4) Questions about my art: Colouring and watercolour technique
How did you colour this pic?
It should say in the description under each of my pictures what was used to create it.
Several colouring techniques I’ve used over the years:
Watercolour/Photoshop This one still puzzles people. Around 2003-2005, I painted my watercolours in black watercolour only, and then “tinted” the pieces in Photoshop. I haven’t done that for several years now. All my recent watercolours are “real” watercolours.
Digital I used a lot of digital techniques between 2005 and 2009, with a few watercolours thrown in every now and then. I have an Intuos 3 graphics tablet, and Photoshop 6.0. *sound of dinosaur stomping past*
What materials do you use for watercolour?
Paints: Mainly Daniel Smith, with some Winsor/Newton, Schmincke, Mijello, Sennelier, Old Holland and QoR thrown in, usually in tubes. Sometime liquid watercolour from Rohrer/Klingner or Dr Martin’s. More info
Paper: Usually cold pressed and always 300 gr/m (140 lbs). Paper is a highly subjective thing. I totally can’t work with the most-praised papers (Arches, Fabriano and Saunders). My favourite brands are Clairefontaine Torchon and Canson Montval. Torchon paper has a very rough surface, but more cloudy than cottony.
Brushes: Mostly Raphael kolinskis. Real-hair brushes hold a lot of water and still form very fine tips, making them great all-rounders. I usually use a 10-12 for the rough colour block-ins, and a 2 or a 1 for most of the painting, with a 6/0 used for the tiniest detail work.
What is that frame you use to stretch your watercolour paper?
It’s a watercolour stretcher from Brown Tree Art (browntreeart.com), a manufacturer in the UK. They’re incredibly handy for preventing paper from buckling when used with a lot of water. I own three, for my most often used paper sizes.
How on earth can you paint with coffee?
I’ve made a tutorial on that here. And yes, it smells nice. ;)
Where can I download this app “Photoshop”?
You don’t download it, you buy it. It’s not an app, but a high-end graphics software. Older versions are cheaper. And if you seriously thought it was freeware, you’d better not ask what the newer ones cost.