Monday, June 24, 2013

Moon Drops - Water Drop Tutorial

I thought it would be fun to share with you a new fun technique.  In this article you get to learn how to add water drops or dewdrops to your favorite image.  Water drops are pretty simple if you follow along with me.  I have created a step by step.  Get out your markers…or even your other coloring medium because the concept is the same.


1.     Draw a circle using a pencil or fine Copic Multiliner pen.  It’s okay if the circle is not perfect.
2.     Color in a darker shade on just one inside edge of your water drop.  I used B97.
3.     Leave a white spot if at all possible and blend out the darkest shade with a medium (B95) shade following the contour of the circle.  If your white spot disappears by mistake then you can add it back later with Opaque White or a white gel pen.
4.     Following the contour of the medium, blend it out using your lightest marker, again leaving white on the opposite side.  I used B93 and a small amount of B91.
5.     For the shadow you will want to mimic the white area within the circle.  Leave a small white area and mimic the outside edge of your circle.  Do not go around the whole circle, just a little ways outside the line of the lightest area within the circle.  For this I used the B97.
6.     Blend that out with the medium tone B95
7.     Blend the medium with the lightest B93 and B91



Water drops mimic the color that it is resting upon.  A green leaf will have green within the drop; if the object is blue the drop will have blue inside.  Your light source plays a big part in doing water drops.  You will place the darkest area within the drop that is closest to the light source and the shadow will be cast from the drop on the farthest side away from the light source. 

In the photo below you will see the 4 drops directly behind the angel are incorrect.  The cast shadows are going the wrong direction.

 In order to show the light source correctly be sure and place your shadows on the correct side of the drop.


The Angel Singing on the Moon image is by Make It Crafty.com




7 comments:

Pam Sparks said...

cool! tfs!

Ann Marie Governale said...

Thank you.. great tutorial. I just got confused on this sentence.. maybe you could help me understand??? The visuals were fantastic. Here is the confusing sentence... "You will place the darkest area within the drop that is closest to the light source and the shadow will be cast from the drop on the farthest side away from the light source. " In the beginning of the sentence I am expected you to tell WHERE to place the drop but I don't see it.. Thanks so much for taking the time to share you brilliant skills...love to learn. xxx Ann Marie

Jill Norwood said...

Awesome tutorial! :)

Barbara Thompson said...

Great tutorial Jenn! as always!!

chrissy xx said...

Wow! Thank you soooo much...
Just drooling over these water drops lol.
Chrissyxx

Gramma said...

TYTYTYTYTYTYTY!
Hugz,
Gramma

Brenda Lee said...

As I was participating in the Copic hop, I this card and was (again) amazed with the talented coloring job. Thank you for sharing the tutorial.