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Fox, Watercolor Painting

teacher avatar Umberto Zanoni, nerodivenere

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (33m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Background

    • 4. Neutral Tint on the Body

    • 5. First Layer - Yellow

    • 6. Second Layer - Red

    • 7. Final Details and Definition

    • 8. Final Result and Greetings

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About This Class

hello Artists

how are you ? do you feel good ? i wish you the best all time ;)

as you can see from this class title, i will show you how i realised a watercolor painting of a fox.

i started from a real picture of a real fox, and then i played with some wash, and a quite big mop brush, very good to carry on a high amount of water, and allow me to bland and shading 

i did on a cold press paper rough because is one of my favourite paper 

this is quite easy painting, suitable for any level, and i think is also fun to play with wash technique

as usual sorry if my english is not perfect, i try to improve any time :)

thank you for your patience and to support me :)

see you next class :)


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Umberto Zanoni



Hello, I'm Nero di Venere,
[well my real name as you can see is Umberto :D ]

I am fro italy, but i live in the UK, and I started to be a professional artist, in march 2000.. :O long time ago

I am specialized in airbrush painting, and watercolor techniques, about traditiona Art, but I also started a couple of months ago, to do some Digital Art, Digital Illustrations, and Digital Watercolor on iPad, and in particular on Procreate

I'm also a photographer, in fact most of the time, i paint from my picture.
I really like to paint some of my friends and model :)

I actually can't live without Art :)
Be creative is the real center of my life, and I think this feeling is the same of any other people love Art, so this is the main reason about I really love t... See full profile

