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Watercolor Walkthru + Tutorial by KoriMichele Watercolor Walkthru + Tutorial by KoriMichele
Here's the final piece:

I've been asked a couple of times to do a watercolor tutorial, so, here's my best shot at it.

There are lots of ways to watercolor cartoon images. This is just my own technique. I hope you find it useful, or at least interesting!

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puchipoki Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Student General Artist
I'm looking for a watercolor tutorial and when I randomly stalk browse your page I find this :la:

Thank you for the tutorial, I found out a lot of things I never knew before : D
KoriMichele Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Hope it's helpful to you!
invertedrealities Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for making this! I've dabbled with watercolour but because I've never been formally trained in them I tend to use them like acrylics with. . .varying results. This was really informative!
KoriMichele Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you found it helpful!
Aurasama Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for this. It was interesting to see your way of working, and the bit about shading clothing was especially useful for me. I find that sometimes very challenging to work out, but I think this will help me out greatly. Thank you~ :hug:
KoriMichele Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm glad you found it interesting! :heart:
LadyNin-Chan Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011   Traditional Artist
Really nice walkthrough! I have a question. Do you recommend drawing a picture in pencil and then painting with watercolor paint? Or should I ink the drawing, erase the pencil lines after I've inked it, and then paint? I've only painted a few small things, and I was never sure what I should be doing. I ended up inking with Sakura micron pen and then painting. But then I'd need to re-ink because the paint would make the ink look faded. I was always afraid painting over/near pencil would somehow mess with the paint color. Any advice is much appreciated. Thank you! =D
KoriMichele Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Okay! Here's what I do:

First off, I always do my sketch on a separate piece of paper. Then I use a lightbox to trace the drawing onto the really good watercolor paper. I do this because erasing on watercolor paper can ruin the surface, so you never want to use an eraser on good watercolor paper. Also, it's helpful if I screw up, and then I haven't ruined my only sketch (And boy have I screwed up before! Ha ha...)

But, regarding your actual question, whether with ink or pencil, I will always go back and "re ink" after I paint, because it is pretty inevitable that you'll cover some lines up.

You can paint right over pencil (this is what I did in this picture) but the important part is to use a "hard" lead pencil. You may know this already (sorry if you do), but art pencils generally come in "H" grade and "B" grade, H for Hard, and B for Soft (or probably something that starts with a "B" IDK, it's soft, though!) I use a 4H (sometimes 3H or 2H) pencil to "ink" my watercolor paper. Since the lead is hard, it is a little lighter, but it won't smudge or get in the paint when you paint it. If you used a normal mechanical pencil, or a soft B lead, when you painted over it, it might smudge and make your paint grey.

After I paint, I go over the linework again, either with a 4B pencil this time (because it's darker), or a micron.

Hopefully this was helpful! Let me know if there's anything I didn't answer clearly.
sakkysa Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You can use a light box with nice watercolor paper? I always thought it would be too thick! :O
KoriMichele Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
As long as the room is dark, it actually shows through just fine!
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