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Watercolor Tutorial [Techniques + Flowers] by Ze-RoFruits Watercolor Tutorial [Techniques + Flowers] by Ze-RoFruits
The long awaited watercolor tutorial!

If you want to know how to paint this picture, read the tutorial ;3

Here's a short table of content:
1. Tools
2. Painting the background
3. Painting the skin
4. Painting roses in watercolor
5. Painting the hair
6. Painting details of the face
7. Painting fabrics
8. General Flowers & Plants

This tutorial covers the basic blending and layering techniques of how I paint with watercolors.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask me! I'll gladly help!

I'd be happy to see your artworks inspired from this tutorial ;3

14/12/2012 Edit:
If you have any additional questions, feel free to visit this journal entry

Do not use without permission - if you share it on other websites, credit me!
I'd appreciate comments and favs - please do not just download this without a word ^_^'

I really wanted to do this as a flash tutorial, but retro long-ass tutorials are much faster to do. And since I didn't want to let you wait any longer and most of you wanted this format anyways, here's the long picture tutorial ;3
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sweetieamy 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The quality for this is a bit low, its blurry and hard to read. Is there a better quality version? Or can you update with a better one? Its really helpful despite me not being able to fully read everything. So i hope i can get to read everything. I'm eager to try my hand at watercoloring!
Nemuirei Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for this tutorial ! I always have a hard time mixing colors that goes well together but I kind of start to understand thanks to your explanation C:
I also have a question. May I know what kind of pencil lead you are using please ? I'm always going back and forth between HB and 2B because HB is too light but 2B is too dark ;A;

Thank you in advance for your reply Neko Emoji-27 (Being kawaii) [V2] 
Ze-RoFruits 5 days ago   General Artist
Thank you! Sometimes, it helps to just go wild with different colors - but it's always better to mix colors that have only 1 or 2 pigments (pure colors), so the result won't be too muddy (of course it always depends on what you want to achieve in the end..) Also, always keep in mind that there are different types of color (staining, transparent, opaque).

Here are some useful links:………

And about the pencil, my softest one is HB - though I always use the H range.
If HB is too light for you, maybe try to use the B pencil very softly and don't put too much pressure on it. Also, before you apply the color and water, go over your pencil lines with a soft eraser to lift off some pencil pigments (they might smudge when coming in contact with the water or brush).

I hope this long reply was a bit helpful xD
If you have more questions, feel free to ask :)
Nemuirei 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for your reply ! 
One of my major problem is that, I'm always having a hard time figuring what colors to use for the shadows. Should I use a darker shade of the same hue or mix the base color with the complimentary color to get a harmonious feeling QQ
Ze-RoFruits 4 days ago   General Artist
oh yeah thta's a tricky question haha
Actually you can do both, if you use a darker shade, the result will be more subtle while adding a different color to shade will add some more dynamics to the painting. It always depends what you want to achieve :/
Nemuirei 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for your replies, I'm going to try that next time C:
WarriorapprenticeKat Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is simply amazing, i use alot of watercolor in my art, this will help me alot, thanks for posting this tutorial. :tighthug:
Ze-RoFruits 5 days ago   General Artist
Thank you! Glad you liked it <33
So Beautiful~
I love your works very much
Ze-RoFruits 5 days ago   General Artist
aww thank youu! <3333
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