I am addicted to the design seeds web site, design-seeds.com!
For the past few days I've been choosing one color scheme from the website per day and trying to match the colors in watercolor. I recommend this kind of practice for anyone looking to improve color skills. It's challenging and rewarding.
In the process, I'm finding that a fairly consistent style is starting to come through. Judging by what I've learned in the past few months, this style is more of a fast "mass market" style than a "trade" picture book style. I think it will be helpful to develop two separate styles for these two publication types. What do you think?
erm... keep in mind that these photos were taken with an iphone. In a week, I'll have my new Epson Perfection v600 scanner for much better quality images!