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Three Mermaids by RachelCurtis Three Mermaids by RachelCurtis
Watercolor. Ink. Mermaids. Took forever.

Ok why would I paint coral when I paint coral at work? Eh?

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:iconloverofmythology:
loverofmythology Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"SHE'S GOING TO TOUCH THE BUTT!"
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:iconrachelcurtis:
RachelCurtis Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
She wants the butt.
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Merrowsong Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so beautiful! I love how you've detailed the coral and the merfolk look awesome, too.
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:iconrachelcurtis:
RachelCurtis Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Yes I love color, all the patterns and details!
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SoundStar Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Student Photographer
Maybe i just don't have the patience with watercolor, but my colors don't stay inside the lines.. this picture is so crisp! (I mean sometimes it looks ok when they're outside the lines and stuff.)

So i've tried to draw a photo before, and then watercolor it and my pen lines dissappear.
So do i draw in pencil, watercolor, and then ink over it?
When do i erase the pencil?
If you could help me out that'd be great.....^^;:
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:iconrachelcurtis:
RachelCurtis Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
So my process is generally this: I draw in pencil, then ink using crow quill (or brush) and some sort of waterproof ink (usually I use Daler Rowney FW ink but any waterproof ink will do) and then I erase my pencil lines and then I paint over that. My pen lines are usually pretty strong, you can find some of my black and white drawings in my illustration folder to see what my drawings look like before I paint them.

Hope that helps!
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:iconsoundstar:
SoundStar Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Student Photographer
thats pretty much what I do, I guess I just paint too heavy over the lines?
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:iconrachelcurtis:
RachelCurtis Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
What kind of watercolor are you using? Unless you have opaque watercolors they won't cover your ink so it shouldn't ever be a problem.
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SoundStar Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Student Photographer
i think it might have been goache, actually when that problem came up. I played around last night with just watering down some acrylics, and it worked perfectly lol
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:iconloverofmythology:
loverofmythology Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"DON'T TOUCH THE BUTT!" XDD
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WatercolorTheSky Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think your watercoloring ability is astounding.
Brilliant job on all your pieces.
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:iconrachelcurtis:
RachelCurtis Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you.
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:iconseawaterwitch:
seawaterwitch Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012
Beautiful style :)
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:iconrachelcurtis:
RachelCurtis Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you.
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:iconseawaterwitch:
seawaterwitch Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
You're welcome :) :hug:
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:iconadamcurtis:
adamcurtis Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
Dude you can't eat coral ;)
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:iconrachelcurtis:
RachelCurtis Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Dude, what?
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iisjah Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Phew those corals and seaweed and other polyp sea stuffs are so beautiful! (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ (and some of them look quite yummy too xD )
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:iconrachelcurtis:
RachelCurtis Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
As my brother says, you can't eat coral
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:iconskardash:
skardash Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
The composition and colors are stunning. Love it!
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:iconrachelcurtis:
RachelCurtis Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
<3 Thank you
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:iconvoracious-wolf:
Voracious-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
great job.
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:iconrachelcurtis:
RachelCurtis Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks
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:iconfrancundo:
Francundo Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
buenisimo! excelente composicion!
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:iconrachelcurtis:
RachelCurtis Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you <3
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dracothrope Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Loving the blue haired mermaid's design. Great corral... and the muscles are really gorgeous! Lustrous!
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:iconrachelcurtis:
RachelCurtis Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I love mermaids so much!
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g3m1n1 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
because you like painting coral? it's very lovely btw.
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:iconrachelcurtis:
RachelCurtis Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Sure. We'll go with that.
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professorPineapple Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Love all the colors and details! So pretty~
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:iconrachelcurtis:
RachelCurtis Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! <3
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In-Tays-Head Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Everything is Rachel's art and nothing hurts. *_* It's always good to see you post again.
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:iconrachelcurtis:
RachelCurtis Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
Lol, I know I've been so . . . absent.
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:icondesheria:
Desheria Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the spongey feel some of the coral has; it's a very nice touch. The mermaids are beautiful too.
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RachelCurtis Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
Because they are sponges, eh eh? <3
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