I don’t usually reblog quotes, but I feel like this one was taken strait out of my heart and somehow appeared before me on tumblr. Too frequently I’ve thought really all I am is a collection of pieces that I’ve picked up from all the people I’ve ever loved, and now that handful of pieces has become me.
I do have some tutorials over on my deviantart!
BUT I’m not sure how helpful they’ll be to one who is completely new at watercolor. ><
When I first started with watercolor I was completely on my own, so I was just painting silly character drawings with like two colors of paint. I had no idea really of color mixing or of layering different colors to get something more atmospheric and lush.
My advice for an absolute beginner then is to take a moment to play with paint before even attempting to paint an image. Take a dark color and experiment with blending it all the way to white using water. Paint a gradient from yellow to blue and try to make it a smooth gradient transitioning through green. Try mixing the prime colors to make neutral grays. Experiment also with putting down a light base color, I usually go with cream or sky hues, and then further painting on top of that after it dries.
Watercolor is all about layering and building up color and knowing when to let the paint dry and when to keep painting while the paint is still wet.
After some experimenting, go start splashing paint on drawings and expect to learn actually more from failure than you do from success. I still ruin about half of my paintings and have to salvage them in photoshop now and then. :P No shame. Photoshop is a skill too. I would rather paint things I’ve never painted, difficult things, things I have a high chance of destroying, than to repeatedly paint the same thing again and again because I know how and know I won’t wreck it.