Hello! Today, I’ll be sharing a few insights on using watercolors thanks to some of my talented artist friends. Also, don’t forget to click Read More ’cause there’s a giveaway waiting for you at the end of this post.
You’re welcome. ;)
Most of you know that aside from lettering, I do travel illustration on the side to keep my creativity going (on days I am not friends with letters, heh). And of course, I’ve always been open on sharing my materials of choice – only because I believe the best materials bring out your skills more.
I’ve already shared my thoughts on the Moleskine watercolor pad with this review – but I’ll say this again, it’s still one of my favorite pads to use (not just for watercolor, even ink!). Maybe it’s magic? LOL. I’ve recently started using the medium sized one (A5) for my trip to Scandinavia last Christmas (photos above and below). Well, guess I’m not the only one – a few of my friends also have their Moleskines as part of their art arsenals. And of course, most artists do as well. :)
Which reminds me, guess I have to finish that sketch so I can write about my trip asap. Hue hue.
And since I’ve already shared my own watercolor journey (mostly on this blog), here are some insights from fellow watercolor artists Jamie, Kar & Vin – their respective art styles, the variety of work that they do with the medium, and why Moleskine pads are one of their go-to art tools for illustrating.
- Art style: I could only describe my work as whimsical (that mostly focus on animals and nature) – somewhat a mix between realistic and imaginative illustrations where it has its own world. I incorporate geometric shapes and patterns to my work because I’m into the combination of organic and structural compositions making it seem raw yet simultaneously clean and visually appealing.
- Best thing about watercolor: I love how watercolors move around freely. That being said, I work with the flow and let the pigments and water interact naturally with each other. I do dabble with a lot of water and add layers and layers of paint into my works in order to achieve a saturated look. Sometimes I mix it with different mediums such as gouache and colored pencils to create a more solid and vivid illustration.
- Best thing about the Moleskine pad: Its versatility. It’s not just great with watercolors but also with pen, ink and pencil. Plus the fact that it’s partially made of cotton, which makes it great for pigment absorption and doesn’t buckle easily even when you work with tons of water and layers of paint.
- Art style: I do watercolor portraits and fashion illustrations. Im doing a series called #OOTDRAW where I draw almost everyone.
- Best thing about watercolor: You get this organic effect on your painting. I love how the paint blends with the water and hopes for best result when it dries. It’s like you’re in control, at the same time you’re not – it’s challenging and fun.
- Best thing about the Moleskine pad: I love Moleskine’s texture, compared to other watercolor pads I’ve tried. The texture isn’t “scale-y”, and it doesnt deform much if i use too much water.
- Art style: I usually do portraits/faces of people (celebrities, people I look up to, random strangers), I’ve always been fascinated by the human emotions and I make sure that each work I do embodies the emotion I’m trying to portray.
- Best thing about watercolor: I love experimenting with watercolor! It was once my most hated medium in making pieces but I recently just fell in love with it. Technically, I like mixing wet-on-wet with my dry brush technique.
- Best thing about the Moleskine pad: There are a LOT of things I love about Moleskine’s watercolor pad but here’s one: the paper doesn’t “lump”. That thing that happens when you put almost too much water on the paper and some of it separates into small lumps until the paper thins out.
Thanks to Moleskine Philippines, I’m giving away (2) small Moleskine watercolor pads: (1) winner from the blog and (1) winner from Instagram. I’ll also throw in some watercolor paints and goodies in the mix for your complete starter package! :)
Please follow the instructions below to make your entries qualified.
Philippine residents only. Contest ends Feb. 8. Good luck!