My name is Nicole Cadet and I’m an Australian artist. I use watercolours and digital tools to create paintings. I play in the S.C.A (a medieval recreation social group) where I have a early period Celtic persona. I have interests in mythology, history and technology. I play the piano badly, I attempt to grow plants on my balcony, my day job is , so pretty much I’m an all round geek
Where did you go to school?
I did 2 years of a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) at Queensland College of art as a part of a teaching degree. I really didn’t enjoy it. I also have a degree in Information Technology (Computing).
What tools do you use?
Materials for watercolours:
I use Arches 100% cotton 140lb Smooth or Medium for nearly all of my paintings (simply because that is what is most frequently available). Hot press/ smooth is great for detail work whereas cold press is more suggestive and requires slightly different handling. I stretch my paper to prevent buckling and it makes it easier for me to set up on an angle (personal preference). Paper is a matter of experimentation and choice.
I generally use Windsor & Newton. Unfortunately nowhere in my area used to sell pans so I had to resort to tubes and a pallete that I mix in. One thing to note, there is a big difference in the vibrancy of Artist quality vs Student Quality. I also use sepia pitt pens which are filled with Indian Ink, though I do use Indian ink and brush as well.
Fleshtones – generally I use a cadmium orange mixed with alizarin crimson and sometimes a touch of permanent rose. For shadows I’ll add in blues (pthalo/ ultramarine)/ greens (viridian) / purples (generally a mix of ultramarine and permanent rose) to my base mix and mix burnt sienna with alizarin. You don’t ‘need’ all of these colours, I just make a slightly pink-orange/ peach colour and layer pale washes for general skin and choose a cool colour for the shadows.
I use an Intuos 3 Wacom digital stylus to paint with. These days I mostly use Photoshop CS5 with a range of custom brushes that I have collected from other artists. I used to use Painter and Photoshop together, and still believe that painter’s brushes are superior to Photoshop, but the editing capabilities of Photoshop are much better.
There are a couple of tutorials showing some of my techniques in the Tutorial Section