I picked up a set of Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors. I've had my eye on these for a while and finally decided to pick them up from Kinokuniya in NYC. I decided on the 18 color set because I personally prefer a limited palette. They also have smaller and larger color palettes available.
The colors are bright and almost creamy when you touch the water to them. I did notice also that they take slightly longer to dry than traditional watercolors. When the painting dries, it also has a slightly glossy appearance to the surface quality. The set of colors is really cute and even includes a place on the back of the lid to paint a small color chart. I'm going to need much more practice with these, but I do like them a lot so far.
My final opinion is that these seem like a good tool for an advanced artist or illustrator, but not for a beginner. If you're just starting out, I'd save some money and practice with a cheaper set of watercolors. All watercolors are pretty similar and these take a delicate hand because they're very creamy and soft.
I just installed my new front fender with a custom skull and crossbones stencil! The bike also has a new chain and fuel valve. If you live in northern NJ and need bike repair, I fully recommend Locomotion Powersports in Mahwah. They also sell gear and new bikes. I can't wait to ride more tonight.
I love showing my process so I decided to do add some step-by-step pictures to this week's calendar sketch. I start out with a pencil sketch after I find a quote that I want to illustrate. Then, I ink over the pencil sketch with waterproof ink. For color, I add watercolor in large areas followed by shadows for definition. I'm always careful not to overwork the watercolor because it's best to leave some spontaneity in it.
My whole process is very straight forward, but I always make sure to start with a clear idea in mind before I draw. If I start drawing without an idea in mind, then my drawing will look sloppy. After I have my idea, I let my mind wander and think about more details to add or expressions to change.