Darrell Crow uses a nice wide variety of brushes and techniques to teach in his own unique way how you can paint a beautiful crashing wave within a seascape. He talks about reference lines and to some extent creating a box to draw the wave within. Easy to pick up step by step approach for the beginner right through to the more advanced artist. Grab your brushes and just have fun.
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 ones receding to 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 a heightened state 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.
Bob Ross uses the paint brush to put basic movement in his seascape. He paints a horizon line as well as a beach line and then simply makes a ‘z’ shape using the brush within the two likes to capture the desired amounts of movement from the waves. A frequently asked question over the years for Ross was ‘Why is my water so flat looking?’, so this episode offers a resolution for this question. See what you think.