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hand & flowers

observational drawing
 
flowers painting

Grading:

  • Accurate observational drawing
  • Variety of flowers
  • Outlined with smooth solid lines
  • Corners are stylized
  • Flowers are painted:
    • at least 2 colors (or shades) inside each shape;
    • each shape is painted separately
  • Hand is painted with color values for a 3-D effect
  • Background is painted as directed

GALLERY

watercolor painting
flower painting
hand and flowers
stylizing flowers

STEPS

drawing

hand study

Pick a flower and draw your hand holding it.

DO A LIGHT LINE DRAWING, LIFE-SIZED, IN PENCIL…DO NOT SHADE.

Pay attention to the directions of the lines. Compare size relationships.

Add another flower to the bouquet.

Do not shade!

outlining and stylizing

stylizing drawing

After you are done drawing - outline the entire picture with a fine Sharpie. Use solid, smooth lines.

STAY RIGHT ON THE LINES, TAKE YOUR TIME.

Round all corners to stylize the drawing:

USE THE “ROUNDING-OFF” STYLIZATION TECHNIQUE YOU LEARNED EARLIER.
APPLY THIS TECHNIQUE TO THE ENTIRE DRAWING.
THEN ERASE ALL YOUR STRAY PENCIL MARKS THAT ARE LEFT.

painting flowers

watercolor flowers

NOW THAT YOU ARE FINISHED WITH THE DRAWING, YOU ARE READY TO BEGIN THE PAINTING. YOU WILL BE USING WATERCOLOR PAINTS, AND FOLLOWING THESE GUIDELINES:

  • DO NOT USE THE WHITE WATERCOLOR PAINT.
    YOU LIGHTEN COLORS BY ADDING MORE WATER TO THEM, WHICH ALLOWS MORE OF THE WHITE BOARD TO SHOW THROUGH.

  • STAY IN THE LINES AS YOU PAINT…BESIDES CREATING A FINISHED PIECE OF ARTWORK, YOU ARE ALSO IMPROVING YOUR HAND-EYE COORDINATION, AND YOUR FINE MOTOR SKILLS.
    YOUR HAND IS PLACING THE PAINT ON THE BOARD WHERE YOUR BRAIN IS TELLING IT TO. YOUR BRAIN IS YOUR HAND’S BOSS.
  • USE ANY COLORS YOU WANT TO PAINT THE FLOWERS AND THE STEMS/LEAVES…YOU DON’T HAVE TO FOLLOW THE COLORS THAT THEY ACTUALLY ARE.
    HOWEVER, YOUR COLORS MUST BE CUSTOM, “MIXED” COLORS…NOT A COLOR THAT ALREADY EXISTS IN YOUR SET. YOU ARE CREATING YOUR COLORS BY MIXING TWO PAINT COLORS TOGETHER.
  • Use at least two colors (or shades) inside each shape.
  • THE COLORS YOU CREATE SHOULD BE “WASHES”…MEANING THAT THEY ARE VERY WATERY, EASY TO SEE THROUGH, TRANSLUCENT… THEY SHOULD NOT BE AN OPAQUE COLOR THAT COVERS UP THE SHARPIE LINES.

  • THE PETALS THAT ARE “BEHIND” OTHER PETALS SHOULD BE A DARKER WASH OF THE SAME COLOR. THE PETALS IN FRONT SHOULD BE A LIGHTER WASH. YOU SHOULD USE DARK AND LIGHT WASHES OF THE SAME COLOR WITHIN EACH INDIVIDUAL FLOWER. THE SAME APPLIES TO LEAVES AND STEMS THAT ARE FURTHER BACK (BEHIND).

  • TALK WITH ME BEFORE YOU BEGIN TO PAINT THE HAND. EVEN IF SOMEONE AT YOUR TABLE IS ALREADY PAINTING THE HAND, AND YOU THINK YOU UNDERSTAND HOW TO DO IT, I STILL WANT YOU TO TALK WITH ME FIRST.
  • Paint each shape separately - do not cover the entire flower with one color.

painting

hand and flowers

Use color washes to build up the values.

Note the darkest and the lightest areas. Remember how you shaded the geometrical forms - apply the same approach to lights and shadows.

background

watercolor flowers

Use CONCENTRADED LIQUID WATERCOLOR paint to paint the background.

Paint small areas at a time. While paint is still wet - apply some salt onto the area and let it do its magic.

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