioned and it does look much more natural.

One more digital painting, this time using Adobe Draw on the ipad. A most delightful app.


05-27-2017, 06:26 AM
Oh my goodness, how awesome is this!

06-20-2017, 06:44 AM
Thanks JJ for the comment!

I have been traveling, so the only art I get to do is via ipad. So for this month I am a cartoonist lol, I enjoy doing illustrations on the ipad but sketching and painting digitally is still a bit stiff. Probably need to play with more apps.




Monastic Bat
06-20-2017, 09:15 AM
Nice work, I really like your use of color.

06-20-2017, 10:40 AM
Fun ones! I like the one with the blue haired girl the best :)

06-20-2017, 11:24 AM
I really like the middle one where she's holding a leafy forest creature. Very cute. I had issues also with digital painting which is why I turned to traditional media to help me learn some fundamentals and now I like it too much to stop at just that.

06-24-2017, 08:41 AM
Thanks to Greg, EP and scc1989 for your lovely comments! Scc, I totally know what you mean with digital paintings. I have been on and off with digital paintings, even for cartoon pieces, I never like how they feel even though the workflow is indeed super nice. The ipad is the best tool I have encountered for digital paintings. Even then all those pieces I did start with pencil sketches on paper. Also, I find it hard to get real watercolor/paint effect digitally; everything end up looking like digital airbrush no matter what, at least for me, lol.

06-24-2017, 09:18 PM
Great digital sketches, otherworlder. I really like how you're able to get the anime style in your sketches and I really like the first one.

06-25-2017, 06:48 PM
Thank you very much for your comment Sandra.

I finally cracked open my watercolor stuff for a spin for this new piece.


07-07-2017, 09:48 AM
So every time I am in China I discover amazing art goodies. This time it's handmade watercolor journals! So I like working in journals, but am somewhat picky about paper yet I am terrible at book binding, so imagine my joy when I discovered that I can easily buy an expertly bound watercolor journal with my paper of choice at a very reasonable price.

This is my brand new journal: approximaly 8''x10'', hard bound, 20 sheets (40 pages) of Arches hot press 300g (plus a couple sheet of cheaper paper for cover facing pages), a gorgeous cover, all for the neat price of ~$25 USD plus shipping. If you get Saunders Waterford instead of Arches it's even cheaper. They also make journals with this (pretty decent) Chinese-made 100% cotton paper, for $15!

I am so stocking up before I leave China.



PS: I also discovered this 5''x8'' watercolor journal with 25% cotton paper (so like Strathmore 400) that costs a grand total of $2.50 USD. I have put in an order and will post some pictures when I receive them.

And some recent paintings from my journal that I posted in watercolor section already.

A watercolor seascape in my old Strathmore 400 journal.

First page of my new Arches journal. :)

Finally, a new digital painting. It's still a half finished one; I started out with too low a pixel count so it's too difficult to work details. I might fix it up if I can figure out some app that will resize it. (Admittedly I am probably too lazy for this :lol: )

07-07-2017, 10:29 AM
A few more watercolors from my journal, the latter two are x-posted in watercolor gallery.

Portrait based on a movie still.

A seascape

A kingfisher

And finally, a half-finished digital painting.
This really needs more detail work, but I didn't really think/plan and started out the piece with too few pixels so now I actually can't get to the details very well. Aaaannnd I haven't figured how to resize in procreate. Ah well. :lol:

07-07-2017, 01:49 PM
Otherworld, you should have opened your watercolour set much earlier. How could you have made us wait?:lol:
Joke aside, Otherworld, I very much like your watercolour work.
There is something ethereal on the portraits that makes them very beautiful.
I like the strengh of you colours, because they enhance the fragil moments you depict.
Thank you.

07-07-2017, 08:41 PM
Oooh those journals are a great item and I love the watery and dramatic two-page spread you have made :)

07-10-2017, 07:52 PM
Thank you very much Maria and EP. I am doing a lot of watercolor recently because I'm without my markers and colored pencils and other stuff, but I'm really enjoying watercolor now! I am still trying to figure out how to use watercolor more like watercolor and take advantage of its characteristics.

One more anime piece, I really tried to let water run this time lol.


07-10-2017, 08:55 PM
Your kingfisher watercolour is very pretty. :) The colours are so harmonious and you captured the details really well.

I recognized Arwen immediately so the likeness is definitely there. I want to try some portraits myself but people are difficult to draw. I think her eyes are a tiny bit large but it gives her a more animated look which also works.

