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Zekkai by kodou-e Zekkai by kodou-e
Atsushi Sakurai from Buck-Tick.
I'm absolutely crazy about this man.
Reference used (with a decent amount of fail xD).
I don't know if it's my lack of technique or what, but I'm unable to make a smooth shading with watercolours :frustrated:
Any ideas?
Also, now I know why most portraits our there are b/w. Because non-monochrome is hell!
Acchan~ :iconadorableplz:
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The-Blank-Stare Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
:O_o: wow, that's quite precise for watercolor! The shading on his face is done well, but the background is definitely more scratchy :| I think the face worked because a small area stayed mostly wet, maybe you need to keep the background moisturized (lol) to make it smooth? Otherwise, I commend you for getting the details down pat! :)
kodou-e Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
Ah the background, that's my eternal problem. Because I always get bored with it and end up doing something weird xDD Maybe it also looks like that because I used a different kind of paints for it, some opaque paints (I don't even know what they are) and once those get dried it's impossible to change anything.
Thanks for commenting :D
The-Blank-Stare Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
lol, I get bored by the time the background rolls around too xD that's usually where I just mess everything up. It's still a really nice work though, the background still definitely works for this piece! :fish:
elenazhe Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
ммм, сразу лапки знакомые выхватил взгляд)))
kumbangrusa Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
whoa... this is really good. Personally i like the shading here because it's unique, but for smoothness, have you tried wetting the surface first? Wet the paper, put a dark, strong colour on where you want the shadow to be, then wipe the excess colour off the brush using a tissue, then just use that brush to smooth the shadow into a gradient?
kodou-e Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
*__* Thank you so much! I'll try to do that in my next semi-realistic painting. The problem I have with watercolours is that I'm slow and they dry off before I have the time to make a nice gradient. But I'll try to do it the way you say, with more water :D
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February 15, 2011
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