I love working with watercolor and colored inks, but have less control over the medium than I do with colored pencil or oil pastels. I tend to slop too much water around. This is a nice follow-along video of a watercolor sketch.
One of my pitfalls as an “artist” is my complete lack of patience. I like drawing and I will take a lot of time getting proportions and angles right, placing objects on the page, getting shapes as close as correct given my meager ability, etc. But then I try to rush the important parts – ink, color, details.
For example, in the first video below, I would look at that drawing and think “Two minutes and I’m done with this!” and that is always the wrong choice. More than seeing how the artists handle their pen or brush, it’s instructional to see how long it takes to get the ink on paper and how delicately and deliberately they work.
I LOVE watching people draw and paint. One of my struggles with drawing or painting anything substantial is simply knowing where and how to start. I loved art class in high school and college, but it wasn’t until I took a painting class as an adult that an instructor explained how to build a painting from the background up. (I suppose I could have looked it up, but stick with me.)
This video is brief and set on fast-forward, but you can see how the artist establishes a base of color before adding any details. An obvious step for a real artist, but for someone who draws for fun and enjoys stumbling through it and discovering things, this is such a great a-ha! moment.
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