This is a very early A Distant Soil painting, which is a combo of watercolor, colored pencil, and colored ink, with Photoshop revision and restoration.

Since colored pencils contain oil, they resist watercolor and create a crude glow effect around the stars you draw. I never learned to use an airbrush, so this is how I made stars in ancient times. Now I just use Photoshop.

Back in the day, I was advised to paint with Dr. Martin’s Watercolor dyes and inks, but I don’t think I’ve done any painting using either medium since the 1980’s.

I don’t know a single illustrator who still works with Dr. Martin’s. An elderly creator sent me huge bottles of the dyes, and I don’t know what to do with them.

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