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There’s certain ones that I draw which are clearly digital. I post them specifically hoping that they might reach someone online who needs help. They are generally digital versions of an image I’ve done before, either for myself or for my tutees. Eventually I hope to compile them into a booklet or something.
Other times, I draw them directly into my sketchbooks. I do these usually when I’m studying and reviewing for a test.
I have a TON of doodles that no one has ever seen before (except for me haha) because I incorporate it into my note taking when I’m in class. My notes aren’t rows and block of words, they are really messy with pictures and diagrams and labels haha. I learned a lot about this kind of thing from Mike Rohde.
In the end, do what comes most naturally to you, because that is what’s going to help you understand the material best!
I try not to reblog things on here but this is gold. *_*
Aww, thank you for following my art for all this time! E-Especially since it has changed quite a bit over time. ;;
Personally I think the best way to use the medium is to actually play around with it (which is kinda hard bc it’s much more of a hassle than say, opening a file on photoshop, because of the preparation, cleanup, etc). But I guess there are a few things I could add.. I’m not really going to talk much about how to use the medium because it could be as easy as dipping the brush in water and pigment, then running it across the page. Instead I’m just going to give a few things I think are pretty useful when I first started using it more.
I tend to use a lot of Western brushes nowadays because my palette is usually with dried paints and those bristles tend to be easier when trying to revive the pigment with a bit of water. Also they’re really small and convenient to carry around for quick washes over my doodles. I tend to use the pointed-tip more than the flat/bright-tip ones (which are good for drawing lines and following borders!).
But I like using Chinese brushes too because they tend to hold A LOT of water within the belly of the brush and that saves you a lot of time.
This technique is kinda from my childhood Chinese traditional art days (wow hella old art ;;;), but I’ve used when drawing a few things on paper and it still seems to work alright? It’ll probably work better with smooth/hard pressed watercolour paper than the super textured stuff. It’s usually used to create gradients inbetween brush strokes when drawing on rice paper since that tends to be really unforgiving.
I like using these when drawing things that are found in nature because it kinda mimics the uniqueness? Kinda like not every stroke is the same and each one will create a similar but unique effect. Of course, there’s a lot of prep work to creating it so if you’re drawing more than one, you might have to work fast.
I haven’t used it recently, but it’s what I used to draw this pic:
Other things you can try: using two brushes at once (one for water, one for pigment), wetting your paper before adding pigment, different brush weights, those angular/fan-shaped brushes (still gotta try those myself), salt (makes pretty neat effects actually), paper towel, masking fluid and layering.
I have this really bad habit of making my answers to quick asks longer than it should be, so sorry for the wordy reply. I hope it was still helpful!