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Watercolor in 2 (ish) Layers: Growing a Silhouette Shape + Sculpting Shadows

July 6, 2018

Here’s a bit longer demo (10ish minutes), showing how to grow a silhouette shape with plenty of color variation – which, you intend to cover later with a shadow shape.

This is another sculptural subject, but of course, this is the same way I’d paint anything, from a landscape, to an architectural subject.

Enjoy! And I hope you’ll find this combination of base layer + shadow can help you get more solid looking objects in your own work.

Thanks, ~m


11 Comments leave one →
  1. July 6, 2018 11:49 AM

    Thank’s very usefull :-)

  2. July 6, 2018 1:15 PM

    Thanks, Marc!

  3. Janet Sargisson permalink
    July 6, 2018 5:54 PM

    Wow, very informative! Would you do the same thing when working from a live model?

  4. July 6, 2018 5:55 PM

    Wow, that was terrific! Would you do the same thing when working from a live model?

  5. osagegypsy permalink
    July 6, 2018 6:22 PM

    Gosh I feel like I learn so much with your videos. You really know how to break it down to understandable ideas.
    Thank you!

  6. July 6, 2018 9:01 PM

    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Joan Shouldice permalink
    July 7, 2018 10:26 AM

    Wonderful video. Can you tell us the sepia marker you used in part of the demo?

  8. July 9, 2018 9:06 PM

    Thanks for the tutorial. So interesting, always, to see others’ techniques. So good!

  9. Tami permalink
    July 19, 2018 2:05 PM

    Couple of questions:
    The broad nib you used seemed to flow the ink so nicely- I have what I bought is a broad nib, C-1 is stamped on it) but not getting the smooth flow you demonstrate in your painting of the shadows-

    Also, DS Turquoise is listed as a color you used- when I looked at a list of DS colors there are a few turquoises…Phthalo turquoise, Ultramarine turquoise, sleeping beauty, and cobalt turquoise. Do you have the name? It is really a beautiful color! Thank you ever so much for your time.
    finding this tutorial very clear and helpful! Thank you!!

  10. artstuffohyeah2017 permalink
    July 29, 2018 9:55 AM

    Hi Marc,
    In your new book – which I’m loving btw – you list the DaVinci #5 oval wash as one of your mainstay brushes. Can you tell me where I might be able to track one down? I checked online and have pretty much come up empty.

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