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Loose & Expressive Watercolors - Painted Live

teacher avatar Sweta Kaushik, Watercolor Artist & Urban Sketcher

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6 Lessons (34m)
    • 1. Introduction to the Class.

    • 2. Supplies Needed.

    • 3. Color Mixing.

    • 4. Final Project - Sketching & Illustration.

    • 5. Final Project - Coloring & Details.

    • 6. Wrapping up!

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About This Class


Let’s paint a Live subject in Loose & Expressive style. This 30 minutes class is beginner friendly and you can paint along with ease. I Keep the ‘Wall clock’ in front of me and do an illustration with pen, then I fill the colors and express my vision.
I add certain things which were not there in the subject and I also remove a few things, finally expressing my vision.

With this class I encourage you to paint similar things from around your home. It prepares you for the urban sketching and also improves the basic form and compositional skills.

Here’s the Reference pic for you, there’s slight shadow changes in this pic as I took it at a later time, but it won’t create any problem for you!


Cheers & Happy painting!

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Sweta Kaushik

Watercolor Artist & Urban Sketcher



Hello Artists,

I am Sweta, a traditional Watercolor Artist, Urban Sketcher & the Founder of the 'Urban Sketching Circle - A Membership for on-location painting'. I live in Delhi, India.

I am a passionate teacher and present modern solutions to my student's problems, improving their observational skills and allowing them to visualize and interpret the 3- Dimensional world in front of us accurately on paper.

If painting from 3D world is a bit hard for you, then click here and download my free guide on Urban Sketching - 5 steps to simplify what you see.

