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MissMouse
06-03-2001, 10:16 AM
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I am thinking of doing a very dark background (nighttime) for this. What do I paint first the fairy or the background ?
Should I mask her before or after painting ?


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Patrick
06-03-2001, 11:38 AM
What a wonderful drawing. One of the asspects of watercolor I enjoy the most is the ability to layer (glaze) colors on top of each other. By doing this you end up with unified colors through out the piece. Say if you were going to make the fairie's dress pink and carried that pink into the background, then when laying in your dominate background color there would be traces of the pink still there. this is one way to create depth in a background where airial perspective is at a minimum. Also, by layong in your lighter "fairie" colors first you have less of a chance of the darker background colors bleeding into your figure.

oleCC
06-03-2001, 01:55 PM
Hi... as a general rule backgrounds should go in first, but that is not written in cement.
You might be better able to "play" with that background if you do mask the fairy first.
This is a good drawing, hope you will post the painting as you go too http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
Carol

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carly
06-03-2001, 03:12 PM
I would definitely use masking for those little hands and other areas with a lot of detail. You wouldn't want to lose those in the background. I agree with Carol about painting some areas of the fairy at the same time carrying the color into the background...you will want some lost edges too. Lovely drawing...very fantasylike!
carly

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faymcivor
06-03-2001, 04:34 PM
I am naughty I know but I do my feature first then do my back ground last,yes watch out for the fine details such as hands!!I hope you post again as you go along beautiful drawing http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gifFay

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Leaflin
06-06-2001, 02:50 PM
What a wonderful drawing. One of the asspects of watercolor I enjoy the most is the ability to layer (glaze) colors on top of each other. By doing this you end up with unified colors through out the piece. Say if you were going to make the fairie's dress pink and carried that pink into the background, then when laying in your dominate background color there would be traces of the pink still there. this is one way to create depth in a background where airial perspective is at a minimum.

I would do all the colours you wish to be in both the fairy and background first. Mask the fairy, finish the background, then do the fairy. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
All that said it is a lovely drawing and I hope you show us the finished piece.


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Leaflin
06-06-2001, 02:53 PM
Almost forgot.
I would mask the stars first, but you already knew that http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

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Rod
06-09-2001, 07:41 AM
I'm a great believer in using masking fluid to save all details the into the background with wet into wet techniques without the worry of over painting the fairy,
Rod.

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