Watercolor and Ink Practice Whale and Bird

  • Watercolor and ink practice sketchbook...it is SO hard and fun and frustrating 😃 I'm trying to stay loose but things can go south so quickly. 😛 Hopefully someday I will overcome and we can be friends...for now it is a strong love/hate thing. Anyone else find this to be the case?


  • @Charlie-Eve-Ryan Yes! I just love how soft and saddle watercolor can be... But, all my life, I was painting with acrylics, which is soooo different, learning the rules for watercolor is quite difficult, but very interesting... Like discovering entirely new world. 🙂
    I love the whale - the looseness and how the colors 'flow'. 🙂

  • I hope you continue to post the progress in your watercolor journey. It really is a medium I want to be able to utilize. I tried my hand at it not too long ago, and was quite disappointed with my final result. What you have here is leagues ahead of the muddy mess that I managed to make, haha.

  • Thanks @Mag and @shinjifujioka! Glad I am not the only one, it is a fun journey and yes very much like discovering a new world. I tried to fix the whale's mouth shape a bit added some splatter too. @shinjifujioka you should get back at it, I would love to see it!


  • I like the way that whale turned out, great work.

    I know what you mean about watercolor being fun and frustrating, there have been more than a few times I've frantically tried to soak up a splotch of paint that decided to go where it wasn't supposed to go, it really forces you to come up with creative ways to fix mistakes.

  • Thanks @Damien-Rambacher
    Btw, this whale is not my design. It is a practice run after I watched this video by an artist name Coco Bee. I really love how bold and loose she goes with her color.
    As you can see her work is gorgeous!

    I did the same thing with her piece as what I did with @Lee-White's piece from the other night. I watched the video, shut it down and tried to recreate the feeling of it. I am finding these exercises to be really helpful because they allow me to loosen up and not necessarily over think any thing too much.

  • Here is my second run at her whale. This time I think I got a better grasp on the shape and movement of the whale.

    Watercolor Whale practice exercise round 2


  • Last one for tonight. Pumpkin


  • This morning's watercolor sketch. A flower-ish...I like the color vibrancy and looseness but I lost control of the shape.FlowervibrantWatercolorsketch.jpg

  • @Charlie-Eve-Ryan Hard and fun and frustrating is a good combination of words to describe watercolour! I feel the same way about it...but the results can be so beautiful I keep being drawn back to it...and you should feel really pleased, these are lovely! Very loose and expressive,...I particularly like your second whale, the way the colours meld and blend is just lovely 🙂

    Did you see that they've put Lee White's Watercolour class in the calendar? (May 29th and July 26th) Should be good! 🙂

  • @Charlie-Eve-Ryan These sketches are beautiful! I haven't worked in watercolors for a very, very long time, but I really admire people that do. One of the best things about watercolors is the fact that it's so chaotic and raw. There's a vibrancy to the colors and beauty in the bleeding that you don't get with other mediums. It looks like you're starting to get the hang of it, so keep going!

  • Thanks so much Dulcie and Shannon. I am really looking forward to Lee's class, thanks for the heads up. I'll mark my class!

  • I love you'r color choices on these!