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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Jump-start into Watercolor!

    • 2. Watercolor Paint

    • 3. Watercolor Paper

    • 4. Watercolor Brushes

    • 5. Types of perspective

    • 6. Light and shadow

    • 7. Monochromatic landscape

    • 8. Skillshare ekaterina smirnova step by step landscape

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About This Class

Always wanted to paint with watercolor? These classes are a perfect start! 
You will be surprised how easy it is to start making your own artwork. I will guide you through the materials and techniques of working with watercolor.


I this series of classes you will LEARN ABOUT:

- watercolor paint;
- differences between types of watercolor paper;
- watercolor brushes;
- how to make a color palette;
- types of perspective;
- monochromatic painting;


Step by step watercolor demo "Painting an evening plain-air"
By the end of the class you will have a complete painting of your own!


- rough watercolor paper, preferably 140 lb and thicker;
- small and medium size of soft bristle brushes with a pointy end;
- pencil, eraser;
- watercolor paints (pans or tubes);
- ceramic/plastic/metallic palette for mixing colors;
- water;
- kitchen paper towels.

For more tutorials on watercolor and step by step demos, please visit www.youtube.com/ekaterinasmirnova

Visit Ekaterina-Smirnova.com

Music used in these videos:

Present Day, Jammy Jams;
Bluebird, Jammy Jams;
I Knew a Guy by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100199Artist: http://incompetech.com/

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Ekaterina Smirnova

An artist, who is inspired by science and nature.


