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Some odd and ends, pencil studies and illustration class hw from the last year!

 The prompts for the illustrations were “The difference between ‘pricey’ and ‘priceless,’” and “Balancing two different ideas with ease.” Also, a mascot redesign (Mr. Owl), Facebook stickers for the theme “alien”, and a little guy who was a handmade book in real life, but a gif here. 

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1 & 3 - Thank you very much! But I’m still pretty new to watercolors, so I don’t have too many general tips or advice to give.  Since I did take a class in it, I don’t have any book recommendations or much advice on self-teaching it. I’d recommend finding a book that talked about general basic techniques, and then doing several photo studies, portrait studies, maybe some plein airs. We did about 2 studies a week in my class, one for homework and one during class time. I’ve posted almost all the assignments I did in my watercolor class, if you need examples.

My process on the last pieces I posted was to thumbnail a few compositions until I found one that I was happy with, then do a few small color and value studies on scrap paper, then draw out the lines for the composition in a light blue pencil. Then finally I start the final painting, making sure to try to do each area as much in one go as possible, to keep the vibrancy of the colors. And then a little digital editing if I lost some of the smaller details and whatnot. 

I’d also recommend getting good materials, even if you’re just starting out! Good brushes and paper make a big difference, for me at least. For my class, we had to buy a watercolor block for our final paintings, and two varying sizes of paper for our studies.

(Photo of my watercolor materials, & more answers below cut!)

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2 & 5 - Please look at this post of all the tutorials I recommend! I got a lot of my art fundamentals from those when I was starting out.

4 - Sure, go ahead! (:

6 - Sorry for the slow reply to this one - if you need a quicker response, please send me asks off-anon. Thank you. And, well, I have very mixed opinions about the program! It averages out to, I think it’s pretty good. (Otherwise I wouldn’t be here!) I’m very critical of how my education is going, and I disagree or personally don’t do super well with a lot of things that MICA’s illustration department does. But unexpectedly it’s made me think about a lot of important things, mostly broadening my ideas of what I want to do with my art, that I’m not sure if I would’ve considered if I’d stuck entirely to self-teaching/online communities for my education. I haven’t been to any other college art program so it’s difficult to compare, but for me one of MICA’s best aspects has been the supportive community, and from what I hear it’s a bit better than that at RISD or Pratt. If anyone has specific questions, (for someone who’s only been attending MICA for 2 years, by the way) I’d be happy to answer them!