This is my very first go at painting a miniature painting and using the rendering techniques I just learnt in Vaishali's class.
It would be great to ask some questions I have and get some feedback on techniques too, so I can make amendments where necessary and improve!
1) For my first go at rendering, I started with some clouds (first picture above) using the dry brush technique. I am happy that a gradient is starting to appear, however I am concerned that the strokes might look a bit "hairy" (this is best word I can think of to describe it!). I am wondering if I just haven't done quite enough brushstrokes to get a smooth effect, or if the brush itself may be the issue ? I am using a 000 synthetic watercolour brush from Rosemary and Co.
2) For my colour fill on my copy of Seemorgh and Zaal, I am wondering if I have gone too dark/opaque for the midtones? I am also questioning how I get those beautiful transitions between colours within a rock? e.g. a transition from malachite to deep violet? With the colour fill method I felt I needed to block off colours rather than transition them wet-in-wet as I would with traditional watercolour painting, but then I am not sure how the rendering will be dark enough to create a transition over the top? 🤔
3) When rendering over the white clouds, I found the dry brushing technique to be working quite well, but rendering over the coloured rocks was a lot harder as the colour fill seemed to re-activate a lot quicker and I was getting a lot of holes. I found that I was having to dab on the colour rather than stroke it on, otherwise the colour fill was coming off. Also my rendering seems to be a lot more "streaky" on the rocks. I didn't burnish the clouds before rendering them, but I did burnish the colour fill so it was super smooth, I wonder if this makes a difference? I am doing a lot of wondering!!! I would love any advice/feedback. Again I am using a 000 brush for this. I love the beauty of the rocks and would like to keep going with this, even if it means completing several versions before getting it right!