Here's a photo of a simple set up we all see a few times everyday-an empty plate, fork and a cup. Even the simplest compositions like this one can become something interesting as a contour line sketch. Watch the following video to see an introduction to this simple but engaging form of drawing.
For inspiration this week I wanted to share the watercolor sketchbook of Alan Nowell. He is a friend of Lynda Wilson, one of my past students at IFAC. His work is both inspiring as a story and as art. Be sure to read the story-it's very touching.
Thanks for letting me share this Alan- My next lesson will be getting a sketchbook started!!
Hi everyone! Thanks for sending me your dog images. It's great to see you all painting and I'm guessing your dogs-like my Izzy-are loving the attention now that we're all home so much. Seems to be a fitting subject to be painting.
Welcome to our second online watercolor project. To finish off our study of animals and fur we wanted to work from our own photographs instead of copying someone's painting. So here are the steps for how you can do this at home.
Create an Accurate Tracing of the Photograph
What you'll need:
A window with a lot of light coming through
Color and Black and White copy of your photograph
After you finish creating your tracing, transfer your image onto your watercolor paper. I will use hot press paper for this painting since it's relatively light in value and so I can get all the tiny details correct without having to worry about the texture of the paper. Remember hot press paper doesn't absorb the paint as deeply as cold press, so an image with dark values or needing many layers of paint, is not the best choice for hot press.
So here is little Scout all finished up. I went a little crazy with the dark background but I like how it really brings him and his wild hair, especially around his ears and neck, to the forefront. I hope you enjoyed this video series. Be sure to check in again for the next painting project I put online. Happy Painting!!
Hi Everyone! Welcome to my Intermediate and Advance Watercolor Class. I am just picking up from where we left off and have completed the Value Study painting. Unfortunately I'm not as tech savvy as I used to be and although I filmed myself completing this painting, I haven't quite figured out how to edit and upload it online. So now I've got lots of time to learn how to do that, so look for video resources coming soon.
Our next project is to paint an animal from our own photographs. Please look for a photograph with high contrast, one where you can see all of the value levels. We will use a window of your house as a "light box" to trace your image. If you want to get started on that, remember the tracing rules:
Until next time! NAMASTE and I miss you ALL!!
As you can see-I've completed the value study of the Terrier that we were working on.
There were quite a few Value 3's and 4's that needed to be added before I went to the white ink. Remember that we are using Dr PH Martin's Bleed Proof White Ink. I added some water into the mix to dilute it and found that it became water soluble. This was helpful for toning down the white areas making them into a Value "1/2". But be careful if you do this since you can quickly smear a white opaque coat over your Value 2-4's which would destroy all your hard work.
Here's an image that Ellen shared of the white dog she was working on:
Way to go Ellen! Please post any comments or questions about how to finish our project and share any images as well!
Here's Debbie Carver's Terrier. Way to go Debbie!! Super good job on the features and the little bits of fur around the edges!!
Here's Sally Liu's painting with color!
Here's Tina Abdollah's paintings! Way to go!
Violet Shen's painting of her son's border collie mix!
Becky Cameron's Terrier's! Getting ready for the next painting...Way to go Becky. I'm sure you learned a lot studying values and color.