“We would like to see examples of your color work,” said the handwritten text on a postcard from the art director of the children’s book publishing house.
Uh-Oh. She liked the black and white art samples that I sent her, but she deceived my weakness: drawing that I never got in college.
Now I had to process some full-color illustrations that showed my picture of the bravura or its absence. It was a long time ago, and I’ll spare you the details of how I spent the weekend, whipping watercolors, doing everything possible as best I could, as far as I knew. I was able to draw figures and scenes decently. But in my color and style there have always been so many misses, like hits. My efforts in drawing were guesswork. He showed?
Perhaps this happened, because I did not hear from her again, after I presented my hastily collected watercolors, or rather, photocopies of them.
Since then I have learned a lot from artists, art directors and other illustrators who, thank God, are teachers in the soul and generous.
As a result, I learned that what I considered a terrible part of the illustration was not so terrible or complicated. In fact, it’s very fun.
It turns out that art does not have as many rules as many other subjects. Several design principles apply to illustrations for almost all forms of fine art. And those, combined with a little common sense, professional courtesy (for your viewers), and some practices can go along the way to your picture, as if you did it forever. And in addition to this metaphorical pie, I will add a little bit of glaze – my top ten favorite watercolor drawings that I learned or opened on my way.
1.) Before you draw, select (in pencil) a small, inconspicuous sketch of your scene to determine where the midtones, light and darkness of your image will be, so you will have a strategy and some templates that you should follow in your picture,
2.) Use good materials for painting – several quality sables or sables / synthetic mixed round brushes will be of great importance. Although not so much a difference as the correct paper, which should be 100 percent paper watercolor paper made of cotton (it should say that: a 100 percent rag, so you know that it is not made from wood pulp, but instead of real cotton paper is a good brand for searching, any type of cold press (tooth texture) or hot press (smooth surface) of any type will be great for your illustrations.With a weight of paper: 140 pounds or 90 pounds will serve you well.
3.) If your illustration is a little complicated, make a full-sized drawing of it on a conventional drawing paper. This should not be confused with your cost sketch, which will be quite small and should be done after you have developed your more detailed drawing. Lightly transform your sketch of a pencil or its photocopy onto your watercolor paper using a light box. Or trace your sketch on paper using a window and natural light outside.
4.) Think from the perspective of the dominant color of your painting. You will add a few, if not many, colors to your palette – the most important color that is in front of the dominant color, which you can use to darken or neutralize other colors when necessary.
5.) Start with your painting using the middle tone of your dominant color. Mix it ahead of time so that you do not finish. (It’s okay if it’s a slightly “broken” or somewhat neutralized version of the color.Colors will depend on the mood of your scene and subject.) When you draw, do not forget to reserve areas of blank paper in the composition – for white and lighter colors that will pass in these rooms. In the final picture, you’ll want to put dark sunglasses in the brightest places where you want your viewers to look the most. This will be the center of interest for your painting.
6.) When painting, make sure that your brush is good and moist (although not because of uncontrolled humidity) with the paint solution. Your washing solution should be a saturated pigment, so that the color goes down, rich and strong, although opaque and heavy. Slightly tilt your drawing board so that the detergents slightly flow down the sheet in only one direction – down to you. If you see a small bead on the bottom edge of your brush strokes, then you work with a brush that is sufficiently wet, and that your board is tilted to the right.
7.) A good watercolor tip is one that you can hear from any professional artist: work with the largest brush with which you can leave – to save money, the shortness of technique. This means that you cover the surface you need, but do not overload the passage. Less, as a rule, more. If you can finish the whole section with just one juicy
8.) You will like to learn many and many good methods of watercolor painting, but if you remember the big idea: that your brush was wet, your paint was mixed, but rich and strong with color, this is a good professional start for the artist.
9.) Know that your smears will always dry a step or two (on a scale of values) easier than they will look when they shine wet. So do not be afraid to go darker with your colors. Click on these dark images in the picture – for greater clarity and contrast and a more durable design.
10.) Do not forget to apply a brush and sometimes move away from your painting. But do not stop for a great vacation, until you fill all four corners of the picture with some color. (But do not forget to leave some white spaces where you think you’ll need them.) Only when your initial surface coating dries, you can estimate how much more you need to go. And it may not be the way you think. Wait until you have a rest before trying to judge your picture.