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Creating a new style with Digital Watercolor

Updated: Jun 13, 2020

Digital Watercolor

I’ve been trying some new stuff for the last month or so here at the studio, and I think it’s about time to let the cat out of the bag. For many years I worked traditionally, mostly with watercolor and airbrush. I don’t really miss the airbrush. That thing was a crazy amount of work, and to be honest, Photoshop just does a better job. The watercolor, though, that’s a whole different story. I love the spontaneity of working in watercolor, but trying to capture that look and feel digitally has been a challenge. I could never really get the subtle variations I wanted with Photoshop, so it inevitably wound up on the back burner saved for another time. I supposed I could have just dragged out my old set of Winsor Newtons and scanned them, but I wanted to see if I could make this happen digitally. Here’s a little peek at what I’ve been up to. I’m pretty happy with the direction things are headed. Hopefully, as I get used to the brushes and how to mimic the translucency that makes watercolor so unique, things will only get better.

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