to Paint a Masterpiece!!!
I just wanted to send an
illustrated follow up to my recent newsletter announcing, "Arctic Bear." Early
feedback is indicating this looks to be a popular piece and I thank you for
that! Here are several photos that show the step-wise progression of the
original watercolor painting. Keep in mind, in watercolor, whites are actually
the white of the paper. Light colors are applied first and darks are built on
top in several layers.
Step 1: Transfer line sketch to watercolor paper.
Step 2: Begin the painting from top down. Apply masking
fluid to the Arctic Bear sign and the top of the building to save whites. Paint
the night sky and apply the first layer of light green for the distant trees.
Step 3: Build the deep greens in the distant trees.
Remove masking fluid uncovering whites. Paint that familiar neon sign!
Step 4: Start on all that itty bitty drive in lettering.
Anyone for an icey cold Coca Cola? Apply masking fluid to the foreground cars
and people to save the white paper.
Step 5: Begin applying light foreground washes of color.
Step 6: Build stronger foreground color values.
Step 7: Lift the masking fluid and begin painting cars.
Step 8: Finish painting the cars and people. Spray the
left and right lower margins with blue to bring the focus back to the light
radiating from the drive in windows. Sign!
Thanks for having a look at this labor of love of mine!
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