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Sketch a Painting

By Eileen C.

Have you ever tried using watercolor pencils? If you are a pencil artist like me who likes to sketch, then this is the painting method for you. The watercolor pencil is actually just a water soluble colored pencil. This means that you can draw fine details and blend them with water.

The watercolor pencils that I use come from Faber Castell, and they come in many different shades. There are a lot of different pencil techniques, but my favorite method is sketching out my painting with a regular pencil, coloring it in with the different colored pencils, and then applying water with a brush. You can also dip the tip of your pencil in water, and then draw onto dry paper, but this method uses up the pencil lead very quickly. Another way to use your watercolors is to slightly wet your paper and draw with a dry pencil. This creates a unique bleeding effect.

What I love about using these versatile pencils is that you will have the watercolor paint look, but all you really did was draw. The reason I usually sketch is because painting can be difficult, as you have to have a lot of different colors of paint to get the right values. When the paint dries you cannot blend the colors, but when it is wet you cannot add more paint. These problems are still there when you use watercolor pencils, but there are ways to make your painting experience a little more simple. It is easier to do your shading if you add all of the color before applying water. From my experience you cannot put new layers with watercolor pencil, as the color is thin and will be somewhat transparent.

Try using different mediums in addition to your watercolor paint, such as pens or a different type of paint such as acrylic, which is my other main painting medium. Just have fun using your watercolor pencils, and make your own masterpiece!

Learn Watercolor Painting at Home - 3 Tips From Watercolour Secrets

By Wayne Rasku

If you have not "met" Bob Davies, author of Watercolour Secrets, you really should.

He is an extremely gifted teacher. This is especially true if you like things explained in easy, practical terms.

If you just want to learn how to paint with watercolor and not where the name cadmium blue originated (you know what I mean), then read to find out where and how this can happen.

But first, as advertised, the 3 tips:

Tip #1 -( from the chapter - Create Whatever You Want with Simple Shapes) It's a good idea to sketch out your painting with a pencil before you start, but use the lightest lines possible so that it will be easier to erase later. If you need to sketch your layout on a separate sheet of paper in heavier lines, make sure you don't use your final watercolor paper. Rather, transfer your sketch with light lines possibly using graphite paper.

Tip #2 - (from the chapter - Creating Believable Trees) When painting tree branches, it is easier to pull your brush (toward your hand), so if you are right handed, the branches on the right side of the tree are easier to paint. To paint the branches on the left side, simply turn your paper over (upside down) and paint.

Tip #3 - (from the chapter - Enhance Your Landscapes with Simple Figures) The word "simple" is the key.. when adding people to landscapes, leave the facial details out. They will only complicate your painting. You can also leave off the feet, and just have the legs end in the grass.

Bonus Tip - Always keep some damp paper towel handy. You can use it to blot your painting when you want to mute the color, such as in a shadow where you want the color change to me more gradual.

These tips are from a free e-book available from Bob Davies and "Watercolour Secrets."

Ten Super Watercolor Painting Tips for Illustrators

By Mark G Mitchell

"We would like to see examples of your color work," said the hand-written message on the postcard from an art director at a children's book publishing house.

Uh-Oh. She had liked the black and white art samples I'd sent her, but she zeroed in on my weakness: The painting instruction I'd never quite gotten in college.

Now I had to work up some full color illustrations that demonstrated my painting bravura, or lack thereof. It was a long time ago and I'll spare you the details about how I spent the weekend whipping up watercolors, doing the best I could with the little I knew. I could draw figures and scenes decently. But in my color and washes, there was always as many misses as hits. My painting efforts were all guesswork. Did it show?

I guess it did, because I didn't hear from her again after I submitted my hastily assembled watercolors, or rather, photocopies of them.

I've learned a lot since then from painters, art directors and fellow illustrators, who were also, thank goodness, teachers at heart and generous.

The result is that I've learned that what I'd thought of as the scary part of illustration was not so scary or all that complicated. In fact, it's tons of fun.

Turns out that art doesn't have as many rules as a lot of other subjects. A handful of design principles apply to illustration as to almost all kinds of visual art. And those, in combination with a little common sense, professional courtesy (to your viewers) and some practice can go along way toward your painting looking like you've been doing it forever. And on top of that metaphorical cake, I'll add some frosting -- my top ten favorite watercolor painting tips I've learned or have discovered on my own path.

1.)Before you paint, jot off (in pencil) a small, loose value sketch of your scene to determine where your picture's midtones, lights and dark should be, so you'll have a strategy and some patterns to follow in your painting.

