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The Watercolor Painting Series - Neutralised Linear Landscapes

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (44m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Neutralising Color Palettes

    • 3. Stylisation

    • 4. Composition of Landscapes

    • 5. Water

    • 6. Sky 1

    • 7. Sky 2

    • 8. Mountains

    • 9. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Welcome to "The Watercolor Painting Series"! These series are designed the way that each class can stand alone and is complete on its own, but if you are here for the first time, this is the third episode.

The first one was dealing with monochrome botanical patterns, the second with analogous geometric diamonds, and now we are here to explore neutralised linear landscapes. Each class has three ingredients: Art theory, Color theory and a Trending Topic.

In this class we will learn about stylisation, the neutralising color palettes and the composition of landscape paintings. We are going to create trending landscapes in three topics: Water, Sky and Mountains.

The class is ideal for very beginners. These series are built up in a way that it takes a very beginner through art fundamentals which are important to understand and are essentails for creating art. As a professional art teacher, I am passionate about teaching art fundamentals for very beginners to build a stable and deep knowledge and understanding on which they can build later on.

In these first three classes, all the projects are chosen to be simple, with super simple painting techniques so that beginners can acquire the knowledge without being distracted by complicated tasks. We are focusing on painting simple shapes, brush control and color, to be able to master the medium itself with easy topics and techniques. After these fundamentals are mastered, we can enter more complicated topics as perspective, dimensions, shadows and light. These topics will come in the series later on.