Munin Raven
07-16-2017, 12:43 PM
Really nice watercolours. I'm particularly fond of the seascape.

07-17-2017, 07:58 PM
Thank you very much scc1989 and Munin.

And one more little bird in watercolor I did on a sample of Hahnemuler 100% rag rough. Really didn't like this particular paper, which is why I gave up the thought of painting something for every sample and just went and did a simple test. I do like this manufacturer's Cezanne line though.


07-18-2017, 05:35 AM
Soo beautiful, and sweet.

Thank you.

07-19-2017, 10:50 AM
I'm enjoying this use of non-digital painting media :)

07-23-2017, 10:12 AM
A bunch of thanks to Maria and EP. :)

This is one more entry in my Arches journal. Arches hot press does not play very nice with masking fluid, and this hot humid weather really doesn't help...

A quick painting of a local sight. So I am currently in a rather ancient city in China; right at the heart of downtown there is this tomb of an ancient king from 223AD, most famous local attraction. There is a famous picturesque path just outside of his tomb, lined on both sides with bright vermilion walls and huge bamboo. The park released this photo of the red wall today and I had to paint it because it's just so beautiful.


07-23-2017, 11:09 AM
I absolutely love it!
The leaves' shadow ends it perfectly.

Thank you.

07-25-2017, 11:26 PM
Thank you very much Maria! I think all credits have to go to the photographers and marketing people at this attraction. They always have nice photos, but this particular one is so well-designed and absolutely gorgeous, for me it's like a perfect shot.

One more painting from yesterday, with a super funny story behind the awkward composition. I am contemplating going to a comic convention next week, so wanted to paint some postcards to exchange with people. Except I am not really comfortable working postcard sizes. Eventually to keep the hand at a paintable size and include enough facial features, I ended up with this diagonal design. I had to think for a moment whether this looks better portrait or landscape... :lol: :lol:


07-26-2017, 03:33 AM
You are too modest, Otherworld.

Another great portrait. You got well her fierce, and determined look. Splendid.

07-27-2017, 01:01 AM
Your work is wonderful otherworlder x

07-27-2017, 12:14 PM
Thank you so much JJ and Maria!

One more, from yesterday actually, requested by a friend and inspired by Lion King. :lol:


07-29-2017, 12:07 PM
I like the figure's left eye in post 81. Well done :)

07-30-2017, 12:49 AM
Thanks a bunch EP!

One more painting in my journal.


07-30-2017, 11:06 AM
That foreground foliage is so rich!

07-30-2017, 08:02 PM
Is that the Great Wall? It's beautiful and as is your painting of the tomb wall.

I have to ask, how do you get your paintings to look so perfect and straight? My paper is almost always warped and it shows in the photos. Do you resolve this by cropping?

07-31-2017, 02:42 AM
I love this last one. Beautiful colours.

07-31-2017, 09:55 AM
Thanks everyone for the comment!

Scc, yes I do close crop pictures, and I also use distort and warp in photoshop liberally; it can pretty much fix anything!

08-02-2017, 09:54 AM
I was looking for some portable brushes and ended up getting two sumi-e brushes. They arrived today and I was testing brushes. This page is all done with this gorgeous weasel hair and rooster down brush encased in black wood. It works so wonderful and I am absolutely loving it. All for a bank-breaking cost of $6USD. :lol:


08-02-2017, 10:34 AM
Oh Wheee! So beautiful! Love the top right and the bamboo in the bottom left :)

08-05-2017, 12:01 PM
Thanks EP!

A couple more watercolor journal entries.

One in sumi-e style again, cactus flower and bird.

And one more, Testing some DS paints and colors.

08-05-2017, 12:24 PM

Munin Raven
08-05-2017, 02:03 PM
Wow, what a gorgeous sunset. :clap:

08-06-2017, 10:21 AM
Thanks Maria and Munin!

So the last piece of quick landscape is actually the first of a series of mini-landscapes I plan to do to test out paints. I recently bought a tester collection of pretty much every popular artist watercolor brand, so expect all of them.:lol: Here in China people sell home-made palette and tester palette they made from tube paints, it's really a great and cheap way to test out paints and/or get small travel sets. Hence my huge test project. All test paintings will probably be landscape so I get to use a lot of colors and finish relatively quickly. The support will be Arches hot press 300g in my journal for all tester paintings.

Page 1 of this test series: top image with Daniel Smith (including some primatek and luminescent colors), bottom image with Winsor & Newton artist pans on the bottom.

