Hello! Today we're going to draw this dreamy Deer and Rose illustration using the premium brushes from my Ultimate Watercolor Brush set. Please download the tutorial files first. You'll get the Tutorial PDF, sketch, and swatch file for this project.
When you're ready, let's begin!
First, sketch out the composition using the Peppermint or 6B brush. You can also use the Freya Template Deer1 Brush (included in the tutorial download folder) to stamp the drawing template instead of drawing it from scratch. Once you're done, lower the opacity and lock this layer.
Step 1: Now in another layer, add a paper background using Freya Paper Texture No. 10 in a light grey color. Set the layer to Linear Burn and lock this layer. This layer should be on top of all the succeeding layers so that its texture will apply to the entire artwork. Then in another layer, use Freya Stamp Brush No. 2 as backdrop. This will give your illustration a realistic watercolor look.
Step 2: Add another layer, use Freya Wet on Wet No. 3 for the base color of the deer and the roses. Use separate layers for this so it'll be easier to tweak later on. Rename the layers as Deer Base and Rose Base.
Step 3: Add a clipping mask on top of the deer's base layer, then build the colors up using Freya Wet on Wet No. 3. For the roses, add a clipping mask on top of the rose base layer and use Freya Wet on Dry No. 8. Remember that the colors are darker inward, and lighter around the outer petals.
Step 4: Add the finishing touches using Freya Wet on Dry No. 19 (Water Tank) and Freya Dry on Wet No. 8. You can use it too to create a darker outline on top of the sketch. You can choose to turn off the sketch layer or keep it depending on the look you're going for.
Congratulations! You've just completed this Deer and Rose Tutorial using the premium brushes from the Ultimate Watercolor Brush set! Please don't forget to tag me if you post it on your socials! I would love to see your version.