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2012: Grandmother by kickingrabbit 2012: Grandmother by kickingrabbit
It was my grandmother's 80th birthday this past Sunday, so in celebration, I painted her a tiger (she loves tigers, and she loved the painting). :)

I tweaked the digital copy as best I could to reflect accurate colors, but computers just cannot do this painting justice. There is an almost ethereal vibrance to the colors of the original painting. It is one of those works that, even after you finish it, you just can't stop looking at it. I wish I could see it right now, but I am glad it is safe with my grandmother. :3

I'll upload some detail shots in a bit.


This was a very special gift to a very special person on a very special day. DO NOT USE.

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Blue-Velvet-Lace Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The colors in this are magnificent!
kickingrabbit Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you Blue! :D
FREAKKATT Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is breathtaking :heart:.
kickingrabbit Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you, FreakKatt! :D
SilverFoxWhiskers Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, a truly amazing piece! The water looks great.
kickingrabbit Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you, Silver. I think the water is what gave me the biggest headache. I'm still not entirely happy with it, but these things take practice. ^_^
SilverFoxWhiskers Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!! I think you should be very happy with it, it's amazing!!
Kaiyaru Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow awesome<33
Ghostcub Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Simply amazing! Could you give me a tip or few on how to paint with watercolors?
kickingrabbit Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student General Artist
I am not good with -how- to paint tips, but I can give you some information.

Supplies are very important, of course. Painting is often very enjoyable with quality supplies, but that isn't always cost effective. Especially if you're just learning.

For paper, make sure you use something heavy and absorbent (like, you know, watercolor paper). 90lb watercolor paper is cheap and good for experimenting on, but it will warp horribly if you don't stretch it first (you can easily google how to stretch watercolor paper). Heavier papers (140lb and 300lb) are more warp-resistant, but also more expensive.
For paint, you could probably start experimenting with any ol' watercolor set. If you're serious about learning, though, Sakura Koi tube watercolors are extremely nice student-grade paints, and they are much cheaper than the professional stuff. I use these paints myself, but I'll be upgrading to professional paints as soon as I can. If those are too expensive, though, just work with whatever you have until you feel ready to make an bigger investment. :3
As far as brushes go, the cheap little plastic brushes that come with crayola watercolors probably aren't very useful (I always hated them, even as a kid), so if you can, I'd suggest picking-up a watercolor variety brush set (something with a couple of rounds and at least one flat brush). Make sure you do some online research on how to clean and care for your watercolor brushes.

Now to the actual sort of information you were probably looking for...

The following two links are ones I found useful when I started seriously painting. The second link (the one on color mixing) focuses on high quality paints, but the same basic color rules apply no matter what brand you use. See the rest of that site for other useful information, too!

Basic watercolor techniques: [link]
Color mixing: [link]

Hope that wasn't too long-winded, and I hope it helps! ^_^
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