I am a December 2013 graduate of Tusculum College with a Bachelors of Art; Studio Art Concentration. I am twenty-three years old, and only just beginning the journey of being an artist. I am looking forward to finding out where this journey will take me and who I will meet along the way. I hope you enjoy my work, while I'm at it! Thank you for taking a look at my page.
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Hi there! I really love your art, your watercolours are amazing. I was wondering if you had any tips for painting with them. Every time I paint with them, they always end up very pastel. Do you apply many layers or do you just have more concentrated pigments?

scloutier:

I use both.  I do use a lot of layers.  But if I’m trying to get an intense color, the water-paint mixture I load on my brush is goopy.

When layering, I’ve found that the biggest help is good paper - you want something that can stand up to the water and even some scrubbing without buckling.  Being certain of what colors you want where helps a lot too - I always do an undersketch before painting, and (try to) know where my darks and lights are.  That way you can put your colors on confidently, and not dab and mix until you’ve overworked your paper and muddied your paint.  

For thicker paint, mix your paints up with water, or squeeze them out new from the tube, before you try to load your brush, so that it’s easy to pick up a lot of pigment.  You can even put a wash of water on the paper and then squeeze watercolor pigment right out onto the paper!  

Know your pigments.  Some are more intense than others, some stain, some gallop, some crawl.  Student grade is good enough for me, but others can tell the difference from that and professional grade.  I use two palettes - my pure palette has very clear colors like winsor red, vermilion, nickel titanium yellow, cobalt and cerulean, and my dull palette has my indigo, raw sienna, burnt sienna, and sepia.  I keep some alizarine crimson, cadmium yellow, and antwerp blue on both palettes.   They’re good for different things, and I do mix between palettes some.  I used to use Payne’s Gray on my dull palette, but found I could mix it from sepia and indigo.  I replaced ochre and indian red with raw and burnt sienna some years ago because I liked their translucency a lot better.  My cobalt sometimes separates a little, and makes weird dot patterns among the water-fringes.  Other people I know have three favorite primary pigments and a couple of secondaries, or a palette of transparent versus more opaque, or cool and warm - find out what works for you.

Which brings me to my most important advice - experiment.  Get paper, and find out how thick and intense you can make your paint.  Find out what it does without trying to make a picture out of it.  Take notes.  The freedom of SCIENCE is worth hours of studio-time trying to perfect a piece without full knowledge of your materials.

Good luck!

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blackyote:

Misadventures of a Black ‘Yote has reached 500 followers!  Go, me!  And a big THANK YOU to everyone who’s liked or reblogged my birds, serpents, and other miscellaneous animal-life.  I love you all.  :)

To commemorate this milestone I thought it would be fun to do my first ever Tumblr Give Away!  It begins today and ends one month from now: October 11th, 2014.  The rules are simple:

1. You must reblog this post.  Likes are appreciated but don’t count as entering in the contest.

2. Make sure your Ask Box is open, because that’s how I’ll alert you that you’ve won.  If I don’t get a response within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.  (I WILL ship internationally.)

Altogether three winners will be chosen.  Each receives a Wm Spear Design falcon pin of their choice.  The peregrine, kestrel, and gyrfalcon are in memory of dear friends we have lost in the past year: Gypsy, Callie, and Elros.

First place gets their pick, second place gets their pick, and third place gets the remaining pin.  Luckily they’re all beautiful!  I myself own a couple of these.

Good luck, everyone, and happy tumblring!  :)

Just showing the most current steps on a WIP of mine :D

I’ve been wanting to practice lighting and color a lot lately.. I’m fairly happy with how this is turning out so far! But I would really appreciate any critiques or comments from my followers. I always have room to grow! :]

Besides, it was about time I did something for myself.. and Xeraki definitely needed to make another appearance in my art. The male of her species is still unnamed.. any suggestions? <:

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fallenzephyrart:

If 18 or 20 palettes wasn’t enough, I present to you: my 100 Palette Challenge! This is a collection of some of my favourite palettes from color-palettes and Adobe Kuler and I thought it would be really fun to have a huge variety of palettes to chose from
If you would like to participate in this challenge, I ask that you DO NOT repost this anywhere else, including deviantART; please REBLOG this instead! I have the challenge uploaded to deviantART as well, so please check it out there if you want to do it on deviantART!

Please :D 

fallenzephyrart:

If 18 or 20 palettes wasn’t enough, I present to you: my 100 Palette Challenge! This is a collection of some of my favourite palettes from color-palettes and Adobe Kuler and I thought it would be really fun to have a huge variety of palettes to chose from

If you would like to participate in this challenge, I ask that you DO NOT repost this anywhere else, including deviantART; please REBLOG this instead! I have the challenge uploaded to deviantART as well, so please check it out there if you want to do it on deviantART!

Please :D 

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grizandnorm:

Tuesday tips — Costume Design 101.

Costume design is a very important part of character design.  It tells you a whole lot about your character; ie. age, personality, what she/he likes, time period, strength, … etc.  It supposed to enhance a character’s personality.  

Here are my process in tackling costume design.

1.  Find a good reference.  Inspiration is key!

2.  Look for a good shillouette that is recognizable and different from other characters.

3.  Pick one shillouette and find smaller shape within.  Do tons of variation and have fun.

4.  Color variation.  Use variation the same color combination for all the design.  Keep it simple!

5.  Finish up and have fun.  It will also a good idea to think of texture and material.

-Griz

Dad caught this gorgeous corn snake for me last night while I was at work, as a surprise for when I got home this morning. So handsome! He was extremely healthy, too.. definitely over 5 feet long! Biggest wild corn snake I&#8217;ve ever seen. 
This is my favorite photo from the little shoot I did with him before releasing him.. I&#8217;ve got a few more that show his patterning better, which I&#8217;ll post later after I&#8217;ve slept haha. 
I can&#8217;t wait until I can get a corn of my own~~

Dad caught this gorgeous corn snake for me last night while I was at work, as a surprise for when I got home this morning. So handsome! He was extremely healthy, too.. definitely over 5 feet long! Biggest wild corn snake I’ve ever seen. 

This is my favorite photo from the little shoot I did with him before releasing him.. I’ve got a few more that show his patterning better, which I’ll post later after I’ve slept haha. 

I can’t wait until I can get a corn of my own~~