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Whinnyapolis Delegate by HalflingPony Whinnyapolis Delegate by HalflingPony
Done for this week's MLP-ATG-Alumni group prompt "A Pony Delegate".

Sigh... One of these days I will understand watercolours well enough to be able to make crisp, clean lines and sections of colour that don't unintentionally bleed into one another.

Either that, or I'll end up giving up entirely and move on to oils. ;)
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AbyssalEmissary Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I once read that painting with watercolors is not about controlling the color, but to learn how it behaves. This is something I also still have to learn and the reason why I often prefer the watercolor pencils, as they are way easier to use. This allows of quick and good results, but lacks the real watercolor look and feeling.
So in the end you are doing it right and maybe better than I do. You are painting with the colors and learn this way, even when the results are not satisfying. You can still move on to oils or acrylic, but I think the decision should base upon the overall style or look you want. Because I think every paint has its own challenges and needs time and practice. :)

And some few basics I learned so far: The more water you use, the more it will bleed. Less water will leads to clear lines, which can be problematic in bigger areas. Watercolors need time, often you let the paint dry and add another layer to achieve different colors or shades. The bleeding though allow of smooth gradients and interesting effects that make watercolors unique.
For the outlines I use India Ink (Faber Castell PITT Artist Pen, or liquid India Ink from a flask, if you want it the hard way ;) ), gives them at least an hour to dry so that it is waterproof and then apply the colors. If the outlines look pale because you colored them as well too much, wait some hours and redraw this part or all outlines. (Maybe use a very fine pen first and a thicker one later, if you generally want to redraw them afterwards.)
HalflingPony Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much for the tips!

I'm a glutton for punishment, so I think I'll give the liquid ink a try and see just how badly I can muck it up. ;) Have you found a particular brush / nib / nuclear-powered-space-age applicator that you favor for doing that kind of line work? I've a few in my tool kit I can experiment with already, but I'd be interested to hear if you've any other suggestions.

Time? What is this "time" you speak of? Are you implying that I shouldn't wait to start my painting until three hours before the prompt deadline if I'm working in traditional media? :)
AbyssalEmissary Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This "time" is a very crazy thing, elusive, and although it's virtually infinite, you never have enough. So yes, I would advise you against starting your painting three hours before the deadline. Start four hour before. ;)

I use these pens for my line work:…
I guess other manufacterers also offer such pens, but at least here in Germany the Faber Castell ones are widely available. But one of the MLP comic staff members once wrote about how he or she usually draws the comics and mentoined the Faber Castells in the text, so they should also be available in the United States. :)
Furthermore I still have a flask of India Ink here that I bought for my research project and could now use for paintings. As far as I know you would apply it with a normal brush, just like the watercolors. You have to be careful though, because dried India Ink becomes waterpoof, so you have to clean the brush immediately.
ABronyAccount Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015
Maybe laying down the lines in a waterproof ink first would help contain the colors?
HalflingPony Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not a bad idea. I've been leaving the lines 'till last, but that may be a mistake for this sort of work.
vaser888 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice job ^^
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