In this urban inspired watercolor landscape demo, I’ll take you through my process of creating a loose painting with houses, cars, and figures walking. I’ll be using a photo reference for this demo.
Let’s start with the photo reference
This photo was taken in Williamsburg, VA while visiting several weeks ago. The light and shadow were perfect but I always like to put my spin on the scene. Making it personal is where the art happens. I’m not one to copy photos exactly how I see them, that’s a little boring IMO.
Here are the changes I made
- Add a corner house
- Place a car in the road heading into the background
- Add several figures with one crossing the street
- Eliminate as much detail and clutter as possible
- Add some strong vertical elements, such as the two trees
- And use arbitrary chromatic colors starting with a crisp, blue sky
Here are the watercolor materials used in this demo and pretty much all my art.
- Holbein paint – 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 15″