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Watercolour Nightscape Painting | A detailed class on painting night view

teacher avatar Shanan Subhan, Artist | Art Educator

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Lessons in This Class

12 Lessons (51m)
    • 1. Introduction to the class

    • 2. Art supplies required

    • 3. Color mixing

    • 4. Practice session - 1

    • 5. Practice session - 2

    • 6. Prepping up and composition

    • 7. Painting background

    • 8. Painting Water and Reflection

    • 9. Painting darker corners

    • 10. Painting Creepers - Part 1

    • 11. Painting Creepers - Part 2

    • 12. Outro - Thank you!

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About This Class

Hello guys, In this class we will learn to paint a beautiful nightscape painting. 

 I will explain each and every step in detailed manner, will guide you through each and every step, right from supplies to the finished painting. You need not have prior experience to take this class. 

We will learn to paint moon and reflection in water, then paint the hero element of our painting.. that is creepers. I am sure you will learn a lot in this class

Have fun:)

Happy painting. 


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Shanan Subhan

Artist | Art Educator



Hello, I'm Shanan Subhan, an Artist currently residing in Bangalore, and born & brought up in Udupi,India 

I am an Engineer by profession and an Artist by passion and everything.

Nature/landscapes are among my favorite subjects to paint. I thank nature and great photographs for inspiring and challenging me.

I started coloring at an early age, even before school taught me to read and write. Unaware of art and the theory of colors, I loved scribbling on papers, books, and walls! All I felt was colorful walls are merrier than monotonous ones. 

Although I loved painting and coloring, because of studies and the competitiveness of day-to-day life, I somehow got disconnected from art a few years ago, but I always f... See full profile

