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The Wet-In-Wet Watercolor Technique: Mastering The Basics To Paint Exotic Fish

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Step 4: Painting Shadows And Details On Fins

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Use the blue mixture for the tips of spikes along the top fin, but try not to overwork your painting or use too many colors. Add a few more details such as the vibrant orange for the face, smoothing out any hard edges with clean water. Paint the last fin along the fish’s belly with Cobalt Green, and a touch of Cadmium Red Purple for the fin’s muscles and jawline. Create as much contrast as possible by adding some Payne’s Gray and Indigo to the darkest shadows.

Switch to the no. 12 Escoda Perla round brush, and re-wet the top fin with clear water as it’s probably quite dry by now. Using the wet-in-wet watercolor technique again, use Brilliant Orange and add a few skeletal lines for the fin.  Use pure Cadmium Yellow Deep to highlight the fish’s bottom lip, and work in any finishing touches where necessary.