Light, Colour, Shadow:
The Essential Triad for Watercolour Sketching
A Shari Blaukopf online sketching and painting course
Light, colour and shadow are the three essential elements for creating an exciting watercolour sketch. That’s why it’s always a good day for me when the sun is out. Because sunlight gives form, volume and contrast to every object, and makes every scene more vibrant and alive.
Like I said, when the sun is out, that really is a good day. Because then I can capture the full play of light and shadow in my sketchbook.
In Light, Colour, Shadow: The Essential Triad for Watercolour Sketching, we’ll go through all the steps I use when I’m sketching on location on a sunny day. I'll start by analyzing some sunlit scenes from my sketchbooks. Then we'll paint shadow patterns on various wall surfaces. From there we'll move on to how light and shadow look on three-dimensional urban subjects. And finally we'll paint a full scene in sun, using some of the techniques we learned in previous exercises to create a sparkling sketch.
I’ll give you the same reference images as I’m using, so you’ll be able to draw and paint right along. I’ll also share my favourite mixes for bright and fresh shadow colours. And when you’re done, you’ll feel confident going out on a sunny day to sketch your own lively scene.
If you love to sketch in watercolour and want to infuse your scenes with light and colour, this course is for you. In this class you'll learn:
- How to use lights and darks effectively to make sunlit scenes come alive
- How to use shadows to give form to subjects
- The best colour mixes for subjects in sun and in shade
- How to mix your own glowing shadow colours rather than using diluted blacks or pre-mixed greys
- The most effective water-to-pigment ratio for painting shadows
This course includes:
- Seven full-length video demonstrations that illustrate key concepts
- Downloadable reference images
- A full list of materials