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1. Introduction: uh, welcome to the watercolor painting Siri's. This course is designed away that each class can stand alone and it's complete on its own. But if you are here for the first time, this is the third episode. The first time we were dealing need monochrome botanical patterns. In the second episode, we explored the analogous geometric diamonds, and now we are going to deal with neutralized, leaner landscapes. Each class has free ingredients are very color theory on a trending topic. Indus Klis. We are going to learn about still ization neutralizing color pill. It's on the composition off landscapes, and they are going to create free trending landscapes in the topics off waters, Skye and Mull attains. The class is ideal for very beginners. The Syrians are designed the way that it takes very beginner for art fundamentals which are important to understand and are essentials for creating art. My name is Alexander got bored. I'm a professional art teacher. We must have a degree in art education and my passion is to help beginners to build a strong base off knowledge. You can find me online by the name D art murder. Follow me and social media on Instagram and Facebook and join my growing tribe off more than 12,000 members in the watercolor painting for Beginners Facebook Group, which is full off enthusiastic beginners. So what they say, let's get started. 2. Neutralising Color Palettes: the neutralizing caller Pollitz. Yeah, I know it sounds weird, but you will get it in the second. In my own painting style. I love to use a wider and colors and I wide grins. I mean, really, Weibring Among my pains, I keep anally pains, which I ridiculously cheap on, actually the most Weibring pain I have ever seen. And they are intended for kids to compensate the Wightman. See, I often use colors to neutralize it like gray into go black, brown and gold. Did I hear black? Yeah, you can paint black. There is the horrible legend off avoiding black painting, maybe watercolors, because it can make your car muddy and flat. And you should, like, makes your black from complementary lease on. That's a face Palm energy for me because I love black and with my vibrant pains there absolutely not making anything flat, but rather pope and they re making a missing effect. But OK, you need to be able to use them. This urban legend comes from beginner standing to paint, um, plans for the paintings with black basically following the logical drawing where you draw the outlines and color to shapes, but no water colors. You need to use black as the color, not as an outlining paint on that is true, but actually with all the colors that if you mix it around like crazy, you will mix mud so you can use black but in a controlled way. So back to these neutralizing colors. So they give the vibrant paintings a bit off a harmony. And I know from my teaching experience, a beginner's tend to use also too much color and and do not touch these once a lot. My number one rule when painting is to use not more than free, different colors, plus some neutralizing ones. But now we are style izing anyways, so we're going to use more and more from these colors. Let me just show you with the first painting, we're going to use two colors and neutralizing color. In the second, we're going to use only one color and to neutralizing colors. And in the last one we're going to use Onley neutralizing colors. What fun. I love experimenting 3. Stylisation: still ization. Still ization is referring to intentionally simplified and generalized visual depiction off objects or scenes. It is achieved by simplification of flying for color on flatten space, I emphasized. Intentional because still ization often has reasons. Most of the stylized artworks are rather decorative on or are expressive. Let's talk about Picasso or some minimums. Painters like Period Montreal, who is rather an extreme example for style izing this concept. They didn't paint the way they did because they couldn't paint because so, for example, at the age of 14 was able to paint anything realistically. But it didn't want to On started experimenting, which tile izing some facial features in his portrait, which actually led him to success. Still, ization is often used in cartoons and animations to let's see the simple process off still ization. Let's say we have a watermelon. As we said, stabilization is about simplifying line, form and color and flattens pace. Therefore, we are not going to paint a water. Mel's in a three d for Onley. Take the simple shape off. Cut a piece of watermelon. Quarter off a circle on That's right, try to shape. We have some seeds so we can simply just drop it inside a square. The color. The point is not going to much, indeed again. So no deep shadows or highlights on Lee. Pure red, green and black. For two seats on Douala, we have a stylized, wanna millet stylized painting. Style is suitable for wary beginners because it simplifies the painting process. You don't need to think about the dimensions. Shadows highlights space but focused on painting. It's health mustering color pains and brush control and still get wonderful results. We're going to paint free, stylized landscape, but let's learn a bit about the composition off landscape first. 4. Composition of Landscapes: composition off landscapes. There are two concepts you need to understand when it comes to landscapes, the horizon line and the when ish ing point. The horizon line is the border line between the sky and Lent de placement off the horizon line is crucial because it data Mayes the focus off for painting. If it plays the horizon, line low or focuses on the sky. If you place it high, the focus is on the land now if it placed it in the center. Usually our focus is not on the landscape itself, but something different that it's placed into a landscape. The wishing point is a point on the horizon line, where things become so far away on so small that they vanish. If we have one vanishing point, we are talking about one point perspective, and if we don't have a vanishing point, it is a linear landscape, and that's what we are going to deal with. So we are going to paint free, stylized, leaner landscapes, and now you can ride his expression up to our dictionary. 