Under the sea- watercolor fish for beginners | Maja Røer | Skillshare

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Under the sea- watercolor fish for beginners

teacher avatar Maja Røer, Artist, illustrator and teacher

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Lessons in This Class

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      Sketching fish


    • 5.

      Painting the background


    • 6.

      Painting the second layer


    • 7.

      Finishing touches


    • 8.

      The class project and goodbye


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About This Class

This class is about learning how to mix watercolors on paper.

In thiss class, you get to play around with colors, and find your own favorite color combination. I will show you step by step how to paint vibrant watercolor fish, from sketching to adding the finishing touches.

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Maja Røer

Artist, illustrator and teacher



I'm an illustrator and artist from Scandinavia.

I have always loved drawing and painting. I love working with watercolors, ink and color pencils!

Joining Skillshare has really helped me improve my art. I love painting loose watercolors, but also work on portraits and drawing animals. I'm very inspired by nature!

I am currently studying multimedia design, to learn more about graphic design, webdesign and communication.

I'm currently teaching two watercolor classes, and hope to make more classes soon!

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1. Intro: Hello. My name is Maya. I'm an illustrative from Denmark, and in this class, I'm going to show you how to paint some beautiful water caller fish. I'll show you how to paint fish step by stuff. Using a wet on wet technique, we will make beautiful watercolor illustrations who will play around with colors to find a great color combination for your class project and for the class project, you'll be painting your own fish using your own favorite colors. And if you're a beginner in water colors, you can paint along with me. I'll show you how to get started. 2. Supplies: welcome to the class. First, I'm going to talk a little bit about this supplies you're going to need. You're going to need two containers of water. And that's because you don't want your paint to get dirty. So just used uh, first container Teoh, Clean off your brush on, then clean it further, and the next jar, you're going to need some watercolors. I like to use these Winsor Newton. You're going to need some watercolor brushes. And I used number one and number 67 She round brushes on also a big, flat, cheap gold rush. Then you're going to need a pencil on. I just use a regular one for this class because it's only for a light sketch. You're going to need some kind of erasure, and I like to use a knitted eraser because it doesn't leave a mess on my paper. But you can use a regular a razor to, and then you're going to need some watercolor paper, and I recommend using at least 240 grams of cold pressed paper. I like to use a block that is food on all four sides, so I don't have to stretch to paper. I just paint on it on, and when it's dry, I just cut it off. It's really easy. And then it's a really good idea to have some kind of paper tell nearby because you might need Teoh remove some water. Are my spill, I bet. So just keep it close on. That's really all you need to start this class. 3. Colorplay: Let's start playing around with some colors. I love playing around colors, and I use a lot of pigment in my paintings, so I get really vibrant colors. I also love mixing colors like this. You're gonna practice mixing colors, making these thoughts from a piece of paper mixing old between the dots. Two colors will mix. For instance, between the blue and Riendeau. A beautiful violet will emerge. Try adding drops of water to make the painful around this craze a cool effect. When the paint dries, you can move the paint around with some clean water like this on, uh, the pain will go. Water waters. You can move it around anywhere you like. I'm going to show you how to paint a basic fish, using a wet on wet technique with only two colors. First, I sketched a basic fish. It doesn't have to be. Perfect point of this exercise is to try mixing some different colors on the paper. I use mine editor Razor to clean up the sketch a bit. Then I start adding water to the shape. I added a bit of pain so you can see where I'm paint. - Then I started adding crimson red. I used a lot of pigment to get a really. Then I start adding blue on the other half of the fish. Mix up the color ship. It unmoved the paint around. Until I'm happy with I encourage you to try this exercise. It's really a lot of fun playing around with colors and please share it in the project gallery. I can't wait to see what you can create. 4. Sketching fish: Now I'm going to show you how to paint a more realistic looking fish with an abstract background. You can follow me along if you like. First I start sketching on my watercolor paper. I use a reference for this painting. This fish is kind of bark shape, so I start with some pretty straight lines. Then I add the tail friend. I clean up my sketch of it on, drowned the edges a little bit. - Then I add details like the mouth fins and the I I saw from the sketch with my razor so it won't be so visible in the final painting. 5. Painting the background: e used my big brush to add a lot of water all around the fish. You can also use this bunch for this F you're using a sponge. Please be careful because robbing it too hard on the paper can cause it to break or tear apart on. Sometimes you won't see it until it's too late. So just be a little bit. I switched to my number six round brush to get a little bit closer to the fish. I try avoiding getting water inside the fish because I don't want any paint there yet. Now I start adding lots of belts for on the fish. If you have a bigger brush, you can know this a bit quicker. Just be careful around the edges of fish. - After filling the entire background with blue paint, I go in with some crimson red. I want the red dots to resemble corals, so I add a lot of them in the bottom of the painting. But not all over the place. The colors will makes beautiful it together because red on blue makes violets are purple, and I hope this will look very beautiful. I add a little bit of purple just Teoh. Give it a little bit more color on, uh, then I put some water on my brush and drag. It occurs to bottom to create a kind of bottom of the ocean. E. Use a tissue to remove some of the water when my painting is very wet, because it will take forever to drive. Now remember that the painting will dry lighter, so just add a lot of color. If you want this painting to be a colorful Theun , I add some water to my brush and drag it across the top of my painting just to drag the colors out of it. I also do this on the sides. So far, there's no pain, and now I just Let's the painting drafts completely before moving on. 6. Painting the second layer: having cleaned up the sketch, but with my razor, I start painting the fish. I start painting with cadmium yellow, the pain carefully around the eyes. Then I add cadmium red. Of course, you can use any color you like. I worked quickly so the paint doesn't drive and I keep adding stripes of red and yellow until the entire fish is covered. Except me. I of course the second layer is now done. Onda painting should dry completely before moving on to the next step. 7. Finishing touches: for the details. I use my number one round brush on. I use a lot of pigment. I start by painting a smiling mouth. Then I add some orange around the eye. Fish, in my reference, has a long fin along the back, all the way down to the tape. I paint it with tiny strokes. I'm not trying to make this look perfectly realistic. I'm just adding a few details. I noticed that one painting tailfin. I start my strokes by pressing down lightly at the beginning of a stroke. Then I increased pressure towards the end of this trip. This makes two stroke at bit whiter on the middle, and I think it makes a beautiful shape. - Now the painting on the eye looks dry, so carefully paint a blue dot in the middle of it. The fish, in my reference, doesn't have any reflections in the eye, so I don't add any more highlights. Now I paint a circle around the I just to make it pop a little bit, and that's it. Of course, you can add more details on add as many layers as you like, but I'm pretty happy with this way turned out, so I'm just going to leave it like this 8. The class project and goodbye: with a wet on wet technique, you can create stunning loose pieces. You can also keep adding layers of paint until you're happy with the result. Just remember to either add more pigment to wet paint, using the wet unless technique, or wait for the painting to dry completely before adding another layer for the class project, Try mixing some different colors on the sheet. A watercolor paper, then pained. At least one fish using your favorite color combination. See the Pinterest board that I have made for inspiration. I am sure you can find a nice reference photo. Please share your work in the project section below so you can inspire your classmates. I would love to see what you can make to share your project. Take a photo or scan your paintings on, then upload them to the project gallery. Feel free to ask me any questions. Just post a question in the community section below and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. I hope you have enjoyed the class on. I hope to see her again in my next class