9:40 pm - Mon, Apr 21, 2014
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Q: Hello to the beautiful blog! Could you be so kind and link me to any dark magic rituals I need to perform in order to prevent watercolour paper from getting wavy?
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anatomicalart:

Most of the people admiring this blog have already sold our souls to Tumblr. So as not to inconvenience you or taint the quality of your soul we have asked our dark overlords directly so as to save you the trouble.

The following tips are useful for anyone to know. They can be applied to all water based mediums. (Watercolour, Gouache, Ink…etc)

Watercolour paper will naturally try to curl because let’s face it, water and paper never get along.
Of course the easy option would be to reduce your water usage, and wait for the paper to dry before adding the next layer of water, but this is not always possible.

Other then that there are two main things you can do.

Either:

  1. Purchase your watercolour paper in blocks
    (not simple sketchbooks)
    Blocks of watercolour paper will come in either a rough or smooth texture (like sketchbooks will)
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    This paper is usually high quality and because of that can be quite expensive.
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    All the pages are glued together at the edges, and you must use a scalpel (or similar tool) to separate them once your painting is finished and dried.
    (If you remove the page before you’re done the paper will curl as it dries).
     You can only work on one painting at a time with these blocks because of it, but because the edges are sealed they cannot bend

    Essentially what it’s doing is stretching your canvas for you. The paper is stretched to it’s limits while you’re working on it, and while it dries so it cannot curl as it’s drying.

  2. THIS IS THE CHEEPER OPTION!
    Stretch the paper yourself: (This is what I do)
    Grab some tape!
    (I recommend masking tape as it doesn’t tend to rip paper when you remove it)
    imageGrab a surface!
    It can be a plank of wood, cardboard, the back of a book (not an expensive book)…etc Whatever you like working on. BUT IT HAS TO BE A SURFACE THAT WON’T BEND! (You’re going to tape your page to the back of it. Don’t pick another piece of paper).
    I like to stick my papers to a book.
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    Then paint and peel the tape off once you’re done.

    I WOULD LIKE TO ADD That I work in gouache paint, which means that I don’t use an extensive amount of water.
    If you are working in ink or watercolour I’m aware that there is a slightly different process to stretching a canvas. 
    I’d like to direct you to [THIS VIDEO] where a lovely English fellow will show you how to stretch watercolour paper if you’re working with a lot of water.
    If you don’t have seven minutes to spare here’s a nice American girl who will show you how to stretch paper in half the time [VIDEO LINK].

Good luck with your efforts! And happy painting!
Sincerely,
- Admin Mamma Katie

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Into the forest by elbardo

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8:20 pm - Sat, Apr 19, 2014
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howtonotsuckatgamedesign:

seanfowler7326:

-The Order: 1886 + Concept Art

If this game has a gratuitous brothel sequence, I’m going to flip a table. 
(But damn, it’s looking gooooooooooooodddddd)

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9:40 pm - Fri, Apr 18, 2014
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fucktonofanatomyreferences:

A glorious fuck-ton of horse references.

[From various sources]

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9:41 pm - Thu, Apr 17, 2014
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kattenpootjes:

kakapokitty:

kaelio:

Hey guys! Here’s a good, FREE art program with some amazing fluid features! Go to 7:00 to see some examples of how the program works.

If Photoshop is too expensive for you, this program—Verve—might be just the ticket! And I swear, people are getting texture effects I’ve never seen come out of Photoshop proper. 

Even if you don’t feel like you need it, recommend it to your friends who might! It does require a fairly recently graphics card, but the size of the program itself is very small, so if you have a laptop for example it might be just the thing. 

ooooh

mother of god O_O

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Twisted Edge by PygmyGoats

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9:40 pm - Wed, Apr 16, 2014
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henrrywinter:


entelecheia — in the philosophy of Aristotle, the condition of a thing whose essence is fully realized [x]

#OKAY BUT IF THIS IS AN ANGEL—IF THEIR HALOS ARE THE UNFLAWED AND FULLY REALIZED CIRCLE#THAT MEANS THAT IN FALLING—IN BECOMING DEMONIC#THE CIRCLE CRACKS#THE DEMON’S HORNS ARE THE VESTIGIAL HALO#A CONSTANT SYMBOL AND REMINDER OF THEIR FLAWED-NESS; THEIR INCOMPLETENESS#I’M!!!!! (notbecauseofvictories)

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nayrosartrefs:

Some awesome leg tutorials done by n3m0s1s.

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9:40 pm - Tue, Apr 15, 2014
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painted-bees:

While I’m on it, here’s a bunch of other stuff I hadn’t yet posted. 

All of these are commissions/paid work (mostly sketch commissions, one full illustration, and one copic marker on cardstock drawing). The characters all belong to their respective owners.

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kallielef:

Day 14: Pretty/Ugly
I reminded you of her, didn’t I? When we first met?
No, little bird….You reminded me of me.
Quote from this fic.  <3                     

kallielef:

Day 14: Pretty/Ugly

I reminded you of her, didn’t I? When we first met?

No, little bird….You reminded me of me.

Quote from this fic.  <3                     

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9:41 pm - Mon, Apr 14, 2014
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powercami5000:

Dunno if anyone’s interested in these, but this was my latest assignment for CGMA’s Art of Color and Light class- this past week focused on how light interacts with different materials.
It’d be cool to try some different skin tones, I just used my own pasty hand for reference. Maybe even an alien species with non-red blood, so the occlusion shadow glows a different color where light passes through? Would it be purple for Namekians and green for Vulcans? (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧ possibilities
Also, the iridescent pearl wasn’t a requirement, but I enjoy Sailor Moon and suffering. If anyone’s got pointers on iridescence, I am all ears over here, because I clawed my way through that one screaming

powercami5000:

Dunno if anyone’s interested in these, but this was my latest assignment for CGMA’s Art of Color and Light class- this past week focused on how light interacts with different materials.

It’d be cool to try some different skin tones, I just used my own pasty hand for reference. Maybe even an alien species with non-red blood, so the occlusion shadow glows a different color where light passes through? Would it be purple for Namekians and green for Vulcans? (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧ possibilities

Also, the iridescent pearl wasn’t a requirement, but I enjoy Sailor Moon and suffering. If anyone’s got pointers on iridescence, I am all ears over here, because I clawed my way through that one screaming

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Insukati Valley by AlexTooth

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9:40 pm - Sun, Apr 13, 2014
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Climbing by thegryph

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