5. Water: Okay, so let's start in the water. I have a 300 grams called breast watercolor paper. Here I have my wings. Aaron Utahans, Hop on. Sat. Um, a middle sized branch. A detail brush, water, paper towel will on. What I'm going to use is this Angeline uh, paint. Actually, it is intended for kids, but it is the most wide brimmed color I've ever seen. And this is what I'm going to use in this project. So we having to create water. Um, as we talked about the composition off the landscape, we are going to paint or horizon line in the upper third so that dominance is in the water . We are going to use discolor. Pull it. You know, if you can see yes, because up taboo and sub green are going to be my to colors against. In my dominant color is going to be patella blue. I'm going to you step green as an additional color. I'm going to mix these two so that will be different tones and on and mixtures which will make the water even more interesting. And my neutralizing color is indigo on. That's what I'm going to use on the sky. So let's get started. I also have a pencil and we are going to create this round shape. So take something round on. Simply draw it round, try to place it in Well, so yes. Now we have a nice circle and let's find approximately the upper third on simply just Joe White line. Now what I want to say we are going to use this style this technique off painting that we are going to paint. We're going to draw their, uh, the lines off the waves and actually feel the spaces between the lines. Onda, we are going to leave this white space border. It is a perfect technique for beginners on the very beginnings because beginners tend to be wary, not patient impatient on def, We don't want our neighboring surfaces to bleed to each other. We need Teoh. It didn't wait until the surface dries or leave white space border. And it is a modern technique and it's very cool. So we are going for this. OK, so, uh, simply draw waves on, try to make them cross each other. You can see like this second ways they don't even need to gross like everywhere. All you need is to have few waves on Like I miss a line here, so I'm going to make it like this. Okay, Now I'm going to mix my colors. I'm going to mix my pains on my palate because I wanted them to run into each other to make difference shades or, for example, for deal. So no, Look at this Gather. It's beautiful. I'm just taking the blue here. Clean your brush on a Seth Green here. Nice, vibrant colors. Actually, they're ridiculous. With cheap meaning, honest. And Elaine Beautiful. Like there. Not to, like, fast. If you place it on a direct sunlight, it'll fade quickly. But that beautiful seeing, like, makes them all around. We'll get, like, beautiful till wound this song. Great. I love too. So on dis paint as well that your brush Andi, try to paint, uh, to feel this whites to fill these shapes on. Try to keep even whitespace border. Ah, Apart from these, uh, passel marks, dip your brush here and there so that you can get a variety of colors within one wave. If you don't have these aniline colors, which I thank you. Don't, uh, don't be afraid. So just take any blue and green best if you have to step green and up callable because it really makes a nice deal, but just makes them around. Um, just personalized this to yourself. You know, uh, the yes. And I'm sometimes dipping my brush into the original color to get the pure blue, for example, I sometimes use to detail brush to make, like, nicer lines. Ah, dear images that maybe I'm not going to use it now. You can. I think we need a more blue here. Well, okay. So what I'm basically doing is just feeling this shapes. We took colors, and it is business. Okay, now we have or water finished on. I forgot to draw the moon up here. It's simple. Search home. I'm going to add clean, pure color. I mean, from deep Talatou. I'm here. Yes. Cool. I know what's got into Dean to go. Um, I have it right here. It is going to make this y brint water bit more. You true? So simply just feigned this guy with it. Okay. Amazing s O. This is our water. If you can see here. I made, um this water call a bloom fact, which I really like. I didn't do it here, but I don't show you simply. Just put your brush into the water and just tap water on When it dries, it will just make it nice. Affect. You can do it on the water as well, while it is still wet. Because now if I'm doing that, get it will not have that effect. But this is, for example, still wet, so I can just think, Dad, my brush into it and use can see it is making this wonderful watercolor bloom, which I still love so much. It has so amazing. In fact, I didn't do it here, but as you can stay, it will look like something like this if you want. But not everyone likes a This is the reason I didn't do it here too much. Um OK, so we're finished with the water. I'll and see the sky 6. Sky 1: Okay. In this second project, we're going to create a Galaxies sky. And yes, as you can see, we're going to use black. As for the colors, I'm not going to use the lamp black from my color palette. But I have concentrated watercolors off doctor Ph. Martin because they're black. Isjust wary, have to put it thick in pigments. Andi will have a really nice effect, but this one s painted with the land black off the Windsor. And Newton said, As you can say, it is also okay for the gold. I'm going to use gold, but you don't need to. You can use brown, light brown or yellow ocher. I think it could work. As for the composition, we're going to put the horizon line low. And I've painted these mountains this small so that they don't distract from the sky. Onda? Uh, yes, I think that's all. So let's just get started. I'm taking my help again. Andi, just place it approximately into the mill, drawing around. Okay. Um, yes, I'm going. Teoh Droney Horizon line Too slow. I think it does no fear on and painted a mountain chains, so yeah, I think that's enough So now I'm taking the Windsor and Newton thing. I'm not going to use the animal colors, so I'm going to put on the site and two counts with this dropper hump to call this in. My language is called pit backed up. Have your brush into the water and I'm going to rest my more. Yes, I'm going to use this wife color from the Windsor Newton color palette. But any magenta would do it, okay. O r or something violent. I think you can even painted blue sky if you want. Like, this blue galaxy or if it is green how you like it. This is really not about following me, precisely what I'm doing. But like, you know, to try out the concepts I'm going to put this black. It is actually like it would have bean like it would be ah Inc to start, uh, I think, but I'm going to wet it and now puts the moist and it will mix a bit. But that's not bad thing, because, um, black and red, because my wife has this threat pigments in it. Um, they make the shades off this, uh, color and kind of burgundy uh, shade and I just really annoying. I think I put too much of black hair, but doesn't really matter. I'm going to use the more it down here. But I can use the data brush to make nicer like, uh, out lines. Yeah. - Just going to mix these two together tryingto lighting me up a bit. Sure. It really looks good. I love it is a fact. Do you practice pigments to the middle? Play with steak. You can be more precise with this, but to be honest, that country see from the front because I don't want to put my hat monetary camera too much , but a gay I think that's known for described. I mean, the under painting, but, uh, until it's still wet, I'm going to take this brush. This is a dry brush. It has some dust. And it also I'm going to use again white, uh, concentrate, watercolor. But you can do this with any white water colored you need on Lee to wet it. Ah, bit. So I'm going to Okay, I would need a bit clean water, but Okay. And I'm just going to do this. It will make my sky a bit, uh, lighter. I will add a second layer off these stars until after it's dry so that it will be more definite and not, like, bleed into the the colors. And I really love the effect this think did. There are, like this pigments that didn't ah, water up. And they are like creating an interesting texture, texture. I really love that. Okay. What? I'm going to use this to use gold and for Dad. I need clean water. So a second. 