I have to confess that I don’t have to courage to get out of my comfort zone when it comes to art! I always have a hard time with watercolor but with my best friend’s invitation, I decided to take a watercolor course, “Food with ideas” with Daily Draw Studio. This is my latest attempt to give it a go.
I had several attempts to improve it (and failed) over years of my life as an illustrator, although Watercolor is my weakest point. When I was little, my dad bought me a tin box of 80 watercolor pencils from Caran D’ache but I mostly used them as coloring pencils. My first real watercolor set is a 24 colors tube set from Sakura, which was required for my junior high school art class. My second set, I bought by myself, is also a tube set of 18 colors by Pentel. However, I fell in love with Too’s Copic markers and their vibrant colors. So, I stopped using watercolor for a long while.
As time goes by, I grew tired of the markers and decided to start again with Cotman 24 colors half pan set from Winsor & Newton, bought when I was living in the US. The set has been with me for about 5 years now. Even though it’s a student grade, I think it’s just right for a beginner like me. I also brought and used it in my watercolor course. After 3 classes, they actually made me like watercolor more and more! I can’t wait to practice and become better at it.
Recently, my dad also got me a set of “Gansai” or traditional Japanese watercolor with full pan 36 colors. I will give it a try soon.
- Flexible, mix to get the wanted colors
- Portable, paint anywhere with water brush pens
- Easy to find tutorial courses and books
- Cheaper then markers
- Take more time to dry, need to be patient
- Hard to get the right colors (at least for me)
- Water is always messy, easily rue the paper
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