A winter forest – Digital painting

This is a digital watercolour painting I made one evening, when I didn’t know what to paint..

So I started with a random background wash, which I think ended up quite interesting.

I then tried out a few options with the pen tool, to see what would work.

I couldn’t decide which one I liked best, so I just uploaded them all πŸ™‚

It’s starting to get annoying

If you’ve in any way followed this blog the resent month, you may have noticed that I’m trying to learn to paint using watercolour.

The first try did not go well

The second try went a big better

The third try was a small setback

And now it was time for my fourth attempt…

So, for hours I sat drawing a suburban brick building from one of my tutorial books.

This was going to be my best work yet.

So I first finished the pencil drawing.

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After an hour or two, finishing it up, I did a couple of hours of pen work to get in what I thought was the most important details.

As you can see, I used a ruler to draw the structures of the building.

In retrospect I regret it.

The straight lines take away any personal touch from the drawing, and it makes it look way to “correct”.

It’s almost like it becomes worse the more work you put into it. Because all the ruler work makes the not so straight lines look bad.

It also takes away the chance of those happy mistakes, which often turn out to be the best part of the drawing or painting.

Anyway, it was now time to put some paint on it. And this time it was NOT going to get too dark again.

So I drew up some areas that I wanted to leave untouched by paint, using it as highlights.

I then did a very light blend of black and white to add to the sky, a bit darker for the buildings and pavement, and an even darker one for the people on the street.

I then set to work with my loose plan.

Soon enough I started adding paint here and there on a whim.

Then I tried correcting it, which added paint to the areas I had planned to leave untouched.

Then I started to paint over the paint before it had dried, because I got stressed out about ruining it.

Then it all became to dark, so I tried just adding more water to lighting it up.

Then I panicked and just startet adding blue colour to the top of it, making it flow downwards and hope it made a cool effect to the sky.

Then I saw that it didn’t work.

Then I just painted over the whole thing with water in frustration.

Then I thought; I might as well take a picture for this post.

Then I god depressed and threw it in the trash.

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Learning watercolour painting is starting to get annoying…

But I have no intentions giving up.

Just standing in the snow

This is the result of a quick, digital watercolour session last night.

I didn’t know what to paint, so I just startet with the blue background to get some kind of start.

Then I added the people, the distant mountain and the snow.

I think it’s ok, but I feel it’s lacking something exciting.

Something to draw attention to it.

I don’t know what it could be, but I guess that’s just how it is sometimes.

I think it was fun dabbing in the snow, though. Which made a cool effect πŸ™‚

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Dinghies in a glass.. just letting it flow

I had a thought one day that I wanted to paint some dinghies in a glass.

A drinking glass, that is. With some ice cubes in it.

So I decided to give it a try in procreate.

I started by drawing the basic outlines of the dinghies.

Then I added some water using the watercolour option.

After painting the dinghies and adding some ice cubes I added a straw in the background to try and make it clear that it’s all happening inside a glass.

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I think both the boats and the ice cubes look a bit static, and isn’t laying natural in the water. The straw is also standing to much out, I think.

The colour of the water looks pretty good, though. And it was great fun to just draw something straight out of my own imagination.

So what do you think? Is there anything to it?

By the way, this is a 30 second time-lapse video of the whole process:

 

Hello (too much) darkness, my old friend

My first attempt on painting (not just colouring) with watercolour went very bad.

My second attempt went a bit better, but still with lots of potential for improvement.

This is my third attempt, and an attempt I had about 45 minutes to get done. So I may have rushed it a bit..

Anyway, this time I wanted to get away from the beach and the city streets for a moment.

Out in the woods somewhere, where the air is fresh and the wind is blowing.

So I set to work making a light blue sky, trying to keep the colours light, and not overworking the paper.

I also made a layer with the same paint at the bottom of the paper, wanting to use it as reflections on a lake.

My next step was supposed to be painting some distant mountains, but I forgot…

So my next step was actually putting a distant forrest across the lake. Here I put some masking tape across the paper, just working the brush on top of it.

I have to admit that the whole process got a bit hasty, because I wasn’t all that happy with how it turned out.

That’s when I start to take rash decisions, to try and make it better as fast as possible.

In the end it looked ok, nothing more.

Removing the tape, I added some reflections in the water and started painting a little mud bank in front.

