Hey there I found this piece via Gold-Seven and it was an instant favorite. I'm a sucker for watercolour/ink effect paintings, and yours is a perfect example of capturing that lively feeling of liquid paint. I just love watercolours (I'm yet to experiment with inks, although they sound fascinating), the process of painting and just watching how the colours move around, blend together, form such beautiful fractals and forms. And bonus for you to making also a pretty scenery out of it, those trees are lovely. *_*
I like inks because it's much easier to create effects like salt texture or waterdrops on them. They're much more sensitive to these things than watercolour. Do give them a try when you can! This piece was completely inspired by ink behaviour, in a way. I'm glad I have someone who loves the medium and appreciates what I did here
Actually, I don't think it behaves like coffee. You said coffee is more forgiving than watercolour... well, ink is less forgiving. It stains and there's absolutely no way to lift it off the paper once it's dry. But I often prefer it over watercolour because the colors are more vivid, you can cover large areas faster, and it's easier to avoid hard edges where you don't want them (if you paint wet on wet). Plus, the previously mentioned fancy effects.
Definitely give ink a try! I find it very useful and fun Get the cheapest you can find, I do too and it works great.
I have about 10 years of practice already, and I think I master them well enough It's not that. Sometimes they just suddenly decide to hate me for a while. Which is fine, since I enjoy digital art too.
Oh, next time you feel that the colors are taking an odd turn, why not wash the paper (in the sink)? It will leave a faint trace of color that you can use for the background or to build a color scheme that you might like more.
Um... that's not entirely true. I did ruin the original, but I like this version that I scanned. And even if I could wash off the mistake, it would ruin the background which is a pretty big deal. I'm afraid I'm not one of those magical people who can correct their watercolors.