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Doormouse Watercolour Tutorial by pebblepixie Doormouse Watercolour Tutorial by pebblepixie
This is my first ever tutorial for DA. If you have any questions or comments please let me know.

Hope it's useful

Finished piece is here ---> [link]
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TribalGraces Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work on the fur. On all of it, really, but especially the fur.
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:icondforeverblue:
Now, this is  a real masterpiece... and if i can ask , how many hours for doing these and the most important thing : HOW OLD ARE YOU ??! YOU ARE SO TALENTED!
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pebblepixie Jul 18, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you :)

I'm not sure exactly how many hours it took - around 8 to 10 I would think, possibly more.  As for my age, I'm in my forties so i have been painting for a loooonnng time. 
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:icondforeverblue:
woowwwww ~~~~ HOW CAN YOU BE SO PATIENT TO DRAW IN 8-10 HOURS ?!! I'll get bored and usually did it in such a rush .... Waaaah! 
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pebblepixie Jul 21, 2013   Traditional Artist
I guess it just takes as long as it takes. I don't really think about it too much unless I have a deadline. Larger paintings can take weeks to complete because I paint a lot of tiny details and use very small brushes. Fur, especially, like on the mouse in my tutorial, takes a long time becuae there are lots of layers.
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:icondforeverblue:
Mmmm.... just asking but how did you play with colour and btw where did you get your inspiration ? cause I should learn a lot from you Hug 
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pebblepixie Jul 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
I'm not quite sure I understand what you mean by 'play with color', could you explain a bit more?
As for the inspiration, I read a lot of fantasy books and watch fantasy films (things like Legend, Labyrinth, Hellboy and Lord of the Rings for example). I'm also inspired by other artists - Alan Lee and John Howe(who did the design for Lord of the Rings films), Patrick Woodruff, Brian Froud and lots of other artists here on deviantArt. I've also studied botanical art as so many of my paintings contain elements of nature.
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Like, how do you think that this color match with these and that color match with those,etc. For example, you often use more calm (pale) color while i always get confused for what color i should use especially in using bright color like in day time... sorry for asking to much .....
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pebblepixie Aug 10, 2013   Traditional Artist
Some of it is just basic color theory using a color wheel. Colors next to each other on the wheel will blend together while colors opposite each other will make each other look brighter when placed together. here's a link to a basic wheel www.hairloveart.com/hair-color…

I guess the rest just comes from practise. I always use a lot of earthy colors in my paintings because of the subjects I paint, so I've got used to those colors over time and I've been using the same brand of watercolors for over 10 years. You'll notice that there are hardly any blues or purples in my gallery. That's because I've not really practised with them much and when I do I get it wrong.
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Windlestrawy Dec 31, 2012
so... beautiful
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