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Trade: Crystal Valley by Agaave Trade: Crystal Valley by Agaave
Here is my half of a trade with :iconjeaikman:!
This horse with crystal wings is her lovely #Spiralae-Equus Puck.
Puck has beautiful design and drawing those crystalline-like wings was so much fun that I had to add some crystal stones also on the background.

It seems that I have some kind of phase using only limited color palette...
In my original plan there was green valley and grey mountains but once again they ended up being colored with purple.
I think I have hide my purples when starting next picture... ;P
Feedback is welcome! :iconbummiesplz:


:bulletpurple::bulletorange::bulletyellow::bulletorange::bulletpurple: Character © ~JEAikman
:bulletpurple::bulletorange::bulletyellow::bulletorange::bulletpurple: Picture © me




Check also ~JEAikman's beautiful half:
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Wolfberry-J Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
Beautiful use of complementary colors!  Love the stylized, ornate trees.
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Agaave Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :bow:
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Sunrise-LoneWolf Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I guess I already left feedback on this picture once, but... I can't help taking a look again lol, it's so awesome!! :nuu: :heart:
 The way you shaded the horse and highlighted the mountains is so amazing! :D

Lately I've been (trying to xD) working with watercolors too and so looking a lot of artworks to learn better.
 Think you could give me any advice, please?  Like how you made the yellow part in the sky (it blends so well and looks texturized)? :meow:
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Agaave Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am glad to hear that, thank you very much! :love:

The sky is made with "wet on wet" technique which means that I painted the whole sky with water at first and then added yellow and purple parts. That makes them blend nicely together.
There couple of layers of colors and I let the paint dry before painting another layer. I recall that I also added few drops of salt on purple parts which created more textures.

I have collected my favorite watercolor tutorials here: fav.me/d6thcs7
Take a look, there are lots of wonderful tips!
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Sunrise-LoneWolf Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :aww:

Hmm I guess I got it. So you used mostly water to it and so it blends better? :)
 Because at truth I did a new experiment (test) with my watercolor pencils. Instead coloring then "painting" on it with water, I colored a sheet apart, then I painted with water over it. So for painting the sky, I used the "colored water" which I just used the same brush to do the watercolor on the another sheet (and so the water and brush got "dirty" with the color I used).

It got very light in the paper, but got a cool soft texture! I liked more than water inking the colored pencil strikes of the watercolor pencils.
 It is more or less what you meant by painting with water? Or that the method I tried could work similar if I add another layer? :D
(PS: I just used one color for the testing, instead two. But I still will try to do blending with two colors)

Cool! I am actually studying these salt techniques too.
 And ohh interesting, I will also take a look on these tutorials. Thanks! :la:
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Agaave Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your test sounds interesting, I think I haven't tried that. I usually use watercolor pans with lots of water, at the moment I have these paints: www.winsornewton.com/na/shop/w…
I use watercolor pencils mostly without water, just for details and shading and pans for painting larger areas.
But it would be nice to try my pencils with water too, when they have that ability it is kinda wasting not to use it. :D

Happy experimenting, that's the best way to find out and learn new techniques! :happybounce:
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kaikaku Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish I had your mixed media & watercolor skills. I love this. The texturing and lines you've used to define the mountains look so cool. And the crystals in this drawing are really neat. Gorgeous work on Puck, as always you are great at equine characters...
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Agaave Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, thank you very much! :love:
I just noticed it has been almost a year since I drew this picture and started paying more attention to backgrounds. I am not sure if I have gotten any better with those but at least they are a bit easier now than twelve months ago. :D
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kaikaku Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think your backgrounds look great thus far... a lot of the trick is getting the bg not to conflict too much with the characters, while still making the character look like it's actually in the environment, and you seem to do fine at that even as you up the detailing. Keep it up!
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Agaave Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you again! :huggle:

The problem with adding too much on the background is - like you pointed out - that the character can get lost there. And I have also difficulties to create feeling of depth instead making everything look like they're close to each other, on a same level. I should remember to make more blurred stuff on the distance and also use colder tones for farther objects... It is easy in theory but more complicated in practice. :XD:
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