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1. Intro: Artists, welcome back. Nearly winner here. I really happy because today I am going to show you something different. You know, usually I do portrait and something like that. But today I want to show you how I realise tes beautiful, cute fox. I know sometimes you think IE, my classes is for intermediate or expert level, but I am going to try to be more open to everyone. Because I think yes, sometime I did something difficult. Maybe. I look some review and people told me, oh, this is too much for me. I'm just a beginner. This is, so why this is quite simple because I view, I've used only one brush, actually this one. But I'm going to show you all the entire staff and our tool I've used in the next video. But basically I did this in Wash Wash. technique. So the thing is what on dry is rough paper, so is called press papers. So you have a little bit more time to play with the color, to mix, to blend everything. But I explain you during the next clip. So step-by-step, I'm telling you, I am going to show you all the foreign tile process about how I realize this painting. Last things, sorry, English is not my first language, but I tried to do my best anytime. So a little bit of patients, but I think the art and art tool and the colors can explain better than me. I tried to do my best. We'll see you at the end for greetings and details. And I will show you in the details, of course, the final result in the last video. See you later. Now painting. 2. Materials: Okay, to realize the foxy. So to show you the picture, the reference image, as you can see here, is I took up a picture of a real fox and then I work on, I don't want turn because there is a reflection of the other light. Anyway, deaths, the reference image. This is the paper I've used is an honeymoon. Cezanne made for watercolor, I think is called pressed. But the most important thing for me is under percent cotton, really rough equality since the size and the GSM. But I want to show you the texture without painting IT she during the video. But just to be sure, I hope you can see the texture. And this is one of my favorite paper. I liked it really texts for paper, but I think you know that if you follow me for a while, I did a trace with Farber Castile watercolor pencil. So this quota corpus, it will disappear when you go over with brush and water, so it will melt in the other color. The range of color I've used is basically this one. And for the background made this recoils, playing with viridian green and something like Prussian blue and spirulina or automatic blue, yellow, orange, Alizarin, clumsy, sepia, burnt humble. Just play with that and find a good range and a good vibrant color on the brush. He's a da Vinci cosine o is, I think it's not called mop, but of course as mop series, as you can see here, is a squirrel imitation Bristol. So carry on a lot of water. So to work with in wash style, this is one of the best kind of brush ever. There is another one I like a lot. This is actually new. It's a Princeton acquire lit but is not feasible this time because this is Collins Key stable. So it is better to four to other kinds of work. Well, that's it. Start to paint. 3. Background: So I trace the main line with watercolor pencil here on this cold press freebie rough paper. And now I'm going to start with the background because I don't want get the yellow and orange, I don't want get contaminate. So because the blue should be the dominant colour compared to the other one, because the other ones are a little bit brighter and lighter. I want to start with the background also. Just in case I, I-I need to go outside and make some edges more. Define. If I need more definition on the edge is better if I go over the background instead to the opposite. Also, in last but not least, the background would be really washed. Well. In this case, all of the painting would be Washington, but usually is, in my opinion is better to start with the background. Anyway. I traced everything with the watercolor pencil. Because when I go to touch with a brush and the color and the water, the trace I made, the color will melt and will blend with the water column will occur. Pencil would, would blend with this with the code. And now I am doing two to three layer, actually one layer, but to trilayer before the first one is dry. So try to explain better. I'm doing a Wharton dry. But the second layer, as you can see here, I'm doing a kind of wet on wet. But the first wet is with a little bit of color and then I increase and I put on the paper rich pigment. So now I'm going to definition the outside and then I will start with the fox. Actually is not really difficult to do this part of the thing because you have to feel free just to make some interesting contrast. Color in blue with the main subject. Okay. 4. Neutral Tint on the Body: Second step here, I decided to make the front part of the body so should be white hair. But I have, so I am going to paint just the shadow of this part of the body. And I decide to keep the neutral tint because this is not called like for example, a Payne's gray. This is the name of the color is actually neutral tint. And it's a little bit warmer. So I think it's better because of course, the rest of the body of the fox would be yellow, orange, and red, and brown red. That's why here. It's better to keep a neutral tint a little bit warm just to match better the rest of the dynamic range of the body. And the process is still the same, so I'm doing wet and dry. The color is quite full of water also because I choose, I decide to use this wash brush. And this is squirrel imitation Bristol saw. It can carry a lot of water. The thing is, it's easier to work in this way, but it's a little bit longer because of course you have to make more layers because the color will be the dilution of the Galois theory height. Okay? Okay. Okay. Okay. And 5. First Layer - Yellow: Keep, keeping the same method and process. Now I'm going to apply the first layer of yellow. And as I did for the background and for the front part of the body, I'm usually, I'm using the same technique. So what and dry. The color white washed. So good amount of water enough just to make the first layer. This layer is important because you can get actually the first readable volumes of the fox. Also, I am doing the edge and I think we will leave the, the, those edge like highlights in the next step. So in the next steps, I will not going to cover all of these light, bright yellow edges. But now the important thing is to make the fox readable. And also because I am working with real transparent colors, when I will apply the orange and the red in the second steps, that will blends together. I'm, I'm sure you can see in transparency, you will see the other color underneath. So this first layer will make the next color a little bit brighter because it is important to play with