Hey I'm glad you find them useful And yes, painting background to foreground is really helpful if you're worried about making mistakes or if you really like building up subtle layers (which I love love love ^ ^)
you should work all of your paintings this way, not just watercolors. for one, it's easier to avoid mistakes (such as getting too dark too soon) which could be irreversible. when you use watercolor your brightest highlights should be from the white of the paper. in this particular painting, the figure is lighter than the background (lighter things come foward, darker, duller things recede) so working the background first was a way for me to preserve the white of the paper in the areas that i wanted to be light.
Yep, I'm definitely set on painting with watercolours again. I've always been a little lazy in the past about building up layers. I'll really try to take my time with things this time. I had some issue with warped paper in the past too. Would it be better to adhere the paper so some sort of surface?
i didn't go into this in the tutorial, but a way to keep paper from warping is to soak it in the bathtub for about 10 minutes, then lay it out on a flat hard surface, tape it down on all corners, then let it dry (all single layer) this "stretches" the fibers of the paper to absorb more without buckling so much.
an easier, less time consuming (and less messy lol) method is just once the painting is done, laying it on a level hard surface and piling an equal amount of books on it. that'll straighten it out completely.
yes, it will help with you getting a handle on the control of the watercolors, but also help you from getting too dark too soon (which is also a problem when you're first starting off ^ ^) you're welcome!
Yup I understand, and I did talk about that lol. And since this follows the previous tutorial in which i recommend sketchpad/block sized paper (140 cold press) stretching is a little more than wasted time, i would know lol XD
Sigh, obviously if I am commenting it is because I feel your tutorial is insufficient. I am very critical of tutorials targeted at beginners because you are a in a position to take advantage of someone who isn't knowledgeable regardless of whether that is your intent or not. You did not talk to beginners as though they were true beginners but as though they had some knowledge of the subject, in that case they are not beginners. Either way I also did not feel you explained certain portions of your tutorial very well, which I was trying to point out.
Whether or not you are finding this helpful isn't really my issue because other people are. And also by the way, how am I going to 'take advantage' of someone in a tutorial of all things?? The information in this tutorial is the very same I received from my painting professor when I took her water media class.
Which areas do you not feel are explained well enough? Because it seems like you're picking on me about a method that is not particularly useful until you get used to working wet into wet and putting down your washes. So? What else do you find insufficient?