Watercolor illustration artists

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    It’s called β€œbunnies by the bay.” They sell baby stuff. Not sure who the actual illustrator is. Or if there is a book. I liked the product tag.

  • Iraville on youtube has some good tutorials and process videos. Not quite Beatrix Potter style, but it's more controlled and illustrative than loose.

  • @demotlj I can't say that I have but I will join you in looking around, as I am working in watercolour again along with gouache and other traditional medium. πŸ™‚

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    I'm interested partly in how people handle line when they do watercolor because one thing that I think often separates fine art watercolor from illustration is how the line is handled. As I was looking around yesterday for examples of the kind of watercolor I'd like to do, I noticed Lisa's @burvantill entry into the contest. @burvantill -- did you do this with traditional watercolor? If so, do you do the line with ink, pencil, or watercolor detail?

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    @TessaW Thanks! I checked out her site and it looks great so I also bought her book πŸ™‚

  • Adilson Farias on YouTube is someone I discovered very recently. I loooooove his work!

    I also love Michael Marchenko illustrations, I believe he works in pencil and watercolor. I love his defiant children and background jokes he adds to the stories. Can't find any Video on his process tho

  • I concur with @neschof on the botanical, because basically Beatrix Potter is more draftsman and her work uses dry strokes with fine lines and dabs - mind, not dry brushing, but she doesn't use a lot of wet-in-wet and high pigment direct application like Lee or Marco Bucci. I'd do copies / studies of her work directly, using transparent but not staining pigments and avoid the newer ones like pthalo, quinacridones, transparent yellow, etc. I'd probably try sticking with Lee's earthy palette though, and see how much you can achieve with just siennas, ultramarine, cobalt, maybe oxide... hm... I'll get out my big Potter book tomorrow and have a closer look :p Best way to learn is to try out ^^

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    @demotlj ink line. For that image I inked on a separate paper and scanned it in separate so I could play with the color. The art is watercolor.

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    Nicholas Kole just put out a new 55min. video on using Max Ulichney's new watercolor brushes in a Procreate tutorial he has for sale on Gumroad (available here). Here's a first-5-minutes preview he put on Youtube.


    I purchased it, and I can say it's pretty good, albeit very "brush specific" because it's about how to use a specific set of digital brushes in a specific app for the iPad: Procreate.

    That being said, Ulichney's brushes are taking the Procreate world by storm at the moment, and there have been a LOT of shared artworks using them all over Twitter. The effect is quite real. And Nicholas Kole does a great job of breaking down his digital watercolor process step by step.

  • Hello Laurie,

    At the moment, skillshare is having a 2 month trial. You may want to follow the course from Vanessa Gillings called : "gouache illustration : paint a whimsical, colorful chatacter". She uses gouache like watercolor, very diluted. Her method to match colors and tones is just great!
    I think it will help you, from what I know of your art.

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    @Whitney-Simms said in Watercolor illustration artists:

    Anita Jeram

    I really do like her style. I think I'm going to do master studies of some of the people listed in this thread and she is definitely going on that list. Thanks!

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    @burvantill I looked at the Hollie Hobbie's illustrations and realized that even though I knew her name, I had never really looked at her work. I love the old fashioned look of her paintings.

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    @Finn This is a very helpful response because I realized that part of my problem is that I haven't even been sure of how to describe the style I'm trying to emulate which you did really well here -- draftsman, not a lot of pigment, less wet on wet, more transparent and natural colors. I'm also very interested in learning how to create line that blends with the watercolor better and is softer than a black ink line. (Although, I do like the Winnie the Pooh style too.)

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    @demotlj In "the art of holly hobbie" she says that she uses/used colored ink for her line work and detail. But it does not say if she laid it down before or after the watercolor. Is colored ink normally waterproof? πŸ€” I too would like a more subtle line. πŸ™‚

  • Hello! Have you seen "the mind of watercolor" last you tube video? He uses colorpencils for the line work and watercolors for the coloring. Nothing like Beatrix Potter but still interesting to watch.

    I recently used ink over a watercolor and I was disppointed by the lines : it was not as delicate as when I put them first on paper. And although I use half permanent ink, I am always afraid to have muddy colors if I do it the other way round (first the ink, then applying watercolors). I wish I could show you, if only I knew how to post a picture on the forum from my mobile phone!

    Good luck in your search. It is a good thread and I shall follow the comments on that topic!

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    @Julia said in Watercolor illustration artists:

    if only I knew how to post a picture on the forum from my mobile phone!


  • @demotlj For the line work that blends in with watercolor, just use watercolor. It's gotten a bit forgotten, but I think historically, in the past, long long in faraway England :p , watercolor was considered to be a drawing medium, not a painting medium in the sense that you used the brush like a pen (which is perhaps why Winsor and Newton's Series 7 are so good πŸ™‚ ). It was used for detailed, draftsmanship; to add slight color to fine drawings (see the Dutch landscape painters' prep work), less for loose, painterly, expressive application that is popular nowadays. And they used the watercolor brush to apply hatching and line, instead of washes. It's slower, so few people do it now. Plus you need to know how to draw, to few people do it now. Plus I think in the US people are more familiar with Sargent, Winslow Homer and perhaps Tuner's late work. But look at Germans (I'm from Germany, so I've got other influences) like DΓΌrer's watercolors, look at the Dutch Golden Age watercolors, Pisanello. Look at the hatching work in Giovanna Garzoni's work - it's 17th century tempera - but basically tempera style is exactly what you're looking at I think - transparent, colorful but subtle, linework, draftsmanship. Hope that helps. πŸ™‚

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    @Finn What great information! Maybe this is why this style appeals to me -- I've always thought I was born in the wrong century πŸ™‚

  • @burvantill oh! Thank you!! This is really silly of me! this button escaped my notice!

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    @Julia You’re welcome πŸ™‚. Same thing happened to me when I first started using the forum. 😜

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