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1. Introduction to the Class.: Hello to all the artists out there. And welcome to my class, lose and expressive watercolors, where I'll paint a subject, life. I'm sure there are watercolour artists and instructor. In today's class, I decided to pick up a random object from around my home. And in today's case, it was a wall clock. So I'm just going to illustrate it and fill the watercolors really quickly. I like to lose and expressive style of particles I painted this life. But you can refer to the reference picture and make your own version out of it. You will get to know how I choose what to include from the reference picture. And sometimes they are just new things to the paintings which were not there at all. So it's gonna be real fun and easy going class. It took me only 30 minutes to paint it out. By taking this class, you'll also get to know how you can create, how you can accentuate the beauty out of any live objects in front of you. Only by painting the shadows. I love doing these live studies because it boosts up by confidence for urban sketching. Also, it doesn't take a lot of time to finish their model. It fits perfectly into my busy schedule. It's a beginner friendly glass and you won't need loss of our supplies to take this class. So let's do this together. If you wanted to see more of my outbox done any loose and expressive style, you can check out my Instagram handle, watercolor dot consultant. So let's meet up in the glass. 2. Supplies Needed.: In this class you don't need a lot of art supplies. You just need a smoothed sketching paper that can take watercolors nicely. I'm using blue Austro sketching paper. You can also use mole skin still mill and burn or anything that you prefer. Just made sure it's smooth. Because if the paper is not smooth, your band would not glide easily. And believe me, it's not easy to sketch on a cold press or rough breast paper. So after that, I am using just two brushes. The first one is silver well-paid brush number eight round, and the other one is rigor, a co-founder and number four. So after that, I'll use a mechanical pencil because I don't like to shop my pencil. And the next thing I'm using is sigma micron circle rapid mm micron black men. And the one watercolor that I'm using is gamelab dist watercolour. It's Chinese wide. Other than that I'm using viral orange, white knight, cobalt blue deep, and been CNR from different brands. You can use any brands of your choice. Other than that, you will also need masking tape, may be to Moscow paper and my surfaces tilted at an angle and make sure to do that. I'm using a pilot to mix the colors. And you will also need some tissues and water container. And water don't mix your colors. Just remember to have fun and use whatever you have. Less. Move on to the color mixing. 3. Color Mixing.: So we are going to use for major beans in this class. And I'm going to show them, I'm going to show the swatches on this paper strip. It's the same people, but I'm going to paint the final outward. So the false color is Boolean blue, which is BB 35. And the next one is spiral orange, which is P0 73. Pyrrole orange seems a bit dirty and it really doesn't matter to me. But you might need to use a fresh one. The next color is burnt sienna, but just PBR seven. And the last one is cobalt blue div, which you can find in the radiant of PB 70 to 74 and others. So these are the four major beans that I'll be using. And other than that, I'll use a Chinese wide in my final out, the detailing. But so you might want, you might want to play with these four beans and get used to the color mixes they gave out. So you need to get a big comfy with the mixes and might want, might want to try it beforehand. So the two major mixes that I'll be using in my painting are suddenly in blue along with viral orange. And the other one is bond Sienna with Gmail blue deep. No matter how many times you might see me mixing them, it's really important to get a bit comfy beforehand you try the final outcome. Don't go really deep into it. Just Trier. Before finally moving on to the final artwork. 4. Final Project - Sketching & Illustration.: So now we are going to sketch this. What I do is foster Magda major shape using a pencil. Then I do the final thing using my illustrative pen. This prevents any mistakes that might happen. I also sketch with pencil fast when I feel that I'm a bit rusty and I haven't sketched for a very long time, so that I don't do a lot of mistakes are one thing to notice is that we are just going to paint the wall clock and we're not going to paint anything that's there in the background that is modification that I am going to do in this picture. There is a wall clock was kept in front of me when I was building and it was evening until when I click the picture, like at the end of everything like like the picture of this wall clock. So there might be some lightning issue. I mean, the source of light might have changed over the time. So I really apologize for that. I hope you'll still find the entire process really helpful. Well, I'm done with the first team that is creating a circle. Now, I really feel that this is not a perfect circle and I'm just going to erase a few bars of it and redo it. You didn't use any any cell gloating. To draw this. I really like to do things free handedly. Gonna pick up my EW razor and readjusted. Okay, let's solve. Now i'm going to mount these handles. I don't know what they're called. So I'm just going to mug mug them over here so that when I start my ben work, I wouldn't forget these areas and make mistakes. So I'm just gonna make all these four handle sort of glands, whatever they are. And wanting to know disease that I have not made them land vertically in a straight line. In fact, I have made them at a bit of an angle. They are basically leaning towards the left side. Now the, these ones are also going to be the same. Sketching is a lot about observation, even if you are not scheduling all the time. And you just focus on the things really well. How they are made. The final product is going to be really nice. Okay, we are done. Now I'm going to pick up my bid mom micron number four is from Sura. And we'll start the illustration. Now for those mood illustration work, you need a smooth Ben and smooth paper. If you don't have any of those things, don't be really harsh on yourself because bringing out the same result is gotta be ready. Difficult task. Now as you see, I'm really taking, I'm really focusing on creating this circle like the overall structure should not be. It can be wavy, but there shouldn't be any edges and pointy edges is easier to forget about leaving these spaces, these tiny spaces. And it happens a lot to me, especially when I'm out for urban sketching. Sketching with Ben directly is a lot of fun and I know most