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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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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 )
AKS9 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
super awesome
CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks so much, glad you like it!!!
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:
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:… I hope this helps and answers your question (: If not, don't hesitate to ask again!
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
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 (:
These light blue and green tones fall into place perfectly!
CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you think so (:
Selmarkai Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh wow ! lovely !
CyprinusFox Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you (:
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