August 16, 2011

Watercolor demo

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I'm posting early this week because I'm heading off to the World Science Fiction Convention! Hope you enjoy this demo.




















Watercolor and gouache on Arches paper. 15"x 20"

This is transparent watercolor except for 3 or 4 opaque gouache strokes needed in the highlights. Keep in mind that transparent does not mean it has to be applied that way, I do like luminous pastel feeling watercolors but I don't want to always be limited to that. I've laid the darks on pretty thick so that they are in fact no longer transparent. I only buy watercolor in tubes because the hard cakes just don't release enough pigment to paint in a full value range. My favorite brands are Winsor and Newton and Holbein.

29 comments:

said...

Insuperable!

scruffy said...

i was having trouble with the watercolor tag until i read, "and gouache."

It's beautiful and i appreciate you showing the process too.

Mike Nassar said...

awesome. thank you for sharing all the steps! Science fiction convention sounds sweet.

C.Deboda said...

Love the step-by-step! More of these please. :)

Sztiletto said...

Thanks for showing the process! That was helpful to me

Audran said...

That's cool,I always love seeing others process. Have you tried M. Graham & Co watercolor pigments? I feel their pigments saturation is really high, and retain more colors once they dry out.

David Gribouille said...

Thank you very much for sharing that step-by-step. It's wonderful, as always!

jake gumbleton said...

Brilliant post Nathan, thanks for sharing the process ! I love how what you do with this medium is so different to what most people achieve.

Pagas said...

Un capolavoro!

Ciao
Paolo

coNs Oroza said...

Amazing atmosphere!

Anonymous said...

great tutorial! Love your work!

Gracia said...

the process is magic! love the colours! :)

Marabou Stork said...

You're art is amazing! I'm a big fan.

www.themaraboustork.blogspot.com

Mayur Heganekar said...

It's great, I admire the freedom that you allow yourself while performing your artwork.

Rose said...

Great vibrant colors & exciting subject for this piece of art.

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Arkady Roytman said...

Great to meet you at WorldCon, Nathan. I only wish I'd worked up the nerve to talk to you more. I was doing my best not to get all fanboy on you.

I LOVE your watercolors.

Erik D. Martin said...

really inspiring as usual nathan!

Anonymous said...

Great demo!

Eric Wieringa said...

I love these little snapshots showing your process. Thanks for taking the time to share. I can't wait to see more!

BrandNewStudio said...

Wonderful
work
thank you for sharing

florian le Priol said...

Incroyable !!!! magnifique,
une telle puissance dans les couleurs c'est fou ! vous faites un travail admirable. très bonne continuation.

CárcamO said...

Maravilhosa sequencia!!!

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