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Kid Loki - liquid watercolor tutorial by taintedsilence Kid Loki - liquid watercolor tutorial by taintedsilence
Sorry for the huge file, folks. But its all here. The full tutorial, from start to finish. (will be cross-posted onto my tumblr: [link] )

What? This tutorial seems to be a promotion for my kickstarter? Why yes, you are correct! My kickstarter is an instructional artbook filled with tutorials JUST LIKE THIS ONE! If you appreciate the work I did and find this tutorial informative, I would love a reblog, and for you to check out my kickstarter!

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audreve Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
This is awesome! Thank you so much :hug:
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taintedsilence Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Professional Artist
I hope it helps!

(p.s. my artbook is now complete, and it has a whole bunch more tutorials like this one: [link] )
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audreve Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Sweet! I'll check it out, thanks! ;)
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spankingfemfatale Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Damn cool tutorial and great subject to use! ;)
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KrisseyMage Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"About half my time is also spent trying to keep my cat out of my work" I know how that goes ;.;
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GREAT! I love watercolors and I'm ALWAYS looking for new techniques to try out. Thank you for posting this! (plus the kid Loki picture is FABULOUS)
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taintedsilence Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Artist
thanks for looking! (Also, every time i see your little icon I laugh. Whats teh original from?)
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I actually drew it for my art blog on Tumblr for October XD I never changed it to the new one I have on Tumblr Xd
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ElfinBlood Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Awesome work! Just a quick question, what brand of watercolor block are you using? I've always wanted to try using a watercolor block because I essentially drench my pages when working with watecolors but I wasn't sure which brand would give me the most bang for my buck!
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taintedsilence Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Professional Artist
I tried these new ones I found at dick blick called "fluid" and they're really nice! [link] The best part is they're also really inexpensive! (most of them you can buy for less than $10) They're not true blocks, as they're only bound on two sides, but they warp a LOT less than non-bound papers.

I talk more about all this kind of stuff in my artbook! [link]
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ElfinBlood Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Wow! Thanks for the quick reply! Your book looks amazing and I definitely will try to donate some money towards the kick-starter during the holidays so I'll at least get a pdf copy of it! One more question if that's alright. How exactly do you practice with watercolors? It's no secret that watercolor paper is a bit expensive and I was wondering if there is a better way to do simple studies without breaking the bank! I was hoping that watercolor blocks would be the solution but I feel like I'll go through 15 sheets in two weeks tops!
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taintedsilence Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Artist
My friend also runs a materials and process blog (nattosoup.blogspot.com) and she had some suggestions as well.

Strathmore watercolor paper can be bought for as cheap as $2 [link] and blick paper is about the same (but in slightly larger sizes) [link] and for noodling around is probably okay. GEtting a larger size as well (11x14) and cutting it up into quarters is also a good way to get a lot of paper, and just stretch it by wetting it, then taping the wet paper to a drawing board or drafting table. (p.s. buying art supplies at michaels is ALWAYS more expensive - if you have the ability to order it online, do so. I know you lose the tactile experience of finding papers that way, and artist are often very tactile people, but michaels and those "craft" stores are going to rip you off when it comes to art supplies)

Unfortunately, watercolors are a media that can tear up papers, especially if they're used very wet, or worked over more than once. Not having a paper that could stand up to that kind of abuse really turned me off to watercolors for years. (also, using really terrible paints was another huge setback) Even now, I'm only getting the hang of them because I'm using them at least once a week, and very consciously documenting what works and what doesn't.

Er, I hope that helps. When I was younger and used markers a lot I just used cardstock to draw on, but there are also a lot of sketchbook papers that are slightly heaver (you want soemthing at least 60lb probably) and looking back, would have probably been a lot better. Its also taken having a REAL art store near me where I CAN buy a variety of media and papers to experiment with to really find what works for me- and I'm still playing around with things! I just hope that my noodling about can help other people.
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ARTabstraction Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
So.... do you find that the liquid watercolors give a good bang for your buck? I really would LOVE to try them, but I'm worried I'll go through them too quickly...
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taintedsilence Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional Artist
You can put them in a palette and reconstitute them pretty easily when they dry out (or at least I've had no problems so far) so yeah. Also, the difference between these and tube watercolors - tube watercolors blend a little more easily, but these are easier to mix and use a different binder, so the colors are far more pure. (the colors are also generally artificial, so they're very vibrant.) They act a lot like inks, so once you get them on the paper, they actually soak in, and its hard to move/remove them, unlike regular watercolors, but this is something that light washes will counteract.

