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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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loverofmythology Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"SHE'S GOING TO TOUCH THE BUTT!"
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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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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 Traditional Artist
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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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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SoundStar Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
thats pretty much what I do, I guess I just paint too heavy over the lines?
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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 Traditional Artist
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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loverofmythology Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"DON'T TOUCH THE BUTT!" XDD
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