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Dragon Quest - Shortsville by Nickillus Dragon Quest - Shortsville by Nickillus
Did the watercolour paintings for a children's book called 'Dragon Quest' a while ago. It first came out in the late 1990's but seems to have gone through a reprint a couple of years ago.
Worked on it with the fantastic Andy Dixon, who has a delicious sense of the absurd. Went on to work with him on a subsequent title in the series 'Star Quest'.

Apologies for the poor quality of the reproduction here. Had to scan it from the printed book as the publisher kept the originals. We've had a bit of a falling out about that.

Published by Usborne.

ISBN-10 1409508528
ISBN-13 978-1409508526

More info here -
[link]

copyright Nick Harris and Usborne 1998
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Fumettisto Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I admire your fantastic watercolour technique! What colours do you use? And what kind of pen do you use to draw the linework?
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Fumettisto Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And which paper?
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Nickillus Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Many thanks for the kind words, Fumettisto. These were done around 1998-9, using a Rotring style fine line pen and Winsor and Newton Artist watercolours. Because they were for illustration I used Winsor and Newton Watercolour Board or Daler Wash and Line board - which are both mounted papers saving you the trouble of doing that bit yourself. The They both offer hot press or Not versions and I would tend to go for the 'Hot Press' for watercolour and 'Not' for Wash and Line board.

Colour wise, working over the inked drawing I would tend to lay a tonal wash (either warm or cool to set a colour cast - dependent on the piece)then do an underpainting using raw umber, to render some form. The I would start laying in larger shadow areas, using blues or whatever colour suited the colour cast.

Generally - Prussin Blue, Winsor Blue, Cobalt Blue, Sap Green, Winsor Yellow (or golden Yellow), Alizarin Crimson, Scarlet, Winsor Violet - were the staple diet for most of these - with the occasional spot colour like Turquoise, Rose Red etc to lift items now and again. Entirely up to you according to what you feel is right for the individual piece.

Hope that answers what you asked.
I'm all digital now - shame on me.

Best wishes,
Nick
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Fumettisto Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot, Nick, it really DID answer my questions!
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throughalocomotive Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
feels like i am too small and feeble even to post a comment on that magnificent work of yours, but i got to tell you how much inspiring and awesome your work is....thanks for sharing...
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Sir-Pumpkinhead Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:o Woot! I'm amazed to find your art here :D I bought the Dragon Quest books (well only two) some years ago and I loved 'em :heart: Really liked the watercolor work and attention to details on them :nod:
Consider me a fan ^_^
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Nickillus Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you Sir-Pumpkinhead. Sorry about the tardy reply. Got a bit lost in a sea of Deviant comment stacking..
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Sir-Pumpkinhead Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
No prob, Nick ;) (may I call you that way?)
Getting used to DA and the comment system (and moreso if you're a pro) needs some time. I thank you for replying, most artist simply don't have that politeness.
Oh, and calling me J or Javier is fine, the nickname is quite too long (but still like it, so haven't thought about chaning it).
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Nickillus Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Of course you may - it's my name after all. And thanks for allowing me to call you Javier. I'm always tripping over ID nicknames and insulting folk by accident. I like to be deliberate when I'm insulting someone - teehee.
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Sir-Pumpkinhead Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :) One can never be to sure about what to call people; it is the least I do when addressing a new acquaintance, so no prob ;) Hehehe! :giggle: direct insults are always better aimed, veiled ones tend to have a percentage of never "hitting" the actual target :XD:
I actually prefer Javier over my first name Adelbert. It's just too long ^^;
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