of us try to avoid using a pencil. It's another level of joy to just directly sketch with a pen and just fill the watercolors. But I have made this mistake a lot of times and I still do. I always forget, I always forget to leave these bases, like in this case work lamps. So sometimes I just mango spaces with the Benzer's. Okay, so a tip about perspective. This wall clock is lying below my eye level. If we project a straight line from my i, that is our eye level. And as this watch is lying below my eye level, that means I can see more of the upper part of this clock and lesser of the lower part. I will show you what I mean by that and I'll show you how I'm going to use this strip in my sketching. So see the, this is the lower part and this is more narrower than the upper boundaries. And it was because I I was studying at a higher level like my eye level was higher than the wall clock. I hope it makes sense if it doesn't do, ask me about it in the comments section or in the discuss, discussion section. Okay, days now I am going to correct the overall structure by adding more lines around the block. I'm going to accentuate it and do as I please. But they did. Good, good, good. If people live to be protected. But they can get, people typically get, I think people should do that. Can you imagine that? Now, I'm not going to mark any other thing in this war. Like it, my original artwork. I mark the number using my illustration Ben. And but this time I'm going to experiment. Every time I remake an original light walk, I experiment with it. So this time I'm gonna do the same. And let it be an r. All the other tanks at later stage, directly with my brush. 5. Final Project - Coloring & Details.: So guys, let scholar this, Walcott. And I'm mainly using four colours for pigments in this artwork. The first one is viral orange. So Julian blue bonds Yan'an cobalt blue deep. And I'm using this brush, silver Blackbird brush number eight. And I'll also be using one dealer Romney rigor brush, which is number four. And that's all. Some other things to take care of. The direction of light, which is from top right part. And you can see the consistency of the beans that I'm mixing on the ballot. If you are new to watercolors, that consistency of paint, the water, water to paint ratio is of utmost importance in watercolors. So do practice it. And you can refer to what I am mixing in my palate. Other than that, there's one more thing that I would like to bring to your concern is that when you are doing the illustration work, so just spin the shadows afterwards, like most of the detailing part is already being done. When you illustrate any object like you actually go into the details and grid, all the lines and everything. So manual coloring, only thing that needed, that is needed a Shadows. Definitely if you want to add on to it, you surely can. But in my style, I just stick to the shadows and that brings out the entire beauty. Here. I'm mixing up thoroughly in blue along bit viral orange. And my barrel orange seems to be a bit dirty, but it's not going to bring out a lot of change in the final mixture. So you can see the consistency of the water. And as he said, I have started putting the shadow part. So I'm extending the same mixture downward now I'm adding and basically changing the hue in the middle of the wash. So the light is hitting from this direction and this is the shadow as I said earlier. And I keep extending it and I'll keep changing the hue. Now there's a big bump. And this is from the handle above. So as you can see, I'm using a poetry very watery mix of paint. And I keep changing the Hughes from cool to warm. Now this is burnt sienna and I'll mix it along with cobalt blue deep to get our dark gray. If I see any changes in the shadow, in the terminal value of the shadow, I basically pick up a Docker, makes. Okay guys, I know that the shadows have changed like the picture. There are friends picture that I have put around hair is different. And the shadow work that I'm doing is a bit different. It happened because I took the picture after I was done with my bending. And till that time, the direction of natural light and everything had changed. So I'm really sorry about that. You can consider it as a challenge and tried to be in PTEN being dead from different perspective. You might have already noticed that the donor value of this area is not as much dark. And I am putting out here in the reference picture that tonal values not as dark. But soon I am doing this like it's my version of the painting and I can do the desired things. And my only focuses the direction of light. And to bring out my subject in a better way, I do these changing in, changes in nearly all of my paintings. And you can do the same. You can bring out like you can be in doubt your version of any of the reference picture that you have. You don't even need to do the same as I'm doing. Maybe you can just pick the same reference picture and just make your own washroom. I guess this is nearly done. I'm not dodging. I'm not doing a lot of things in the world clock in stirred. My main focus is gonna be on the shadow. I'm starting the shadow area. And most of the time, I didn't even actively think about the colors. I'm mixing late. It happens at maybe subconscious level or maybe just in, I don't know, but it's something that I'm not actively aware of. So I think in a way, if I need a darker or lighter tone and value, if I need to make something darker, as I'm doing here, I'm adding bone, CNN cobalt blue deep to get more darker hue into the already mixture that is present in my palette. And it also has viral orange. So it's basically a mix of all the colors that have already used. But the concentration of Var1, CNN Coval, Blue Deep is much more higher. Now my boy flock is just kept in front of the world. So that's the reason the shadows bending in such a weird way. And I know this happens because I do a lot of live sketching and this is an observation made from there. I really emphasize on trying out the, all the mixes using the four colors that I mentioned. Even if you see this any number of times until or unless you try to mix these four beans on your own and get a taste of the consistency of top-of-mind and the desired outcome. Like you need to practice it on your own. Only my seeing the video, it's not evil. It's it isn't possible to learn all of it. So again here I'm mixing. So really in blue. I might have added a bit of mine, CNR or cobalt blue deep. There only four options and there are only a limited things you can do. So just try out all the mixes. Now here I have started writing down the numbers in my original artwork. Like when I painted it for the first time. I MOD these number using my illustrative fan. But I decided to experiment, and this time I'm doing it using my brush. From here on verse, I'm willing to pay