Learn How To Draw Water With Calm Waves In Charcoal

This video art tutorial shows you how in quite a short space of time you can draw calm sea waves in charcoals. It is definitely geared towards the beginner to intermediate artist but I actually learned a few ideas from this video myself.

Using fine willow charcoal the artist begins by applying a series of quick horizontal lines in a variety of lengths with longer ones at the front and the shorter onesrecedingto the background and gives the illusion of perspective. When using charcoals contrast is key to establishing a realistic picture so with respect to the waves it is essential to get the darker values and tones in your foreground and as you can imagine a gradual grading of mid tones working their way to the distance.

The introduction of a blending stump is used to smooth the harsh rugged lines left by the charcoal and is complimented by a compressed charcoal pencil which is used to further create even more dark values to the larger foreground waves. The white charcoal pencil is appropriate to add finer detailing to the tips of the waves offering highlighting capabilities which gives them form and aheightenedstate of realism. You can’t go far wrong with following this tutorial and as I’m sure you would agree it is easy to follow and great to learn from. Have fun.

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    1. Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” ? Bruce Lee

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    2. There are no secrets to drawing .You simply draw each shape beit a line,curve,splodge , whatever the shape is you just draw it. And anyone can draw a shape. Here is how to start drawing. Get a picture of anything in black and white the simpler the better. Then turn it upside down on your monitor draw just a little peice of that picture ,then turn it 90degrees and your paper too and look at the piece youve just drew and see where youve gone wrong and just adjust its angle to match then turn again

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    3. then adjust it if the angle/shape looks different . Just keep turning your screen and paper . Also forgot to mention DONT press too hard with the pencil. Hold the pencil the way you feel comfiest , there is no right or wrong way. If you find that abit hard to follow just draw a grid over a pic in a magazine then lightly draw a grid with the same amount of squares and simply draw what ever is in each grid… simple. And heres the good news i DONT want any money :)))

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