Experimenting with simulating watercolor effects

In my digital art explorations, I’ve been experimenting with simulating one of my favorite looks… watercolor on rice paper.

Here’s an attempt made by starting from stock images and then manipulating/merging with some free hand vectors and blended textures.

I used GIMP, Inkscape and a new Huion drawing tablet that I purchased off of Amazon recently.

New Digital Art Pieces

Of late, I’ve been developing on a dystopian near-future Indian sci-fi short story collection. In keeping with that theme (and as part of the world/mood building excercise), I’ve been working on some digital art pieces that try to blend traditional Indian motifs with a cyberpunk sensibility.

Here are two I worked on this weekend. These are really fun to work on. Both of them use royalty free photos from Unsplash and Pexels and then I process them in GIMP to get them to a line drawing like state. For effect, I print them out on an old laser printer I have (which has a really screwed up toner pack and prints them weirdly). I then scan the line drawings back in and color them in GIMP and apply the post processing effects.