The bottles are about $6 each at dick blick (I have one local, lucky me!) and $70 for a set of 14 (you can also order them on dick blick's website) and I think thats a very reasonable price. Watercolors go a lot further than most other media, except perhaps colored pencils. I also use them rather watered out - I'd say a 50-50 mix works really well, and I sometimes even go with more water.

I'd say if you're thinking about them, get a few colors to start with. I bought 5 colors initially ($30) and was able to mix them and create prettymuch all of the colors I wanted (I initially got golden brown, turquoise blue, calypso green, indian yellow, and cherry red). The additional colors I got were mahogony (a dark violet-brown), peacock blue (its actually a violet-blue), and crimson (cherry red is a very magenta red, and while I can mix cherry and indian to get a nice brick red, I wanted something a little bit brighter.) These eight colors actually work really well for me. The ice colors are actually neons, so unless you want to paint with neons you don't need them, and you can make a really awesome black that has a lot more depth to it by mixing colors instead of just buying straight out black.

I hope that answers your question. On a side note, can I use this question and answer in my artbook I am making? (the kickstarter is here: [link] ) I would credit you (whatever name you would like)
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ARTabstraction Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wow, thanks for the AMAZING answer! I think I'll definitely be buying some now! And sure, you can use this! (BTW I donated to the kickstarter! Can't wait to see the books!) You can just use artabstraction as the name. That's all I go by anyway LOL.
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Ortheka Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the cat XD
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taintedsilence Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Artist
he loves watercolor water.
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Ortheka Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And my two cats are just nosy...
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taintedsilence Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional Artist
Heh. Thats what being a cat is all about.

He's also helping me with my kickstarter: [link]
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Ortheka Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice cat XD Well, mine like to type messages while I'm not looking or try to play my games...
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Mangonaid Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student Filmographer
I know what I want for Christmas... Your book...
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taintedsilence Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional Artist
I have to get it funded first. And most likely, it wont be out until April or May, just because of the time it takes to find a printer and get it printed.

But contributing to the kickstarter ensures you get a copy. And the pdf versions will most likely be available far before the printed versions.
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Mangonaid Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student Filmographer
Okay then, my birthday.. :D
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taintedsilence Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Professional Artist
sounds good.
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Lady-Cat-Star Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Excellent work and very nice kitty n.n, both things that I love Loki and cats =D
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taintedsilence Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Artist
my cat likes to help no matter what I art with. But watercolors and gouache are the worst because he REEEEEALY wants to drink the water. (I've taken to keeping it in an old peanut butter jar so I can put the lid on real fast)
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Lady-Cat-Star Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
I have the same problem with my kitty, Honey she is so curious but she like to bite my papers and drawings
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Klebkatt Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"I good kitty. I help."

My cat likes to help as well. She helped me so well last summer that I now have black ink speckled all over the left wall of my desk.
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taintedsilence Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Artist
yeah, I have to be very careful to keep things closed. He has like a sixth sense on when I have anything messy out.
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LokeTrickster Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Wow!!!!! Its Amazing!!!!!!!! O_O
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taintedsilence Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Artist
thanks!

If you're interested in learning how I do more of my art, I'd appreciate a stop by my kickstarter: [link]
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crazydolce Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
amazing!!!!
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taintedsilence Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Artist
thanks!
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Lpsalsaman Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really cool tutorial and a really awesome pic!
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taintedsilence Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Artist
Thanks! I hope it helps! Let me know if you do any watercolor work based from it!
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Lpsalsaman Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome! I'm more of a markers guy but every now and then I do it. If I do I will let you know and keep up the great work!
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TheNelapsi Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist
Thatīs so awesome. Too bad I am not brave enough to use watercolors.
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taintedsilence Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Artist
oh, pshaw. You should see some of my early watercolor attempts, they're terrible. ANY medium is just about using it over and over again until you start to get it to work for you. Though having some instruction does help too.
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