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1. Introduction to the class: Hello and welcome to my skill, share glass on being, being new to full nightcap wheel with watercolors. I'm Shannon Toulon, a self-taught artist from India, might be an exam mostly inspired by nature and I love to paint and share my knowledge with you all. You can check out my skillset profiling for more information. So this class covers all the details required to get started. I will guide you through each and every step, right, from supplies to all the techniques that would be helpful. Most of the watercolor beam, beam, we will learn some advanced techniques that goes behind being, being different types of Clippers, which we will later incorporate in our class project. We will be discussing some common mistakes that we are bound to me. And I will share some bib store, come them confidently. Finally, we will paint a beautiful class project would be a LD instruction. So if you are a beginner, you can still join this glass. So are you ready to unveil the magic of this mystique landscape in? Come join me, and I'm very excited to see you in my class. 2. Art supplies required: Before we begin, let us talk about the supplies that we would need for this class. Starting with Paypal, I'm using a 300 GSM watercolor paper, which is a 100% Carbon. And this has a rough texture to it. You can go with a hard press on all press any mixture is find. A 100% cotton paper is ideal one, but you can even use a twenty-five percent gotten paper. With 25% gotten people. You need to be quick because it drives very fast. I mean, two pillows we have been gleaned from gamble. This is an Indian brand. And Bowman and Brown from art philosophy, cool. So I'm using these two colors and creating a new sheet. But this is the new shape that we achieve. By mixing these two colors. You can go with any doubt, book alert off your choice. We will also use a black color to paint the darker areas in the beam. If I am using a liquid watercolour, you can go with any black, the load that you have. Think colors, I will be using ceramic pilots. So this pilot has three wells in it. And next one is a ceramic blade. So you can use any balance that you already have. Dotting about brushes. We would need three brushes for the bending. And the first one is flat brush by Princeton. This is 1.5 inch flat brush, which I'll be using for covering larger areas and read in the paper for radon where techniques. The next branch is round brush of size six by Brinson again. And lastly, we would need regard brush or fine liner brush. This is why Bruce draw. I'll be using this for finding deals and bending the fine lines. Next we would need a pencil. It is a scale for basic sketching. Next we would need a cardboard and I'm asking beep, boop. They've done the people from all the sides. This will prevent the people from buckling up when we are applying what Earth. So here we will apply the masking tape and give a nice border to w. We would need two jars of what of what the building process. One is to rinse off the dog pillows and other one is to the clean water. We would also need a tissue paper and all plot or napkin, though live Dupain from the brushes. And it will also be useful if you want to create or highlighting effect. To speed up the drying process, you can use a blow dryer. So these are my practice pieces will be painting something similar in Buddhist glass. So let us move on to our next chapter. 3. Color mixing : Okay, in this step, let us talk about colors and color mixing. So we will use to ceramic pilots for mixing the colors. Okay, let me take Payne's gray and permanent Brown and gently squeezed or beans out. So as you can see, I have a ton, more of Spain to gray and less permanent Brown. My intention here is to achieve a neutral or a slightly warmed in dark gray. And banes Gray was slightly on the cooler side. So that's why I'm not using or Lipinski. So mixed up alerts with any pointed object and mixing it with backside of my own brush and adding drops of water one-by-one. Perform a tick based. So mix them well in circular motion. Now, I'll desktop color to see if I achieved the desired Int. Take a small amount of color and stretch it with water. So if you see these two paintings, I have used to differentiate what looks similar. But the left one here it is more like cool color and the right one is slightly warm. So I'm going to achieve this warm green color. And this is not what I want. I think I need to add a little more of Brown to get warmer shade. Adding a bit of brown and mixing it well. So I can say that the ratio of mixing the beams will be these 22. That is 60% of beans grey and you're going to add 40% off Bowman in brown. Okay, let me just again, taking a small amount of color and then applying water will bring the colors down. Okay. This is a perfect year that I was looking for. A slightly warmed in gray. You can use any darker color as well. This is my choice for the spin being. Now I'm going to take a small amount of color from disk and makes it in an underbelly of the ballot. And this is to make sure that I have bought concentrated and diluted colors ready in the pallet so that the painting process run smoothly. I'm scratching out diluted beans so that you can understand the tonal value. I am leaving this told Well, as it is. Also, we will need black color. So this one is optional to go darker effect for the beam in. I'll simply sweat out this black color on the paper. Ok, so for your reference, I will slash the kalos, integrate permanent run. So the brown colored here is more like the rustic grade. And being scree is closer to integral. You can go with any similar sheer natural about color mixing. Let us move on to our next chapter. 