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Bighorn in Watercolour – Laying in Darker Colours

In this series of lessons, I will be showing you how to make a watercolour painting from a bighorn sheep reference. In this session I will be showing you how to lay in some darker tones / colours in order to separate the shadows and lights more clearly. MATERIALS Watercolour paperSeveral small - medium soft brushesWatercolour paints (anything you have to hand)Water potPaper towel or rag Reference Image: https://unsplash.com/photos/6Uh-fJizwlw I would begin with the background as this will help separate the bighorn from its surroundings.Use a fairly big brush for speed (and to avoid adding too much detail too quickly).If there are any suggestions of shapes or colour shifts, you can go ahead and suggest them - in a fairly blurry manner ideally (using wet into wet brushwork). Once the background is in place you can start washing darker tones over the subject in shadow. Colours may vary; the horn shadows are much yellower and warmer than the cooler tones of the fur in shadows for example. You can finish by swapping to a smaller brush and adding some more specific dark notes and define the shadow edges more definitively ...
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Bighorn in Watercolour – Initial Wash Painting

In this series of lessons, I will be showing you how to make a watercolour painting from a bighorn sheep reference. In this first session we will be going straight in with a watercolour wash. MATERIALS Watercolour paperSeveral small - medium soft brushesWatercolour paints (anything you have to hand)Water potPaper towel or rag Reference Image: https://unsplash.com/photos/6Uh-fJizwlw Begin by using extremely diluted watercolour with your biggest brush.It doesn't matter what colours you use really, as this initial pass of paint will be so light.Try to keep your lines simple as you feel out the proportions.Make sure to correct anything that is wrong as soon as you notice. The fewer proportion mistakes at this stage, the easier it will be to continue with the rest of the piece. Once the general shapes are blocked in, you can use the diluted paint to start massing in the darker shadowy regions of the piece. Then you can use the smaller brush to start developing more specific details across the piece.You can make the paint less diluted for this stage (not super dark - just slightly darker than the first pass over).If you have got pretty good proportions from the first two stages, you should ...
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Detailed Brush and Pen Drawing – Final Touches

This is a series that will show you how to make an artwork in ink using a mixture of brushwork and pen. In this session you will learn how to add final details to finish the piece off. You can use the same reference as me by downloading it here: https://i1.wp.com/drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/P1090849.jpg Materials Watercolour paperSmall soft round brushIndian inkWater potPencil Use a very small brush to add very small details.You don't need to change anything drastic - just add to what is already there.Use a mixture of lighter, washier tones and richer, darker tones with less diluted ink. Pay particular attention to the textures that occur where the forms are turning from light to dark as this is where they will be most pronounced.You can add details in the darker areas as well.At this stage we are working over the entire piece as one thing. That's it! You should have completed a lovely ink piece in pen and brush 🙂 ...
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Detailed Brush and Pen Drawing – Bolder Accents

This is a series that will show you how to make an artwork in ink using a mixture of brushwork and pen. In this session we will be darkening the accents in the shadows to increase contrast. You can use the same reference as me by downloading it here: https://i1.wp.com/drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/P1090849.jpg Materials Watercolour paperSmall soft round brushIndian inkWater potPencil This time we will be using less diluted ink in order to make sure that the darker tones are extra punchy. Start with the parts of the shadows that are near black and then work your way towards lighter shadows. This is still somewhat 'glazing' based as the ink will still be slightly transparent as it dries.Take advantage of this by applying a few passes of ink to soften gradations. You can also begin to add more refined textures where necessary.We will be continuing to add more textures with a small brush next week as we move towards completion ...
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Detailed Brush and Pen Drawing – Adding Outlines

This is a series that will show you how to make an artwork in ink using a mixture of brushwork and pen. In this session we will be using a fine dip pen to outline the forms that we established with the brush in the first two sessions. You can use the same reference as me by downloading it here: https://i1.wp.com/drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/P1090849.jpg Materials Watercolour paperSmall soft round brushIndian inkWater potPencil You will need to dilute the Indian ink with a bit of water. This will stop it from being too glossy when you lay it down.Your aim is to outline the entire drawing using the dip pen. This includes the outside edges as well as some emphasis on the edges of the shadows within the forms.You can also look out for places where forms overlap or edges travel into shadows. It's a pretty simple stage, but it will help give us a very clear and well structured basis for adding more detail with the brush in the remaining sessions ...
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Detailed Brush and Pen Drawing – Layering in the Shadows

