Watercolor is my Favorite
If you know what your are doing you can get some really great effects and textures with watercolor. These are great for painting dragons. Below are four tips you can use for your next dragon illustration (or any type of painting really).
Save Your Lights
Value/tone is probably the most important things to pay attention to when creating any kind of art. With watercolor if you aren’t paying attention and you paint something too dark you’ll have a hard time making it lighter. When your painting your dragon make sure you know where your light source(s) are so you know what to keep light and where to put your shadows.
Use the Drys
Controlling watercolor is all about what is wet and what it dry on your paper. Be patient and let the paint dry between steps. Blowdryers are great for hurrying the process along.
Use the Wets
One of the most fabulous things about watercolor is the amazing textures the paint produces all on it’s own. Don’t be afraid to get your paper wet and let it do it’s thing.
Salt is one of my favorite ways to create watercolor texture and it’s great for dragon scales. You’ve probably tried it before but if not watch the video for tips on how to use it.
I recently used these techniques to create the illustration for my short story Princess and Dragon. Look for the short story and mini ebook coming October 9, 2014.