Painting a River Scene in Watercolor
What you'll learn
- How to use watercolor to imply light, shade and mood with a variety of colors
- Materials - what paints, paper, brushes you will need
- Understanding light sources and how to paint realistic shadows
- How to sketch a subject easily by simplifying a landscape into basic shapes, and using a combination of loose and accurate drawing styles
- Hands-on lessons on essential watercolor techniques such as wet-in-wet and wet-on-dry
- How to paint skies, rocks, water trees and shrubs, and other objects
- No prerequisites required.
Nature is filled with all kinds of surprises. While there's structure, there's also complexity and variation in rocks, trees, leaves, and branches.
Bonus Workshop Included: Learn how to paint two views of Venice, Italy!
Where water is involved, it can often be tricky to paint. It can shift in tone and color depending on the surroundings. In this class, we will be tackling how to paint all of these above elements side-by-side.
Learning how to combine elements of a scene together by creating soft or hard edges is crucial. It creates continuity and connectedness. This is a common feature in nature, where interactions create a sense of harmony.
But how do we make those connections by using a brush and paint?
Understanding how to plan and compose your painting from a sketch is crucial in the beginning. It creates a foundation, a blueprint that allows you to focus on painting techniques and detailing.
There are only two main techniques in watercolor. Wet-in-wet and wet-on-dry. Both are crucial and by the end of this class, you will feel confident in applying them to any landscape.
In this class, I will cover the following and more:
How to use watercolor to imply light,
shade and mood with a variety of colors
Materials - what paints, paper, and brushes you will need
Understanding light sources and how to paint realistic shadows
How to sketch a subject easily by simplifying a landscape into basic shapes, and using a combination of loose and accurate drawing styles.
Hands-on lessons on essential watercolor techniques such as wet-in-wet and wet-on-dry
How to paint skies, rocks, water trees, shrubs, and other objects
So join me in this class - I'm excited to get started with you and show you all the best-kept secrets on painting an amazing river scene.
Your class project is to draw and paint your own river landscape! This can be the scene featured in this class or based on one of your own photographs or scenes you have observed outside.
You can also refer to the scanned drawing/painting templates attached below which will allow you to trace the drawings if you choose to do so. I recommend drawing each scene freehand. Drawing is an important step in improving your painting skills. This provides you with an opportunity to compose and plan your painting. Once you've finished the drawing, use the watercolor steps and processes included in the class demonstrations to complete your painting.
Use any permanent black ink pens, watercolor paper, and available brushes. I recommend:
Artist-grade watercolor paints (red, blue, yellow, white gouache, neutral tint)
100% cotton watercolor paper or sketchbook
Watercolour Brushes - mop brush and a variety of round brushes for detailing.
Review the class demonstration videos first. You can also download the tracing templates to transfer over your drawing if you wish.
Looking to sketch and paint another scene? Research some free reference photo websites, pick one of your own reference photos, or simply find an outdoor location where you can sit and paint. Using the steps and processes included in this class, create your own unique urban sketch.
Sharing Your Work:
Share your final illustration and progress shots with the class by uploading them to the "Q&A or Discussions" section on Udemy. If you have any questions or need more tips, please let me know. I'm happy to help.
Who this course is for:
- Beginner students in drawing
- Beginner students learning watercolour painting
- Beginner students learning natural landscape painting
- Beginner students learning to paint more loosely
Hi, I'm Darren Yeo from Watercolour Mentor, and I'm here to Mentor, Encourage and Inspire you in your watercolour journey! I'm a watercolour artist based in Melbourne, Australia. I've taught thousands of students how to create beautiful paintings using a simple two-step process. On my Udemy page, you will find a variety of tutorials that will help you fast-track your progress in watercolour painting.
I am an experienced teacher on various other platforms. My courses contain a large amount of content and information compared to other similar watercolour courses on Udemy. I like to provide as much value as possible in my courses, and different subjects to paint, so students can pick and choose which lectures interest them the most.
Need more support during your course? feel free to send me a message or ask a question in the Q&A and I will get back to you. I want to make sure you get all the help and feedback you need.
I would love to share my knowledge with you and build a friendly community, free of judgement to help you discover this amazing skill and hobby.
My goal is to provide simple videos to make learning watercolours easy & less intimidating! I use a limited palette, and when painting landscapes, have a loose, vibrant and expressive style.
Something unique about me, and Watercolour Mentor is that I have a psychology and educational background. I am passionate in making a difference on a personal level by providing real feedback and mentoring. I would love to hear from you. I'm primarily a watercolour artist and have won awards for my sculptural works. Teaching watercolours is my passion and I look forward to sharing my premium classes with you on this platform.