ha! ooof- that is a question I cannot answer! It takes practice and observation, but I can offer a few tips: don't spend too long trying to get it "just right". In my experience, watercolor works best when you move quickly with it. The other thing, and this is tricky, but try to focus on painting the light, instead of painting the object. Don't look at the contours and shapes of the subject of your painting as much as how the shadows and pools of light play off the surface. Last thing: Save your whites...work from light to dark, and don't cover up the areas you know you'll want to keep brightest at the end!
c: uh-huh, I know that feeling. It can be tricky to find a nice middleground between loose lively sketches and finished pieces - If its's too rendered it can look stiff but if it's too sketchy it can look sloppy. (But it also depends on what kind of drawing it is and what it's going to be used for, I guess) I personally really like these looser drawings you've been experimenting with.
I think this is a really great direction. Messy isn't necessarily bad. There's a great webcomic series called Bayou from Zuda Comics and the artist leaves in all the construction work on the finished page. The effect is quite interesting.
wow I really love everything about this pic <3 I think the gesture, the loose sketch/strokes and simplicity adds so much life and natural feeling to this, while at the same time, the medium and the wonderful color choices adds a really nice and relaxing feeling!
really amazing job! pretty inspiring too really, I need to start making more traditional stuff.
Thanks muchly- your opinion is always good to hear, especially since I really respect your work. I've been itching to make a change and try something new for a while- and I'm really blessed and grateful to have found my watercolor set again