I suppose the end results aren't all that different... (feel free to tell me if you think you notice differences!)

DS has very weak cobalt colors. Cobalt colors won't paint like phthalos of course, but cobalt violet, cobalt violet deep and cobalt teal blue feel possibly wimpy. While DS is known for granulating colors, you can easily tone it down if you want. I have green apatite in the first painting, and still it's not glaringly obvious. W&N's colors feel a touch more muted. I have an extremely weird Prussian blue pan that feels less pigmented than a student grade. Also I noticed huge particles as I was painting with W&N. Non-granulating colors still dried smooth and there doesn't seem to be anything wrong, but I am not sure how I feel about this. And the W&N French ultramarine granulates more than other people's cobalt blue. Any and all texture in the second painting is that French ultramarine and probably unwanted.


08-06-2017, 10:39 AM
Very very nice.

Do you do them with only one brand, or do you mix brands in the same painting?
It would be interesting to know which brands for what painting, if possible, and if it doesn't give you too much trouble.

Scene Chaser
08-06-2017, 11:25 AM
Lovely colors and paintings, Otherworlder. Wherever the paints come from, you sure know how to use them.

08-06-2017, 11:27 AM
Such pretty landscapes! I enjoy your pigment analysis :)

08-08-2017, 01:34 PM
Beautiful landscapes. I really like the cactus and the bird as well. :)

08-09-2017, 05:42 AM
Thanks for the comments everyone!

Maria, I am trying to paint each small landscape with only one brand of paint. The first two are Daniel Smith (top) and Winsor & Newton pan (bottom).

Here is my latest entry: Holbein (top) and MaimeriBlu (bottom).

I do find these two to be inferior to DS and Winsor & Newton. MaimeriBlu is very weakly pigmented, really difficult to get dark colors. I like my high contrast. Holbein's pigment load is a bit better, but I find the wet to dry color shift a bit much. Also Holbein lifts way too easily, I find glazing a difficult task and can't hold any real detail. (Hot press paper probably doesn't help but still.)


08-09-2017, 05:53 AM
Very nice, again, otherworlder.

Thank you for your comments on the brands, it helps to know them.

08-11-2017, 08:32 PM
Continuing my paint tester series.

Sennelier on top, Schmincke Horadam on the bottom.

I absolutely love Sennelier! It must be the honey, so smooth and happy to use. Richly pigmented and such gloriously clean and bright colors. However Sennelier colors are a tad too bright; I smell dyes and brighteners. I poked around on Handprint; there is no microscope analysis of Sennelier, but a bitter complaint about lightfastness. Given the collection of fugitive colors and the use of food coloring dye, I cautiously maintain there is probably a lot of dyes and brighteners in their painta. But the colors are so pretty and glowing ! :lol: Sennelier colors are unrealistically bright and they are hard to neutralize. I tried, but there is no neutralizing that light phthalo green. I guess you can pick out the darker less chromatic colors, but their entire range looks over the top saturated. This is probably the ideal paint for illustrations and cartoons (sounds like something for me!), but a little questionable for fine art, and probably not what you want for plein air.

I had a few pans of Schmincke that I really love, namely their cobalts and their browns. I love the walnut brown so much that upon realizing that the new 2017 PBr33 mahogany brown looks different I quickly ordered two new full pans. :lol: But overall I am less impressed with Schmincke. Pigment load and color saturation is noticeably weaker than Sennelier's. Need more transparency too. I actually don't care about transparency as much as most watercolorists since I don't really ever paint loosely and very wet, but I would like enough translucency to glaze properly. Schmincke barely satisfies that small demand. Colors are pretty though in a very muted and realistic way, great for landscapes I think. I do have to make a plug for some of their colors. Their cobalt blue and cobalt green are amazingly strong. The old Pbr33 walnut brown is probably my favorite brown, it's a gorgeous heavily granulating moody and dark brown, great for trees and rocks among other things.


Munin Raven
08-12-2017, 01:56 PM
Excellent landscape studies. Some great results being churned out! :thumbsup:

I've had a similar experience with Sennelier inks, regarding inconsistencies. I can understand how this would effect watercolours, acrylics, oils etc... but I'm still a little puzzled by inks being wildly different. :confused:

08-12-2017, 05:11 PM
Wow, beautiful landscapes. I love the different colours you used for the mountain ranges.

