The prep-work it takes to get ready for a watercolor painting can be time consuming and easy to overlook. However, taking the proper measures prior to starting a watercolor painting (and in this case, a watercolor landscape) can help bring you success in your painting and make the execution more free flowing.
Have you been following along to Graham Smith’s FREE Sketchbook Fury workshop?
Through online video lessons, Professional Artist & Illustrator Graham Smith is showing us how to develop a sketchbook strategy so you can customize your sketchbook, build your drawing skills, overcome your fear of the blank page, develop ideas, and execute finished art.
When you hear the word watercolor you automatically think of using watercolor paper. Makes sense. However when I started to teach classes, I wanted something that was transparent so the students can use my letters underneath as a guide. I knew that watercolor paper was not transparent so I tried tracing paper and that did not hold the ink up well. Then I went in to my local art store and found Strathmore’s 500 series Marker Pads. From the first brushstroke I made on the paper, I was sold.
Alphonso Dunn's free Pen & Ink Workshops are now fully released and available on our YouTube Channel!
In his first video lesson, Alphonso covers the basic aspects of drawing and creating textures with pen and ink. Consistentcy in mark making is an essential foundation skill and is the first area of focus. From there Alphonso covers a few key principles of creating realistic textures and goes over helpful practice exercises.