2.)Use good materials for painting - a few quality sable or sable/synthetic blend round brushes will make a big difference. Though not even nearly as big a difference as the right paper, which must be 100 percent cotton rag watercolor paper (It has to say that: 100 percent rag, so that you know it's not made from woodpulp - but instead real cotton fibers. Arches paper is a good brand to look for Either type - cold press (toothy texture) or hot press (smooth surface) either type will do fine for your illustrations. And either paper weight: 140 lb. or 90 lb. will serve you well.

3.)If your illustration is going to be a little complicated, make a full-sized outline drawing of it on regular drawing paper. This is not to be confused with your value sketch, which will be quite small and should be done after you've worked out your careful larger drawing. Lightly tranfer your pencil sketch, or a photocopy of it on to your watercolor paper with the aid of a light box. Or trace your sketch on to your paper using a window and the natural light of the outside.

4.)Think in terms of a dominant color for your painting. You'll add a few, though not many other colors to your palette - most importantly a color that's opposite the dominant color, which you can use to darken or neutralize the other colors a bit where needed.

5.)Start in on your painting with a mid-tone wash of your dominant color. Mix plenty of it up ahead of time so you don't run out. (It's OK if it's a slightly "broken" or somewhat neutralized version of the color. Colors will depend on your scene's mood and subject.) When you're painting, don't forget to reserve areas of blank paper in the composition -- for the whites and lighter colors that will go in those spaces. In the final painting, you'll want to place the darkest darks against the lightest light places where you want your viewers to look most. That will be the center of interest for your painting.

6.)Make sure when painting, that your brush is good and wet (though not sloppy out-of -control wet) with the paint solution. Your wash solution should be well-saturated with the pigment so that the color goes down rich and strong - though not opaque and heavy. Tilt your painting board just a bit, so that washes run slightly with gravity down the sheet in just the one direction - down toward you. If you see a slight liquid bead forming at the bottom edge of your brush strokes, that you're working with a brush that's wet enough and that you have your board tilted just right.

7.) A good watercolor tip is one you might hear from any professional house painter: Work with the largest brush you can get away with - for the economy of means, the brevity of technique. This means, cover the surface you need to, but don't overwork a passage. Less is usually more. If you can complete a whole section with just one juicy swipe of the brush, great! You can always come back later (after it's dry), if that first pass wash didn't cover enough.

8.) You'll enjoy learning lots and lots of good watercolor painting techniques but if you'll remember the big idea: to keep your brush wet, your paint stirred and yet rich and strong with color, that's a good professional start for a painter.

9.) Know that your brushstrokes will always dry a step or two (on the value scale) lighter than they'll look when they're glistening wet. So don't be afraid to go darker with your paint mixtures. Push those darks in your picture - for better clarity and contrast and a stronger design.

10.) Don't forget to put down your brush and step away from your painting occasionally. But don't stop for a big rest until you've filled up all four corners of the painting with some kind of color. (But remember to leave some white spaces where you'll think you might need them.) Only when your initial covering of the painting's surface dries, can you can assess how much further you need to go. And that may not be as far as you think. Wait until you've had a good rest before you try to judge your painting.

Pencil Sketches - A Popular Tool Among the Artists

By Murtaza Habib

The aim of sketches is to record some valuable information for the study purpose in the long term. It's like a rough work of final product and it is a free hand drawing with many overlapping lines. Sketches are series of many disconnected lines that produce to develop an image. The tools used to create sketches are pencil, pen, watercolor, clays and many more. The most preferable painting tool is pencil by most artists from the day when graphite was found.

Here are some points that an artist needs to consider, if he wants to draw sketches using pencil...

1. Pencils: - The hardness of pencils varies from 2H to 6B.

H pencils are very hard pencils; the grades available in this kind of pencils are H, 2H and HB. B pencil are soft pencils, the grades available in this pencils are B, 2B, 3B, 4B, 5B and 6B. An artist can select the pencil grade by considering the different factors like atmosphere, paper quality, drawing subject, etc.

2. Sharpener: - Sharpener is very important tool while creating a sketch using pencils.

It helps to sharp the pencil wedge for the better quality of images, make sure that you do not sharp the pencil point.

3. Eraser:- It is a useful tool to remove extra lines or soften lines.

The best eraser for sketches is kneaded eraser. This eraser has a very soft and sticky surface that can easily remove graphite from the paper. The best feature of this eraser is, it will not create smudging. Plastic erasers are also used to remove the lines but the worst part is, they create smudging heavily.

4. Paper:- If you will use best quality paper then it will give you attractive image.

Make sure that the paper should not be totally smooth. If you use slightly rough paper, then it will give nice appearance to your sketch.

Learn from todays expert how to paint and draw step by step with the help of pictures on your core subject whether it is oil, watercolor, acrylic, fabric painting, pencil, cartoon drawing, or digital art.


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