Painting Birds in Gouache
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The variety of birds that surround us is amazing. We've always been fascinated by their ability to fly, living in a world of three dimensions while we're restricted to only two. With gouache, an opaque watercolor, artists are able to capture the brilliant or subtle colors of plumage, sparkling eyes and soft forms.
I've chosen three common birds for these step by step demonstrations: the Black Capped Chickadee, the American Goldfinch and the Blue Jay. First, you'll start out with two blending exercises designed to show the technique of using gouache to paint a realistic feather and an owl's eye. Then you'll continue on to the three birds.
You'll be using a limited palette, and all of these exercises can be completed using only these nine colors: Permanent White, Ivory Black, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue, Primary Blue, Spectrum Yellow, Olive Green and Yellow Ochre. With these colors, three small brushes, a white palette, a half sheet of 140# hot press watercolor paper and this guide you'll have all the tools you need to begin painting realistic birds. Enjoy!
This course is available as both a DVD or a downloadable version. If you choose the downloadable version you'll be entitled to four downloads in a thirty day period.
Painting Animals in Gouache
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People have been painting the animal form since prehistoric times. We've been fascinated by their powerful and graceful movement, fur, scales, feathers and diversity. In this course I've demonstrated, step by step, how to use gouache to paint three common animals -- a Soft Brown Rabbit, a Raccoon and a Pinto Trail Horse. The beauty of gouache is twofold. You can get extremely detailed results and the medium is very forgiving. Anything that isn't working can be painted over. I've used a limited palette and all three of these paintings can be completed by using only eight tubes of paint.
Permanent White Ultramarine Blue
Ivory Black Primary Blue
Burnt Umber Primary Yellow
Burnt Sienna Olive Green
You'll also need a sheet of #140 hot press watercolor paper, a palette (a white paper plate will do if you don't have one), several small brushes (4/0 small round, #1 small round and an 18/0 liner brush), a water container (I use paper cups) and a pencil and kneaded eraser.
We start with several blending exercises to learn how to paint fur and eyes. Then we continue on to the three main paintings -- the Rabbit, Raccoon and Trail Horse.
The course is available as both a DVD and downloadable version.
Botanical Illustration in Gouache
Gouache paintings can be blazingly colorful or gently subtle. It's particularly suited to illustrating botanical subjects because of the amazing amount of detail that you can achieve.
In this course you'll learn some of the ins and outs of handling gouache by following step by step demonstrations. In Part 1 the emphasis is on learning to blend the colors by painting Four Colorful Flowers. In Part 2 the emphasis is on learning to paint the elements of a single flower, Trillium grandiflora, that go into a good botanical illustration. Part 3 gives some tips on going out on your own.
The materials you'll need are:
watercolor paper: I recommend 140# hot press paper. I use Arches but there are many
good brands available. Just be sure your paper has a very smooth surface.
watercolor brushes: I use very small brushes such as Loew-Cornell 18/0, #1, and a 4/0
spotter or liner brush
Pencil (I use 4B) and a kneaded eraser
Gouache: There are many good brands available. The following colors are from the
Winsor Newton line:
Permanent White Primary Blue
Olive Green Spectrum Red
Burnt Umber Ultramarine Blue
Burnt Sienna Brilliant Yellow
This course is offered as both a downloadable class and as a DVD. If you choose the downloadable class you'll be entitled to four downloads in a thirty day period.