7. Sky 2: Okay, I'm back with the clean water on. What I'm going to use is this gold set off water colors you can use. For example, I have just one. This is for textile art, but you can totally use it. This is also gold are as I sat light brown or yellow ocher would do the job. So what? Your brush and I'm going to use this blue cold Where did up So beautiful? I'm going to carefully pained the mountains. Um, I choose to detail brush help here, it's You can do this All escaped without painting. Like thes mountings on just painting the lend for this with discolor. Or you can like thing coast. Anything else like buildings, Small city escape When a point is that where horizon line is low on, we are trying Teoh accuse you call a Polites I presented to sexual. That's our point. Like I just want to explain about what's the difference between learning from a working artist on working on learning from our teacher professional art teacher, because I've learned from both, and I really know what's the difference. The artists will tell you how to pains on what's to paint But the art teacher will tell you why to paint like dad. It's when you are like learning the new language. If you are not, uh, really talented languages like you don't catch them that quickly. Learning from an artist is like watching movies or talking to Native Speaker. You will catch the works, you will catch the phrases. But you would Bill not understand why you need Teoh. Say it like that. And within our teacher, our teacher will tell you, uh, it would break the things down to its elements. Like for walking valerian grammar rules and things like that on witness project, like showing you in discourse or theories are actually all my classes, um, isn't in breaking down. These are two rules on our theory and color theory on Put it into a comprehensive curriculum. So you might think that this projects are ridiculous. It's so simple or are too modern or I don't know. But but to be honest, it is like like practicing, you know, to understand fundamentals. So in disclosed, I already told you, you will understand the compositions on demilitarizing color points. So that's all Okay, I'm finished with, uh with, uh mountains. They might need it. One more layer off this gold because I waited too much, but doesn't really matter right now. I will add There's deep black again to the bottom on this painting. You see how nice and thick it is? This is why allow the concentrator radicalise that much? Because you can do things like this. Okay, Okay. So I can have this second layers Sprinkles up here, trying to keep it on the sky. I really loved his dry brush is because it is so easy to do this with, um I will just made this queen. Okay, I think we're finished, and I realize, had it how it turned out. So let's just get to the third landscape. 8. Mountains: Okay, So in this 3rd 1 we're going to paint mountains on. This is the landscape when we are not going to use pure colors, but is neutralizing colors they're going to use black into Go on brown or gold. It depends what you prefer. If you don't have indigo, I'm just going to show you how you can mix it for yourself. Onda. Yes. So I just got started. We are going to do the same again. So simply just put this to the middle and draw it around, okay? Okay. Not the best, but we'll be good to go. What we're going to do in this landscape is to place, uh, the elements into the center. So, actually or or horizon line will be down here. But the focus is not going to be on the sky or on the land, but rather on the mountains. This is a central composition. So I'm going to draw the horizon line down here approximately. Andi, simply just draw some mountains I'm going to put were mountain here. I will put a 2nd 1 here, and yes, I can do the bigger here behind it. As you can see, I don't really need to go like, smaller as I'm going far away. But the point is or will be that my color is de saturating as I'm going far and far away. So if you go out on a look at a landscape you will not is that the mountains that a far way are simply disintegrated like you don't really see its color That rather tastes, um, like gray or my team to go colors. So I'm going to paint the land black again and start wade dark into Go on, just add more and more water is I'm painting these mountains on and be more lighter and lighter. So I can I've drawn here on Lee five off these mountains that I'm going to add one more like here on one more like here, and they're going to be really light, so I I can start on. What I'm going to do at first is to mix my indigo and for that I'm going to need the black and up. Tala blew it up palatable here, and I will add a bit off black. I don't see what it did. Okay, it's ah, not really an indigo, but it's a bit d situated this terrible Because you can see you can mix several blues with back on Get this d situated like bit greenish color. But it will be good if you don't have indigo And And I'm going to use this son now, um, to show you that it looks good, but you can use deigned to go itself, You one. So let's start debating. As I said, I'm going to start with the mountains and I'm going to paint uh, the darkest word. - And now I'm just adding more and more water and trying to do you situate. Okay, I think there are a bit dark. He's I will just soak water up a bit. Okay? It's bleeding so much. Okay? They look good. Now I'm going to paint the sky I can painted with gold or delight Brown. I'm going for the light brown to show you. I'm just taking my brown on wetting it up. Uh, you should have clean water, so yes, I'm going. Teoh got three water. Take up room with it. Make this broad on. Just go over. Agents just really light brown. Just which this Geico or now I have just a greenish picture. I just really love this color. Didn't expect to be honest, to be like this. Okay, great. I would, I meant I wanted people told her. Just so it's if you have too much pigments full of this steps to take your paper travel cell copter water and you can just clean water go ovary together. That would make it smolders at this paper towel fixture way Haven't. And simply I'm waiting for back black pains. Yes, it just so see, this is what extra impairment in schools Or Teoh find this happy little accidents vaccine causes or trying you shapes and techniques I find you're always you're comfortable with. Okay? I really love having turned out. So this was our mountains, which we created with neutral colors. Just summarize this place. 9. Final Thoughts: way right to the end of this class. I hope you enjoyed it as a project. Please paint at these one off the landscapes on a post it into the project gallery. See you, India opposites.