Saturday, March 14, 2009

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Layout/Landscape

I have a weekly ritual of drawing at the LA ZOO every Wednesday afternoon. This week, me and a few friends are going to bring blank layouts so we can draw animals over em. Mine is above. I haven't watercolored in a while but I like how this turned out.

I might as well throw in some watercolor hints so I don't forget:
1. Lay down every color in a palette you want to use before you put anything on paper. Think of the pallette as a color thumbnail of the whole painting.
2. If you use pan watercolors, sprinkle all the paints with water before you start.
3. Lay down simple large compositional areas with a lot of water. Most washes look best with a lot of water that just dry as a puddle on top of paper, so you want to aim for that in mind.
4. Things that need a lot of paint & texture look cripser if you paint it on with a dry brush The brush technique is actually more in line with stamping. Its probably better to use acrylics in this case.
5. Be as sparse with strokes as possible.

Saturday, March 7, 2009