Lilac and Lavender: Romantica Watercolour Painting

I created another watercolour romantic illustration. I like painting flowers with purple hues such as lavender or lilac.

I like Purple, it is very calming colour. I get a calm feeling painting with certain colours. It helps to reduce stress. I was going to buy a specialised colour from Daniel Smiths but the winsor and Newton Cotmans Paint are great quality for watercolour painting.

I’m including Coptic marker pen on my watercolour paintings. Ink, marker pens go well with watercolour, in fact anything can go with watercolour. I might invest more Copic markers and coloured inks. the colour inks are good for colour in cloths without creating streaks.

Attraction: Stay with me. Screenshots of my working process on Clipstudio Paint

To see earlier post of my comic works click here

The story processes on, I’m still discovering got new techniques on the software and editing the story as I go along. I post screenshots on my twitter page @reebeksart. I want to be authentic in my drawing style, I included gesture scribbles/ lines. So far it looking very polished and the two characters personality are showing more. I’m taking my time to work on two pages a week, which manageable and allow me to come up with new ideas.

Clip Studio Paint contacted me and asked to feature one of my screenshot of my comic pages on their official website! You can see my post on the artist testimonial section.

Time management Tips for Artists

 

Spend 15-30 minutes on your artwork then take a 10-20 minutes break. During break time, move around, have a hot drink, do something completely different from art. Then resume your work. Have a time or stopwatch near to monitor how long you been working. I use my iPhone to time myself when I am drawing or writing. It helps me not to overwork and reminds me to takes breaks. You will be surprised 30 minutes on working gives you enough time.

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Plan your week: create a weekly planner chart. I typically do artwork and writing three times a week. This keeps me organised and manage my day. Sometimes I change my schedule. Keep it flexible.

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Try to do creative work in the morning. The brain is more active and fresh. Better natural light coming in to see the colour hues clearly. If you have not much natural light coming in, a Daylight lamp will provide extra light.

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Make creative work your top priority before doing other task.

If you can not work at the morning, maybe 1-2 hours before bedtime. Some artist found doing creative activities before bedtime, it can be very therapeutic. Schedule in the day that you have enough time to focus on your creative work.

Don’t not put the TV/Computer on (unless you are working digitally). There no need to put the computer on if you are just drawing or painting. The computer/ laptop can be very distraction.

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Mute notifications on you phones or small devices . You want to be able to forces on your artwork without distraction. my notifications are switched off. I like have no concerns or distraction.

Listen to music that motivates you creativity. it can be any music. relaxing, Ambience, nature or Lo Fi Music good music for Focus. 

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Only do one task at a time, try not to multitask. it not good for productivity. For example draft on day then outline the next day, then the next colouring. Keep it small and manageable. Avoid trying to complete the artwork in one day. It good to leave the work and come back to it a couple days. it good to get a fresh perspective from resuming it after a couple of days, to see what you noticed and what could be adjusted.

Do 5 minutes sketch doodle to warm up first. At first the brain may be reluctant to work on anything. Do scribble, draw small thumbnails, make marks. This will ease you in to drawing. Make the sketches very rough and bad.

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All images scoured from http://www.canva.com

How Do You Handle Criticism?

Handling criticism is an balancing act. Art in general a subjective topic.

Criticism is can be hard! When I was younger I cried a lot if a teacher critis my artwork. I thought that they favour more other people’s than mine and I would complain a lot.

In art education and in the commercial work, you would have to deal criticism and may clash with ideas.

There are different kinds of critique. Someone who mainly look for technical flaws and someone who mainly judge the style of work.

Art teacher should suppose to develop a students artistic expression, develop your visual language and understand who you are.

Teachers have to complete a education criteria marking a students artwork.

I had to learn smart in distinguish what good and bad critique. Eventually, I learn to take criticism with a pinch of salt.

During my university studies in Illustrations. I would get different perspectives from different tutor or peers.

I had a mentor in university named Bex, Bex helped me with writing and organising my course work. She was really good to me. Bex gave me a fair critique without discouraging me with my art style. She talks to me very positively and pointed out unique elements within my work. Bex was a huge help me when I was beginning to feel negative about my artwork

Don’t take there criticism to heart. It does not mean your work is totally bad or your suck at drawing/painting. Go with your instincts on what will work visually. Never try to match what the mass what!

If someone was judging your artwork too harshly, find someone else.

Criticism is good for your creative process. It is important to get different opinions, to see what work and don’t works. To make improvements and have someone  see things you did not noticed before. But ultimately you decided to make changes.

I don’t normally get criticism for my work, Nor I would I care now. If somebody random critics my artwork, it would not bother me.

I enjoying creating comics and illustrations without any anyone interfering. But I am open for feedback.

 

Three BL manga I would recommend you to read.

There is so much to choose from. It really goes by the readers personally preference. I would read any BL manga depending on my mood and what I fancy to read. I brought a range of mangas to read. (It’s like creating my own mini BL library at home)

There only a few manga books I would Constantly read.

Here are my top recommendation:

1. Junjo Romantica; By Shungiku Nakamura. great romantic storyline combined with hot smutt. A romantic story between a wealthy man and young student. You can read it for free on MangaFox.

2. Strange and Mystifying Story vol 1 and 2; by Tsuta Suzuki. A handsome mysterious demon with wolf ears cures an illness of a lonely young man. Beautifully drawing style and great romance.

3. Crimson Spell; by Ayano Yamane. fantasy action with lust. A love affair between a mage and Prince. The prince is cursed and turns into a demon at night. The Manga can only tame the demon by giving the prince sexual release. Absolute guilty pleasure!

This list can change anytime. I do have more BL manga book to share.

Inktober Drawings 2018

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Last month i took part in the Inktober challenge, to use ink martials in drawings everyday in October.

This was a good opportunity to get in the routine and habit of drawings daily. I liked using inks, I mainly do use them for most of my work. I used traditional tools such as calligraphy ink, Chinese brushes and pen nibs. As well as modern tools fine liners and brush pens.

The source for inspiration came from Sktchy app @reebek.

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My drawings gradually improved each day, I seem to improved the shading and technical skills.

I draw subjects that are out of my comfort zone and pushed myself to draw challenging, technical details such as hands, face and facial expressions.

I do a quick warm up sketch first on a separate paper. Analysing the portrait before I start drawings on my sketchpad.

I allow the drawing to dictate what it needed.

I post  drawings everyday on my Instagram @ree.bek, twitter @reebeksart and Sktchy app.

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What next

I will going to continue drawings daily on my sketchpad and upload them on social media.