Very useful feedback about the brands. I've been rather curious about Schmincke. Sennelier reformulated in 2012 with more honey and more lightfast pigments so handprint's review might be out of date. I started off with Sennelier and was impressed but after I tried DS I stuck with it because I found the colours more intense and it wasn't as sticky.

Scene Chaser
08-12-2017, 08:39 PM
Lots of beautiful colors.

08-13-2017, 05:26 AM
Very nice paintings.

I much appreciate your impressions on each brand.

Until now, which is the brand that is most satisfactory to you?

08-13-2017, 12:07 PM
Thanks everyone for the nice comment!

Scc, yeah I love DS as well especially the incredible collection of colors! However I do enjoy sticky honey paint because how they handle.

Maria, my favorite is definitely MG! The biggest reason is MG's pigment load. I also really like the fact that MG is milled very fine and shows very little granulation except for the cobalt colors, and that MG paints are extremely explosive wet-in-wet. I just wish they have more colors lol.

Taking a break from my brand testing (still have to test Mijello and then maybe do another MG for comparison), I did a comic painting.


Scene Chaser
08-13-2017, 12:12 PM
Looks like super girl getting ready to fly. Nice one, Otherworlder.

08-20-2017, 08:41 AM
Thank you very much Bill.

I am finally back somewhere I can open Wetcanvas without a VPN! :lol:

Another cartoon illustration from my journal.

08-26-2017, 11:02 AM
A couple more. :)



09-06-2017, 11:58 PM
A new page in my journal, trying gouache for the first time. While that was fun there are so many things about gouache that I learned the hard and painful way! Lol.


09-07-2017, 12:31 AM
Glad you had some fun with gouache. I like the contrast of focus and then out-of-focus :)

09-11-2017, 11:13 AM
Thanks for the comment EP!

So here is something rather stupid but fun: a Crayola challenge. I actually did the same painting twice (granted, I was freehanding it so the house got bigger the second time), one in artist watercolor and another in Crayola. So the Crayola piece actually photographed better than what it really is: the actual piece has irregular reflective residue, so it looks plastic-y, as if the binder is actual glue. Oh and of course the colors are blindingly garish. I mean I suppose I can work harder and neutralize everything more, but I used a similar mix and layering process as with the artist paints, so. But it is a $3 set. :lol: :lol:


09-11-2017, 07:15 PM
How funny that the house got bigger second time around :) The mountainscape also is a bit different but you gotta really look :)

Joan T
09-12-2017, 05:29 PM
I'm really far behind and trying to catch up on some of what you posted since I've checked in here. Great to see your landscapes in WC as well as you illustrations. That journal you bought is beautiful. If i were there I'd fill my suitcase. :)

09-29-2017, 10:07 AM
Thank you very much EP and Joan for your comments!

A couple more pieces from my journal. Feel like in a somewhat funk, as I am not happy with the last few things I did. Need to find some way to get back in the groove. :lol:

Another gouache painting

A marker piece with some calligraphy

09-29-2017, 10:51 PM
Striking eyes particularly on the cloaked figure.

09-30-2017, 09:38 AM
I very much like the flowers.

Thank you.

Munin Raven
09-30-2017, 12:27 PM
Very nice updates. The clothing on your characters are getting better. I enjoy seeing you use greens and browns in particular. Bravo on the gouache trials too. The twin mountain cabin scenes are great... I get the same results, half the time, when I do multiple sketches of the same subject. I tend to go with the flow and rely on my subconscious to dictate. Maybe your subconscious was focused on the idea of how cool it would be to live in that cabin, and so you made it bigger? :lol:

10-04-2017, 03:45 AM
Very nice, dynamic characters. I like your use of colours.

10-14-2017, 04:17 PM
Thank you very much for the comments, Maria, Munin and Raindrop.

One more watercolor illustration from my journal. :)


10-14-2017, 05:42 PM
Lovely colours in the draped fabric :)

10-18-2017, 02:31 AM
Thanks for your comments EP!

Here is a quick ink pen and wash doodle I did while I wrote my dissertation. I had a stressful week or two, every piece of artwork is probably really just stress relief, sigh.


10-19-2017, 09:24 AM
Here is something different: crafters' kind of art journaling. I don't know why, just wanted to do it recently. Probably because I have been too stressed out and busy to do time-consuming art, so I just wanted to find a way of making pretty things to look at in a relatively short time.

I ended up drawing anyway, with the best drawing tools: ballpoint pens. :lol:


10-21-2017, 07:08 PM
A fun oil pastel piece.


10-22-2017, 04:44 AM
Great work, otherworlder.

