Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Watercolor Demo by Paul Talbot-Greaves

This watercolor painting of the old Pennine Inn by professional artist and tutor Paul Talbot-Greaves is a good example of how to create drama and depth in a painting. He also makes great use of the stone wall as a lead-in to the center of interest. This painting took around two hours to complete. It was done on Saunders Waterford 300lb rough paper.   Time-lapse video demo below.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Autumn Fairy by Linda Ravenscroft

This lovely autumn fairy sitting among the just-turning leaves is painted by Linda Ravenscrof using several techniques. Layers of thin acrylic washes (glazing) create the dark tones and rich colors of the background. Pen and watercolor for the figure
show the pale body and glowing colors of the wings to best advantage. Spattering suggests the stars emerging as the night draws in.

This demonstration is from the book How to Draw and Paint Fairies: a Step-By-Step Guide to Fairy Art by Linda Ravenscroft.  Linda has published a number of books dedicated to drawing and painting fairies.   Click on the images below for a full description of each book along with user reviews.