Watercolor - Let's Paint Dog Noses! | Mary Evelyn Tucker | Skillshare

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    • 1.

      01 - Watercolor - Let's Paint Dog Noses Intro


    • 2.

      02 - Supplies Used


    • 3.

      03 - Transfer (or Sketch) Dog Noses


    • 4.

      04 - Painting the Dog Nose Side Profile


    • 5.

      05 - Painting the Dog Nose Front View


    • 6.

      06 - Thanks and Share Your Art!


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In this Skillshare class, we will explore the fundamentals needed, to paint dog noses with watercolor.  You may have heard that painting with watercolors is "ruff," but in this class, I think you'll have a "pawsitive" experience, as you learn about painting dog noses from two points of view.  This is a great first step towards
 a watercolor portrait of your favorite pup.

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Mary Evelyn Tucker

Full Time Artist & Coffee Aficionado


My name is Mary Evelyn Tucker. I have been a full-time artist since 2015. Over the last eight years working on commissions for clients, I have painted hundreds of pet portraits. I love capturing the unique qualities of each individual pet.

In 2020, I illustrated three different children's books. I worked with author Susan Jones on "The Adventures of Cooper" and "The Adventures of Cooper: The Fire Breathing Machine." I also worked with author Tamara Menges (Light Filled Home) to illustrate her children's book "The Nativity Set," that was released that Christmas. The third Cooper project was published in the fall of 2021, "The Adventure of Cooper: The Flowerbed Fiasco." I also illustrated two Cooper coloring books. Currently, I am working on my fifth children's book... See full profile

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1. 01 - Watercolor - Let's Paint Dog Noses Intro: Hi and welcome back Today we're going to work on some dark noses. I'm Mary Evelyn, and I'm gonna be showing you some techniques on how to create this beautiful salt texture. How cool is that? And then we're gonna work on a side. Profiles of the dog knows dog news is, I think can be a bit of a challenge. So I wanted to help those wanting to know more about how to paint a dog knows ah, little bit about how they can accomplish that with watercolor work pencils a little bit of wash, some highlight and you're set. So it's not as challenging as some people think. Or maybe this is just gonna help you further how you do dog noses with a little insight and we're just gonna work on techniques on how to get the depth and I can say is, let's get started 2. 02 - Supplies Used: I went to go over the list of supplies here that we're gonna be using during our painting. First, I'm gonna start with the brushes going to use a number six in a number 12 by simply Simmons . Thes can be found at Michael's. Next. We've got a couple of fabric hostile. These are actually watercolor pencils. I used these to finish up the nose at the end for small details. Things that I wanna that I see that need to be touched up. I am also going to use an art and fly white opaque pin. It's like a jump in. It is a gel pin, but it is archival. When I use this for highlights on the nose, I'm also gonna just use a plain black pin to transfer the artwork. Next we have our paints. It's a pretty small list of paints. You can certainly pick and choose. Which one do you want to use? I'm gonna use an indigo by core watercolors and a carbon black. And then in Daniel Smith, I'm going to use a lunar black and a pains. Great. Now the lunar black has a really pretty granule ation property to it. So It gives the news a little bit extra texture and then with those I'm also going to use to wash, um, one is a white and one is black, and it's a whole main artists brand, and these were great cause they could be reconstituted with water. And the black just helps really get the black in the nose and really show that depth that you want. Okay, We want some plain tape. That's to take down our transfer paper. Just a simple table. Salt may use a spray bottle for my paints. I'm also just going to use this little tray to put the paints in. And, of course, a water bucket. Um, this is actually pretty big. I typically use a big water bucket for illustrating simply because I don't like dirty water , so that doesn't get as dirty as quickly. So it's actually an old net container for, like, cashews or something. So if you ever find those keep a hold of it, they make great water containers. Today we are gonna be painting on watercolor board, So this is actually a crescent brand. It is cold press, and it's a great service to paint on this is what I've been doing watercolor pet portrait on for many years now. And this offers such a great stability to do what? On what techniques went on dry. Also, to use those watercolor pencils I mentioned earlier in our supply list. Um, it's since it's so rigid, you don't have to worry about it digging into the board. Just a great overall substrate to paint on. Okay, I think that is everything. Make sure you've gone and printed off the outline, if you'd like. So we're gonna be basing our painting on today and let's get started. 3. 03 - Transfer (or Sketch) Dog Noses: Okay, We are ready to transfer our noses. I'm gonna start with the big one. Also, you are gonna need some transfer paper, any kind of graphite paper. You could even take a ebony pencil and rub on the back of the outline to trinkets for it. That's option as well. 4. 04 - Painting the Dog Nose Side Profile: Okay, I am going to start with the number 12. Load it with some water. I'm gonna go in and take a little bit of my carbon black. You know, different water colors will do different things as faras the way they react with water. This carbon black by core tends to spider out pretty quickly to give this whole news was wet. It tends to run away, and I will show you with that. What I mean by that in just a moment, I like to lay down the dark first. This is just something I've always done with news is doesn't mean this is the way you have to do it. But I take I take my dark. Not too shy about it, Um, kind of around the edge there. And then that middle parts going dark, edging edging. All right, now the fun part. I'm gonna go over the whole news with some water. Now you see what I mean? Kind of has a mind of its own, and it takes off, but that's okay. Like the whole news. What? All right, And most that black has kind of run away. And that's okay. I always go back in, grab a little that carbon. Once it hits the moisture, it's a little a little bit dry cause I started with with the nostril there. So once it hits the more saturated areas, it's just gonna take off and that's OK. All right, I'm gonna go over here and grab a little bit of the lunar. I put it right next to my carbon. This is the one that granulated, So going here, Add it in drag that and you can control watercolor to a degree. Um, you can go in and push it around a little bit as long as you've got enough. As long as it's not completely dry, you should be fine. Okay. I'm gonna go in and add a little bit of the indigo. I usually use a pains Graham actually gonna mix that in to go with a little bit of Payne's gray because I want a little bit more Navy tone. I'm just gonna go up here. Add now. You really can use any tone you want, depending on reflections like if it's the the dog is outside and there's a blue sky. You could certainly use a brighter blue. Um Teal purple. Really, Really. Just about any color you'd like. I'm gonna go in and alum, Or this is the Paynes Grey. Now you see where it's already. Granulated here actually went out a little bit more. That particular paint over here, it's already starting a dry right here, which is perfectly fine going to get some more carbon. I wanna let it, but it really heavy down here and let it just do its thing. This particular paint likes to push all other paints out of the way. It's very interesting. Alright. Once where you once were there, we've got a lot of moisture sitting on the edge here to try to see where see where that reflection is. Supersaturated and you notice the nostril here does not have our reflection because it's 30 seeped into the board. Okay, mix that around just a little bit. There's a fine line between too wet to put salt on. Doesn't do anything and to dry, and it doesn't do anything, so I think we're okay to go ahead. Lay some salt down. You can use table salt, you can use sea salt. You can use the really coarse salt, like in a grinder and all creates a different texture. Honey, I'm gonna let that sit, and then we'll continue. Okay, Now this is dried. Make sure it has dried completely before you go to wipe off the salt. There's a few spots. They're still a little bit damp. You just wanna gently run your finger across and get rid of that salt. Okay? Now, we've taken care of assault. Were ready to dive back into this. I am going to go ahead and use the number six. I'm gonna grab some of that black quash I've got over here. The pain is great for outlining. Been kind of feather it where you want. It's just an overall great addition for watercolor. If you're not too worried about being 100% watercolor, I'm just going where I'm seeing the darkest black on the photo reference. I'm gonna from across here and actually use a side of my brush kind of dark in that area a little bit. When you do this, you do lose a little bit of that texture we just created with assault. That's okay. No, because this is a side profile. The shadows are important depending on where the lights coming from, but still important to get. - You know, we've done that. You want to make sure the areas or dry any time you go to use a watercolor pencil, you need to make sure the painting is dry. So I'm just gonna take this a little bit on these dry patches here in the middle of C words , it starts to get wet. It doesn't show up as vividly. The thing I love about the quash is you can kind of go into and it creates a really nice effect. Okay? And and some of those dots that I like Tad just and highly now, these concert nly very in size. They don't have to be real small. I don't have to be big. Whatever you feel like making these thoughts. I said go for All right. Same thing with the White wash can actually go in and add some highlights. With that. Max is a really nice highlighter. Okay? And there we have our side profile. Dog knows painting now. If you want, you could certainly add some little bits. A for as if they were coming off the nose over here, where it would connect to the snout. Just if you're feeling up to it, 5. 05 - Painting the Dog Nose Front View: All right, We're gonna move onto the front view of the dog, knows same thing, applies going to get some black with the brush. Same thing I tend to edge. And you can see how much much water is on here. There you go. And go the other side. You say a thing because this paint, once I add that a clear water, it's going, Teoh, take off. I'm actually gonna add a little bit of here. The top in that edge edge hedge. Okay, that's good. It was much solid pigment. The darker you go, the more pigment you wanna have in your brush, right? You can see that That black does stick pretty well as far as where I put it. I grew up here and add a little bit more. Just a blend in. So it's not quite such a hard line. Look, clean my brush off a little bit. You wanna go all way around? Oh, that's nice. And saturated. You love all of these textures. Air just so cool me. Okay, Now you can kind of see how this one's faded out. This one still has a bit of a hard line. I think I added more pigment on this side than the other side. And that's okay. All right, we've got thing at the news. A lot of water on there. Go back in, do the same thing. I'm a little bit into. Go with the pains. Agree? Because I like that combination again. Experiment. Find out what you like and then go for it. I kind of want you have the basic of this down. You'll find that noses are very difficult to beat. The first time I didn't knows, I was so overwhelmed by the curve and the depths and how it worked. I'm not really sure why I found it so difficult. Um looked at many, many reference pictures, different noses, shapes. But after doing a few 100 of them, you tend to get a sense of how you know how they work. And every nose is different, too. It's like a fingerprint, little little texture pieces, all of it. Okay, my a little bit of the split here. You just go in and kind of be a little creative and little bits of color there. Now, one thing I have done before, if you want to go ahead and get in some of your highlight. So going here, get some of the squash your head and drop some in. Have some real funky texture here. And that is OK, okay. Drops him salt on this. You can kind of decide where you want to put the salt. Doesn't have to be on the whole knows Commie, just, you know, on the top or just the bottom. Okay, we're gonna let that dry. Okay, so I've got the salt off of the painting stride. Ready to go? How cool is that texture? I just I love what salt does. Two paintings. I think it's fabulous. All right, Mr. Adding in some of this black wash, starting with the nostril just to get the depth. It's so hard to get a deep black with with pure water color. So we opt for the wash, and again, you kind of take this how you want. You can do just an outline. You could fade it in. Just know, once you go over a little bit of that texture, gonna lose a little bit of it. But that is OK now with the dog with the dog knows straight on there is this curve here. That's why I'm adding a little bit of those lines and kind of bring a bit of a shadow down because that is over the top of that. So you're gonna have a little bit of a drop shadow. You can also take your watercolor pencil and add in some of those dark areas as well. If you want a little, a little more fine line in kind of that, that part there is curved and depending on the dog, you've got lots of different things to considers faras texture lines. How the little dots on the nose are going to be placed, I meant to say, but once you have the basic shape, it's it's pretty straightforward. You get to just decide where you want depth. - Okay ? No, but I have that take a little bit of the white. There's an extra shiny spot right here. Edge. Well, I like to do. I like to feather this out just a bit, so it's such a hard line again. You get to choose how you want to approach that. Okay, now, this is great. If you want to go around the edges and just kind of clean up any feathered feathered pieces you may see. Like I said, you really have to wait till it's pretty dry before the watercolor pencils are really effective. Even knew little odds and ends but not know anything to true Crazy. It just doesn't quite show up the way you want it to. Okay? And let that drive for just a second. Now I can go back in here and really and and when I want, you can always add a highlight like this and then take a little bit of water and go back over it. You take this pin, add some dots again. You can kind of just take this or leave it. You know, there's a lot of texture here to work with, so usually if a nose is a bit darker, it pops, makes it pop. Or you could just take this in. Do some line work as well doesn't have to be dots, just something to give that extra break highlight around where it's worth showing, showing up the most. I'll just blend this in with that little we'll highlight, and of course you can kind of do whatever you want with his background. You condone. Add in some paint, paint, wash or splatter of fact, or really, whatever you think. Okay, well, I think that is going to do it for our front view of a dog knows. And I'm so glad you joined us. 6. 06 - Thanks and Share Your Art!: all right that is going to do it for the stock knows I am so happy that you join me for this class painting How to pick the dog knows we've got the front, you and then the side view. And of course, every nose is different. This was just an example from my dog. And she is got terrier in her so different dogs, different noses. Maybe I'll work on some different models. You'll let me know if you want different versions of noses to follow along with. And be sure to check out my other class where we're gonna paint dog eyes both from a front view and angled view. And I will show you my techniques on how to get the pupil and the iris to work together and create that nice, shiny effect on the I. I hope you'll be able to join. Thanks so much