Analog watercolor painting




This is an introduction to my personal watercolor-style painting technique in studio mode.

I'm still inexperienced, but I hope this will help you become more familiar with analog-style painting.

Illustrations to be used

Finished goods

You can create illustrations like this.


This is the rough sketch.

Realistic watercolor painting

First, here is a realistic illustration colored with watercolors.

Here, I have written down what "watercolor-like" means.

"Paper texture" (orange), "Watercolor border" (red),

"Overflow/Unpainted areas" (green), and "Blur (pigment particles)" (blue).

With this in mind, I'll start painting with watercolors in Clip Studio Paint.

Main materials used

For the basics of painting, use the following materials:


"△Watercolor1/Moisture-free watercolor", "▲Drawing3/Delicate face brush",


"△Watercolor3/Bleeding watercolor", and "△Watercolor6/Blending textured watercolor".

*As there are a large number of materials, it is recommended to separate them into folders or register only the ones you will use.

*In addition to line drawings, there are many useful brushes included.

Many other materials will be used, but as there are so many, I will introduce them all at the end.

Krista: Preparation

Create the texture of paper

Place a paper texture at the top of all layers,

and turn on "Texture Blending" in the layer properties.


I used "White Watson Paper" from the "Warm Analog Art Materials" collection.


Construction paper is included by default, so feel free to try out different types.


I set the density to around 40-60%, but you can change it as you like.

Draw the line art

For real watercolor line art, I use colored millimeter pens, but any water-resistant art materials will do, such as pencils or colored pencils, or dip pens with waterproof ink.


To create a more analog feel in Clip Studio Paint, it's a good idea to use the "Pencil" tool.


This time I used the "Fun Pen for Drawing Manga" that I normally use for my manga.

At this point, the texture is there, so the lines look like they were drawn on paper.

Basics of coloring

To create an analog feel, we'll use a brush with a "watercolor border."

The default brush is the "watercolor round brush," but there are many other materials available.


However, when you layer watercolors in Clip Studio Paint,

borders will appear in places where they're not needed, as shown here.

So after painting the colors, I use a blurring tool to blend them.

These include "Watercolor Blur" and the "Texture Watercolor Blend" tool included in the materials.

You don't have to layer the colors; you can just place them next to each other to create a blend.

Basically it's just a repetition of this!

About Layers

This is a matter of preference, but I like to roughly separate layers for each part and layer them using Multiply.


Just paint without worrying about going over the edges, and erase later.

For the eraser tool, I recommend using the "kneaded eraser" (default), which leaves some color behind.

Skin painting

For the skin, apply a dark pink to orange color and blend it with a light yellow.

Blur any unnecessary borders to erase them.

Repeat this process until you have painted the entire area.

I painted the whole thing.

I left the areas I wanted to make brighter open and didn't add any color.

I either made a selection from the line drawing and erased any excess, or used an eraser to erase it.

(It looks more like an analog work if you carefully erase it with an eraser...) (It's a pain though...)

Hair Coloring

First, use a darker color and paint the outside of the hair highlights with a thin, dark brush.

I used the "Delicate Face Brush" here.

Next, use a light color and spread it out with a thick brush.

I used "Water Free Watercolor" here.

Use "Watercolor Blur" (default blur tool) and "Texture Watercolor Blend" to blend borders, etc.

To create variation in color, apply thin layers of pink and green and blend them.

Erase the unnecessary parts and your hair is complete.

Painting small items

Paint the small areas like the earrings, cups, and the darker hair color.

I do it in one layer.

I placed the colors I used on the cup and earrings.

This is the basic method of extending a dark color with a lighter color.

I didn't blur the boundaries of the earrings too much to make them look like leaves.

Play of Color: Shirt

There is a type of paint that exhibits iridescence, where the paint separates into colors that are completely different from what they appear to be.

This phenomenon also occurs with ink and Copic markers, and you may have seen it with a fountain pen.

It looks like this:

So, I found out that someone was making this iridescent brush, so I decided to give it a try.

I use these, `sb\_Ink-style pen\_Fluffy\_Auto A'' and `sb_Ink-style pen_Fluffy_Auto B''.

By simply selecting navy blue, green also appeared.

We will use this color as the base.

To make it look like the lighter colors are separated, I trace the edges of the colors with the "Bleeding Watercolor" brush. This brush has a texture similar to paint particles.

I then blend the colors using "Fiber Blur" (default).

Since these are "separating colors," I need to be careful not to mix them too much...


...But honestly, I'm still experimenting with this.

Erase the unnecessary parts and it's finished for now.


I painted the eyes and background using the same method as the others.

Color Adjustment

If there are any parts that have become a color that you don't like, you can correct them using Clip Studio Paint's functions.

Go to Layer → Tonal Correction Layer → Gradient Map Layer

and place it above the layer you want to apply it to, then clip it to the layer below

... so that it only affects that area.


This time, I adjusted the color of the clothes.

I layered on the "Citrus" Color Harmony Filter.


You can either use an additive layer for a digital look, or paint white on a normal layer.


I used a "Dodge (Additive)" layer this time.


I used the "Delicate Face Brush" for the thin lines like the eyes,


the scattered white dots are the "All-purpose Analog White Splash",


and the bright parts of the shirt are the "Bleeding Watercolor".



Overall Shadow

Create a multiply layer just below the highlights and add an overall shadow with a light purple.

With analog watercolors, this is often done as an undercoat before painting, but with digital, you can add it at the end and check the result.


Also, the color purple just blends well with the skin, so feel free to try out different colors.



Use Materials


I'm not good at drawing hands, so I use these materials a lot...

Line art

This is the pen I normally use for drawing manga. I used a thinner line than usual.


Color Palette

Gradient Map


thank you very much!!

Conclusion: Timelapse

The time lapse has been published on Twitter(X): @sabasty.

I hope you will find it useful as well.

If you have any questions or suggestions for improvement, please let us know in the comments or on the social media platforms listed above.

Thank you for reading this far.



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