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WELLENREITER by CyprinusFox WELLENREITER by CyprinusFox
I'm working on so many things at the same time that even for me it's a surprise which will be finished next XD. After ACEO-commissions I was craving to do some personal work on a bigger size again. This sketch seemed to be promising so I thought I'd give it a try. (There are still so many sketches with parts I don't like and which need to be reworked so I can't color them....sniff)

I sketched it one morning, after I saw works by Utagawa Kuniyoshi the evening before. Kuniyoshi was, among Hiroshige and Kunisada, one of the masters of Japanese multi-colored woodblock printing. I can't help but feel very inspired when I look at his works, they are full of life and detail, a perfect capture of the moment, with beautiful and precise lines. A true master!

For a long time already now I'm working with watercolor. I feel like I begin to understand their true nature. Bit by bit, with every picture I paint and with every brush stroke they reveal more of themselves just to surprise me again within the next second. While painting this picture I came to the decision that watercolor is the medium I truly want to master. People say though, that watercolors are hard to control and really unpredictable, and I'd sign that without a second thought. However, maybe I should put it differently and not say I'd like to master them, no, I'd like to know them inside out and make them my good friends, so that we'll get along well and I'll be able to use them to their full potential. And I'm not angry if they surprise me from time to time with things I didn't plan, because this is the mystery and spontaneity of watercolor that I love so much.



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Pencil, watercolor, structure gel and white ecoline on 300 g/m2 watercolor paper

Size about 24x30 cm

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Given 2013-03-03
The suggester said: "WELLENREITER by *CyprinusFox's fluidness and concept are reminiscent of classical japanese art" Beautiful piece filled with dynamism and emotion! ( Suggested by SavageFrog and Featured by rydi1689 )
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AKS9 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
super awesome
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:iconcyprinusfox:
CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks so much, glad you like it!!!
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Skyfurrow Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I love the texture in the background, how did you do that? Gorgeous illustration. :love:
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CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, I'm glad you like it! Most of the texture comes from just playing around with the watercolours, or do you mean the texture in the upper corners? For those I used a tad of structure gel for watercolours. I have some photos of the process of how to do it here in these photos, it's a different artwork though: cyprinusfox.deviantart.com/art… I hope this helps and answers your question (: If not, don't hesitate to ask again!
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Skyfurrow Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Yes that is what I was wondering about, thank you very much! I've never seen structure gel used in watercolor, you do it beautifully! :D
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CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014   Traditional Artist
You're welcome! I'm glad you think it's beautiful!
Actually I was inspired to try it out because one of my fav artists always used structure gel in her works, but for acrylics I believe. I'm glad I found one to use with watercolours (:
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:iconbloodcurdlingraccoon:
These light blue and green tones fall into place perfectly!
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:iconcyprinusfox:
CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you think so (:
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Selmarkai Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh wow ! lovely !
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:iconcyprinusfox:
CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you (:
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saeedamahmood Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist
awesomeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
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:iconcyprinusfox:
CyprinusFox Featured By Owner May 28, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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saeedamahmood Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist
NP :D
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StefaniaRusso Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah... Congrats for this DD, dearest!! :heart: :love:
It's totally deserve, and so happy you received more attention! :huggle:
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CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much dear :hug:
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DreamsphereINC Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student General Artist
Absolutly beautiful~! I love the the detail in the fishes face, just amazing, and so smooth! Nice, just....nice!
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:iconcyprinusfox:
CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I'm glad you like it!
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Mosspetal Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!! Very beautiful piece! Makes me want to master water colors as well ^^
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CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you like it (:
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Mosspetal Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :)
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Indigo-Serenade Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so perfect! A very dynamic piece with wonderful colouring to boot!
Grats on the DD; it's completely well-deserved! :squee: :heart:
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CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I'm glad you like it :heart:
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hibrido6 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
hahah wooow this is awesome the colors the movement and the idea amazing!!
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:iconcyprinusfox:
CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I'm glad you like it!
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ManishaChan Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow nice :iconblush--plz:
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:iconcyprinusfox:
CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much (:
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Phantanatura Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student General Artist
wunderschön! Gefällt mir sehr gut! :-D
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:iconcyprinusfox:
CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
Vielen Dank, freut mich sehr (:
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xxx-musicz-xxx Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
GAKUPO! GET ON YOUR EGGPLANT!! :3
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Zombiesmile Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Professional
わあ~い!おめでとう!~ ´u`
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CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
ありがとう! m(;∇;)m うれしすぎるっ!
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KorNaXon Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
This color scheme is epic win. Such great harmony, I love it.
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:iconcyprinusfox:
CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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Jeiiko Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student General Artist
GAKUPO~~~ *isshot*
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Kagamine-Len-0202 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WAAAHHH! AWESOME!!! It looks like Gakupo~ = w =
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NatsumeRukaLove Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i know!! i thought the same xD
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Kagamine-Len-0202 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tehe and your icon~ I had to point out the Gakupo resemblance in the picture. ^^
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NatsumeRukaLove Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
my icon IS Gakupo ^w^
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Kagamine-Len-0202 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeppie~~~ ^//w//^
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD!

Amazing details and colors~
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:iconcyprinusfox:
CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much (:
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gerrygibson Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
A knight riding an armoured fish? This is interesting!
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CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
Yes XD Glad you think it's interesting!
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Eye-X-catcher Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
:<> Glückwunsch zum DD!
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CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
Dankeschön (:
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Yuennifueru Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Das hat mich sofort an "Die Große Woge" von Hokusai erinnert. Ich kann den anderen hier nur zustimmen, ein wunderschönes Bild!
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CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
Oh, das ist schön, dass es dich an so einen Klassiker erinnert x) Vielen Dank, ich freu mich sehr, wenn es gefällt!
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dynamicability Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Beautiful!!! :love:
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CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you (:
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Moodlight14 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Amazing work my friend, nicely done! :)
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