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Syn Studio Classwork: Demo Two: Cast Drawing

October 19, 2013

Second project for the watercolor class at Syn Studio was this cast drawing subject. A small statue of Ganesha. The goal here was a classic demonstration of Tea, Milk, Honey – my phrase that encapsulates a working method which is simultaneously Larger-to-Smaller, Fluid-to-Gel, Wet-to-Dry, Lighter-to-Darker.


Here’s the progress steps. Drawing>Tea>Milk> and then Honey (above).

Ganesha_Process_04 Ganesha_Process_05 Ganesha_Process_06 Ganesha_Process_07

Key thing to remember: Work Wet on Dry: Each pass must be bone dry before the next. This allows you precise control over what edges are hard and what are soft.

Note how color in the first pass is super arbitrary. Just have fun with Pouring the Tea. Then you can draw in shadows with Milk, and re-enforce only the darkest dark cast ‘contact’ shadows with the final Honey pass.

Since this one we’ve done another day on still life subjects, and are graduating to working with the model. This promises to be a lot of fun, introducing people to life drawing with watercolor!

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Annie DuMont permalink
    October 19, 2013 1:53 PM

    You know, don’t you, that this leads to no errands this weekend, laundry. or cooking? This is the answer to something I’ve tried and miserably failed at for a long time – this statue would look like Pooh Bear. Thanks much.

    • October 19, 2013 7:26 PM

      Hah! Funny :) Well glad to be responsible for a painting weekend! Send your results :)

  2. October 19, 2013 4:44 PM

    Looking forward to attending one day your workshop in Europe! We are already 4 urban sketchers in the big city of Luxembourg. Haha.

  3. October 19, 2013 7:05 PM

    Thank you for posting the paintings and for the summary of the lesson Marc, much appreciated! Looking forward to the next lesson,


  4. Gina B. permalink
    October 20, 2013 8:00 AM

    Marc, you are one heck of a teacher!

  5. October 22, 2013 7:02 AM

    Marc, thanks so much for this lesson. I love the way you can zoom in on each stage to really see what you are doing. A great lesson!

  6. Pip permalink
    October 22, 2013 9:24 AM

    Sent from my iPad


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