This is the first part of a series that will show you how to make an artwork in ink using a mixture of brushwork and pen. In this session I will show you how to use gradual washes of diluted ink to develop more complex tonal relationships in the shadows. You can use the same reference as me by downloading it here: https://i1.wp.com/drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/P1090849.jpg Materials Watercolour paperSmall soft round brushIndian inkWater potPencil Process You will need to use very diluted washes of ink in this session - make sure you're not dipping into pure indian ink!If you use more diluted washes, you will have a lot more control over the values as you build them. Begin by darkening the parts of the shadows that are definitively dark.You don't need to go completely dark just yet, instead, try to find more detail as you wash over the darker tones. Work around the whole subject so as to avoid over-saturating the surface.Once a section is dry, you can return to it and apply further washes ...
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Detailed Brush and Pen Drawing – Getting Started

This is the first part of a series that will show you how to make an artwork in ink using a mixture of brushwork and pen. This lesson will show you how to establish the drawing using light washes of diluted ink. You can use the same reference as me by downloading it here: https://i1.wp.com/drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/P1090849.jpg Materials Watercolour paperSmall soft round brushIndian inkWater potPencil Process Begin by lightly sketching in the approximate shapes of the lily using pencil.Don't press too hard as we will be erasing the pencil later.You should also find any definite dark or shadow shapes as well - to make sure that you don't put any ink where we will be leaving the petals white. Then use the ink diluted with a lot of water to wash in the dark shapes from your pencil sketch. You will probably find that you mostly need water rather than any ink as it is very strong.Try to elaborate on the pencil sketch but keep the dark shapes fairly flat for now. Finally use less diluted ink to crisply outline the shadow shapes.This will create a very solid basis to work from next week as we begin to render in more detail ...
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Pumpkin Wash in Ink!

In this lesson I'll be showing you how to make an ink wash sketch of a pumpkin (perfect for this time of year!). Materials: PencilEraserWatercolour paperIndian inkSeveral small watercolour brushesWater potPaper towel for cleaning Process: Start with a very simple pencil sketch as a guide for your ink painting.Find the overall proportions and the shadow shapes (the parts of the object that don't receive direct light).You don't need to fill this in - as soon as the line sketch is finished you can start painting! Use ink diluted with water to make the tone lighter and wash this middle tone over the shadow of the pumpkin. The use less diluted ink to lay in the darker tones (background, ground shadow etc.).You can also do other washes of midtones (such as the ground plane in light). Then you can keep developing the form by applying gradually washes of darker tones over the halftones.Try to keep some of the pumpkin completely light (these are the highlights) ...
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Hatching an Apple in Ink

In this lesson I will be showing you how to loosely sketch an apple using form based hatching with a dip pen and ink. You can work from life using a piece of fruit, or if you prefer, you can use the same reference as me: http://drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/PXL_20210926_160845388-scaled.jpg Materials Dip pen and drawing nibIndian inkPaperPencilEraser Process Begin by using your pencil to very lightly sketch the outside of the fruit, stem and a suggestion of the shadow. Then you can use the pen to lightly trace over the pencil sketch.It may work well to use the nib on its side during this stage as that will give you a finer line. Once the pencil sketch is traced over, you can erase the pencil lines and begin developing form using hatched lines.Try to get these lines to follow the form where possible. As the apple is so round, this will rely on lots of curved lines that are denser nearer the shadow edge and lighter / less dense as the form turns to the light. Some lines will run down the form of the apple and some will roll out of the edges of the apple. Where they cross will appear darker ...
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Nōtan with Ink – Representational and Abstract Sketching

In this lesson we will be using a brush and ink on paper to draw a realistic sketch and a couple of abstract studies using the Japanese Nōtan approach. Materials: InkPaperBrush Reference image link: http://drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/photo-1605117012605-b68dedd4accc.jpg Process: You just need to use a single brush and undiluted ink for this exercise.Begin by analysing the subject and determine what will be light and what will be dark.Then start laying in the darkest shapes using the simplest brushwork possible. As you add more dark shapes, the image will begin to appear.Avoid adding too much detail or second guessing yourself - it's better to work as confidently as possible with this type of sketching. Keep going until all the dark shapes have been laid in.Pay close attention to how the intersecting light and dark shapes work together to create a strong impression of the subject. Now that the realistic sketch is complete, you can use what you learnt to experiment with some more abstract two tone studies.Play around with different sizes and types of shape and see how altering a shape impacts the overall composition ...
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