Please keep on sharing!:)

Joan T
10-23-2017, 05:01 PM
Great characters!!

10-24-2017, 12:36 AM
Thanks Maria and Joan!

Here is one more fun piece: cataloguing all the different dry media, painting each piece of supply using that medium. :lol: Looking at this I am really loving oil pastels, they are magical! Next up (eventually) will be wet media.


10-24-2017, 04:19 AM
Very nice pieces.
Always a pleasure, otherworlder.

10-24-2017, 04:36 PM
Great job... But how can you paint an item while using the same item to paint it? It's like dividing paint by 0 or something! :lol:

10-25-2017, 10:25 AM
Thank you Maria for all your comments, super encouraging. Raindrop, thanks, and yeah it is pretty meta isn't it, to paint a thing using itself? :lol:

One more watercolor entry. I totally forgot that I still had one more paint sampler left, Mijello Gold, so I used it for this painting. I am okay with it but super impressed. The colors are bright and mix well, but they are rather opaque. I had the sampler for so long, I have no idea what colors are in them and din't bother check up; I recognized an ultramarine and two pthalos. The earth colors are definitely not the PBr7 I know and love and I really don't dig the hue. I am vehemently against PR101 based Burnt Sienna/Umber, especially when they are mixes, that's just annoying...

Anyway, by now I have tried: Winsor & Newton, Schmincke Horadam, M. Graham, Daniel Smith, Sennelier, Holbein, MaimeriBlu, and Mijello Gold. My favorite is MG hands down. Highest pigment load and finest mill, just a notch above everyone else; I really wish they have more colors. Daniel Smith follows closely behind. Love the enormous range. Only problem is that a few colors are quite weak (cobalt everything). I was also really surprised by Sennelier; colors are super bright and clean, almost dye-level, perfect for illustrations. Everything else is pretty meh in comparison. I used to have a soft spot for Schmincke, but now that they changed the formulation for PBr33 and I can't get my absolute favorite brown anymore, I think I am done...:crying:


Joan T
10-26-2017, 09:29 PM
Love your way of doing a sketch of your mediums!!! Great job on this last piece...nice richness of color!

10-28-2017, 09:10 AM
Thank you very much Joan for your compliment.

I made a new swatch page for my Inktense. Haven't played with them in a long while, lost my swatch sheet, so need something else. :lol:


10-28-2017, 11:20 AM
Here is one more fun piece: cataloguing all the different dry media, painting each piece of supply using that medium. :lol: Looking at this I am really loving oil pastels, they are magical!


Love this one - the idea! the execution!

10-29-2017, 08:54 PM
Thanks for the compliment EP! :)

Another illustration for a story I am working on.


11-03-2017, 03:49 PM
A gouache spread.


Joan T
11-05-2017, 06:11 PM
Great pieces!!!

11-06-2017, 08:49 AM
I like how you rendered the feathers!

11-13-2017, 11:18 AM
Thank you Joan and Raindrop for the encouraging comments. :clap:

Another watercolor illustration.


11-13-2017, 01:35 PM
Wonderful works - such rich colour in the clothing/robes. And I'm also appreciating the greenery/foliage in the latest work too :)

One suggestion (feel free to disregard :) ) is to consider proportions for faces - generally eyes are not the largest facial feature; and when a face is in profile the imaginary vertical line drawn up from the corner of the lips meets the corner of the eyes. I was amazed to learn that the lips extend back so far! This link has some good information: Drawing a Head From Imagination (http://thevirtualinstructor.com/facialproportions.html)


11-13-2017, 02:39 PM
Wonderful works - such rich colour in the clothing/robes. And I'm also appreciating the greenery/foliage in the latest work too :)

One suggestion (feel free to disregard :) ) is to consider proportions for faces - generally eyes are not the largest facial feature; and when a face is in profile the imaginary vertical line drawn up from the corner of the lips meets the corner of the eyes. I was amazed to learn that the lips extend back so far! This link has some good information: Drawing a Head From Imagination (http://thevirtualinstructor.com/facialproportions.html)


You are absolutely right! Thanks for the tip and resources. I got into the habit of a certain style of face, exaggerated, spaced out eyes and a tiny mouth, grew up on anime and all that, by now it's like an automatic thing unless I am doing an actual portrait and measuring out all distances from a reference photo. But I have already shifted to less and less exaggeration; hopefully the more portraits I do the more I get out of certain habits...:lol:

Joan T
11-13-2017, 08:53 PM
Love your shading in the folds of her dress. Nice!

