Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Painting City Scenes by Frank Francese - Part 2: Watercolor Painting

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Put dark in wherever you think you need these dark's but don't overdo it - you want to keep it as simple as possible.

Be sure you wipe up the water underneath your painting because if you don't, it will syphon back into the paper and make a blossom on the front of your painting.

Then we'll dry this real quick and put our trees and light source in.

We're going to apply a glaze over these areas to create a light source. Once we create a light source a painting is finished in my estimation. You may have to come back in and do a few areas of correction.

I havea couple of trees I want to put in here first. We don't want to overdo it - just give the indication that it's a tree. The more you do here, the more you'll distract from everything else. So keep it simple.

This tree looks old and tired.

My light source will be coming from the left. What I'm going to do is mix my colors. I'll apply a shadow here and there where it makes sense. This mixture I'm putting on will dry transparent.

If you put a little time thinking about what your final product is going to be you'll have a lot less aggravation.

The backs of these cars will be in shadow, too. We're editing on our shadows - pushing things back and bringing things forward.

Here in the corner I'm putting a shadow in from an object that is out of the composition. It's throwing a shadow across the page like that. In essence what we've done is redirected the viewer's eyes to where it should be.

We need a few extras here and then we'll call it completed. Little details like heating vents sticking out of roofs. It really adds to the overall painting.

One of the last things an artist should do is sign your work. It becomes a design factor.

Thank you very much!