3 Step Watercolor: painting with layered washes | Renato Palmuti | Skillshare

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3 Step Watercolor: painting with layered washes

teacher avatar Renato Palmuti, Illustrator and watercolor artist in Brazil

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      First Wash


    • 4.

      Second Wash


    • 5.

      Third Wash


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About This Class

This class explores the concept of layered washes for painting watercolors.

Making a small scene in 3 layers of transparent pigment. It requires only some simple watercolor materials, shown in the second lesson of the class. 


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Renato Palmuti

Illustrator and watercolor artist in Brazil


My name is Renato Palmuti

I am an Art Director, Illustrator and Painter.

I worked in advertising, sales and design agencies until 2001, when I focused my carrer in Illustration. I opened my studio in 2005 and since then I've been working for agencies and clients making images for their ads and campaigns.

Painting was always a paralell activity, but recently it has become an important part of my work. I started studing a lot the watercolor techniques, producing diverse paintings and I've been invited for making classes and workshops in various studios and art schools.

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1. Introduction: I am not image. I'm an illustrator here in Brazil and I want to share with you some of the basic concepts in a watercolor paint. So we're gonna use this class concept all familiar washes as a met up working, throwing water, being there for death. We will think respecting to traditional food or water to gain from better from and from Let's do it. 2. Materials: for this glass who need some basic water all over two and a reference with good definition in terms of light and shepherd. I didn't buy your own reference in a treaty softer so that I could define exactly the direction anything city off light. It will be a guide for us to do painting. I think you could use the same picture by making a print screen of your computer view off the image. So I was just in here for you to captured. Will you need a watercolor paper? I recommend Goat breast 100% cotton 300 grand paper because it can provide best results. Working with what leaders? One or two medium sized brushes I like this particular type made with Squire, for they have this handmade finishing and re things a good quantity or water. Another good kind of brush is the Kolinsky sable brush that you can find and your friend spices or a synthetic good point of brush like this one. Try to avoid brushing that I June 15 another bowler. The less breast strokes you have, the better I think, Paul it for mixing colors, snt, shoes or sponge for absorbing the excess off water. The bush for drawing. You can use a soft point fan 0.3 or 0.4 with permanent ink along the paper surface. And, of course, you need basic range off hard and cold water car. If you want some deep about what color to buy, I'll say it for you to have Walker Eliza in Crimson Burnt Sienna about noon. Put your marine Blue Payne's gray or new protein, Chinese white. It will be enough to start with, but you can use the ones you have. 3. First Wash: So I have already drawn here and you can do that freehand. We don't wrong phrases and we're defying what you want are you don't have many drawing skills. Could use a light blocks our window transferred the reference to the paper produce first layer. We'll focus the brother values, creating big man atmosphere. Big Men days for the paint. It's good to break the extreme white that represents the highest light in the scene. I was renting it to be part of the atmosphere. Don't worry about procedure in this first step. The connection among shapes and colors while the paint is still wet is one of the characteristics watercolors. I know that I'm not reserving menace basis in the parts that we'll have another tone because they dealings to paint over it, creating layers off parents. All right, so the result. It should be something like fast and no more genius like this later, that's important to let it dry completely before starting the second wash over it. If you want, you can give help to the nature using a hair dryer 4. Second Wash: we can notice that the first later became much lighter After drying, it happens because of the pigment observant on the paper. While water evaporates this layer, we'll start defining some shapes and glands for the composition by painting over to first wash. For that, we need to analyze the reference to detect which areas are already in the correct value and which ones we'll have to increase value by any more in a second wash, well being, fewer areas off the image. Then in the first and in some borders, we must be a bit more accurate to keep the correct aspect off the drop. This time, we're putting some more information in the paint like darkening flat areas. Some details. Maybe it's good to put a little bit off texture and the painting for that. You can use a little bit off banked in the brush and can flicker it over to pay can do it with fewer water over what's her face to. All right, so if you were ready with that, let it dry again for the next day 5. Third Wash: Yeah, this is the time to add the darkest values in the paint, and it's good to keep in mind that we're not painting Justin object, but also a mood. No atmosphere. So if we connect the different shapes, especially in the shadows, you will help us to keep the composition integrated. So let's define these darkest areas, paying attention, watch regions we have to reserve and what shapes we can connect, letting you bleed. We deal their parts with the same bed. Notice that it's the moment to look for the parts of the me that require on increase of value, especially on increase off this mission. - It's the moment we make the drawing to dig form up by Tracy. But by adding contrast from one plan to the other, Yeah, after that, let's dry thinking again to make a final checking in order to complete the project. 6. Details: In this final step, we can add some details like this. Smaller parts and some decorations throws in the box. You can do this simulating Rio proofs through a good way for doing this. Final touches is within a technique we call dry over the right. It's basically when you apply, pick bend in the British over the paper. The paper has to be totally dry, too. Can do this with darkest corners to making this hard and strong marks, which are very welcome to give the final definition image something very helpful. To put some highlights to emphasize some edges, you can separate plans of the image. 7. Conclusion: All right, So this is the finished project, and I hope you two have gone in the concept off controlling the watercolor process by painting with layered washes for death. We use it to very important rooms about painting watercolors, which are beating from back to front and from light to there. Let's remember the steps. In the first wash, we had only a pigment base for the painting. In the second wash, we started defining shapes with a little bit more precision, and on the 3rd 1 would have the shadows and the most dark areas with some more details to. So you been it in line and being a pension in the values off the reference, I'm sure you will have a good base for beauty in your own way of painting watercolors. Thanks a lot for watching. See you soon. My