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The request: Aurora, can you look at my gallery and give advice?
A: Unfortunately, probably not. Most of the time and in my free time I'm busy with creating own pictures. It keeps me very busy to
answer all the important questions about material and Co., and therefore I have little time to give commentaries on other images.

Q: May I take your pictures and customize them for my online portal sites? For example, as a background for facebook or twitter?
A: It all depends on the picture itself. Some artworks have a second author (photographer), who has provided me the reference, but don't want to see the final images outside of DeviantART. Therefore I can not give general permission and would say "rather not". :nod:

Q: How did you manage to enter to art school?
A: I had taken part of a course, where you can learn something about artist portfolios just before I made my application to the university. It is difficult to tell everything with words, but it is very important that the university committee sees not just images designed as school works in your folder (so the standard school program). All candidates will have similar images and it is better to stand out a little for getting a place. I had begun with my pictures about a year before the application.

Q: What brand of white ink do you usually use?
A: I usually use white China Ink from a brand called "Standardgraph".

Q: What brands do you use for your ink outlines?

I like to use brown or black ink by "Standardgraph - China ink" or "JAXink / ENCRE" for my outlines, when they have to be waterproof. I've to say I don't find much non waterproof brands these days. I also really love to paint with non waterproof inks too, but the only ones I found are from china and in black. If anyone knows non waterproof inks in brown or other colors, please tell me!!

Q: I'm a student and I have to study a select artist and I've chosen you. Tell me about your life as an artist. How you started and how you have gotten where you are now, etc...
A: That's really sweet of you. But I fear that I will not have the time to manage the project. As you may know it always takes a lot of time to answer all my messages and therefore the answer is not always immediate. I would ask you to read my FAQ carefully, if you want to have information about my career. This actually say anything important about me. I don't talk about the remaining private life to public.

Q: What specific type/brand of watercolour paper do you use?
A: Actually, I use a lot series of my favourite papers. I like to use "Britannia" from "Hahnemühle", rough or smooth does not matter, both are really great and they have 300g/m². I also use "D'Aqua", "Toscana" and "Allegretto" from "Hahnemühle". The "Montval" paper, the "Canson Studienaquarellblock" and the "1557" paper from "Canson" are my favorites of fine papers. For studies I have a "C À Grain Drawing" block from "Canson", but I also love to use inexpensive papers for exercises. Please do not buy too expensive blocks, if you make exercises. It releases a lot more to scribble on cheap paper. If you use water too, it should be as thick as possible, at least 200g/m².

Q: Any advice for scanning (my scanner doesn't pick up some strokes/colors)?
I had the same problem with my old scanner too and I still have problems to pick up fine strokes I did with gel pens, especially when I use metallic colors. :nod:
I sometimes use very strong colors, such as a flashy pink. The pink appears hardly after the scan. I use "Replace Color" then (I have CS4), select the color, and change the color saturation. In addition, I sometimes use the "Multiply" function (the upper layer with a low transparency) so that the bright scan shows a few more colors that were not visible at first.
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:iconrenxhitsugaya:
renxhitsugaya Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
hello there. ive just recently browsed by your work. im currently in college studying my final year of art and design. currently this terms project is portraits. and as you probably know a lot of the work consists of artists information. if you have any spare time in the next week could you possibly answer a few of these questions to help with my research on portrait artists. what are your influences/who are your influences? the mediums you use if not only watercolours, what inspires you the most and any other relevent information. thank you :) 
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michaelrdu Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
I love your work of cats.  I am the founder of Meow House Cat Rescue in Raleigh NC.  I would like to use one of your original cat pieces as a fundraiser.  Please contact me at meowhousecatrescue@gmail.com  Michael Outen.  I hope to hear from you soon.
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Mangaotakufreak Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Student General Artist
How long does it take for you to draw a fully colored picture? (I really like your work. ^^)
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FallLikeRain Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, I love you work and I was wondering what brand of white ink pen you use? I've bought a couple before, but they always seem to dry up quickly....
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AnastasiaPutilina Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014

Hello, Aurora!

