Ultra Loose Watercolor Cityscape Demo

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Painting loose watercolor art can be difficult. It’s important to have a vision of where you want the painting to go before paint hits the paper. At the same time if everything is too planned, the art will become stiff because you haven’t allowed any wiggle room for creativity. Below is a useful guide that I use to help guide me.

Here’s a quick checklist I use before starting a painting

  • Be sure to take several minutes and arrange large shapes into a compelling composition
  • Decide on a point of interest, or an overall plan for how the viewer will enter and explore the scene
  • Consider value hierarchy and where you want the darkest and lightest values to be placed
  • Choose between a chromatic or tonal color palette

The video demo will walk you through my painting process but know I’ve given some time to rough in the ideas above. Again, I’m not rigid in my ways! So, if in the painting process the watercolor washes present opportunities, I alway go with them.

Check out more loose watercolor landscape when you have time.

What was used to paint this landscape

Materials used in this watercolor demo are as follows:

  • Holbein paints; Cadmium red light, alizarin crimson, Cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow lemon, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, neutral tint
  • Brushes – Princeton Neptune pointed round #12, #6, Rigger #3/4″, Silver brush black velvet jumbo (medium)
  • Paper; Fabriano Artistico, bright white, 140 lb. cold press 11″ x 14″

The inspiration and finished art images

The scene is inspired from a photo reference I discovered while browsing Pinterest cityscape photos. It’s a pretty well composed photo so I made a few changes, but not much.

Ultra loose watercolor cityscape demo
– The finished art
inspiration image
– Inspiration image
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