The following tips are just to give you a basic knowledge of how to do certain techniques. These two watercolors were painted in layers. I’ve found that doing water from light to dark, and less to more detail, works best for me. Letting each layer dry before you add the next one is key to getting hard edges and reflective surfaces. The swans were masked before hand and painted last. I used some body paint on the image with two swans to simplify the water patterns. You really have to be careful that you don’t start painting too much detail at the beginning. It’s always easier to add more later.
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