I admire your's paintings, I really like their style of performance. I'm a director, finishing my studies in England at MA Filmmaking. Now I'm working on the film, which will be taking part in international competitions in different countries. This film deals with a young artist who is looking for his place in life, and paintings - a reflection of the state of his rebellious soul.

I want to ask you to write a few paintings on the theme of the sea for our film (Mermaid, swimming fish and sea landscape with a boat and fishermen - A3 paintings).

Guarantee the provision of copies of the film, which will be all your's paintings and your name in the credits as an artist.

I will be glad to cooperate with you

Regards. Anastasia (putilina_l@ukr.net)

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Rara7Kitties Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I have just fallen in love! Heart  Do you use just one photographer? I have been photographing cats as long as I can remember and would be honored to see them done by you... Is there a way to send you any? I wouldn't charge, it's just a hobby, but would certainly be compelled to purchase any you painted. Love 
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Pedometer Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
Do you do commissions?
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ShaonHall Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi :) I've noticed you use pastels and oil pastels...the pastels and/or oil pastels you use, are in the shape of chalk or pencil? And what's the difference in vision of oil pastel and a pastel (I mean the difference between the two when they're on paper- how do they look different fron each other)
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Krantox-Ungurin Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
Could I ask what brushes you use for most of your watercolour work?
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:iconawesometheamazing:
AwesomeTheAmazing Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist
I was just wondering... in what order (if there is an order!) do you use the watercolours and coloured pencils (and ink, though I assume the ink is last?)?? Do you colour with the pencils then apply watercolour, or vice versa?  Or do you just use both randomly throughout the whole process?
I was looking at this piece in particular when I thought about it: fav.me/d7cs3xc
Great works, I love your gallery! :heart:
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CelloChess Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi!! First of all I'd just like to say that I LOVE your work! So gorgeous :D I was wondering..I saw where you said you use Schmincke watercolors, but I also saw some round pans of watercolors. If you have time to answer this I was just wondering what kind those round ones are :)
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:iconaurorawienhold:
AuroraWienhold Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
I do not buy the watercolors in pans anymore. I collected so much empty pans over the years. I always refill them with a tube, like: www.jerrysartarama.com/images/… :nod:
Oh and the round ones are very very old pans, from my childhood.
They are from a children's paint box.
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:iconpoppypointer:
Poppypointer Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
I really love you painting Fallen Colours, how much would it be?
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:iconaurorawienhold:
AuroraWienhold Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
Sorry it's not on sale. :(
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:iconpoppypointer:
Poppypointer Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
That's alright :)
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:iconlastrekia:
Lastrekia Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Hallöchen! Eine Frage hätte ich auch nicht, ich hatte die hier noch nicht gesehen. Benutzt du irgendein Artist tape um dein Aquarell Papier fest zu kleben, oder lässt du das auf dem Block? Ich weiß das es ja bei Hahnemühle am Rand verleimt ist, aber ich hatte damit mal mehr und mal weniger gute Ergebnisse, was das Wellen anging. Ich habe aber auch noch kein wirklich gut ablösbares Tape gefunden, ich hatte mal was von Tesa, ein Kreppband, und sogar Babypflaster, aber alles hinterlässt Rückstände oder lässt sich nicht gut ablösen (=oberste Papierschicht geht mit ab). Einmal hab ich es auch mit Tackern versucht, aber das verzieht das Papier leider, egal ist wenn man es rahmt, wenn nicht aber schade ist.
Irgendwelche Ideen auf die ich noch nicht gekommen bin? Das würde mir sehr helfen!

