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The worlds least informative step by step! Was pretty curious to see what the stages looked like together. This is the main method of colouring I used through the last year of college, not really sure about it. Miss the old graphite details and it'd be nice to be more...painterly I guess! You can tell I was struggling with that background haha, shoulda left it at the first wash I think, so hard to reverse decisions. But I always feel like I'm stopping short, so I go too far and end up like nooooo. But then I look at stuff again later and realise I didn't go far enough! Argh :'D
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Temeraire Featured By Owner Edited Mar 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You use sketchbook paper?! Anytime I try doing more than 1 layer the paper ends up warped... how do you manage it?
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Ricefish Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2016
Yep! I like how it has a little more grain than hot press watercolour paper without being super toothy, and I just have so much of it I need to use up. The paper will warp for sure though if you're not super careful...I have to keep my washes small and not load up my brush very much, and immediately after applying (giving myself 4 or 5 seconds to get the paint on the paper, haha) I hold the paper flat with my hand. If I used a lot of water it would just stick to me and the colour would lift off :'D I hold it down for a minute and the warmth and pressure of my hand flattens out the warp before it can form properly. It's a habit I've gotten into that's really pretty daft, I'd definitely recommend people find an actual watercolour paper they like so they don't have to do that :'D
That's one reason my backgrounds almost never consist of a big area of one colour (it's impossible!), and probably how I got to be so details oriented, haha. Cheap paper!
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Temeraire Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, neat! Yeah, it doesn't look like cheap paper... but those are some good tips!
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CatInYourCloset Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my gosh... This is absolutely beautiful, and I appreciate you taking the time to put the process down step-by-step! I love seeing artists' progress shots. :D

I did not know to effectively make more saturated colors with water colors, you had to layer on the paint! This is very informative (not to mention BEAUTIFUL WORK.)
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Ricefish Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016
Thank you!
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nekophoenix Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
Oh wow, this helps a lot :D! To see the build up of colour and to see your process in general is fascinating
You achieve such incredibly rich colours with a notoriously washy medium!
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Andy-Mantis Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015  Professional Filmographer
awsome! love seeing how others use mix media! Thanks for sharing your process!
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Ricefish Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016
Thank you for the kind comments!
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AshleyKerins Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
This is super cute. Lines, colours, design- PONCHO. Every time I see things like this I think I really ought to get back to pencils and paper. aah
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Ricefish Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016
Thank you! Your traditional stuff is awesome, but so is your digital stuff, so whatever you enjoy most is best!
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Spigos Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Student
Ok I can't even express how much I am in love with your art style ;_; It is beyond perfect to me, I see no flaws, it's just how amazing sadjfhdjkfghadjkøfg
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Ricefish Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016
Ahhh, thank you! :'D
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Spigos Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Student
You're most welcome! :la: Have a FANTAsTIC DAY! :D
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LucidKitsune Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015   Traditional Artist
I struggle with BG's all the time too :'D  It's like... just leave the damn thing alone already! xD 
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Melanoleuca Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just love your works, you are one of my favorite artist here on dA and elsewhere!! <3 
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Ricefish Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015
Ahhh, thank you! :')
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neocoolstar Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a gorgeous process. Makes me want to pick up watercolor and play with it.
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Ricefish Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015
Thanks! I hope you do!
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hasuyawn Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aaa every time i look at your process pictures (this...and one you uploaded years ago) i'm always completely floored and how you build it all up *-*
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Blacku-draws Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it makes me want to try watercolours again! 
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Ricefish Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015
That would be awesooome!
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TrollGirl Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I love looking at processes. Thanks ^_^
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Ricefish Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
No problem! :')
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Sethaa Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015
amazing!
i love your colorstyle.
how the colors get brighter and brighter with every step and the details come in! <3
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Ricefish Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
Thank you! :')
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lady-cybercat Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
What pencils and papers are you using now? was it sketch book or bristol and the derwent studio / colorsoft?
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Ricefish Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015
This was sketchbook paper (200gsm cartridge), but I still use bristol and occasionally hot pressed watercolour paper. The pencils I use are faber-castell art grips and one medium flesh polychromos, even though I really don't like the consistency of the latter. It's just a real handy colour! The art grips are fairly hard, sharpen to a fine point but aren't waxy, so I love those. I use a pentel 0.3mm pencil with HB lead for the guide sketches.
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lady-cybercat Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
btw is a 'cartridge' just another name for 'drawing paper'? I've never heard this term used like that before. Thanks!!
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Ricefish Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015
Yep, pretty much! Just your basic sketchbook paper.

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lady-cybercat Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
awesome thanks!
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Wow.  :)

Thanks for sharing!  Always enjoy seeing process. ;)
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Ricefish Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015
Thanks, you're welcome! :')
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Romie8 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So beautifulHeart 
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Ricefish Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015
Thanks!
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CunningFox Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love seeing how you make your beautiful work! Do you have some really good watercolor paper that can take the weight of multiple layers? out of curiosity how big is this painting in inches?
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Ricefish Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2015
Thanks! This is 200gsm sketchbook paper (fairly heavy), but a lot of regular sketchbook papers can take multiple layers on a small scale, since you don't need to use much water. this is just under 5 inches across and 3 inches high. I'd recommend hot pressed watercolour paper for something you don't have to worry too much about damaging, though!
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SilverSkittle Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Love seeing the break-down for this, it's lovely to see the sketch and how it transforms with each step 8)  Such an adorable character! It turned out really gorgeous, and the colors look beautiful as always.
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Ricefish Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015
Thank you!
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Cuteiemonster Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful :D
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Ricefish Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015
Thanks!
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Cuteiemonster Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome ^ ^
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agataylor Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Ahh come on, it's pretty informative! It was very interesting to see how you work, and I love the way you mix the color pencil lines, seems so intuitive...I mean, you have pink right beside blue in some parts, I wouldn't know how to manage that. And I love the background, it composes beautifully with the character's colors. Now, how to know when to stop a painting is always a struggle...haha
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Ricefish Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015
Thank you! Yeesss it's so hard, especially when you get used to spending a certain amount of time on a painting. I think I can't possibly be finished if it didn't take so long it started to get tedious :')
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agataylor Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Hah, that's a good way of telling when to stop ;p
I don't keep track of the time I've spent on a painting (although I always want to, but I forget to track it sometimes and in the end I don't know how much time I took xD), but I've stopped painting some works when I got to that tedious point, or alternatively, the "oh gosh I can't even stand looking to this painting anymore!" point, hehe.
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DinoBit Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015
Thanks much for sharing the process!
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Ricefish Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015
No problem!
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