Three free mermaid templates

Every once in awhile, you design something but you don't really like the end result. This happens to me all the time. I drew up these three mermaids but the actual paintings were less than satisfactory. So, I'm giving away the templates as templates. They're PDF files, so all you…

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Budgeting watercolor – Most important expenditures in watercolor

There's always that guy. He's got thousands of bucks laying around and expects everyone else to have money for expensive equipment. Then of course, he plays holier than thou when some of your equipment is less than gold plated. Well, I'm not that guy. I realize people have budgets. (I'm…

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You need a watercolor journal

You should have at least one watercolor journal. I’m not going to get into which watercolor journal is better. To me, it’s an exercise in absurdity. I’ve rarely seen anyone sell their journals. Rather, most of us use them either for traveling or experimentation. Travelers may want something like a…

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How does an artist create his or her own distinctive art style?

How does an artist achieve his or her own distinctive art style? I actually think this is an excellent question. I've seen way too many artists who look just like everyone else. Just like when I was in bands. You'll hear one band that's original. Then you'll hear a dozen…

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How to ink watercolor

So you want to know how to ink watercolor? It's actually a very simple three step process. First you draw it in pencil. Then you ink it. Then you erase the pencil after the ink dries. That's all there is to it. But, let's not end this article just yet.…

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Just keep producing art

I just wrote about the mindset of an artist, which is the difference between the artist who "makes it" versus the artist who doesn't. This is sort of part II of that. Some people think there's something special about producing art. Or the artist is born with some supernatural talent.…

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Mindset of an artist

Back when I was in my previous band, we had a bass player try out. Super nice guy. We'll call him Jim. Anyways, Jim had the absolute best equipment on the planet. So good in fact that if the Rolling Stones' trailer that carried their bass equipment got lost or…

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Two alternatives to stretching watercolor paper

If you're coming here to learn about stretching watercolor paper, I'm the wrong person to ask. I'm way too lazy to do that. "But you work 10 hour days, Roman." Yeah, that still doesn't mean not I'm lazy. And, I wouldn't call art working. It's something I love doing. Remember…

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What is a succubus?

“But everyone knows what a succubus is, Roman.” No, not everyone knows everything about fantasy. You may be a kid who’s just getting into fantasy RPGs for the first time in your life. Or, you may be an adult who has just gotten the itch for fantasy literature. For all…

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Some tips on beginning watercolor

Do you cook? If so, how did you learn to cook? If you cook, you’re most likely one of three people. The first person took cooking classes until he felt confident enough to venture out on his own. The second person watched someone else. This person she watched could be…

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