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Or rather give me some colour inspiration. Any illustrators you can think of whose colour combinations are simply fabulous? I've been looking at pinterest for colour inspiration, which is great, but I'd love some in the form of illustrations too.


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#1 - February 11, 2014, 06:50 PM


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WAIT one more.

http://kaicarpenter.deviantart.com

A lot of those artists I linked work digitally, btw. Kai Carpenter works primarily in gouache.
#3 - February 11, 2014, 07:28 PM

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Wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing. Off to check them out now...
#4 - February 11, 2014, 07:35 PM

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#5 - February 11, 2014, 07:37 PM
Fur Balls & Feathers & Fins, Oh My! Animals Are My Kind of People
 www.cynthiakremsner.com

Check out the picture books you love, too.
 I know what color combos I would get if I were to mimic an Eric Carle palette, for example, but some aren't so obvious.


 I recently scanned in several pages from Martin and Alice Provensen's 'vintage' work and sampled a palette using Painter (or Photoshop) and was tickled with the harmony of subdued colors with brights that I wouldn't have put together.
#6 - February 12, 2014, 06:13 AM
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Thanks all! Some lovely examples.


I'm a paper/watercolour person and I love it, but for colour I sometimes wish I wasn't! Oh for the joy of clicking to select a colour I like instead of feeling like some ancient alchemist type person, bent double over my watercolour pans, squeezing a bit of this and adding a dab of that, scratching my head, squinting and then maybe achieving that perfect colour. But I guess that's part of the 'magic' of watercolour!
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Good cotton cold press paper and layering, and layering, and then again, layering.  :eek5  Yeah, getting those rich colors produced by pure digital or acrylic or oils isn't something that watercolors are happy doing in one fell swoop. But, they love surprising you with the way the flow into one another and make their own artistic decisions sometimes. I've been trying Gouache lately. Sometimes mixing it with the watercolors as it behaves somewhere between watercolor and acrylic. So far, I'm really liking them but haven't transitioned over to them entirely.
#8 - February 12, 2014, 10:01 AM
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Good cotton cold press paper and layering, and layering, and then again, layering.  :eek5  Yeah, getting those rich colors produced by pure digital or acrylic or oils isn't something that watercolors are happy doing in one fell swoop. But, they love surprising you with the way the flow into one another and make their own artistic decisions sometimes. I've been trying Gouache lately. Sometimes mixing it with the watercolors as it behaves somewhere between watercolor and acrylic. So far, I'm really liking them but haven't transitioned over to them entirely.


Yes, I so agree. The magical mixing on paper is why I love it and hate it a bit too. But I think I'll hate it less and love it more as those happy accidents start to become happy on-purpose events instead. I've been playing with ox gall and gum arabic which do some strange and wonderful things too.
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Siski, I am in love with the way Courtney Pippin-Mathur does her watercolors. She's a BBer and a fb friend, and I just love when she posts her wips. She uses lots of layering and saturated intense color, and I love her line work.

http://www.pippinmathur.com/
#10 - February 12, 2014, 03:19 PM
THIS LITTLE PIGGY (AN OWNER'S MANUAL), Aladdin PIX June 2017 :pigsnort
KUNG POW CHICKEN 1-4, Scholastic 2014 :chicken

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I agree. Her character Maya has some of the best hair colour I've ever seen!
#11 - February 12, 2014, 05:14 PM

A few of my favorite artists with great color palettes: Will Terry http://willterry.com/, Caleb Brown http://www.calefbrown.com/ and Steve Simpson http://stevesimpson.com/
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