4. Practice session - 1: Okay, so before we begin our painting session, let us learn some simple techniques required for this class. So we will first talk about wet on wet technique. This is a basic technique in watercolor, where we apply clean water on paper and then apply with pins. So when we apply paints on clean water, the polos tend to spread really well and it gives us a soft blending and edges. Now that we have wet on wet painter surface, let us demonstrate lifting technique. So I will first take a flat brush and our tissue paper wipe off all the water content using this tissue, make it very dam. Now with this damn brush, I will live beans from the desire area. You can create an issue that you want. You are in this class I will use this technique for being the Moon. And also to vendor reflection. We will live the colors like this. And why don't they show people if your brush is where you want, get desired effect. So if you absorb, I'm trying to lift those bins with wet brush. So it does not creating that sharp effect that we want. So make sure this dam so that rush absorbs all the fellows from the paper. Next I will show you layering technique. We will paint multiple layers. We seem a lot or darker color. Paint firstly and let it dry and beamed again after sometime. Meanwhile, let us talk about building technique. So here in this technique, we will apply polos first and then build up people so that the kalos flow down naturally. This will happen due to gravity. So you can add some darker colours as well to create some shadows and depth in the painting. Similarly, you can even lift some beans to create nice highlights our misty effect. I usually use this technique when I have to paint misty mountains are to finally Misty ADS. So you only if you absorb the colors flow down very beautifully and it gives us a natural effect in the beam. I'm applying some darker colors on this work surface and looked at the gallows flowing down the sword, relaxing the watch, right? Okay, so this is what we are going to create in the painting. Next, we will talk about dry brush technique. In this technique, we will take a damn brush and large, small amount of beans in the brush, and then gently slide the brush to create O textured effect. We will use this dry brush technique, obeying though leafy texture on being in. So we can have multiple layers, one with like Dhaka lower and one with darker color. So for darker colored unit though, a concentrated load on your brush and then repeat the same exercise. This is what we are going to do. You can have a look at this. We are trying to achieve similar effect in the painting. And then we will have a beam, the branches. So you need to paint the branches very loosely in different direction and bring them irregularly. So if you absorb, I'm applying very little pressure to achieve this kind of brushstrokes. Then we will bend grasses in the foreground. So this is done with single brushstroke. 5. Practice session - 2: In this tab go, we will practice various types of glucose. The nature always captivates us by each beauty that our various types of repose in and around those. Some are simple and some complicated. Let us black this few of them. So I'll start by dabbing my brush into different directions. Outbreak and top-left. So it is going to make a baton. So you're going to continuously make these shapes. And then I had a line in the middle. Yeoreo go, we have our first clip already. Isn't that simple? Next we will draw straight lines and then make, but the light structures on either sides. And one that you have to apply less pleasure to create these tiny brush strokes. If you have blame more pressure, then you willing to get this kind of thicker RAS, strokes. On the next line, we are going to make the lake shapes to look like symmetrical leaves. So this will again form a nice and beautiful looking deeper. In the next one, we will apply dots at either net position, creating a nice back. And then my third is to first draw with pencil and then fill in the color. This will be an easier step if you are not confidential directly paint with brush. You can paint the leaves in any direction and the shape that you want. You can reflow the Internet and pick your own style. It's up to you. So you ought, If you'll see I'm drawing floodlight structure on the line. And this will also look good as Agriba. Here I'm making zigzaggy by admin and then drawing a straight line in the middle. I wonder using all of them in the pain. If you want you can refer any of these are row go with your own study. Next, I will show you how I built a board. So I'm going to draw a line. You can even paint a geometrical shape, something like this. So some of you are not confident to directly pinned on the paper. So what you can do is take a pencil and draw a basic shape and then fill inside that area. So he has drawn a board and a person. Now, I'm filling in the area with a darker color. And then I'm bending that reflection in a rippled way. This should be easier for your Similarly, you can do the clipper as well. So with the help of pencil, you can first draw the desired shape that you want and then apply the pins. So this is only possible for darker color. If it is lighter color, the pencil marks or APR very prominently. So avoid doing that. I have sketched the alia. Now I'm applying beams. Okay guys, that was it. And the next step, we will get started with the main beam. 6. Prepping up and composition: Okay, we will start off by applying the masking tape. So I am going to use this refers side on God. And start applying the masking tape. I'm going to hold the paper with two fingers and then apply that. Dave, depending on how I want the border to be. You can give the border thicker or thinner. Depends on you. So you can there that aids with fingers or with the help of scissors. I played the tape on all sides giving equal border. And lastly, when you are done, just run your fingers to make sure it is tightly sealed. You need not use a masking tape. If you have a water color block. In watercolor, blog, sites are sealed, doesn't buckle up and European. Now I will rotate my art born because the orientation of the painting is going to be in portrait mode. So I will keep it like this. And I will keep a masking tape under my cardboard so that the Fellows flawed words he bought them due to gravity. Next time we'll take pencil, scale and arrays, the sketching. So he thought I'm referencing this practice piece to draw the outlines. So I'm drawing a straight line in the center of the paper. It is not exactly the same good. I can say. I will be resolving 40% of the area for the sky and for the water and the bottom part, it will be 60%. And up the harsh lines on the paper. Ok, now these