This video features watercolor artist John Baxter painting a scene including an estuary, boats, trees and houses. It is a time lapse video which shows how Baxter takes on difficult yet popular themes within watercolor painting. He goes through a whole spectrum of colors and uses many techniques to achieve this very realistic watercolor painting. Fine brushes, large brushes and a variety of washes all constitute this cracking landscape/seascape. Learn from what he has to offer and have a go yourself.
Watercolor artist Steven Cronin guides you through his methods of taking on a Loch with a radiant sun. His expert commentary is useful and very easy to follow and makes watercolors enjoyable. What amazes me is how much coverage you can achieve in such little time with watercolors. So imitate his style and see what magic you can conjure up.
This online art tutorial shows you how you can draw using colored chalk pastels a very effective landscape with trees reflecting in the water.
To begin with, the artist has pre-drawn his landscape to include the basic outlines of three conifer type trees, some shrubbery and the area where the landscape meets the water’s edge. With a blue chalk pastel held at and applied at a 45 degree angle, the artist covers the entire sky area using short 1-2 inch marks before then using his finger to gently blend the chalk together to give a soft and much more realistic sky.
Unfortunately, not all skies are a perfect blue color so it is with this in mind that he must now introduce a white chalk to the base of the skyline and a darker blue to the top to imitate how the sky would look in nature. He uses exactly the same technique when applying these new colors and simply blends them in by eye to test his artistic abilities. You will agree that even in such a short amount of time using the chalks that it is already a very concise drawing of the sky.
It is extremely difficult to draw grass with complete precision so the tendency for most artists is to draw the ‘impression’ of grass rather than take on blade by blade individually. In this particular tutorial the artist has smudged the grass region of the picture using a very similar technique to that used for the sky. Just three chalks were used for this area of grass, a dark green, light green and a yellow to pick out highlights residing on the grass’s horizon line. Use your finger to smudge accordingly once again for this stage in the drawing.
Drawing the trees with chalk is a slightly different procedure. As the chalk lines are applied they actually serve a purpose in imitating the branches. So working from the centre of the tree outwards, slowly and as accurately as possible begin to fill each of the trees which were drawn at the start. Follow the techniques used by the artist and practice to become much better at layering the chalk and achieving better tones and highlights within your trees.
And to finish with is the lake containing the reflections of the landscape you have just drawn. This stage is once again done using the techniques already demonstrated earlier in the video so by this stage you should be slightly more confident with the colored pastels to create a really nice lake. Take your time and most importantly have fun whilst your drawing. This art tutorial is geared more towards the beginner artist who is taking their first steps into chalk pastel drawing and landscape artwork.
Interestingly, I didnt believe that palette knives were used in watercolor. However, this video featuring artist Dennis Clark proves me wrong by doing just that. Endeavour to watch this video and you will pick up some useful techniques to take to your next watercolor painting. Its amazing how versatile art is.
Ever popular artist William Gelvin introduces beginners and intermediates to join him in the video playlist where he creates a stunning landscape from start to finish. His step by step approach and expert knowledge of oils and the required tools allows for a very successful and easy to learn from video tutorial. Everything is covered including some advanced techniques and tips for making your painting as successful as possible. Have fun and enjoy.
This is a first time video by an Australian artist and recent friend Sharon Grant. We met through another website (www.PaintingsILove.com) when I found that her paintings were worthy of further note and suggested she produce a video tutorial so that we could promote her work on ArtisanHQ.
Sharon’s enthusiasm is immense and within hours she has taken one of the works she presented on PIL and developed a video with this work as the subject matter. Co-opting the help of her husband, she has put together a commendable first attempt (using only the video on her phone!) and her dialogue allows the viewer to feel her enthusiasm whilst understanding what she is demonstrating…the use of previous works to achieve a brand new result…recycling in some ways, whilst retaining the great parts of the original piece.
Well done Sharon and this example alone should be encouragement to the artists and artisans who would like to demonstrate their work and expertise for the benefit of the growing art community…have a go and let us all enjoy your passion.
Despite the fact that the video quality may not be on par with most of our others on ArtisanHQ we felt it well worth retaining this on the site as demonstration of what can be achieved if you have the desire. If Sharon subsequently decides to rework this video we will then have the pleasure of discovering the phases involved in producing a video worthy of your personal artisan creativity.
Here you will learn in a step by step fashion how to paint aspen trees on to canvas using acrylic paint. Artist Pearce begins the painting by applying a few large horizontal blends with a 4 inch brush to set the mood for the upcoming trees. Then using a natural sponge she dabs reds, oranges and yellows on the upper and lower tiers of the painting to create the illusion of leaves and florals. It is then time for the trees using a selection of different sized brushes. Follow the video and within hours you will have something really quite soothing to hang on your wall. This video is ideal for the beginner artist.
This is the concluding part of the two part series of ‘painting a sunset’ by Wilson Bickford. In this short video tutorial Bickford finalises his painting by adding the reflections and navigates you through the other processes which will take you through to a finalised painting. He uses a two inch scenery brush to drag the land mass down the page to form his reflection. Each step is excellently narrated and easy to follow so grab your brush and canvas and become as good as Bickford in ten minutes.
Artistsnetwork.tv favorite, Terry Harrison, clearly demonstrates through the use of Acrylic paint, how to effectively achieve ‘trees’ adopting watercolor and oil painting techniques. Through this tutorial you can expect to achieve transparent washes, blend thick opaque color, add mediums to thicken and thin color and incorporate brushstrokes into the composition. The result, two extremely quick and lifelike trees. Impressed!!?
This short video tutorial shows the sequence in which this particular artist uses to achieve a misty forest with breaking sunlight. He begins with the background using a selection of brushes to manipulate the acrylics keeping them a nice soft shade. He then comes on to the foreground where the darker colors are used to contrast with the hazy backdrop and give the impression of a misty morning. Narrated throughout, so easy to understand.