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Among the Blue by Shadow-Wolf Among the Blue by Shadow-Wolf

This past weekend I was house sitting at my sister's without my work computer, and thought it would be a great opportunity to make a sample for possible future watercolor commissions.  So I took one from a friend to suss out exactly what it would take to do 8.5" X 11" full body watercolor paintings, and this is the final result! 

This was commissioned by Hfoursaur as a gift for Kimmikart, of Kimmikart's dread-locked werewolf character Mausey.  I took (crappy) work in progress photos over the weekend so I could document how I went about it.  One of my sister's cats, Cammy, chose the pose for me among the three gesture sketches I did.  Which, as you can see, she indicated by stepping on it while I was working.  XD  See those here in my tumblr - eskiworks.tumblr.com/post/8353…

Working on this over the weekend gave me a great idea of what commissions like this might cost.  So I am currently open for a single painting slot, the details for which you can find here:

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:iconcat-s-dragoness:
Cat-S-Dragoness Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Student General Artist
I love the pose and the colouring. Nice work! :D (Big Grin) 
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demonicaljakkal Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
I really love how this turned out :) Amazing job on this piece!
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:icondawnsparda:
DawnSparda Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014   Digital Artist
Very beautiful art piece. Love the detail and color. Awesome work Eski! :3
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Superovermind Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
pretty wuffy :3
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LoveandBonestm Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Always love your work, Great job:)
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Xshadow10X Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful art as usual, still how you can do so stunning art work. It amazes me every time

*Sigh getting
jealous lol*
 
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Aquignea Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
So pretty! Not only are you great with this medium, but the colours go together so well, I love the blue. I'm about to try watercolours myself and I'm wondering how do you keep the paper from warping? Keep up the awesome work <3
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You know, the paper did warp some while I was working, not sure how to avoid warping entirely.  The below commenter had a great suggestion, using watercolor blocks with the edges glued down.  Or, maybe try stretching the paper first, by spritzing it with water from a spray bottle and taping the edges down?  I did this in college when working with materials that would warp with use, and it helped a lot!
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AngelicusCadere Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Buy a pad of watercolour paper that has the side of all the pages glued together :)
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tweakfox Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Too cool! I love the proportions and paws!
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aAshleyB Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is seriously amazing!  :iconiloveitplz:
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Jadine Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
How did you manage to do the background after painting the foreground? I always use a liquid latex to protect the foreground. 
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I used my favorite watercolor brush, a sable mix round, to carefully paint around the outline of the wolf and simultaneously fill in the background, keeping the edges wet.  I had t do it in a few chunks rather than doing it all at once.  Like one large area first, let it dry, then do another large area.  Worked out pretty well, but I might try masking fluid next time!  XD
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TouchedVenus Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
The coloring here is absolutely beautiful, and I love the color and fur detail. :D
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vermin06 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
...I love you. I shall have tea in honor of your "real" media art that blows my mind. 
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
And by 'U' I mean ME.  I am a sloppy typist, sorry.  XD
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
May I recommend NOT having that tea next to any paint water?  U almost dipped my brush into my tea mug a number of times while painting this.  O__O
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vermin06 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I appreciate that recommendation. This reminds me of years ago; I was painting with oils whilst having a mug of milk with me as I painted. I picked up the paint thinner and almost got it to my lips until the smell just about knocked me over. 
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cascadeninjawolf Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous, as always! You have great watercolor skills.
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ElysianImagery Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This actually really reminds me a lot of your older works in terms of styles, It's a wonderful throwback with a sophisticated upgrade!
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I noticed that too, it really feels like a throwback to me as well!  I hope to expand on the vein I was working in before I switched to digital by continuing to work in watercolor, see where it takes me.  :3  It's like being away from home for years, and coming back to find your room how you left it.  XD
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Taigas-den Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the more corded look of the fur instead of the sharp angles that are normally drawn! This is such a fun piece
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:icontauchawee:
Tauchawee Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is GORGEOUS! Your artwork never fails to amaze and inspire! Fantastic work!
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MoonlightLyanti Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
this is wonderful!
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BeoWulf1289 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The color and that pose are awesome!
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Miridith Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist
Amazing shading, love it :heart:
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Turtle-Arts Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Lol, I saw the thumbnail of this and thought "Wow, that looks like Mausey." And it turns out it is! XD
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:iconzyraxus:
Zyraxus Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014   Digital Artist
This is seriously amazing, it's so cleaannn and perfect *_* Awesome work
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:iconpsydrache:
Psydrache Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You did it AWESOME!!!
You really should draw more traditional pictures.
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SilverRazorFeather Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i love that brilliant blue, it really complements the character's pale fur and eyes. you really have a way with fur texturing as well
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BlackwolfSilverpaw Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous colors!!
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Eruanna17 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What an interesting style! The choice of colours is great as well. And I've never seen a werewolf with dreads before. Two cool things in one B-) (Cool) 
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mattaui Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really like the colors on this one, makes the fur look so soft, and the eyes mirror the background so nicely. And great pawpads!
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FenrisxWolf Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Ooh wow pretty traditional ^^ Very nice pose ;3
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