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1. Jump-start into Watercolor!: Hello. My name is a good city. Enough, said Abdullah. And I'm an artist's baked in New York. You might know me by the YouTube channel colors that today I'm going to share my fields with you. I will introduce you to a basic watercolor materials like paper, different varieties of brushes. We'll make a pallet out of the colors that you have available. I will explain to you rules off different varieties off perspective and explain basics off light and shadow. We will talk about monochromatic paintings, and at the end we will complete a step by step watercolor painting together. What color is a beautiful me? I believe the best is to just enjoy, relax, have a nice cup of tea party, listen to good music, and so go ahead, pick and roll and let's get started. 2. Watercolor Paint: What color paint. Let me show you something that I carry with me very frequently. It is a portable water color paint pellet, all of the colorist in the palate by in the hard form. You call them Pence. When I'm in the studio, it is best to work with something that is more liquid. And in this case, I use what a color in the choose jujubes come in different sizes from the tiny ones to really large ones. Let me give you a simple off the what color from the to It's simply squeeze them on. In this case, a butcher trade which I found very useful and using water, you need to dilute the color that comes in the pan, which might take a little while until you also from the color was water. Portable ballots usually come with its own section for mixing the collar and let me show you the same color that came from the two. You can see how much more easier and how much more intense the college ISS and that would also recommend to use the professional great off beamed 3. Watercolor Paper: get to know your watercolor paper. There are three main the writers off paper. One is a hot press. It's really smooth. The other one is Gold Press and Ruff Ruff is the most textures people. Let's see, how can we see the difference off the different varieties of people? My brush is a hard, brittle flat. How? Dip it in the water and collect the same amount off color for each off the strokes. I will collect a general's amount off color on the brush and by simply dragging it across the paper was the same strength. Make online every time you're feeling The Russia was the collar, and you can already see the difference in between the paper. This Moses is, um, hot press medium is on the cold press, and the most structures is on the roof paper. I personally prefer working on the rough paper. This allows me to achieve more fun effects 4. Watercolor Brushes: what color brushes. There are few varieties of brushes that I like to use. What's commonly it's popular to use a soft bristle brush. They come in different sizes. Rough bristle brush is usually made out of bigs hair. It is much more tough and usually used for acrylic or oil. But I like to use them for water collar as well, and this brush is called hockey. It is also very soft, and it's great for applying water on the paper. The brush is common. Different sizes. This is also a giant hockey brush. And just to give you a comparison off the sizes and look at this, it's a very different size, but both of them are grateful watercolor. 5. Types of perspective: Let's talk about perspective. First, I'll define a horizon line. The easiest type of perspective is a one point perspective, and let's find that single point one point perspective is a drawing method that shows how things appear to get smaller as they get further away until the vanishing point off the horizon line. It is a way of drawing off the objects to appear than look three dimensional. I'm going to draw a few cubes on the paper, and all of them will be positioned to the different places relative to the point. If I am drawing cubes, the front clear off the cube will always remain as a square, where the science off the cube will be changing. Relevant to the point. Second, most common type of perspective is a two point perspective. It is a lier perspective in which parallel lines along the weeks and deaths, often object, have represented as meeting at two separate points on the horizon. Now, as I'm drawing the same cubes, they will appear presented a little bit differently than the previous perspective. It is important to understand the basic rules of the perspective because it will help you to make your drawings and paintings much stronger. It will give you an idea off three dimensionality off your drawings and who present you much stronger as an artist. If you know how to draw a cube, you'll know how to draw a house. This is an example of a single point perspective. It looks like a suburban street was a few houses and some trees as well. You can see that the road is disappearing far away on the horizon. I'm going to draw a few off the trees that are also following the direction of the perspective. And as the further trees go away, then they become much smaller here, a few mountains, and after you're done, drawing and following the lines of the perspective, you can always erase them with an eraser. 6. Light and shadow: light and shadows. Now let's find a source off lights. Let's assume that the light is coming from this direction. Just using what color? Let's try to make the shadows and the lights off those cubes in order to make them look even more three dimensional. So the side off the cue that is an absolute opposite position off the light source is going to be in the shadow. That's why I will use the darkest tone off the color blue and the opposite. The site that is closer to the light source is going to be much lighter. If it's facing directly, it should be white. It is good to practice on the simple objects like a Q, because when you will be working with a more complex shaped objects, you understand the basics off the light and shadow. In this example, I am using just one color, but in reality the objects would have much more complex shadows on lights. It's good to practice with something simple 7. Monochromatic landscape: working on the monochromatic landscape, I'd like to present you a very short video about a painting that I've done using only monochromatic collars. Of course, you could use just one color and deluded with water, but in this case are chose three collars off the warm palette. It is Rosiana brown matter, and I re black in this radio, I'm making a landscape off Rio. Working with monochromatic paintings will help you to understand the values off light and dark, much easier than full color paintings with the full color. It is much harder to understand the depth off the shade or the brightness off the light with monochromatic. It's pretty straightforward. You get the most deepest, darkest color for the shade and the lightest. Very well. Value the color for the light. For other references off good examples off monochromatic artwork I would becoming you to have a look at the Chinese paintings done was black ink on rice people, to which a full episode on how to make this landscape please visit my YouTube channel 8. Skillshare ekaterina smirnova step by step landscape: This is a step by step tutorial by you Considine its meeting over how to paint mountains in the twilight. I chose a soft result brush with a pointing end colorist. Are Rossi ever rose Matter French, which are marine and pains? Great. You would start with wetting your paper. They well make sure that it is absolutely what all throughout this will allow your colors to spread very easily. I would begin with Rose Matter and Rosie and the colors to make the first layer off the twilight sky. Let's decide on the horizon line. This is an important line to always remember when you making a landscape starting was row CMA Apply it. Smalls Lee all around the area off this guy. Since the paper is wet, it is very easy to spread the collar around. This section is under the horizon line, and it is a reflection off the river you can see by my Littles catch Mixing rosiana with Rose matter will create an orangey being car, which is also why they're characterised it on any off sunset. Don't forget to make a reflection off the river as well. Keep in mind that when the color will dry, it will fade away a little, so don't be afraid to make it a little bit more brighter than you think it should be painted. Clean your brush very well and introduced a new collar, French or Chimerine. I will use this beautiful color to make a few of the clouds off the sunset. Well, let's start with applying it on the top off the sky area. It is important to continue doing this step when the paper is still wet. If you feel like the paper is drying out, perhaps you should let it drive fully and then re wet it and continue with this stuff. By taking a mixture off French Churchill Marine and Rose Matter, I will start shaping some groups off clouds. Beating clouds is fun but not been easy business. It will take some practice. Don't be afraid. If you are not sure you make beautiful clouds from the beginning. Perhaps you should practice different paper, and here's our darkest collar. Old things great. I will mix this color with French sea. It's a little darker and will means some of the shadows off the clouds. Clouds are not flat. Objects have lights and shadows there. I will speed up the footage so you can see how the process develops. I would say it takes me about half a Knauer to greet full painting. This video is much shorter, but you can stop this video and complete you step. You can see I'm alternating in between rose and black colors to make the clouds much more reach in collar. Next step. Let it fully dry. When the paper is fully dry. We will continue with painting the mountains, and I am choosing the French or German marine pure color and deluded quite well. In order to create the furthest layer off the mountains, use your imagination to create an interesting shape. Creating a river paths is also part of this step. Perspective wise, the river will appear. It's a small line further way and much wider as it comes closer to the viewer. You could use a darker color mixture off pains agree and French retro Marine in order to beans in the foreground, Uh, and again allow your paper to fully dry for the following layers. The second lier off the mountains. I little bit more intense than the previous one this time I'm mixing in pains. Grade toe French, ultra Marine and for the foreground gala and using darker caller through intense, then for the further mountains, because this area that is closest to you is appearing as in the most darkness in the most shade. By using a point on my brush, I will make a few trees on the foreground. The next step is ready familiar to you. You need to let your paper dry when it's fully dry. Repeat the previous step. Read the final layer off the further mountains with a more intense collar. Add a darker color for the tips off the mountains while it's still wet to make the effect more dramatic. Using the darkest collar pains, great start shaping the trees that are visible on the foreground. The objects that are closer to you will reveal more details. That's why the mountains on the background do not have much trees. Conceit up there very far away, and my final touch is our ad light colorable to the river to make it slightly more three dimensional, a little bit off reflection off the river bank. Off course, you could continue working on this painting as much as you like, But you need to remember that less is more. I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial. There are many more tutorials. You could have a lot on my YouTube channel and I'll try to make more on the skill share as well. Please visit my website. You could see Gina Smirnova that come and seal next time.