Hello everybody! Have anybody ever wonder what will change after ten years of drawing/painting. How my skill changed during the years. Intriguing isn’t it ? Because we’re already into the new year. I almost forgot. Happy new year everyone. Welcome to the year 2020. This year marks the 10 year anniversary since I started watercolor painting. I’ll take one of my earlier painting that I made back in 2010 And draw it again today with all the techniques that I picked up during the years. After ten whole years. Let’s see how much the painting will change when I use the new techniques that I’ve learned. Let’s check it out. This is my first watercolor painting but It is not my first hand painting. First I started doing poster color paintings. Then the professor told us that we’ll be learning watercolor next semester. He gave us an assignment to buy specific colors according to the provided color codes. I’ll show you the color codes that I used during that period. In case anybody wants to go buy them. consider it a beginner set. After I got the paint, I wanted to practice before class. So I painted this picture. It’s a simple painting. I don’t have the physical work anymore. But I remember it being this large. The painting paper that I used if I’m not mistaken It’s either black cover Canson that have a balloon on it. or Fabriano 80 grams Four common beginner mistakes that I made during this work are 1. I didn’t know how to properly control water. you can see these blotchy spots around the edges. These spots occur because I don’t know how to mix water consistently during the paint. I ran out of paint before I could complete the painting. So I got more paint, mix in more water. but I misjudged the mixture that’s why these spots appeared 2. I got the wrong paper for the job resulting in an uneven surface. You couldn’t see it now. because I’ve already scanned and adjusted it in Photoshop. I remember the paper being so uneven because I used too much water and the paper that I use is too thin. See these edge lines that look like linings? This is the result of using way too much water. more than what the paper can handle. When I let it dry for too long. The colors migrated to the edges and when they dry, they form a wall around the edges. This is why. 3. My spacing is poor. Back then I didn’t know about masking fluid. I didn’t know how to properly keep my spacing clean. so I use my hands and hoped for the best. The result is the white eye almost disappeared. White eyes are very difficult to do. 4. Incorrect/rushed layering. Because watercolor is a clear paint. If you want the paint to be more intense. you’d have to wait for the first layer of paint to completely dry. before mixing a more intense mix then paint it over the old layer. In this image you can that I painted the second layer over the first one before it completely dries sometimes the second layer is even less intense than the first. They ended up looking like two unrelated colors being placed next to each other for no reason. There are so many errors so… So let’s draw it again! This time we’re going to use.. Arches 300grams Watercolour paper Same thickness, different quality. If someone asks me what equipment should they spend the most money on. I’ll tell them to invest in good paper. I feel like brush, colour type, colour brand, doesn’t matter as much as good paper. Good paper is the most important thing. This time I have a piece of equipment that I learned to use and it is masking rubber. I’ll apply masking rubber where I want white spacings to be. Normally I will use bottled masking fluid and apply it with a brush. But I bought this masking rubber when I was in Japan. and I thought that its pen form will be more convenient to use. But after using it for some time. I found out that I’m better off using regular masking fluid. Because after a while, the tip of the pen tend to dry up. Overall I don’t really recommend it. Sorry if I look excited turns out I don’t like it. As the years pass buy my understanding of mixing skin tones increased. Back then when I started painting. I made skin tones by mixing yellow and red together. I’ll mix less water if I want it to be less intense. I’ll put in more red if I want it to be more intense. and that ended up making the paint too watery. In this time I learn that to make skin tones more intense. I don’t have to only use orange, red, and yellow. I can add more colors such as purple, etc.. I’ve already explained all of this in a video about how to mix skin tones. I will put a link to that video for you guys. I find that I like artificial brushes more than natural brushes. natural brush holds water better but costs more. They do many things better. But because I’ve practiced with artificial brushes and the fact that I have heavy hands. Natual brush ended up being too soft for my liking. For example, look when I draw the eyes. I’ll press quite heavily and use the artificial brush’s natural springiness to create swiping effects on the eyelashes. and to create patterns in the eyes. I feel like natural brushes are more suited to landscape paintings, impressionists paintings anything that prefers a softer touch. but in reality, It’s all down to the brush that you’re most comfortable with. In the older image. I think that I was trying to draw air bubbles but I didn’t understand how to do it back then. I now understand that clear and reflective objects such as glass, air bubbles, metal etc.. are drawn by placing the most intense next to the least intense color. then leave a lot of white space. Next, I am going to apply aluminum foil. to apply aluminium foil, use TOA glue or any clear glue. Apply the glue first then use the brush to carefully place the pieces. At this stage, the painting can be considered done. but.. what I did during the past ten years is.. If the painting’s already good. Try making it 10% better. It doesn’t have to be perfect. This time it took 3 hours to draw. I told myself that I will spend another hour on this work. what should I add in one hour to improve this painting. Looks like it’s still missing high-intensity elements. So I start painting intense colours in the background. after I did that. I noticed that there aren’t enough blue in the hair. they don’t really blend together. So I added blue lining as time goes by. I even use coloured pencils to add to the painting. after the hour is up. clearly, that one hour really makes a difference. another important thing that I found after 10 years of drawing is just focus on the spots that human eyes will choose to see. The first place a person looks in a painting is the eyes. like when you look into another person’s eye when you’re having a conversation with them. This is why I will focus on the eyes, the iris. the mouth is another place where people like to look at. I like to think that it’s because eyes and lips have a kind of juiciness. They’re hydrated. They have a lot of contrast. next is the hair. I drew a lot of hair in the first painting. so I decide to draw a lot of hair in this painting as well. I like to draw each hair individually. But if I draw them all individually. It will make the painting claustrophobic I will only paint these frontal pieces of hair that are near the eyes. where people tend to notice That’s where I’ll focus. Ten years of painting and learning understanding water, paint, paper. Have taught me when to use what technique and where. I took almost 4 hours to draw the old painting after multiple corrections, I ended up with a tiny picture. It took almost the same time for this picture. 3-4 hours to paint. but the details and quality are far better than before. because I now know where to focus what techniques to use to help me do more in less time. Let’s get into the next part of the video. sit down kids it’s storytime. since I’ve been through 2 decades of life. I know its not a really long time and that they’re much older people watching this video. sorry if I sound like a “premature” I remember near the 2000s There’s this big event call Y2K and everybody think it’s going to be the end of the world. And people made the countdown of 1999 to 2000 into this huge world ending event. I remember there’s a massive party at the world trade centre. I was at home playing cards that day. I was stacking cards into castles then midnight comes and the world didn’t end. (slightly disappointed) so that was the year 2000. when I was a kid I often hear adults say “It’s great being a kid” or “enjoy your life, being an adult is no fun at all” I’d like to tell them that Being an adult is extremely fun. There are so many things that I can do as an adult. Things that I can’t do as a kid. There’s always something to do in life passions to pursue. and there just so many things in my life to enjoy. anyway… back then, I thought that the earth will turn into a giant spaceship by 2020 (slightly disappointed 4.0) I’ll see you again in the next video Bye Bye!