Davon ab, ich liebe es mir deine Bilder anzugucken, grade die Tiger und Katzen in dieses wunderschönen, knalligen Farben...hach *.* ...wobei mir einfällt was ich schon länger fragen wollte: welches Pink und orange benutzt du? mein orange (von Schmincke) ist recht dunkel und eher rötlich als gelblich und mein Pink ist irgendwie nicht so...knallig, hot pink-mäßig.
Naja nach diese, langen post: Ich freue mich sehr wenn du Zeit hast mir zu antworten, genau wie ich mich jeden Tag freue auf deine Seite zu gehen und mir die neuesten Bilder anzugucken, oder meinen eigenen Print von dir hier zu bewundern ;) Liebe Grüße, Lastrekia
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AuroraWienhold Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
Weder noch. Ich hatte mich nie damit auseinandergesetzt meine Bilder festzukleben. Daher habe ich das noch nie probiert. ;) Ich lasse die Blätter auch nicht auf dem Block, weil dadurch Farbe hinters Blatt laufen könnte, was dann das nächste Blatt ruiniert. Da ich meistens bis zum Rand male, passiert das auch oft. Ich trenne die Blätter ganz einfach vom Block und habe sie auf meiner Pappunterlage, ohne irgendwelche Fixierung. Die Pappe ist von der Rückseite eines Blocks. Sieht man auch auf meinen Progressbildern. ;)
Bei lebendigen Farbe benutzte ich am liebsten Tusche. Bekommst du auch von Schmincke und ist sehr kräftig. Wenn du trockene Farben bevorzugst, kann ich auch Tempera empfehlen, da gibt es auch sehr kräftige Farben in Pink und Co. :)
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:iconlastrekia:
Lastrekia Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Vielen Dank für die Ausführliche Antwort! Damit werde ich mich mal beschäftigen!
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SuiPumpkin Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hi i was just wondering which reference you used for the Lannister work? I've been trying to find a large ref but that seemed to have been futile.  The end result is gorgeous, as most of your art but specially in love with that one. :D
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:iconaurorawienhold:
AuroraWienhold Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
Oh I got it from a friend. Not sure if I still have it and have to search my mailbox for it. But you can note me your mail address and as soon as I found it, I will mail it to you. :)
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drawing4life1 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
hi, i am a new artist, and until now i draw with pencils, charocal and black&white pastels. i want to start using liqued colors like acrylic colors, goache and more. can u give my some tips? how to start? how to mix  colors? i dont want to "waste" the colors for nothing- i dont really good at mixing them to get some other colors and i dont know how to start..
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:iconaurorawienhold:
AuroraWienhold Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
Well, it's not a good start to be afrait to waste color. I mean, I wasted paint for so many years (as I started to paint with two years). ;) The important thing is that you get a feeling for the colors. You have to make your own experience with them. I can recommend my tutorials and starter tutorials in general on deviantart.
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drawing4life1 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
yes, it will be very helpful (:
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thunderdogs Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
I couldn't seem to find what type of watercolors you use? Anything in particular? I recently bought a set different from the ones I was used to and hated them. Whats your preference?
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:iconaurorawienhold:
AuroraWienhold Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
I answered this in the comment under the deviation:
Q: What specific type/brand of watercolour paper do you use?
A: Actually, I use a lot series of my favourite papers. I like to use "Britannia" from "Hahnemühle", rough or smooth does not matter, both are really great and they have 300g/m². I also use "D'Aqua", "Toscana" and "Allegretto" from "Hahnemühle". The "Montval" paper, the "Canson Studienaquarellblock" and the "1557" paper from "Canson" are my favorites of fine papers. For studies I have a "C À Grain Drawing" block from "Canson", but I also love to use inexpensive papers for exercises. Please do not buy too expensive blocks, if you make exercises. It releases a lot more to scribble on cheap paper. If you use water too, it should be as thick as possible, at least 200g/m².
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thunderdogs Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Ah not which papers, which paints.
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:iconaurorawienhold:
AuroraWienhold Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
It's in the FAQ, see "Traditinal work". :nod:
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drshameless Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist
Your art is very beautiful and I learned a lot from your tutorials,they’re very helpful.I'd like to translate your tutorials of Sherlock and Nicole Kidman into Chinese if that's OK with you. I will post them on some Chinese website to let more people learn from you.Thank you.
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Luineannon Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
Yup. Answered my question. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. Your step by steps are as wonderful as the finished product.
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feathergoblinfly Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
Thank you for this I always wondered what type of paper you use!
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TeaBrick Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
Do you sketch everything out with a pencil or just go at it with watercolor straight up?
And how do you do the high lights? add it later or just leave it blank? 
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AuroraWienhold Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
I leave some of the highlights blank, but I like it more to paint highlights with white ink. I do not like to use normal pencils which mostly leave ugly traces. If I do a sketch before, I use crayons or watercolor pencils. :)
