Plan for Success Create Watercolor Paintings From Photos With Confidence
About This Class
Our class project is to create a beautiful watercolor painting using a plan you will create. I encourage you to choose a reference photo that you want to transform into your personal masterpiece. If y
Do you feel intimidated by the thought of starting a watercolor painting without a tutorial? Do you start a painting only to realize later you should have done something differently? Fear not! This watercolor class will provide you with a solid framework to plan your painting and confidently tackle any photo of your choice.
Join me for a new adventure in watercolor! This class will cover the following:
Essential questions to ask before starting a new painting
Preparation of an outline
Creating and modifying a plan
When you know what questions to ask, you’ll better guide your artistic process in the right direction. When you know what questions are still unanswered, you can test out your ideas on practice paintings. At the end of this class, you’ll put all these steps into action by painting a watercolor donkey – or any other image you’d like!
As a new artist, a lack of confidence can be a significant roadblock to your creative endeavors. If you don’t have the confidence to try something new, you may feel stuck following someone else’s guidance. By practicing the knowledge and skills you’ll learn in this class, you’ll be able to avoid mistakes and improve your painting even before you pick up your paintbrush. By planning your painting, you’ll set yourself up for success and have the best opportunity to learn and grow as an artist.
This watercolor class is perfect for practiced beginners who are comfortable painting with a tutorial but aren’t quite confident enough to paint on their own. These lessons can be adapted to any personality, whether you’re a meticulous Type-A organizer or a freewheeling Type-B character.
You’ll need a few basic watercolor supplies to take this class, including paints, brushes, and paper. I encourage you to choose a photo of your own to go through the exercises; however, you’re also welcome to use the reference photo in the Resources section (photo from Marzena7 on Pixabay).
Join me and take the next step towards painting with confidence! You’ll be surprised at what you can achieve with a little guidance and practice. With the knowledge from this class, you’ll unlock your artistic potential and create beautiful watercolor paintings.
Our class project is to create a beautiful watercolor painting using a plan you will create. I encourage you to choose a reference photo that you want to transform into your personal masterpiece. If you’re not sure what to paint, I’ve provided a reference photo of a donkey. This photo limits the amount of fur texture you have to paint without eliminating it entirely. It also provides a great opportunity to mix neutral colors using the earth colors found in the photo. Finally, the color patterns on the donkey allow you to choose anything from a detailed outline to something more simplified. This photo has many opportunities to create something personal and unique.
There are several exercises to do before creating your final plan and painting. In this class, you will:
Ask questions about different aspects of your photo, including
Perform other preparations, including
Making an outline
Selecting your paints
Creating a draft plan
Learn how to use three forms of test painting to help make decisions
Develop a final plan using all of the above!
Of course, a class about planning your watercolor paintings wouldn’t be complete without . . . planning a watercolor painting! There are a few things I’d love to see in your class project. They are:
A copy of your painting plans. If you changed your plan after trying a practice painting, tell us what you learned from that painting and how you changed your plan.
A photo of your practice painting(s). This is optional – Practices are for making mistakes, and sometimes it can feel scary to share mistakes. However, mistakes are a vital part of the creative process! If you’re feeling brave, please share so that fellow students can see how you’ve improved.
Most important – a photo of your lovely completed watercolor painting!
If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in the Discussion section so that I, and the community of students, can help you out. When you’re finished, please share your feedback with a review. I’d love to hear about what you found most valuable and your biggest challenges. It will help me make the next class even better.
Thank you for joining me, and I’m excited to see what you create!
Lesson 2:Class Project
Lesson 9:Final Adjustments
Lesson 10:Plan Painting 10 Project Time!
Lesson 11:Wrap Up
Skillshare | English | 42m | 535.73 MB
Created by: Lyndsay Newton