in the hands of the clock. And here I am mixing up Silurian blue along with a bit of band. This is been Sienna. This is thick consistency of ones. He and I am adding a bit of cobalt blue DB2. It it's really doug gray. So whenever I've been the details, I go really slow. Take time to accentuate the things that I'm attracted to from my life subject and then go about it. One thing that I really want to share with all of you is that I know it's been a long time since I have put any videos and skill share. Now. Most of the poor, most of the part I was just working on myself enjoying my time. But the other major part which really stopped me from doing anything and creating any videos is just, I try to be perfect. And like if there is any amount of noises are just as you talk about Lee's class, I wasn't able to take the reference picture on the right time. So it came to my mind to just not make this video and not to upload it. But then I finally decided to do it. So I won't try to be perfect. I won't try to do execute everything perfectly. And I'll just go with the flow so that I can make more videos for you. Other than that, I was also busy with the courses. I have been conducting a lots of workshops and courses. And the people who are following me on Instagram knows about it. So I released the course name vertical or Pioneer Corps. And there were different subjects that I was teaching inside that it was real fun. I got to learn a lot of things myself. So coming back to this work, you can see sudden changes from the original reference picture, like the minute hand, and maybe certain changes in the values and shadows. Now here I'm splattering. I splatter when I feel that the painting is incomplete. So I just add these movements so that the viewers eyes can be directed. They can find more interest in the painting and it doesn't look blend. It all depends on you if you want to add it or not. From here onwards, I'm also going to add the shadows to the hands. I guess the shadows were not that strong in when I was painting life. But, you know, every artist sees differently and the pain differently. Basically every attest interprets our friends in a different way. And that's the entire charm of a painting. So I have, I'm often asked that, how do you decide what to paint and whatnot to being, how do you de-clutter? Basically remove all the unnecessary details or add you add your own touch. So this is a, this is an example of that kind of work where I add or remove from my reference image are, in fact when I'm painting like I do this all the time and it happens on its own. Like when you keep trying, you keep practicing these things comes on your own from inside you, you won't be, when you won't be able to see it yourself. And sometimes other people might point it to you. So I was just picking up my dealer around irregular brush number four, it's equi-affine and it's a synthetic brush. And now we're, now we're starting the day dealings. While doing the detailing, you can use a white gel pen. I'm using camel artist, Chinese white watercolor. You can also use a Gosh or whatever that suits you. So when you're using, when you're just putting up the highlights, just make sure that you don't overdo it. Now this is the part where you can easily overdo it. Like if you put lot of whites, lot of highlights, it actually grabs of yours attention to all the bar, so you just have to be really careful about it. And you can also use other colors like highly saturated color, the highest chromatic colors for the dealings like maybe cabal pill, which is PG 50, our buyer, a large range or wherever that suits you. Just make sure not to overdo it. Just adding the highlights is going to bring a lot of changes to your work. And use real thick consistency of paint as I'm doing directly from the to my I wet my brush a bit and then I just dipped it into the tube. Basically at this stage, I'm just having fun. Let's add some whites platters towards the shadow. You see there is contrast like both the darkest value and the lightest value when put together, create the greatest contrast. And that brings the weirdest attention to this place. So it's all play hit and trial and having fun. Here, I am picking up pyrrole orange and putting some markings, just testing out, just experimenting. It was not there in my original life subject. So I'm just having fun and trying out different things. You can do the same. You can call it off now and if you want, you can just keep adding the tings that you feel would increase this beauty. Now, I think this bladder might be a bit too much. So maybe I should just stop now. And I totally forgot to add the brand name. So I promise you this is going to be the last thing that I'm going to add. If you have seen my other bindings, you would know that I never write the brand names or anything. Clearly. I write it in a way that the viewer knows that there's something we didn't know what they are, but they can't just figure it out. I feel when you ride though, brand names or the world's clearly the viewers and our focus goals through that area. And somehow or the other. Bending is all about that word. So which I don't like Lake might be ending is all about those beautiful numbers in this wall clock are about those handles, the impressions, the shadows and everything. So and never write the names or anything clearly. And you can do the same. I hope it made sense. And do you feel, seem do shared with me? Organize this work is done and here is the live subject. I've been did this work from, I hope you loved this class. One thing that I really like about painting like this, like bending the small things, the small objects around your house is that it doesn't take a lot of time to finish it up. It took me only 30 like even less than 30 minutes to do this. And that was because I was recording and doing all the steps altogether. And the next thing that I like about desist Gaza takes so much less time. You can just do these activities in your busy schedule. Like I have a full-time job and most of the diamond, I am not able to pin down the bigger paintings. I do these stuffs. I just pick up anything around my home and just being did out. And it also prepares you for urban sketching, which I really love. So thank you for taking this class and let's move on to the final talk. 6. Wrapping up!: I hope you'll surely try it out and you can share your results with me on my Instagram handle at border color dot consultant. I would definitely make it sure that I share your picture on my stories. And you can also connect with me and ask or any doubts or queries are for any personal glasses. So I hope you enjoyed this class. I'm also planning to make one more class, or December, maybe around Christmas theme. You can let me know that what you desire are anything that you would like to learn from me. Thank you and bye.