Hello people, I'm proposing you a Step-by-step of watercolor illustration.
It is a basic technic, everything in watercolor is basic and simple, the difficulty come from experiment, but it is the only way to improve and progress.
(please forgive my english!)
This is a forest view from Koya-san in Japan. It's a special place with a very special atmosphere, I was there last september, and it was hot, wet, some times raining thin so the vegetation is great, very green, dark green to flashy sometimes, so watercolor is the best way to transmit it in the picture.
1- I fix the sheet on a wooden surface, and after pencil, I ink it with a grey waterproof ink (of my composition, it's very easy to make)
2- I wet a lot the sheet with a sponge and I put my green. It's important. You can see my sheet, and the effects with the color
3 - The sheet is drying.
4 - The green is dry, the sheet is plane again, I put my basic brown with brush on the dry sheet, and I will continue, little by little, going darkly
5 - It's later, I close to the end but not really, the basics aren't finished, I have reserved my clear our high-lighted area.
6 - I put the "flashy" green on my reserved areas, to be vere "luminous" because watercolor is transparent. My trees are very basics, to not perturbate my main tree, and showing this wet atmosphere.
I put the details: lychens on tree, branchs, grass, plants...etc..tiny stuff
I didn't take pictures of all steps, because it's a very patient technic with a lot of smalls steps, there is only the main way of doing, in a next illustration I will be more skill in the making-of.
I hope you have enjoy. Thank you.