Watercolor Morning Landscape. Step-by-step Tutorial

Learn how to paint realistic morning landscape with watercolors
What you'll learn
  • How to use photo reference
  • How to choose a brush for specific task
  • How to work in wet-on-wet technique moistening a paper on both sides 
  • How to use a paper texture to get natural spontaneous forms 
  • How to choose colors and tones properly
  • How to paint trees easily and without excess digitalization 
  • How to apply basics of perspective 
  • How to paint morning sky and clouds
  • How to spice up a watercolor background wash
     
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Course description

Quiet spring morning, mist in the fields and soft pink clouds. How to transfer this fresh atmosfere into a watercolor? 

In this class you’ll learn how to combine different techniques and tricks to paint realistic dawn landscape
 

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Requirements

A list of supplies used for this work: 

Paper
- Arches, Grain Fin (Cold Pressed) , 100% cotton watercolor paper, 300 gsm,  28х38 cm
Watercolor 100% cotton paper of any other brand is suitable for this work, although Fin or Torchon textures are recommended, as well as a paper density no less than 200 gsm (300gsm is the best)
- Cotton or cellulose watercolor paper of any density for exercises and sketches.  In the lesson for this purposes Winsor&Newton cellulose paper, Grain Torchon , 200 gsm, 28х38 cm was used  

Brushes
-  Wide flat goat brush  4,5 cm 
- Two squirrel round brushes  8-10 mm (can be replaced with squirrel imitation or squirel-mix brushes )
- Round synthetich brush 3 mm (or any small syntetic or kolinsky/kolinsky mix round brush)
- Round synthetich brush  with a long pile, 2mm (optional, or can be replaced by a small synthetic brush or a liner brush of another size)
- Chineese calligraphy brush, small size (you can try to use a soft squirrel brush instead)

Watercolor paints
You can use watercolors of any brand, in tubes or pans. Just don’t forget to mix them with each other before you start to check what blends they give.
- Royal blue (Sennelier 322) (you can try to replace it with Ceruleum or another light blue watercolor paint containting white pigment. Or mix it by yourself from Phtalo blue+ Ultramarine + White)
- Naples yellow  (Sennelier 566)
- Phtalocyanine Turquoise (Sennelier 341)
- Indanthrene blue (Sennelier 395)
- Quinacridone violet rose (White nights 622)
- Payne’s grey (Sennelier 703)
- Dioxazine Purple (Sennelier 917)

Waterproof plastic board 30х40 cm

Pencil НВ and erasers: ordinary and soft 

Paper towels 

Masking paper tape or/and paper clips

Plastic (or ceramic) palette 

Water

music by bensound.com

 
Content
  • Supplies
    Supplies
    03:20
  • Exercises
    Exercises
    09:23
  • Drawing
    Drawing
    05:53
  • Preparing paper
    Preparing paper
    04:54
  • Sky
    Sky
    10:04
  • Clouds
    Clouds
    13:00
  • Background
    Background
    09:38
  • Field
    Field
    13:22
  • Trees
    Trees
    14:46
  • Fence
    Fence
    05:13
  • Final touches
    Final touches
    06:35
  • Drying paper
    Drying paper
    03:12
  • Conclusion
    Conclusion
    01:30
Students' works on this course
Maria Smirnova
Maria Smirnova
Watercolor artist and tutor
Maria is a passionate watercolorist, author of watercolor courses, video lesson’s creator, participant of different competitions and exhibitions. Her paintings can be found all around the world from the USA to Malaysia.  
This course includes:
  • Languages :
    en, de, ru
  • Subtitles :
    en, de
  • Content :
    13 lessons
  • Duration :
    1h 41m
  • Level :
    Beginner
  • Updated :
    2021-04-04
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