What my current process with watercolors looks like from 365 days of practice.

in art •  2 years ago  (edited)

Hello again, Steemians!
It's ya girl, Absolute Ama!

Today I thought I would share with you my painting process when it comes to painting with watercolors. This has been honed over a year of exclusively painting with watercolors almost everyday. Im no pro and I still have a ton of areas to improve on, of course!

I took pictures of one of my recent paintings called 'WHISPER ME SWEET NOTHINGS' and while I normally keep process photos for Patrons, I thought JUST this once, it would be best to start with this so you can get a feel of how I create.

Here's the completed piece in case you aren't interested in the photo spam, otherwise enjoy!


I usually start with a light sketch of a concept. It's super simple, no crazy linework but will help guide me as to where to paint.


At this moment I've been using a yellow color for my backgrounds. It breaks up the harshness of a white background but also allows me to center around the main subject. I also use the same yellow for the starting fleshtone, but diluted a bit with water.
To note: I currently use Drphmartins hydrus watercolors if you were curious.


After that dries (which might I add, allowing your watercolor painting to COMPLETELY dry before progressing is crucial! You will avoid accidental bleeds and muddy colors 👌), I go in and start shading in blue. The blue is diluted to be it's faintest. You want to work light to dark when using this medium.


Once the blue is dry, I start working on the blush. This is one of my favorite parts with building flesh! I love myself some cute rosy cheeked girls! Working light, I line around the eyes, nose, lips. Then I add water to allow the red pigment to bleed out. This process usually take about 5 layers, allowing each one to dry, then blending awkward areas to fade into each other nicely (it's kinda weird trying to put this into words, if ya know what I mean?).


Last but not least! I paint the hair. I didn't capture ALL the process of building the hair because at this point I regretted not leaving her hair white. 😧 so I painted over it in purple, which made it worse??? One of my biggest struggles is figuring out what hair color to paint. 🤣
With each layer of color applied to the hair, I worked on the other components of the piece as well. Like the floating eyes and such. They are nice to add in because it takes awhile for each area of the girl to dry, so I'm able to add layers to the magical pieces during waiting times.


Once I'm satisfied with the hair, I allow a few hours for the piece to dry (or you could use a hair dryer, but I notice it pushes pigment around a lil bit so I just stick with allowing it to do its own thing).

I then grab my favorite colored pencil OF ALL TIME!!!! The col-erase colored pencil in the color 'Tuscan Red.' Alot of people mistake the linework for pen but it's actually just colored pencil! I start lining the facial features, and spend a decent time creating a whimsical-
feeling movement for the hair. Make sure to have a sharp pencil at all times for cleaner, thinner lines.


Lastly, I add the final touches which are gel pen highlights. Eyes, nose, and flicks in the hair really bring out the subject, I feel!



Annnnnnd, that's about it! If you made it this far, I applaud You! 👏👏👏
Hope this was found useful and possibly make you want to play around with this crazy medium if you don't already!

Have a good day!


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Beautiful work and I love how you describe your process !

Thank You!! Glad you liked it! I was worried it wouldn't make sense. It's easier to do than to say, I suppose! 😅😅😅

So good! I like all the details, even to the tiny white shines in the hair. How many hours did this particular piece take to complete? And what's your inspiration behind this design?

Thank You! This one took about a day in a half. It's mainly all drying time though which always takes forever! For this piece I wanted to challenge myself with a difficult angle: upturned noses. Hahaha I have the worst luck with noses angled noses.

In the beginning, it was just the sketched out face for practice which was lovely but not fulfilling. I normally like to add strange or magical things to each piece so I imagined the character, as a demon, having the power to create objects from her speech. Random trinkets and such leaving her lips.

I admire your imagination. Hopefully, we can work together one day!

Ahhh!!! Thank You!! That would be very cool! 💕

it looks absoulely stunning ! keep it up ~~

Thank You! I appreciate your comment! 💕

beautiful.~~ !! ♥♥

Thank You! 💕

Thank you very much for sharing your process, it's great to see artists willing to express their mechanism for creative output. You have a wonderful eye for plump organic forms and the flowing hair adds some lush movement to the piece. Hope you have a great day :)

Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it! Have a beautiful day, yourself! 💕

Hi, I've included this post in my weekly art curation post: Ocean of Art!

That's so awesome! Thank you for the exposure! I appreciate that! 💕

Beautiful work!

Thank You! Glad you like it! 💕

Amazing artwork! It's good to see the painting process.

Thank you! I'm happy you enjoyed it! 💕

I love the fluidity of the hair and movement of the piece overall. Really nice. Good use of highlight too. I found you thanks to good ole' @juliakponsford who is so wonderful at bringing all we artists together. I am a new follower now of course!

Thank you so much for your support! I was surprised that I made it into their curation!

This is such a gorgeous and airy feeling drawing. Instantly in love with your stuff <3

Awwww! Thank You! Glad you like it! 💕💕💕

Very beautifull

Thank You! 💕

Youre welcome.
Andyou have patreon rights? I have to.buti don't know to use it hehe

I do! It's relatively simple but it did take about a month to feel things out and such.

Oh, I see. I have made a post but no one is interested to comment. so i do not do it again hehe

Do you have people on there who've pledged to you?

Congrats on 365 days of painting! I'm guessing you've been an artist longer than that? I think that happens to all artists...that 'whoops' moment, hehe. Cool walkthrough of the process :)

Thank you! Yes! I've been drawing and painting since I was little but stopped for about 5 years. Picked up watercolors last year and have been working at it again!

Nice! Sounds like me and photography. Though I may be taking another break from that soon, hehe. Love your work and am looking forward to seeing what you put out next :)

Thank you for your kind words! I appreciate it! 💕

My pleasure :) Every artist loves encouragement from time to time...well, always, if you're anything like me :)