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Northern lights using watercolor

teacher avatar Ekaterina Azeeva, watercolor artist

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Lessons in This Class

5 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Step 1: pencil drawing & wet on wet technique

    • 3. Step 2: drawing snow

    • 4. Step 3: details with colored pencils

    • 5. Step 4: snowfall

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About This Class

My name is Katya. And I have been painting with watercolor for almost 5 years. During this time, I made more than 60 offline workshops. And now I want to share my knowledge with more people. I believe that everyone can draw and I want you to believe in this too!

This lesson is perfect for watercolor artists of all levels.

If you just start drawing, then you will learn the "wet on wet" technique and how to draw with clean water.

If you already paint with watercolor, you will improve knowledge of color contrast and watercolor techniques.

In addition, I will explain you how to:
- smoothly mix colors on the paper;
- draw the northern lights;
- draw snow;
- blur the borders of a color spot;
- draw snowfall naturally.

In the end of the lesson, you will get a new watercolor painting. Also you will get the skills that will help you in the further study of watercolor.

You can find reference photo and my paintings in the attached files.


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Ekaterina Azeeva

watercolor artist


Hello! My name is Katya.

And I have been painting with watercolor for almost 6 years. During this time, I made more than 60 offline workshops. And now I want to share my knowledge with more people. I believe that everyone can paint and I want you to believe in this too!



I live in Saint-Petersburg and this city always inspires me to painting!


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1. Introduction: Hi guys. My name is Kate and I hadn't been paying to refer the color for five years. You can visit my Instagram page to learn more about my creativity that every day I show the life of an artist and try to use a full boast about what the color painting. And today, I invite you to draw the northern lights. This lesson is suitable for artists of all levels. In this lesson you will learn how to use wet in wet technique. How to mix scholars on the paper. How to draw the Northern Lights, how to draw Snow, how to blow their bodies off a color spot. How to draw snowfall, nature, any lands against staggering. 2. Step 1: pencil drawing & wet on wet technique: In this tutorial, we make a very simple pencil painting. All you need to do is draw a horizon line. This line doesn't have to be perfectly stride since we have two rays of different heads on the horizon. Now I am preparing the veins, the maintenance watercolor, easy to use in the process of painting and rapid drop of clean water into the colors that I will use. I also take a Silurian blue, abandon Northern Light. I like strlen blue, biobank, GSC, Most of all, this color is clear, vibrant, and the blends beautifully with either Calas. I will use wet in wet technique. The does't he is the first stage and moisten the entire sheet with clean water as spread the water evenly over the paper so that there are no pools of water. While the paper is absorbing water, I am mixing the colors on the palette. I add a little yellow, does a spirulina and blue. With this cold green-blue column, I begin to draw the northern lights. I make vertical strokes and there are other shape of the northern lights from the reference, I change the SRE, the lethal, and at yellow omega, the painting look more interesting. And mix on the ballot a greenish rate or add a new column to repeat champ. Among different traits you see in the reference. We are more picture sick painting. You get. While the baby is wet, we need to draw a DAG, bad onus guy. But though these mixed purple and indeed the get the dark shape, don't use black Karla. It will look down, use contrasting palace to a centres the brightness or the Northern Light. For example, we used yellow to abandon the Northern Light. Then for the darkest color, oh, this guy, we will use a contrasting violet color, thus, the contrasting Paola on the color wheel and Hayes is the contrast and the painting looks bright. M, I bent over all the whitespace in this guy with a dark blue violet column, newton effect, where the paper is still wet and they're green and that colors blend various smoothly with each ASM. You can tilt the painting so earlier bands flow in the desired direction and smoothly mix each of them. Now with the rest of the paint onto the brush, I begin to form the Northern Light. I make vertical strokes with a deep on leverage, create an even smoother transition from one color to another. Thus, we transform the shapeless green spot into a form of the northern lights. I want to make a stronger contrast at the bottom, so I add a dark color along the edge of their lives. And their baby has tolerated drying up now. So it's best to stop and dry the sheet with a hair dryer. 3. Step 2: drawing snow: Now I talked to drawing the snow. Since this now reflects or the color of the sky, I use the same green shape at Bandar within Dicer phase or the snow. With this column. Now, I use that color but less saturated. Then we used for this guy, do doesn't affect the snow, reflects some other light. It should be lighter than this guy. While the bottom or the big G still wet, I start drawing threes along the horizon. So the allow or age of the 3s and will vary smoothly mix with no, I use the very dark color. This is a mixture of indigo, violet, and I draw the risk of different heights along the horizon. Notice I make sharp dogs, so the forest looks more natural. To fill out back on the 3s matched with each other and create the big dark spot. I want to darken this no, even more on the right and left to emphasize the glow of the Northern Light in the center. To do these, I take it that Karla and add it to the left. The paper is tolerated dry. So I have to blow this color with water. I drip a few drops of water on the border within that column and make a smoother transition using my fingers. I repeat all the same on the right column, then I below the border with what it to get this smooth transition. Yeah. 4. Step 3: details with colored pencils: Now I want to refrain the shape or the Northern Light using colored pencils at DEC, the blue pencil and make vertical strokes along the top edge or the northern lights. I don't press hard on the band cells that get a light, gentle shape. This is how I emphasize the shape or the northern lights, but I do it very smoothly. Now, I take Violet and I also make vertical strokes along the Dark Age. Now I use f lead brash and the green column, and I draw vertical strokes inside them, northern lights. Thus we emphasize those places that look the most intense in their reference. And that's okay. No. 5. Step 4: snowfall: In the last step, I use whitewash to create the snowfall and take the Bristol brash and they mix wide gosh with whatever you need to take a little water. Then I spread this color over the entire painting. Doing Hayes, the northern lights, I mix a whitewash and green collar. I spray around the Northern Lights. Since this snowflakes also reflect the light, it is very important the ad, they're snowflakes in the color of the northern lights. So the whole painting becomes logical and complete. Thank you for watching my legs and I really appreciate that the thrust me as a t champ and don't forget to subscribe to my skill share count here every month I made can you ought to coalesce? And also, I really, really glad to see you're painting in student's project section. I hope to see you soon. Bye.