Step-by-step: Com­bine Painter’s Water­colour sets

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1 To start defin­ing shapes and planes, I work with the Erasers and Blen­ders ap­pro­pri­ate to each water­colour type on my lay­ers. I de­velop some form and light­ing on ev­ery­thing, as well as in­tro­duc­ing some darker ar­eas with washes on an­other layer (Real Water­colour). I can then work back into that layer with the Erasers and Salt to cre­ate waves and froth ef­fects.

2 I work with the Oil Pas­tel (pick what­ever Paint tool you pre­fer) to build up in­ter­est and form on the char­ac­ter’s base colour layer. I take the chance to bring green hues in. I also add an­other Dig­i­tal Water­colour layer to add depth to the shad­ows on the char­ac­ter. I build more form into the fore­ground waves, us­ing Salt and the Erasers to hint at froth and splash ef­fects.

3 By work­ing with body colour (Oil Pas­tel again) on a lower layer, set to the de­fault Blend mode, it’s pos­si­ble to build up more nu­ances and sub­tlety with the water­colour lay­ers above. This is the way I like to work and if you’re aim­ing for a more purely water­colour look, then it might not be for you. We all find our own pre­ferred way of work­ing, given time to try things out.

4 I carry on build­ing up tones and in­ter­est all over. This in­cludes in­tro­duc­ing an ef­fect called Flow Maps. These can ex­ag­ger­ate the Pa­per ef­fect if you se­lect Cre­ate from Cur­rent Pa­per (on the drop­down from the Flow Map panel). They work with the ap­pro­pri­ate Flow Map brushes in Real Water­colour. I tweak Layer strengths and fin­ish off with added high­lights.

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