First off, this is super adorable! Your drawing could easily fit into a book! Also, in my opinion, I think your blooming adds to the playfulness and makes it more fun.
Water color is definitely a challenge. Something you might try is putting a VERY light coat of water on the area you are going to color first.
For example, say you go to color the little guy's collar:
Step One: Take a clean brush and put a light, quick coat of water on the area. It will dry quickly if you didn't put enough, and in that case just re-apply.
Step Two: Take an equal dip, maybe a slight bit more, of your color.
Step Three: When applying, make sure to start in the middlemost area you plan to color. That way if it starts to "bloom" you can catch it quick with a paper towel. Paper towels are your friend!
I hope that helps!
Thank you so much for the feedback! I'd love to do a chilfpdren's book someday, so I'm glad my art comes across that way! Your tip about the paper towels has been immensely helpful, thank you! I've also switched from pans to tune painting, and for whatever reason the switch in workflow has helped significantly.
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