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Giusy-works Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional
Hi! Love your art, expecially architecture like this. Can I ask you if you do first the ink or the watercolour instead??
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:iconaurorawienhold:
AuroraWienhold Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
First the ink, waterproof ink. :nod: Thank you!
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drshameless Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist
I really love your work.they're very beautiful.I really want to know how u paint the amazing background with watercolor.And when u paint,are u paint the background first??You use the watercolor so well.It's hard for me to control the watercolor when I'm painting.    Also I want to know how u mix the blue watercolor on  Hermione's face when u painting,I think it makes the picture more fantastic and alive.
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AuroraWienhold Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
It is not easy to explain painting techniques with words and some I will, since I'm still early in my career, keep for me. But I try to show some things on my tutorials. I normally love to start with the face and the eyes, cause it's my favourite part. But I also could start with the background, like I did here: aurorawienhold.deviantart.com/… It totally depends on the painting.
If you have problems with the water, try to take as little water as possible. When I started with watercolors, I have worked almost dry.  And I've always several handkerchiefs around my paintings, so that I can wipe faulty water parts immediately.
For Hermione I have worked with several shades of blue and skin colors. Layer by layer. One layer needs to dry first, before another comes over it.
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drshameless Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist
thank you very much.It‘s very nice of you to help me with patient.And I really like your work,amazing!!!!
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philippeL Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for all those precious insights! :wave:
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:iconaurorawienhold:
AuroraWienhold Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you for reading! :heart:
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IdaBlack Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist
oh I see now what white gel pen you use,
don't mind that Q I wrote on your last artwork's comments ;D
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:iconaurorawienhold:
AuroraWienhold Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
No problem, it is hard for me to answer all the questions in the other deviations. Therefore, I am trying to collect everything here. :nod:
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Susaleena Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your artwork and especially your talent with watercolors:heart: I've been meaning to ask though, is there any tips or tricks with scanning watercolors? I have trouble with my canon scanner because it doesn't pick up light washes or small watercolor strokes. Any advice? I usually edit in photoshop after scanning but I can't edit a color that the scanner didn't pick up:( would love your advice or opinion, thank you:love:
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:iconaurorawienhold:
AuroraWienhold Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
So sorry if your scanner doesn't pick up some colors. I had the same problem with my old scanner too and I still have problems to pick up fine strokes I did with gel pens, especially when I use metallic colors. :nod:
I sometimes use very strong colors, such as a flashy pink. The pink appears hardly after the scan. I use "Replace Color" then (I use CS4), select the color, and change the color saturation. In addition, I sometimes use the "Multiply" function (the upper layer with a low transparency) so that the bright scan shows a few more colors that were not visible at first.
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Susaleena Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah I see, thank you so much for the great tips and advice! I'll be sure to try them out soon with my next piece:nod:
I think I'll also try using strong colors too. I really appreciate the time you took in responding and sharing with a newbie such as myself:huggle: Hopefully someday I can "master" watercolors as you do lol. You're always an inspiration:love:
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alexandraprivet Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student General Artist
hi i think you're amazing, do you use wax to create the negative space in your artwork? or is there something more effective i could use for highlites when painting with water colours?
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AuroraWienhold Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
I've never used wax this way until now. I usually use white ink for my highlights or let the paper white. :)
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alexandraprivet Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Student General Artist
okay haha thanks :)
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xAngelxofxDreamsx Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It would really help me out if you could tell me what kind of ink you use. I'd really love to be able to get fine details such as hair in my watercolors but I can't seem to find a waterproof brand.
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AuroraWienhold Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
I like to use brown or black ink by "Standardgraph - China ink" or "JAXink / ENCRE" for my outlines, when they have to be waterproof. I've to say I don't find much non waterproof brands these days. I also really love to paint with non waterproof inks too, but the only ones I found are from china and in black.
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Ithilloth Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013   General Artist
thank you for sharing so many interesting informations about yourself! :heart:
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