One of these days, I am going to study how people manage to paint very realistic drawings of fruit and vegetables using watercolor, where the shading is sublime, close to life-like. For some reason my attempts end up with too hard shadowy edges, lack the vibranche or the lighting is totally off.
It’s not that I am not content with the result of this Prickly Pear, I would like it to “pop”, and stand out of the drawing.
One thing that I know doesn’t help is a sense of feeling rushed, both because I only have about 45 minutes to an hour for this, and another aspect is that I don’t truly understand the watercolor dynamics, afraid it will dry out too soon while working on certain areas.
It also might have to do with the Sakura Brush which is designed to slowly add water to the mix as you go (the reservoir is in the brush). A regular brush just runs out. It gives an uneven look to the drawing, like I have been bashing it with a crayon like a 3 years old.
I am also not confident with the water on water technique. It always dillutes the paint making it look faded. That is not bad if the end result needs to have an emphasis of color. As soon as I apply the color directly from the paint (without mixing), hard edges appear.
It happened to my “drooling” submission as well. To be investigated.