I paint the background very carefully around the character with watercolors. I used to use masking fluid but found it quite laborious so now I just try not to cross the lines. When adding splatters I cover the character with piece of paper.
No worries, masking fluid does not destroy the character. Unless you leave the mask sitting on a paper for days... then it can get stuck and might rip the surface of the paper. That has happened to me...
It can be a bit tricky to work with masking fluid at first but I am sure you'll learn quickly: apply the fluid with a brush (use an old one - the stuff destroys brushes), let it dry for a while and then paint the rest of the picture. Paint does not catch the masked parts. After the paint has dried you can remove the masking fluid. You can either scratch it carefully with your fingertips or nails or then use eraser to help you. Removing the mask is funnier than applying it.
I have used Winsor & Newton's Art Masking Fluid, here is a link to manufacturer's page: www.winsornewton.com/products.… I haven't used other brands so cannot tell if they're all similar... but I believe there are not big differences.
Yeah, those markings are supposed to look something like northern lights so I am happy to hear that they are recognizable! Those are not the easiest markings to color but I think I am learning how to do them better picture by picture.
I am excited about this character and debating myself how long I'll keep him as a foal or should I age him soon... But foals are so cute and I haven't drawn lots of foals in my life so probably there will be quite many baby pictures of him also in the future.
Thanks a lot! I got lots of great name suggestions but for some reason this one I picked spoke me most. It is difficult to choose a name for a character that does not have a personality yet but I hope this name will grow together with this little fellow.
Ehrmahgawd, he is so stinking cute. And the name fits him perfectly.
And excuse me while I just drool over your beyond-amazing-traditional-art-skills. You got his aurora borealis markings perfectly. You make it look so easy (the colors flow just perfectly). And his cuteness... I'm not gonna need dessert for a week, because he is so sweet.
I'm so excited you have this handsome little fella.
I am happy to hear that those markings doesn't look too much forced! Me and my pencils had a long and serious depate until they were willing to co-operate. I hope they remember our discussion when it is a time to color this character next time...
Oh and no drooling over my work; I don't want it to get wet now that I saw so much trouble with it!
Wow you did wonderfull job here! Even you say that markings was awful to doing, you did really amazing job there! Especially that aurora borealis look so great! *_* And as always I love your background and just one little question - do you use masking fluid for character when you paint background? And you pick really nice name for him :3
I didn't use masking fluid this time; it is such annoying stuff that I try to avoid it as much possible. At first I painted background with watercolors, then colored the character and lastly added splatters. I just cover the character with piece of paper when sprinkling so that I don't mess it too much. Few splatters on the character does not matter (if you look closely you can see some turquoise dots on his head and legs) because they just bind the character better to the background.
Names are always so difficult; this time I actually borrowed a name from my bf's old WoW character. Yay for recycling!
Ahh.. I asked because I have new masking fluid and I was wondering if it´s easy to work with it? I would love tu use it for airbrush technique but I am still so scared XD. And than kyou for nice advices! I think I´ll try it asap
Masking fluid actually is handy and makes it faster to paint background when you don't have to worry about ruining the character. I just find applying the stuff not-fun and it is also annoying that it ruins the brush you're using for applying. Of course those are minor problems and maybe some day I will give masking fluid another chance.
Juu, kommentoitkin, mutta koska thumbit ei toimineet sunnuntaina, poistin koko kuvan ja latasin uudestaan, kun olivat taas toiminnassa. En viitsinyt ottaa sitä riskiä, että ois lopun ikää pitänyt katsoa rikkinäistä reffi-thumbbia journalissa (karmeeta kielenraiskaamista taas... ).
Joo kyllä ne nyt toimii. Ei vaan voi koskaan tietää miten käy, niin ajattelin ottaa varman päälle ja ladata tämän uudestaan siltä varalta, ettei korjaus ois syystä tai toisesta vaikuttanut jo ladattuihin kuviin.
The name just felt right and I hope it will grow even more fitting when I figure out what kind of person this character will be. Those markings were paint but I am happy that I managed to do them traditionally; I decided that since I am mostly a traditional artist I cannot have a character which I can't color with my pencils. I am sure the more I draw him the easier it will get and I will find out new tricks to color those markings. Maybe black paper could help...