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Watercolor Sketches from ICON7 by nicholaskole Watercolor Sketches from ICON7 by nicholaskole
I was at the (very incredible) ICON7 conference this weekend, and I was really inspired by all the speakers and the general energy of the conference. I started sketching and just kept going- I figured since people seemed interested in seeing more sketchwork around here, I'd go ahead and upload this.

More work and thoughts on my blog:
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:iconashvin-3:
Ashvin-3 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dude your sketches are stunning !!!!! :O
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jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist
simply awesome sketches.
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SolaValko Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
These are so awesome O U O
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aedifico Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think those are the cutest chibis I have ever seen. So adorable! :)
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mayenIII Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
yeah love it :x
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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LadyRhen Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Eeeee! I love the beard on the little chibi! Well, I like beards in general. Is that chibi you?
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It is absolutely chibi me :)
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LadyRhen Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutly adorable!
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SolForSale Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Brilliant! I love all the faces and personalities...

But one thing is bugging me. About the middle-ish top, on the left side. There is a man, with a little X by him. Why is that? Out of the whole page, why is he the only one that has the X?

Like everything else worked... but him...

Though I think my favorite out of the bunch is at the top right, the faceless man with a window in his heart/chest.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ahhh, the X...well, that's going to have to be my secret. It has nothing to do with crossing him out, though. If you follow my journals you may recognize the letter.
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SolForSale Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
I might have to look for it in your journals then, since my curiosity is a tiny bit peaked.

Well, if you don't mind me looking for it?
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Jowybean Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
wow water colour can really make your characters and sketches stand out these are some nice doodles and faces.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Watercolor makes me excited to sketch again- a little color and texture can go a long way.
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LamarTheHuman Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Student Filmographer
OH.
s'sublime.
S'GOOOOOOOOOOOD.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
^_^ thanks!
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TastesLikeAnya Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012   Artist
Your people have so much character. It's very inspirational. :D Things that really caught my eye were the lips on the older lady with glasses right at the top, the profile of the man next to the girl writing/drawing (the proportions in it look great!), and the expressive pose of your 'avatar/caricatured' self (I think?) down the bottom.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:) I like those ones too! every now and then in a dozen faces you get one you really like...that second dude you mentioned is one of those!
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lemonflower Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Ha, I was sketching all last week at work, and I, too, have many drawings of the sides and backs of people's heads.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
lol- notice that they're all facing the same way towards a common lightsource. Sketchin in the dark.
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cougermiau Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
I really really like this :D
kisses
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awww, thanks! :)
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KingJackalope Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I really enjoy these watercolor sketches you've been posting! I do a lot of sketching in pen myself and this is inspiring me to try out your method. It seems like a great, low pressure way to think about values and lighting and such. Your drawings are full of charm and personality! You also have very interesting ways of approaching and thinking about shapes.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's a really fun method- I found that crosshatching and shading in pen or pencil kind of killed the life in my sketches, but the unpredictable nature of watercolor seems to really bring them to life!
Try it- and get loose and crazy with it! That's how I get to the fun shapes :)
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MarioManzanares Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I love when you draw hair of the chest that way! Nice sketches!
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hahaha- it takes one to know one! I am rather fuzzy myself, so I always make sure to include chest-hair when I see it :)
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MarioManzanares Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Keep doing it!
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Creetodon Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love seeing your character sketches!!!
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:) I like making them...I do almost nothing but doodle faces when I'm bored. Plenty more where this came from!
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shideh Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I adore these sketches! Great work :heart:
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for saying so!
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VoidedAccounts Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Student
Even if they are sketches they are quite beautiful, I hope you upload more, they are fun to look at.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
^_^ thanks! I surely will!
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CaptainSpaz Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Wow, I didn't know you were at ICON. :0 Wish I'd seen you.
Anyway, sweet sketches! I'm always impressed by anyone with control of watercolours.
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nicholaskole Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha! Thanks- I was the furry man in the hat with the curly moustache!
It's pretty easy to control watercolors when you're just doing little washes in a single color- and it's actually the parts you don't control about it that end up looking so lovely- you should try it! Get splashy!
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