Watercolor Halloween Jack-o-Lantern using Dual Brush Pens

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After my interview with Ciara of Pretty Strange Design for The Misses Ambitious Podcast (Episode #58), I was inspired to start creating more 'art for art's sake,' and things that are just for me to enjoy---not to post on social media or to sell in a shop. Even though I ended up making a YouTube video about the process, the purpose in creating the art is for me to do something I enjoy in celebration of a holiday I really love: Halloween.

If you've been following along with me for any amount of time, you know that I'm trying to improve my illustration and watercolor skills as a personal challenge. I've never been particularly good at watercolor, but I'm slightly okay at drawing. Most of the time, I find that I love my drawings, but I don't love them so much once I have to apply color....so that's what I'm working on these days: bringing pencil sketches to life with different mediums, my favorite being watercolor. 

Here are the tools I used: 

In the process of creating Mr. Pumpkin Guy, I made a HUGE mistake---I smudged some wet watercolor all over the page.

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If you watch the video for no other reason
than to see how I fix this mistake, it'll be worth it, I promise!

Cause it's magical.

Watch the video and see how I created Mr. Pumpkin Dude!

Did you enjoy this video? Are you an aspiring illustrator like me, or are you already a pro? I'd love to know any tips, video resources, or books you've used in your illustration and/or watercolor practice. Drop them in the comments below!

See you next Monday with a brand new video and blog post!

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