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This is such a great question. You can do it either way. I have done both. I have done all my illustration sketches in pen and ink and then gone back and dropped in my water color. You can be really neat about it and precise or you can do what Peter H. Reynolds or Quentin Blake does and very loosely apply the watercolor. I have also did watercolor paintings and then gone back in lightly lay in some lines for detail and definition. It's really good to try what you like and see which of the two work for you. Experiment and play. It's only paint and ink. As far as paper. I say if at all possible get go to the ask store and ask for samples of watercolor paper. They usually have some laying around and test it out. They use to sell them in small pads, but get a few and test them out and see if you like working on a watercolor cold or hot press. They are different textures and different weights to them. Oh by the way, the illustrations is lovely. Very nicely done! Can't wait to see what you will do next
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Thanks for all the advice! i will keep trying... :)
I really like this image--very interesting. I love to work with an ink pen & I often watercolor it. I use .005 micron pens that can be purchased at most art supply places. For paper, I use a hot press watercolor paper or sometimes I use Rives BFK (a good printmaking paper). Usually, I work with the ink pen first, drawing random images & just letting myself "feel" my way through the work--it sort of evolves on its own. Then, I paint with watercolor, usually with a limited palette. Would love to see more of your work--this piece is lovely.
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