two paintings are very similar, but if you compare them, there are some differences. So the deflection is trade in one painting and it has some revolts in an adult. If you see the foreground elements, one painting has animal and a book, and the other one has only book. Talking about the bygone faraway land. You one painting has to Laos and the other painting has three layers. Next we will draw the ground area. We will add though further element as we go on with the pin. Also, if I have to explain the flow of the process, what we are going to do is first we will be in the sky and and then we will let it dry and bring the layers of these three glasses one-by-one on diaper. Moving on, we will be in the water and deflection. And then moving ahead for being the ground area. And lastly, we will be printing the silhouettes of these clipboards and the board. It is as simple as that. 7. Painting background: Alright, so we have master paper on this cardboard. So we will get started with the building. I will take my flight brush of size 1.5 inches and use it for applying water. We will apply clean water only about this or line to paint the sky. Gently apply even coat of water. For the next step, deeper tissue paper handy. Remove all the excess water on the paper using a paper napkin. We will apply this diluted mixture of pre-mixed pinned. Here i'm going with veteran wet technique, which means I'm applying wet paint on wet area. I'm applying same amount of paint throughout the area so that it looks flat. So this is basically flight was technique. Flight washes not invert. You have applied the paints evenly throughout the surface. We are done with painting this guy. We will next create a moon on this area. So again, acre damn, flood brush and own it around in a circular motion to lift the beans from this area and wipe it off using our tissue paper napkin. That's why it is better to have issue handy so that you can remove the pains when you're doing this exercise. Repeat the same exercise, some more dimes to make them one brighter. So this is how our Moon should look in the final outcome. As an alternative, you can even dam that tissue paper on the area you want to lift off the pain from. So this will easily lift off all the pinch. So now this background layer is done. We will let you Dre for some time. I am going to use a blow dryer to make the process faster. All right, so the paper is dry enough. Moving on, we will finally land. Take a round brush, I'm using a number six brush. You can go with any known brush that you have. And then we will take medium consistency beans. So that should we little thicker than the background color. We will pin the shape of trees randomly by dabbing. And also with the crisscross brush movement. I am applying the queens with crisscross brush crooks. This will help us avoid having uniform patterns. Once this is done, then we will fill up the rest of the area. Next we will need a slightly darker pins, will add a little concentrated paints to this mixture to make it a little darker. And then gently apply the pins on the top area. Remember you need to keep your paper in the tilted position so that dot kalos can flow down naturally. So this step is to create natural depth like illusion in the painting. Although it is going to look much lighter when it dries. But we are still doing it. You're now taker down brush and gently blurred the color in different directions so that we don't have apache effect. Now we dry it with a blow dryer. So you can let your dry naturally, it's up to you. Once the first layer, we will apply the second layer using a dark curtain. And let's start by ending with the same technique. So I'm applying the beans in the shape of the trees again randomly. Once you have entered the second layer. So what we are going to do is we will lift some beans using them brush lifting. This will create a misty effect in painting. Lift up beans carefully and wipe it using our tissue paper. Also, we will add some darker colors. If you observe, this kind of gives us a misty effect in the painting. Also add some dark coca leaf and the bottom part to create some depth. 8. Painting Water and Reflection: Painting the sky part is done. Next, we will be in the water area and deflection of moon. So let us read the area below the line. I'm using a flat brush to the area. You can use any large gross that is every label with you. So apply clean water on the paper. Make sure you are applying even coat of water. If there is any excess water, you can remove it with a damned brush. And why bid on novel. Next, we will apply diluted pains on this area. Same as we did for this guy. This is again where Don Read technique applied the beams evenly on this entire area. Now I'm going to apply another quote of slightly darker paint. We'll clean out brass thoroughly and wipe off all the water from the brush. Now live, we'll dig this BAM brush and lift up beans off the people who create the reflection of moon. Note that we have to create reflection just under the wound. I'm also lifting beans in an around this area to create the pull effect in water. Your brush needs to be clean and down. Then it is going to create a sharp impression. Lcd will get smashed with the background. Also remember that your paper needs to be read in order to perform this step. Now we have assumed this kind of ripple effect. Ok, so we will write this lay-up completely using upload Rhino. If we don't want to use a blow dryer, then you can let it dry naturally for around ten to 15 minutes. And they're drying time depends on the temperature and humidity, your area. Next we will be in the ground area using a darker color. So I'm going to take this case to outline as reference. The pains are looking dark now, but once it days it is going to look good literary model. Then we will create the one more layer on this with extra dark color. 