Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Stages of Building a Watercolor Sketch

Inspired by Shari Blaukoph's watercolor sketch of a bunch of bananas,  I had the Tuesday sketching class try their hand at doing still life watercolor sketches of bananas and nectarines. 

I decided to try it at home and scan it at various stages of completion to show the process of building up a watercolor.  Here are the 4 stages I took to completion. 

Stage 4:  Details and Final Darks

Stage 3:  Picking up some Darks.  Background and Shadows

Stage 2: Hitting the yellow of the bananas and some midtone areas.  Shadows cast by the banana.

Stage 1:  Light Washes keeping highlit areas white.

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