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Canal Studies by nicholaskole Canal Studies by nicholaskole
Watercolor sketches from my trips down the canal-

I've been biking and taking my paintbrush with me. Just the experience of being outside has been wonderful.

More about it on my blog:
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solitarius86 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Wow, looking at all of ur watercolor sketches here is such a treat....And I like the transparency of ur watercolors....Can I ask what brand or type of paper you used for these pieces??...:)
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :) I love making them! 
As for the paper? It's funny- I use the standard, crappy, strathmore sketchpads to sketch and paint in- when I buy fancy watercolor paper, I get too nervous about it to actually sketch freely :P
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WIVESofWOLVES Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing. =)
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for watching!
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430-CurlyJo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Do you tend to work in the watercolour first then add pen on top or create a sketch and add colour? Been trying to work it out from the artwork but it's a tough one. You've reminded me how to show such complex shapes with just a splash of shade and a few guidelines, one of my favourite styles of drawing!
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for asking!
I do the sketch in pen first, always, and then go in to add the watercolor washes :)
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430-CurlyJo Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Ahh right, think I got put off that method when the pen I was using bled everywhere....
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ah yeah- I know! I've been using bic ballpoints of a certain type and they never smear with the watercolor!
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BlueBumbleBee Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
The driftwood sketch is my favorite. They're all great though.
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ElyseSea Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student General Artist
wow this is AMAZING work!
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aedifico Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sir, you have very nearly convinced me to attempt watercolor again. You've told me I should, but I keep wavering. Then I see more of these, and it just looks like it must be fun. WHY MUST YOU DO THIS TO ME. ;)
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
JUST DO IT. don't think. don't debate. Just paint! Make paintings! :D
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Fires-storm Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Well done, I may have to try water color sketching some time!
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KelciD Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ahhhh your sketches! Why must they be so preeeeettyyyy? :x
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MercilessInk Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Wow you're at a beautiful area. Where I am it's just apartments and a mall. Very lovely!
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yeah- I've been really blessed to have such a nice place to retreat to. Helps.
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TheRoseOfManga Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful.
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gweenypig48 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
Love this sort of thing, great to see more of your thoughts on paper. Keep it up!
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wolfstorm56 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
This is the kind of thing I hope to do some day. Really nice!
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:iconmoloko:
moloko Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing work on the watercolor.
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ceres-de-rehka Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, just... wow. For some reason I'm blown away by these... especially the bridges the houses in the hillside.
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Nezart Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Great studies, I love them! I wish I had the patience to do these studies outdoors too :(
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SuperChibiQueer Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
these are amazing, they are simple but capture the lighting and details and essence of the scenes
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mickeythewicked Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
very dreamy!
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rufftoon Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Really beautiful.
Aw man, I really need to practice watercolors...
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
aw, thanks! Glad you like em :)
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PickedPockets Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student Artist
lovely work:clap:
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SethKearsley Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional Filmographer
awesome stuff again...love it...must get watercolors out.
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howlett66 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012   Traditional Artist
Do you use any pencil guidelines at all or this is all brush?Really remarkable work bro.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
well- I think you can see, I draw in ballpoint pen and then brush over it :)
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howlett66 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012   Traditional Artist
Had to ask :P

Thank you for the claryfication.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:) thanks for asking! y'welcome.
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MIgerusanTTE Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I like how you managed to keep it simple but transmiting a realistic feeling on each sketch, that
shows everyone that you have eye to capture reality. Good work.
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le-chat-fou Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a lovely thing to do when you go walking somewhere (or biking), this is worth millions of photographs ! The fact that you made your studies monochromatic makes them great as well as the genuine and spontaneous feeling they convey : when I see it, I want to do the same as it looks simple when you do it, even if it's actually not :p
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XDMimikoXD Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Fantastic! *^*
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ladyrandomm13 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student
They're gorgeous sketches! And I love the blue...it makes it all look so calming and peaceful.
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PokeNOMNOMNOM Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's lovely.
It's nice to see something else on the front page for a change.
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JustDoItMarshall Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Wow, that's truly amazing. I hope I can draw (paint? watercolors?) as good as this.
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ijustloveit619 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That is amazing D: !
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Kuroikawaii Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Itīs so beautiful!
Thanks for this gift for the eyes
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meus-dilingo Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012   Traditional Artist
nice sketches!
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Catburglar002 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Student General Artist
beautiful, such peaceful looking scenery :)
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Ame-Kunoichi Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Student Interface Designer
I enjoy doing the same, but your sketches are far wonderful!

I like this shade of blue... makes it looks dreamy
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
dude- Prussian Blue is the best! I recommend it bunches!
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Ame-Kunoichi Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Student Interface Designer
Thanks for the advice! :)
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artresz Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I always love your watercolor sketches. Enjoyed reading the blog post as well.
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yakkingyetis Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
why no color for both? just wondering . . to train tonal values?
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
because I like this blue, and there's less pressure :)
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