Watercolor look illustration project

I had been posting on another thread, which I ‘hijacked’ so this is the start of a separate thread in which I am going to post this personal illustration project as it goes along. The watercolor like aspects is Post-Processed from Cycles and Eevee renders, along with AO and Shadows passes. Still have ideas of where I want this to go, but here is the latest version. Hoping that the LANPR development can be brought in when finished, as I wrestle with Freestyle too much for now.


I’ve been looking for a watercolor shader for a while now. No luck.

The project has moved along, this is just an update. I have shifted to having a “Night” side in contrast to the “Daylight” side, and I have my first two characters in place. More elements are intended but I wanted to get this posted in its current form.

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Some additional work on the night side, which is intended to ‘echo’ the daylight side somewhat. It is a ‘process’ so I will follow along willingly. More to come.

I have moved it along a bit, added another character and went back to a ‘darker’ look to the night side.

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The addition of the left aide tree is not that welcome… not to my taste.
Also why a black bird?why not a dove? The cat is great, posture and all :d

The main tree has no separation between night and day

Color.pixel, Hello…
Thank you for taking the time to offer your comments, always part of the process for me.
I am including a variation as a ‘clarification’ as the inclusion of the tree on the far left side, is not compositionally helpful if this is a single full image, but it is intended to be the front and back of a book cover, so only the Dayside will be the primary focus, which works better as a composition, in my opinion. The Nightside is meant to ‘mirror’ the front a bit, but have a tonally different feel. I am including a version with more definition between the two sides, and an indication of the book spine for reference. I am also including the Title, as it might be seen on the actual book. Just ideas for discussion, still not convinced on any of it yet.
The Crow/Raven has been a part of my visual repertoire thru out my life, showing up in drawings and dreams, walking in my neighborhood on windy days as a child, taunting me to make my flying efforts. They are very smart and provocative and ‘asked’ to be part of this project.

The project has moved along. I also had some misgivings, like Color.pixel, about the tree on the left side after I put it in, as it occluded the sky and hillside in a distracting way. I have replaced the tree with a pile of rocks, to serve as a perch for the owl, and changed the lighting of the nightside. It is a ‘process’ so it changes as I go along.

While I liked the removal of the previous tree on the left side, it didn’t work, so I made yet another change, which I find is a better solution. It keeps enough of the night sky and the hillside, while providing a more appropriate perch for the owl. Take a look and let me know.

Since each of the ‘characters’ in this book are worthy of better ‘display’ than the distant view of the book cover, I have plans to include more closeups in the corner of the text side of the book pages, across from the full page illustrations. Here are the first of this set of characters.