9. Painting darker corners: In this step though, we will pin the base layer for full-grown clippers. If you see this, the corners are pitch black, so we will initially cover up the edges with contemplated color and then gradually been googleapis. So load your brush with concentrated beam. I am taking let it the paints your you can start applying those beams on the corners. Applied very randomly. I'm not following any rule, your doping the corners just randomly applied the beans. So next we will go with dry brush technique. At this point, your brush should be very damp, oral, dry. Gently slide your brush to create this textured effort. Nor that if your brush has water in it, then you won't get this effect. So as the name suggest, they brush technique so the brush shouldn't be dry. And as I come downwards, I'm applying diluted pins to create net effect. Next time trying to create the shape of leaves with random brushstrokes. Bernard apply more pressure on your brush that will lead to restrict those brush strokes. So being fairly loosely and enjoyed the process. All you need to do is just bab, ardor, those on crisscross brushstrokes than you will achieve the effect in the same guild aboard. So first we will create with a lighter color and then we will apply on 200 Fellows to clear darker corners. At this point, we are willing to just fill up the area. Now, I'm going back to this faraway land and applying a darker because I felt that it is looking a little lighter. But Jordan depth effect, I'm adding darker color under what embark. 10. Painting Creepers - Part 1: Ok. Next we will paint though hanging three poles. So I will take my rigor brush to pin define lines. You can go with any fine liner brush tag you have. Alright, so we will pin the lines in a very irregular way and will not be into its trade. And we will add the LI use in irregular way. Again. The Clippers can be of any size. You can reenter the bottom or keep it till the middle row. Any, any lenses fine. Next ambient England diluted colors. The reason behind painting been diluted Delos is to create an illusion of moonlit creepers. So we have the moon in the beam, beam. So I'm trying to create or moonlit illusion. We will paint the pre-post one-by-one. So I am gradually filling up the area with this clay bows. And this requires a lot of patients to pain one at a time. If real rush to furniture and then results may not win that appealing. So take your time and aimed at neatly. I will let you absorb wildlife. Okay. So in your fingers you can even add some freeloader elements, your own death. For example, some dots or some lines. In order to fill the area. You can have a radiation of lighter and darker color. That way it will look good. If we are only having one tonal value, then it might look flat or dial. So to prevent that, we are painting with multiple tonal values. So here I'm covering up the area with dry brush technique. 11. Painting Creepers - Part 2: In this chapter, we will do the layering work. So we would need black colored nucleate the darkest color possible. So I'm going to mix this black with the existing colored to form a tick based, not based actually word ticker of incipient. Now with this mixture, we will be in another layer on ground in your first draw the outline and then fill up the area. The previous Leon looks much lighter. This also looks like moonlit line. Moving on, we will apply veins on the top part of the paper. We already have. Obviously, we will end up on this layer to create a nice depth and silhouette effect. Elin Aldo, corners when darker color. We will also do driver's technique again, nucleate got textured ethic. So you're going to gently slide your brush to create a darker texture. Next we are going to be in the three boys. So here I'm using my round brush because I want to go brush strokes or a ticker leaves here. So we will apply the beans by lobbing the brush. Bu create continuous dog-like effect. Your Am Building with different daily. So one is the eye-opening darts, bending darts in alternate position like a triangle. And lastly, we will be in line in the middle of this clipper. You can paint any type of clip was. If you feel difficult, then go with simple ones. There is no restriction as such to been the difficult ones. I have shown some examples in the practice chapter. Go through it again. If you find it, it makes them being, being reshaped glues. And then we're going to draw a line in the middle. Now, I'm drawing lines on these leaves that we have spin third, I'm using a fine liner brush because I want him line. You can also been flows Lee Scott earned leaves. The choices are yours. This is a dry brush technique. So here I'm filling up the ADI again. Some steps are repeated. Here. You need to have patient. Next we will paint and branches in different shape and direction. These are kind of fellows in the painting. I'm going to fill up the area when dogs and some branches and all of that as many would onto size your one. Makes trig lady go brush. I'm painting fuel thin lines to create nice balance of Picker anti not aligned. In the next step, we will sprinkle some beans or what the top area. So we will a welder water area with tissue paper so that no pin 12 on this area and start sprinkling the palace. And this will give us dotted effect, which will be depicted as lose or Jaime leaves in the beginning. The overall idea is that the upper part should look for lower window branches and googleapis. So you can see these three paintings look very similar. Let us now add the board. You can directly being the board using your brush, all you can first draw it with pencil and then fill in the colors. I will bend the board with my brush and then either rippled reflection. So maybe when pain some grasses in the foreground area. So let us remove the masking tape and revealed the final look of our painting. Carefully removed from all the paper might paired up. So be very gentle. Okay, so this is the final look of the building. I hope you have achieved a similar design. If not, that's okay. You can try again. So we are done with this. 12. Outro - Thank you!: Thank you for watching my glass. I hope you're willing to give this beam in are trying because you will only learn when you actually do it. I would be really happy and you could take your dying to give me feedback for this class. Your feedback and traditions are really important to me. Also, do post show paintings in the project gallery, or you can even Bagley on Instagram. My Instagram handle is what? I will try to reshape your work in my stories. So yeah, happy painting. See you in my next class. Bye bye.