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Book Excerpt in Watercolor Artist Magazine

April 27, 2015


Just a quick note to say I have an article up in the current issue of Watercolor Artists magazine. It’s a thing North Light Books does with all their authors, where they reprint excerpts from our books. The June issue features part of chapter three of The Urban Sketcher, where I demo the approach I like to call Tea, Milk and Honey. Tinting a pencil drawing in three passes of watercolor, working from Large-to-Small, Light-to-Dark, and Wet-to-Dry.

Here’ s the images from the demo painting. You can get a good idea of the technique just looking at the sequence of images.

Malecon 01_Line

The drawing is the important first step. I give myself everything I need to know for later – sketching in the major blocks of color and the shadow shapes that will go on top.

Malecon 03_Tea

Malecon 04_Milk

Remember: Larger-to-Smaller, Lighter-to-Darker – using progressively ‘denser’ paint (more pigment, less water, each pass).You’re aiming for viscosity similar to the liquids Tea, Milk, and Honey.

Malecon 06_Honey

Of course, I encourage you to buy the book:) It’s part of how I support my activities on the blog here :) The book is a program to teach yourself the drawing skills leading up to this kind of sketch, so there’s lots of good background in there.

Of course I have plenty of free info on this blog if you just read back in time. Including a downloadable ‘cheat sheet’ handout on this technique – available here.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. April 27, 2015 6:06 PM

    like the book so much, I have 2 copies one at home and one at work…….

  2. April 27, 2015 6:44 PM

    I can’t top that but I’ve learnt stacks from reading your book and I even try to apply it when I paint!

  3. Eddie Morris permalink
    May 9, 2015 6:02 AM

    Just buy the book! I am a landscape oil painter. Using the techniques that I have learned in the book, has allowed me to become much more versatile. Well worth the money.

    • May 9, 2015 6:58 AM

      Great to hear Ed! Nice of you to say :) I hope we can go painting someday and you can help me with the oils!

  4. May 12, 2015 10:24 AM

    Dear Marc,
    I am really grateful to you for the way you share your knowledge with your readers. I enjoy following your blog and already recommended it to some of my friends, who thanked me profusely :) I just ordered your book and am impatiently waiting for it to arrive. Thanks again :)

  5. May 13, 2015 3:40 AM

    Marc Taro-san, Congratulations! Watercolor Artist Magazine is one of my favourite subscriptions. Thanks, you are on now.

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