11-14-2017, 10:12 AM
Joan thank you very much for your compliment.

One more illustration.


11-14-2017, 10:39 AM
... I got into the habit of a certain style of face, exaggerated, spaced out eyes and a tiny mouth, grew up on anime and all that, ...

Your work has aspects that reminds me of anime :)

11-16-2017, 10:38 AM
Trying to learn the negative painting technique, probably need some more practice...


11-16-2017, 10:43 AM
Love the background of this last watercolour.

Well, if this is your first negative watercolour trying, it is already a good step towards a fine finished work.

Well done.

11-18-2017, 11:37 AM
Thanks Maria! Still practicing and figuring it out; watercolor is such a counter intuitive medium. :lol: One more flower painting.


Monastic Bat
11-18-2017, 01:00 PM
I do very much like your Flower paintings

11-18-2017, 01:26 PM

11-27-2017, 09:30 AM
Thanks Greg and EP for your comments!

Got two more illustrations to share, both are spreads in the strathmore journal, but I photoshopped the page split out. :lol:



11-27-2017, 09:41 AM
I admire your curiosity, constance in practicing, and experimenting. Well done!

11-27-2017, 10:53 AM
Two good ones - good practice for hands :)

Joan T
11-28-2017, 08:28 PM
Good details and shading on that white shirt!

12-15-2017, 03:58 PM
Thank you all very Maria, EP, and Joan!

I have been painting in December, not just much in my sketchbook (so much for my plan to fill at least one book this year:lol: ), but I did a lot of traveling past couple days, so my sketchbook got a little fuller.


12-16-2017, 05:40 PM
So much to catch-up on. I really appreciate your negative painting practice. Gary

12-16-2017, 07:28 PM
Beautiful stuff! I've just read through the entire thread from the beginning and thoroughly enjoyed it. Loved the little cat looking through the window at a butterfly, of course. Neat range of techniques, styles and mediums. I enjoy oil pastels too, they're like nothing else. Loved that page of art supplies as well as all your copious illustrations. Like your anime style. Lots and lots of elven characters, definite sense of Middle Earth and maybe Silmarillion stories, very cool stuff.

Thank you for all your product reviews. I haven't tried all of those artist grade brands of watercolor, but I love Daniel Smith and Winsor & Newton. Recently I've gotten some Sennelier pans. What brand of gouache did you try? Is it W&N or something else?

I bought some Maimeri tube gouache and used to use Winsor & Newtons, but then switched back to Pelikan pan gouache. Recently I bought and reviewed Lyra Opaque Watercolors (gouache in pans), turned out to be the same consistency and handling, equally great, in a slightly more convenient box with a cheap little bristle brush included. Trying a stiff brush with it gave me very different results though, so I may have to get some stiff synthetic brushes for use with gouache. I'm used to sables and synthetic sable for gouache, same as with watercolor.

Enjoy all your books. That Chinese one is so lovely with its brocade cover. Would love to be able to find those somewhere online. My favorites are Stillman & Birn and Moleskine Watercolor.

12-17-2017, 04:21 PM
Thank you for your lovely comments, Gary!

Hi Robert, thanks for the comment. I absolutely love oil pastels, probably my favorite medium now haha. Your webpages have been very helpful to trying out different brands and techniques! Yeah I have a lot of illustrations, as I am very much into storytelling through art. My Strathmore 400 watercolor journal is actually dedicated to Middle-earth illustrations. :lol:

So here is one more illustration. I doodled it on the plane and then inked and added some watercolor.


12-17-2017, 07:09 PM
Wow! That is great. Love this scene. Beautifully rendered.

Joan T
12-18-2017, 03:24 PM
Oh, this last one is wonderful!!! I love all the details in the buildings as well as the landscape. How big is that one?

12-23-2017, 11:57 PM
Thank you very much for the comments Rob.

Joan, thanks! This is 8x10, in a Strathmore 400 watercolor journal. Love the book!

12-24-2017, 01:59 PM
Nice work to start on a plane ride. That is a lot of information to conjure out of thin air. Great use of what can be dead time. Gary

12-24-2017, 06:24 PM
Love the cliff side illustration :)

12-30-2017, 01:20 PM
Thanks EP. :)

Last picture of the year, more ipad cartoon drawing done on the plane. I haven't used the ipad in a while, really hard to get a feel for it again.

Thank you all for dropping by this year; see you all in the new thread! :lol: