Most of the time you will only ever see the finished painting by an artist. The painting-process itself can take days or months to complete. But there is so much that goes behind the paintings that doesn’t actually involve picking up a paint brush. This post shows you the thought process and steps that I took to complete my Superb Wren and Camellias painting.
Since I really enjoyed doing my earlier pen and ink sketch, and it uses so few materials (literally a pen and paper), I decided I would focus on another practice sketch.
Not all my artwork is in watercolours; often the process of creating a piece involves not only the sketch, but studies of reference materials.
I used to be a big advocate for pen and ink drawings. It’s a great medium to create art in as it can involve a very low set-up cost, and it can easily be done at any time or place.
Transferring drawings onto watercolour paper can be as daunting task: if your sketch isn’t accurate then your finished painting may look awkward. This tutorial will teach you how to quickly draw a simple, yet highly effective, grid to aid drawing your initial sketch.
The first step in painting The Doorway was to paint the background. If you remember from some of my previous paintings I fell in love with textures, specifically textures made with salt. I wanted the windows to vary in color as if they were stained glass or older style glass. …