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Experiment! by nicholaskole Experiment! by nicholaskole
Sometimes you just need to sketch and make messy nothings and then throw some watercolor on them.
I'm trying to find my voice, continuing my art-style-puberty.
Something about this felt right.
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PedroRuizArt Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Amazing art!!!
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svarichak Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
so awesome!! what do you use to transfer your art onto your computer? Camera or scanner?
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fifi-kawaii Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's so beautiful :') looking at it makes me feel so good
Please i'm practicing on my watercolor techniques on my own
 and  i would like to know what brand you used here since it's seems beautiful if you don't mind ^^" 
thank you 
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maybelletea Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
Wow, you have such a great dynamic style!
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BugFish0r Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist
Geez the pants couler is just asome!
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shardas1 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a question, since I'm a newbie at watercolor: how do you make the shading seem realistic? Like making it dark where you want it to?
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
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!
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shardas1 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh. OK. BC I was using a tutorial on YouTube by Bob Ross and he said to work from dark to light. "You need to paint the dark to show the light." Does it really matter, or is it just a preference?
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I doubt he was working in watercolor- haha. Dark to light works fine for acrylics and oils- in fact, that's the best way to use them...but watercolor is a fundamentally different paint!
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Fuzzyhair Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013   General Artist
What level of lead pencil did you use to make the lines under your really really nice colouring? :D
I would imagine it would be around a 2H or HB since the lines are so light in colour :P
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
haha- for these? I actually use a blue ballpoint pen :P
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Fuzzyhair Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013   General Artist
Blue ballpoint pen? :O_o:
How do you stop the ink from blending in with watercolours? :o
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harrie5 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Biros/ballpoint pens use dry ink, not wet ink. This means they're waterproof c:
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Fuzzyhair Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013   General Artist
Yup. I tested it with my school pens :la:
Handy eh?
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
haha- I'm not sure why, but it just doesn't seem to!
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pie-chrstn Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow i love your watercolors!
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:) thank you!
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Dr-Aim Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student General Artist
it looks cool anyway, feels simple and free in the gesture, even if it's maybe not !
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :) Glad you think so
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HannaKN Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes. This looks very nice. I like the overall softness of the colours and the movement of the messy lines.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D thanks! It's actually kind of hard to stop myself from rendering/cleaning things up too much
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HannaKN Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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.
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C3darCoelln3r Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
hi nick, this is cedar, just made an account
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yussss! Welcome to the internet, friend! :D
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C3darCoelln3r Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thanks[link]
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AdamHunterPeck Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
<3
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
^_^
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bib0un Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
always in love on your work dude !!!
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks bunches, fella :)
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KittyKittymi004 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
He's a cutie. :D
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D thanks!
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numinous80 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
This very much reminds me of Heather Larkin's art [link] - This is a good thing! I like :)
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Dude- I love Heather Larkin's work, so I'm happy to get the comparison!
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BrattyBen Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
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.

I'd suggest you to check it out.

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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot- I appreciate the thoughts. I remember seeing Bayou a long time ago- I've always liked work that shows a little more of the 'hand' in it
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initialfantasy Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks terrific, I really like the colours and light.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks lots :)
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VencysLao Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I luv your watercolor, dude!
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D thanks!
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gnemesis Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
His eyebrows are fantastic. Also, he looks like a jet. :)
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
haha- hey, when you're a jet you're a jet all the way :p
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GrainyFly Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like his eyebrows. I like thick eyebrows for some reason, maybe because I myself have very thick eyebrows.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
hehe- awesome. Thick eyebrows are a major obsession of mine. I have quite thick ones myself as well!
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AmandaMullins Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I like the bomber jacket. Puts him in a particular time period maybe, giving him some slight depth as a character.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Yeah- he's just a doodle, but I was thinking about kind of classic high-school stories
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Darjavine Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The watercolor adds so much life to this :D Keep it up, this is really good!!!
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks- I'm glad you think so! I think I will keep experimenting with this direction :)
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Darjavine Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome!!!
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hyamei Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
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. :)
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
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
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