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Jackalope by Kieke-boe Jackalope by Kieke-boe
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EDIT: Better with the tiny watermark like this? Anyone got an opinion on watermarks?

I asked my friend what to draw, and she said "A jackalope... basically just a rabbit with horns and sometimes wings"... or... at least... that's the part I remembered :lol:

Not sure if this is a proper jackalope, but at the very least it's my version of a jackalope. :iconsadtruthplz: And... yeah... didn't really use a proper ref... so the anatomy's funky... i know .___.

Another watercolour, finally... It took FOREVER! Mostly because I started over after I'd gotten the first version about 75-80% done... but it was too ugly :tears: I like this version better though. Still not completely happy with it, but it's getting there (sort of :blush:) and it was basically all a big experiment....... The original picture's about 20.5 cm by 25 cm. (I NEED PROPER PAPER!!! I kept scraping the top off this one... you know, where it gets all pilly... I know.. PAPER... pilly <.<)

The next one will be better! I promise!!! :iconnoesrevampplz:
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This is a really lovely image. Your colouring is very well done and the watercolours really compliment the nighttime scene.

Like you mentioned in the comments, the anatomy is a little off, which for me is a shame as I think it would look lovely as a slightly more 'realistic' drawing.
Although the style at the moment is really nice and gives it a very illustrative feel.

The colours work well with the complimentary yellow and blues creating smooth lights and shadows. I'm not sure whether you lost a bit of colour when scanning in since it might benefit from increasing the black/white levels ever so slightly.
Making the hole behind the jackalope a bit darker would probably help to make it stand out a bit more, although if it were too dark it would distract a bit.

Also presentation-wise it would be worth cropping off the very edges as you can see the edge of the paper at the moment. It just makes it look a bit more polished.
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taobunny Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
Really like the muted color palette and the soft tones in this artwork. Great job! Thank you for sharing your work.

p.s. My favorite watercolor paper is Arches Hot Press. It responds really well - lets me do lots of detail (if I want) and it can take a lot of abuse - without getting pilly. Downside, it's kinda expensive. But, I find I'm happier when my materials work for me - not against me. Just mho.
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Kieke-boe Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
Thank you so much! :iconnewglomp:
I've been wanting to try a new type of watercolour paper (and realized I wanted to invest a little more money than my miserable 90lb lol) so I will definitely try to buy Arches and see if I like it!
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taobunny Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
Cool - I hope you like it. But, paper is such a personal preference - so what works for one artist might not work for another.

Just a little tip - Arches makes these great watercolor blocks. You can get them in different type (hot, cold, rough) and different sizes. They are *really* convenient and you don't have to stretch or tape the paper. Perfect for a lazy artist like me! :D

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Kieke-boe Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
Yeah! I saw those. But I'm afraid I out-lazy you, though ;P Instead of tracing my drawing, I print it on! But should I ever get the courage to just start painting straight on it, that'll definitely come in handy. (Or maybe if I like it enough, start tracing again!)
I think it'll work well for me though, I've heard it's got a really nice quality (including sizing-wise) and the smoother it is, the better for me! I'm so finnicky about my details.

...I don't see any hot-press 300lb there... do they make it? (Do you know?? lol) Or have you been using the 140lb? (Seeing as I might not even muster up the funds for it :paranoid:) If so, how much water can it handle. I tend to be brutal to my paper. :blush:
(Sorry if I'm pestering you with questions .__. )
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taobunny Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
No worries about the questions. That's why we're here on DA, no? To help each other out?

Just curious - what do you use to print on your watercolor paper???

Anyway, yes, they do make Arches HP #300. It's harder to find - as I only think they make it in larger sheet sizes.

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However, you can always cut it down to size if you want. Or, if you can deal with lighter weight paper, you can get the #140 blocks - and then peel off a sheet at a time - print on it - then tape and paint it. Whatever works for you.

I usually just use the #140 and it works just fine for me. It's pretty thick, sturdy paper - and if you work in smaller sizes, doesn't buckle all that much.

You can also find sampler "books" of Arches paper. (Most high end watercolor paper makers offer them - i.e. Fabriano, etc.) That might be a cheaper way for you to see if Arches even works for you.

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Hope this helps!





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Kieke-boe Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
Just my regular ol' printer ^_^ The ink doesn't bleed! (I have an Epson btw, but I've heard of other people doing it as well.)

Thank you so much for all your help! :iconnewglomp: I'm incredibly excited to try these ^__^ The sampler books are a really good idea! The 'satin' finish looks even smoother than the paper I use now, so it'll be good to see how it works for me.

This is going to require some serious saving lol :plotting:

Thank you!
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taobunny Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
Awesome. Which Epson printer, if you don't mind me asking. (Any special ink?)

As for the paper. Yeah, I know it's super expensive. But, I think that paper is probably the most important thing when doing watercolors. Next is the quality of the paint - and then the brush. But, if you take care - the brushes will last you years and years - and watercolor paints last a long time too. It's just the paper that's the killer part. But, once you use a good paper, you'll get spoiled and realize that half of the success in watercolor is having the right tools!

Otherwise, you spend most of your time fighting your tools - which is no fun at all. :(
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Kieke-boe Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010
Nope, just regular ol' ink. =) and it's... .... SX620? I think, but it's one of the cheaper ones and it's one of the ones with just 4 ink cartridges (same cartridges for a lot of models) not 6. (I haven't tried it with the one with 6 yet.) It has seperate colour cartridges so you don't have to keep buying an entire new cartridge with ALL the colours in one, just because your magenta keeps running out. Though the cartridges aren't.... 'cheap'.... But I'm rambling :aww:

I spent a small fortune on W&N watercolours, and I want to start doing this seriously, so I should invest in some proper paper :nod: I can just see myself doing a little happy dance when it doesn't start to pill when I (heaven-forbid) go over it more than once :iconlegaspplz:

Again, thank you so much! :huggle:
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Layla1978 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
this is beautiful :)
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Kieke-boe Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
Thank you very much! :hug: And thank you for the fave ^_^
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