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How to Paint in Monochrome with Watercolour

How to Paint in Monochrome with Watercolour

So, you want to paint using a single colour? That’s called working in monochrome. You may think, “Watercolor has so many gorgeous colours; why use just one?” Now, this is where things get interesting.  The basic idea of painting in monochrome is to choose one colour, any colour, and work with it. It forces us, as artists, to shift our focus to a few aspects of our craft rather than having to manage all of it in the same painting. Using a single colour to do a painting, a sketch, or a study, lets you work without considering the other...

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Paint Around the World with Pedro Loureiro

Paint Around the World with Pedro Loureiro

Have you ever wished you could paint a scene from a faraway place, but you couldn’t because you had no travel money? I have had this problem many times. I want to paint everything on earth, except for the part of earth where I currently am. The talented urban sketch artist Pedro Loureiro found a good way around this problem that doesn’t involve spending any airfare. He uses Google Earth to virtually sketch on location! For his painting, he used the satellite map to visit Lisbon, Portugal, but I decided to go to Nærbø, Norway. Here we are in Nærbø...

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Learn How to Sketch, Quickly

Learn How to Sketch, Quickly

Congratulations, you’ve decided to be a sketcher, and you’ve just acquired all the necessary components to do so: a quality sketchbook, a pen, and some watercolours -- you’re all set! Except now, every time you sit down to begin to draw, you’re paralyzed with a pen-stopping fear and have no clue how to push past this block. You look around, and everything seems too complicated, too vast, too overwhelming. You look down and say, “Okay, I’ll start small,” and then cannot find anything small to draw. Your mind officially shut down your sketching career before you even had a chance...

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Perspectives Made Fun with Jeff Carter

Perspectives Made Fun with Jeff Carter

Perspective is one of the more daunting fundamentals when beginners learn to draw, and many shy away from it entirely. It’s just reminiscent enough of geometry that artistic types don’t want to go near it. As is the case with all fundamentals, once you master perspective, you can do loads of exciting things with it. It’s far more pliable than textbooks make it look. Jeff Carter is a UK-based watercolourist who takes perspective and makes it fun for himself in his unique way, and we’re about to follow his fantastic live demo here in this blog. Carter begins with a...

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How to Paint Wood Textures

How to Paint Wood Textures

How much wood would a woodchuck paint if a woodchuck could paint wood? Unfortunately, woodchucks can’t paint wood, but that doesn’t mean you can’t either!  In this tutorial, I’ll be showing some tips and tricks to painting the illusion of a wooden texture, from a tree's rough surface to objects made out of wood.  Tree Time While there are over 60,000 different species of trees, we can divide their bark textures into about 3 different categories: rough, smooth, and miscellaneous.  Rough textures mean that these trees tend to have a cracked, almost scaly or crinkled bark texture. Examples would be...

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Wild Watercolour Animals with Shaunna Russell

Wild Watercolour Animals with Shaunna Russell

Shaunna Russell paints realistic animals. In her style she uses nontraditional, vibrant pigments! She is also a good teacher, which makes her Live Demo a real treat. Following her example, I painted the hawk picture that she shares in her demonstration. Before I began, I spent some time pondering what I would do because my watercolour palette is extremely limited. My colours aren't the bright ones that would make the desired effect for this painting. I ended up using coloured inks instead of watercolour because I had a larger selection of vibrant colours. Ink behaves differently from watercolour. Some things...

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