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Art Video of the Week - Watercolour Skin Tones

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Anna Mason is a well-known artist from the UK who specializes in botanical watercolours with very realistic results using a personal technique that she has developed over time. If you're interested in the technique, you can sign up for her courses on her website, but in the meanwhile, I wanted to share this video from her Youtube channel with you which she has entitled "How to paint realistic skin tones in watercolour."



What I like about this video is really the demonstration of the power of layering in watercolour. She doesn't really tell you much about the colours in the skin, she focuses in on the building of value and how you can best see the full colour ranges as you build up the result. One of the reasons to get a value checker card is that we often "see" the darker regions lighter than they actually are and then that translates to our brush leaving the shadowed areas to light to create the realistic look.

Art Video of the Week - Drawing Faces

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If you're not familiar with Mary Doodles, I highly, highly recommend that you spend some time looking through her Youtube channel. The information there is very valuable and she is always entertaining. I'm a huge fan of just watching her work on her speed drawings, they're mesmerizing.

Today, I thought I'd post one her videos from a couple of years ago on basic facial proportions:


As Mary notes, faces come in all shapes and sizes, but the proportions here provide a good basic start point for experimentation. The style she is using here is cartoonish, but that is also a foundational start point if more realism is your thing.

Art Video of the Week- Misty Forest in Graphite

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This week we're going to venture into the realm of graphite. In this video, Chris of LethalChris Drawing walks us through the process of creating a misty landscape in pencil.



I'm in mid swing on my attempt at following his instructions, so I won't show it here, but the technique is well described and, like everything I've seen Chris draw, it comes out amazingly well. As an aside to that technique, I think I will also try a variation using watercolour graphite pencils to see how they handle with this.

Anyways, enjoy the video and, if you do like it, give his channel a look-see and maybe even subscribe.


SketchBox #1 - June

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Around a month ago I finally signed up for one of the monthly art box subscriptions and decided on SketchBox based on price to content considerations. So, today, the first of my 12 month subscription boxes has arrived!

Art Video of the Week - Gradient Washes

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Staying on watercolour (since it is my favourite medium) and with a focus on the basics again, this week I have a couple of videos on the topic of graduated or gradient wash.

In the first video Carrie, the Watercolor Misfit, gives a basic overview of the approach of a simple graduated wash:


I really like Carrie's approach to tutorials, it's very friendly and inviting. Her style is unique, to me at least, and so I find I just like watching her videos even if I already know the technique.

The second video, by Danica Sills, takes it a bit farther and goes into the topic of variegated washes as well.


I think both videos, combined, give the best overall lesson on the topic.

My quick go at the combined approach this morning resulted in:


One lesson the from that... Pick a better colour blend!

On a side note, I picked up a Darice Multipurpose Heat Tool from Amazon the other day and used it to dry the sheet. Works really well! That will certainly help with my lack of patience around dr…