the transparency of the medium of the water color usually offer. Well. In fact, they're all gone. Two. 6. Second Layer - Red: Ready for the second layer, I'm going to use a little bit darker compared to the orange and yellow. So this is the first layer of red. I will apply a next layer later with a dark red. I can't remember if I've used red van Dick Or if I mixed elisa increments and burned Humbert. Anyway, basically more or less, the result is the same. The key is to use in the next steps. Up brown or reddish brown. That's the most important thing just to get the shadows, the DPP, the three-dimensionality more visible. So now we are going to pop up the, to start to pop up. The main subject. Of course. The last step would be on the I and the nose and the mouth. That would be really dark. But remember, I'm not one, I'm not an artist. When I paint, I like to use black. I don't use black. So for that part, mixed some Payne's gray and CPI. Of course, Gua kingdom the ratio. But the most important thing is was actually make the Payne's gray a little bit more warm to match the dynamic range of the entire composition. Yeah. Okay. 7. Final Details and Definition: Well, I do apologize a little bit because I completely forgot for this last part of the painting, eyes watching the brush because, well, you can do everything with the first one with a big wash brushes, but actually, that one is me. The other one. The brush I've use until now is a little bit too much used. Saw is not really pointed. The thing is synthetic brush, really good. They, the technology now is absolutely phenomenal. Compared to the natural hair. You can get ruined in a little bit, in, in a short time. So also if you don't keep your brush, 3D plume, even get some. If you have to do, for example, what I'm doing right now, you need a really pointed brush. Mine was not really precise. So that's why I've used this brush. This is a new brand. I got this brush few days ago. Still synthetic steel? No, this is another brand does is prints it on what Drop? No, sorry, acquainted. I think it's a new series of these brushes actually, actually, so the Bristol are synthetic Kaminsky imitation and as you can see here, is really precise compared to the other one because the brush I've used to do the wash on the body and till now, was square root limitation. Still synthetic. But squirrel, This one is really precise. I love to use this brush. And I'm so sorry, I didn't tell you before. But I really completely forgot for these last steps I've used this one. Well, of course it's not. The issue is now a problem. You can feel free to use five brushes if you are more comfortable to use that. Use one brushes just, I don't know what kind of challenge, but it doesn't really matter. The important thing is to get a good result, okay? So if you have to use, if you want to use through brushes, if you want to use a flat one, if you want to use a point and if you want to use natural hair, this is just really up to you. I'm not judge anything at all. The important thing is to, you can learn a process and the step-by-step, how you can realize a painting like this. So now I am doing, as you can see here, some details. So I'm going to define the mouth, the eye, the nose, and I'm going to do to finish the air, adjust, keep washing because now I am using a darker color, not black. This is a mixing as it tell, told you before, from CPI and Payne's gray. I think you can get really dark color. Basically, I made warm. Payne's gray pains, grays are called Gray. I made it a little bit warm with this API because you not save your ease. Really dark ground. Anyway. Just keep watching because this is the last step. I am going to define them out. A little bit of the head and the body, the eye, a little bit of the edge outside of the head on the top. And I'm I will do the final hair close to the nose and up and above the kind of eyelash, eyebrows or wherever you want to call it? Yes. Hi. Okay. Yeah. 8. Final Result and Greetings: Welcome back. Thank to watch these classes. I really hope you enjoyed that and I hope this time will be suitable for basically for everyone. So beginner can try to play with the colors and expert can try a different technique if they maybe didn't, never try the wash technique and just painting with one stroke. Well, actually this is not the only one I've used. I've used this one I've showed you in the other video as well. Because this is one of the last brush I've got and I quite like this for the details just in case, but you can do everything just with one brush. So I can do everything just with one. But maybe you are more comfortable to use two brushes and make sure to get good results. Because if you miss or if you do some mistakes in the last step, probably you're going to trash everything and is not really funny. I am going to show you the final result close to the camera so you can see in the details and everything. The focus of course, is on the face. And then I play with blending and washing out the other color. Another thing really important, I think you have to keep in your mind, we're in, when you tried to do a painting like this, is choose the collar before. Because you can get a really good contrast and you can play definitely better between the complimentary color, so cold and warm color. For example, here, the majority that the main color is orange and yellow and red. I can use for the background a purple as well, or like purple. And can work absolutely better because remember, Yellow and purple are complimentary. But because the main color is orange and red, the this was indigo blue, I think was the best color to match, basically the entire value of the warm colors. So between red to yellow, yellow to red. So yellow to red, the choice of the background and the complimentary color was between blue and purple. Something like that arranged around that a little bit of green was not, was not bad as well, because the purple is complementary of yellow, green is complementary of red and blue is the, orange is the complementary of blue. But I in going to make a list in the project, so frightening. So you can get and note reminder, really clean. Anyway. I really hope you enjoyed these classes. Please as usual, feel free to contact me for anything you need. Make a question to some review. Through your review, I want to improve as well the way I'm teaching to make your experience with my classes, but definitely more positive, more beautiful. And you can enjoy better to seven classes because this is the most important thing for me is share my scales with you and hopefully you will like that. Usually. I, I, I really this is my, my first focus, my first goal. Artists, please never stopped practice. Keep on painting because it's the best way to find your own style to make you happy and to enjoy painting. And make realistic your idea. See you next classes. Bye and thank you again. Maybe even an eye chart.