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Anime watercolor tutorial by MeredithDillman Anime watercolor tutorial by MeredithDillman
Tutorial based on [link]

Manga style watercolor is a simpler way to start because you can usually do your base color and shadows with the same color (just vary the amount of water).

This was done on smooth/hot press 140 lbs watercolor paper over a drawing in waterproof ink. I use M Graham tube watercolors.

The important thing to remember is that with each step/layer I let the paint dry before adding more. Once you get the hang of that you can add in blending with water.

When I do the highlights with white watercolor it's usually pretty thick, with hardly any water added.

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onlyoneformeCLAMP Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
CLAMP style?? so beautiful <3, it really helpful. thank you!!
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MeredithDillman Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, CLAMP actually uses copics, but you can get the same look with watercolor if you're careful.
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xxRhianna Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Thanks a bunch for this! Really helpful for beginners (:
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MeredithDillman Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome :)
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kashikosplay Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
OH MY GOODNESS, THIS WAS SUPER HELPFUL. 
THANK YOU, YOU ARE A GODSEND. 
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MeredithDillman Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
sure :)
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yoleeisbored Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
this is really helpful
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Karontye Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you 4 this tutorial
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:iconmeredithdillman:
MeredithDillman Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
sure :)
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WatchaMaDoodle Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Student General Artist
awesome~! :la: thank you for this!
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RivyMayre Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
Thank you soo much for these tips, I will remember these. :D
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DoNotTrustThisAngel Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This was very very helpful! Thank you ever so much!
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norlukani Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I know this tutorial is old and everything but I just have to ask something: Which sized paper do you use? A4 or A3?

Great tutorial ~
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MeredithDillman Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
It was probably 8x10 inches. I never can remember which A4 and A3 are.
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norlukani Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Okay thank you :) I think that's A4. A3 is bigger than A4 :D:D
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YuriRave Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Student Digital Artist
this is a great tutorial. i have only used watercolor twice and i decided i was going to do an advanced drawing class project in watercolor *sigh*... but this gave me some great tips. thank you. ^_^
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moon1sprite Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010
andy make sure you have the right papper other wise is comes out wirklely I do not like it when this happens -_- I love this yesh...!
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MeredithDillman Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah you need paper made for watercolor and even that wrinkles when it's heavy. I tape the edges down to drawing board or something first.
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ncpenguinlover Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Student Filmographer
This should be helpful!
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Cepom Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Yay~ I love it. I was just trying to learn watercolouring (my friend recommend this to me) and found this tutorial while browsing.
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nicholastse Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
thats really wonderful and great! thank u so much
if u pardon me, may i ask what colors should be use for skin?
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MeredithDillman Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I think burnt sienna and rose dore or quinacridone red for a little pink tone.
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nicholastse Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010
thank you soooooooooo much for guide!!! im greatful for answering my question :rose:
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Amberrant Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really helpful
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Jinxaire Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009
Great tutorial. This leaves me no excuse to break out my never-opened watercolor tube set... haha.
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dyasmita Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2009
thx for putting this nice tutorial. i feature it in my blog [link]
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dancexme45 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
just what i was looking for ^_^ thanks!
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Tohru-of-Marshmello Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
I love watercolor =3 There are some good tips there, thanks ^^ :+fav:
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wackywildfire Featured By Owner May 21, 2009  Student General Artist
Wickedly helpful, thanks very much!
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AhitaheTsuzuke Featured By Owner May 16, 2009
thanks for the tutor! :D
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sailortitan Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is my favorite watercolor tutorial so far; it breaks it down very nicely. The eye and hair break-down is especially awesome.
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tHe-FOrger Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009   Traditional Artist
uhmm do you know any shadow tutorials? im bad at shadows and highlights.. especially with the hair and dress..
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MeredithDillman Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
No, but if you search tutorials on DA I bet you can find some. Usually if you go by most popular they are more helpful (but not always)
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tHe-FOrger Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009   Traditional Artist
:giggle: thanks.. yours have been very helpful.. ur one of the greatest artists here on DA..
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DeaDraco Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2008
ooh god ... this things will take me forever!!!! @_@ !!! ..anyway very simple tutorial, yet very useful
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ishirinNOhana25 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you!!
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Timishayd Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!!
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elvi-92 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008  Hobbyist
i love this tutorial ^^
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juno-the-hedgehog Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2007
this tutorial is great, It's gonna help me so much with the watercolor picture I'm doing, thank you so much! =D
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kurenai-sempai Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007
this is really helpful... and I also read some of the comments and now I have even more info... *runs out to get sakura micron pens and 0 and 1 size brushes*
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MeredithDillman Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, those should work. Just make sure you test it on a scrap if you're going to watercolor over it. I use a dip pen and waterproof ink in a bottle.
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kurenai-sempai Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007
thanks for the advice!
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nakolinnychan Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2007
good job ;D
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mithrandirff7 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2007
Beautiful! This will help me a lot. ^^ Many thanks!
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SvenHart Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007
I wub you and your tutorial! I fav it!
Also, what size brushes you use? I'm having a hard time coloring the eyes with mine (size 2, Reeve Bristle hair brush). >_<;
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:iconmeredithdillman:
MeredithDillman Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Depends what size your drawing is. I have lots of tiny 1 and 0 size I use larger like 2-4 if the area I'm coloring is big enough.
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SvenHart Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007
thank you. ^^ I was in need of some brush help. XD
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shrike85 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2007
Useful tutorial!
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BurningAllTheLies Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2007
ahh very nice tutorial. very much appreciated.
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Rasibali Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007
Amazing, definitely helpful.
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