This is where the dark mistake happened again.

I started out with some green and brown paint, but it just didn’t look right.

So I took another rash decision, adding some black paint on top to try and cover it up.

Well, what do you know… it ended up too dark again….

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And, as I’ve learned, you can’t go back on too dark paint when using watercolour.

I’m so used to painting with oils and acrylics that it’s clearly a hard lesson for me to learn…

Anyway, this is where I started to run out of time. But I did add a little tree in front. Very basic stuff, but it did add something to the whole look.

So, to sum up; another lesson learned, and I’ll go at it again real soon.

And, if I just crop out the whole mud bank from the photo, it looks a bit better as well. Go technology, right? πŸ™‚

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Taking it too far?

I’m currently trying to master watercolour as a painting medium, learning to use both water and paint in the right amount and in the right ways.

My last session did not end well, so what else to do than to get back on the horse and do another one?

This time I wanted to have a go at an old brick building, adding a few people on the street as well.

I also decided to leave the guiding lines of the building in the drawing. Maybe it would be a cool effect?

So I started out with this sketch:

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First I painted the sky, adding some light blue paint with lots of water.

The result ended up quite nice, other than the two water spots on the left side of the paper (picture below).

So I acknowledged the mistake, moved on, and hoped to have more control of the water next time.

For the building and the pavement I added a light black colour, with some darker mixes for the people in front.

I think it turned out nice, but the tower in the back did not end up looking to good. So I tried adding some blue paint (on a whim).

That didn’t look to good either, so I kind of panicked and added some white on top to try and save something out of it.

It ended up like this:

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Now, maybe this is the point where I should have stopped, adding some shadows to the people and fixing up the tower.

I did not.

I wanted the building to be red, and the pavement to be just a bit darker.

Also, I did some final pen work on the building, making the windows a bit sharper and strengthening some of the shadows.

On the right side of the building, however, I added some pen strokes to shadow the whole wall.

To many pen marks…, which did not end up looking to good either…

So I tried to cover it up with some black paint. It ended up… I don’t know what I think about it, actually. It is what it is..

The shadows of the people look kind of cool, though.

This is the final result:bty

The big question now is;

Should I have stopped at an earlier point, not overworking the painting?

I think the final result is ok, but I do not like the dark shade on the right side of the building.

On the left side there’s clearly been a accumulation of water, making the paint look smudged.

The tower in the back is also way to overworked. In the end it was like drawing on wet cardboard…

What do you think? πŸ™‚

It’s not easy this watercolour medium..

But I’ll keep on going!

Learning watercolour.. didn’t go well

Up until now I’ve used watercolour more as a coloring medium for drawings than as a painting style.

I’ve never tried letting the paint float around a bit on the paper, or even worked on wet paper.

I’ve seen a lot of wonderful watercolour artists, though, and I thought that now was the time for me to start using the paint as well.

So, for my first go at trying to paint with watercolour I drew up a quick sketch of a beach. This way I would have big surfaces to work on with both the sky and the ocean.

It looked like this:

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So I set to work, blending out the paint with lots of water, thinking about the importance of going light to dark.

This was the first layer done, and to be honest I was quite pleased with how the sky looked:

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Next, after it had dried, I tried moving on to a darker blend of colours, adding it in the same way.

In retrospect I should have saved more of the lighter tones from the first layer in the water, and maybe used a stronger blend of colours for the second layer.

Also, I tried using a small cardboard box to paint a straight, clear, blue line where the ocean and the sky meets.

This didn’t go well, as you can see. And it leaked into the sky…

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BUT, it kind of looks like mountains, right?

So, being a bit impatient (the recepy for disaster, I know), I just added some black to the mountain shaped areas.

I was a bit to quick though, as the ocean paint hadn’t dried up yet. So the black started leaking into the ocean as well…

Well, I kind of ended up in a state of panic mixed with disappointment, and just started addind black to the whole areaΒ  to cover it up.

It didnt’t go well…

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Trying to get something out of it, I added a darker mix to the sand as well.

But, as with the ocean, I just covered up the whole beach with paint yet again. Making the first layer a complete waste of time.

So this is the point where I gave up.

I learned a lesson, and to be honest I just had to laugh at myself in the end.

Hoping for a better result next time…