Sharing a blog post about my digital watercolor techniques!

I thought this was pretty cool, and have been meaning to share this for a long while. So, first-- here's the blog post at Art Alchemy that links to my digital techniques, tutorials, etc.

Back in August, when I was making my digital watercolor tutorials for Artrage (linked to in the post below), my thread on Watercolor Works-in-Progress in the Artrage forums was very busy. I got to meet a lot of different people, share art, talk about techniques, etc. It was pretty cool.

Amongst those people was an artist named Tanith Larking, who went by the handle Tigermoth. She's a traditional watercolor artist, with some very nice stuff. You should check out her site, Inkgems. She was trying to learn some digital tools, and was working in Artrage. I showed her some techniques, she watched some of my videos, and then made her blog post. Pretty cool. :)

 It's fun to share some things you've learned through experimentation, a lot of reading, and screwing around! LOL! She was very appreciative, and I wanted to share the post.

My YouTube Channel- Digital Watercolors

Some know this already, others don't, but I have a YouTube Channel dedicated to a series of digital watercolor tutorials I've been making for Artrage-- the primary program I use for making realistic, easy to understand digital watercolor work.  Here's an example of my first one.  Bob Ross, we loved you!  :D  There was a lot to learn from that guy, and it's sort of what I aim for in a good tutorial. 

So, back in August I was rather... ahem... under-employed, and decided to spend some of my time doing something "useful".  So I taught myself how to use CamStudio and mapped out a series of tutorials.  I wanted to give something back to the digital art community, as I've really appreciated the tutorials and things I've learned from over the last two years doing digital art.  It would have been nearly impossible without the internet and the generosity of others-- for, as I discovered, making a good tutorial can take quite a while.  So far, I have 11 videos up, and they total about 2 hours of run time. There's over 100 subscribers and juuuust about 10,000 views-- which is more than I thought I ever would have got.  So clearly there's an audience for this, which is cool.

I have long felt that digital watercolors is rather under-represented-- there's a lot (of perfectly reasonable) focus on inking, comic art, and rough story boards, etc.  All things that digital art does very very well, and which "pay".  However, using Artrage I feel like I've been able to generate some interesting, realistic results while a) being mobile (as I use a tablet pc), and b) without ever having to clean up or prep.  That's good news for a dad of a 4 year old. 

So, these tutorials collate a lot of various info I've gathered over the last 2 years.  They link to other tutorials and resources (sticker sprays, stencils, textures, etc), and I give credit where it's due.  About 3/4 of the things I talk about I learned somewhere else and then synthesized and applied to the specifics of making watercolors.

I talk about things like-
1) Using Texture Overlays to generate realistic ambient watercolor effects
2) How to generate nice dry brush and wet on wet effects
3) How to use Layers to create transparent watercolor washes
4) How to create watercolor glazes over your grey tones
etc. etc. 

I also have videos that go over the Artrage Pen-Only Toolbar that I helped make.

The Artrage Pen-Only Toolbar is available to download

Hi all, You might have gotten here from my YouTube channel, or the Artrage forums, or the Tablet PC Review forums, etc., because you're interested in the toolbar. Who knows. :)

So, I've been working over the last year on a toolbar that I use with Artrage when I'm painting digitally. Luc, the programmer, wanted to learn how to code in Auto Hotkey (the language the toolbar uses to communicate with Artrage).  I was interested in having a better UI to work with in Artrage that was focused on only using a pen for input-- no keyboard usage. Together we've built this awesome toolbar.

 I've been designing the UI, thinking of useful functions, and testing for bugs while painting. Luc does all the programming and dreams up awesome new ideas I didn't even think you could do! It started out as a just-for-fun project, but the toolbar got so powerful it seemed worth sharing with others. This really helps me go faster, use the keyboard less, and just focus on getting an image out. Well, we are now making the toolbar available to everyone. Yeah!

This is what it looks like while running on Artrage. :) See that little black toolbar in the upper right? That's the toolbar.

Here's a link to the thread in the Artrage forums where I discuss the toolbar, what it can do for you, and some of the details of how you might use it.  Please go to the forum for the download link as well.  You don't need to register to use the link, but you will if you have questions.  Speaking of which, if you end up having technical questions, that thread will be the place to go, as I'll be trying to funnel answers there, to make a kind of repository of info.

Here's a link to the Demo Video I made for the toolbar, as well as 2 How To Video Tutorials on my YouTube channel. Video #1 and Video #2.