All you need to know about watercolor brushes

Nowadays, there’s such a big choice of watercolor brushes on the market! It is so overwhelming! How to choose the right watercolor brush? What brush sizes do you need? What brand is considered as a good one? Which brush shape or bristles type do you need?
Hopefully, I can clear a few things out for you. I’ll try to do my best. For your convenience, I made a few infographics, which are great to use when you want to freshen up your memory. Let’s start with brush anatomy.

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How to create a seamless pattern from your watercolor illustration.

Hey guys!
Today I want to share with you one of my favorite ways to create a seamless pattern from the watercolor illustration.
I want to go through the whole process with you: from watercoloring to creating the seamless pattern in Adobe Photoshop.

When you want to create a pattern you need to know two things:

1. All elements should be unique (unless you want to create a pattern with same elements because this was actually the idea).
Why? Because when you create a pattern from your illustration it will look the best when your elements are different, believe me, or try it yourself, and learn from your mistakes.

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Summer time! Painting practice with cute little fruit buddies.

If you want to achieve good results, you need to practice a lot. When we paint a lot of repeating or look alike elements we actually learn how to paint them.

Each time you painting the same elements, you learn more about shading, colors, blending etc. I want to offer you to spend some time with me, practicing painting some cute summer fruit buddies. You’re welcome to download the sketch to be able to start the lesson right away.

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Watercolor Pencils. Which are best and why?

Hey there!
Today I wanted to talk about watercolor pencils, which I use along with my watercolors, and, first of all, I wanted to write a few words about the difference between colored pencils and watercolor pencils. So, in case you don’t know the difference, here’s the explanation: the lead inside the regular colored pencil is wax or oil based. The lead inside watercolor pencil is water soluble based.
The drawing with the colored pencil will not wash away, it will stay the same, no matter how much water you use. However, when you are using the watercolor pencils, the drawing will start to dissolve and become somewhat like if you have used watercolors.

Now let’s talk about the best watercolor pencils that we have on the market.

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10 tips for improving your drawing skills

Many people believe that drawing talent is natural. And it is almost true. “Almost”, because I believe you can build your talent, even if you don’t have it from nature. Let’s discuss the ways you can build your talent.

1. Draw and repeat!

This is the main rule – the more you draw the more confident you will become. So draw and then repeat! If you draw every day – it is fantastic! You’ll be good at it very very soon! Even a few minutes a day engages your brain with your art and helps you learn new techniques, helps you to open the new you – the artist!

I followed some of the artists that were drawing every day and I saw how their skills improved with time and it was fabulous!

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How to sketch a dog. Step by step.

Sketching is the type of drawing a rough outline, something like a draft version of a final picture. I usually use sketching before watercoloring, just to get an idea of how something will look on my future final art.

In this post, I’d like to show you how to sketch a dog. I love these animals! Dogs are cute and smart! Just follow my steps and you’ll see how easy it is to sketch a dog.

What materials do you need?

As I mentioned in my post Where to start? What should I begin with? – for the first time all that you need is a simple pencil, an eraser, a pencil sharpener, and a piece of paper. What kind of pencil do you need? – Well, you can use the grades from H to 2B: H, HB, B, or 2B. I think any of those types are good for simple sketching.

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How to find inspiration?

How to find inspiration? Where to find inspiration? Where to get ideas?
Inspiration – the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. Ideas are everywhere around us.

“If we look at the world with a love of life, the world will reveal its beauty to us.” ~Daisaku Iked

Below I want to give a few tips that help myself to find inspiration and ideas.

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Do you want to learn how draw or how to illustrate? And what about Art School?

You are in love with art! You are following your favorite illustrators, artists, art journals, art communities… And one day, words “I want to be an illustrator!” are coming from your mouth and you are so excited, but you don’t know what to begin with! Maybe you need to go to an Art School?

First, let’s find out what is drawing and what is illustrating.

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Where to start? What should I begin with?

These are the main questions that come to our heads when we are holding a pencil or a brush in our hands.

The only and the main advice I can give you – PRACTICE! If you want to find your style, if you want to draw better, paint smoothly, get great ideas – draw and paint! Paint and draw! more and more! Every day! Or at least every other day! Do it! And I guarantee that you will master it very soon!

I had my own path to drawing and painting, and actually, I’m still on the path to perfection, and I have to do a lot of steps before I can say: now I’m really good at it.

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