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About The Author

Bob Davies is professional art instructor and
co-founder or ArtTutor.com.

Bob is passionate about helping others discover the
immense satisfaction of producing artwork they are
proud of and is a staunch believer that you don’t
have to born with ‘special artistic talent’ in order to
enjoy the wonderful pastime of painting and drawing.

In this e-book, Bob takes you through some of the
basic foundations of watercolour painting that no one
bothered to show him at school. In fact, Bob’s
experience of art at school is like so many others’…

So many of my students have told me that they passed through school wanting to learn art,
but were frustrated that they were never taught basic techniques like drawing skills. Far too
often they were told to 'follow the rules of art' and concentrate on creating 'mood' and 'energy'
and 'themes'.

They tried, but floundered because they were never shown how to draw simple shapes like
trees or led through the principles of perspective. So they gave up altogether. Sadly, they lost
art - and art lost them...
This mirrors my own experience at school i.e. "...develop your theme and you'll pick up the
basics as you go along..."

Well no, actually you don't!

You need to understand some simple building blocks of drawing and painting techniques before
you get into the heady heights of symbolism and representation in your work.

Why have so many "TV Artists" enjoyed such popularity in the last decade or so? It's because...
they show you how...!

I often wonder how long Catering Colleges would survive if their students weren't shown how to
beat an egg before they were let loose baking a Christmas cake...









.”

 

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Yellow
 
Ochre
 

Ultramarine
 
Blue
 

Permanent
 
Rose
 

EXTRA
 TIP:
 
If
 the
 cloud
 shadow
 starts
 to
 dilute
 and
 disappear,
 don’t
 panic!
 
 Let
 the
 paper
 dry
 to
 just
 
damp
 then
 drop
 in
 a
 stronger
 touch
 of
 the
 shadow
 mix.
 
 ‘Drop
 in’
 just
 means
 you
 touch
 
the
 damp
 paper
 lightly
 and
 let
 the
 paint
 run
 off
 the
 brush
 on
 to
 it
 by
 capillary
 action.
 

 

19.
 Dab
 in
 the
 shadow
 mix
 bottom
 right
 of
 your
 clouds.
 Keep
 the
 shapes
 random.
 Before
 these
 shapes
 dry,
 
swill
 out
 your
 brush
 in
 clean
 water
 then
 partially
 dry
 it
 on
 kitchen
 towel
 so
 it’s
 just
 damp.
 


 


 
 
 Hard
 
 
 
 Soft
 
Edges
 

16.
 Mix
 50%
 Ultramarine
 Blue
 plus
 50%
 
Permanent
 Rose
 plus
 a
 little
 Yellow
 Ochre
 to
 
grey
 things
 down
 a
 touch.
 This
 makes
 a
 great
 
cloud
 shadow
 colour.
 
 Make
 it
 good
 and
 
strong
 because
 the
 wet
 paper
 will
 dilute
 it
 
more
 than
 you
 might
 think...
 


 

Note
 the
 required
 strength
 of
 
paint
 to
 make
 your
 cloud
 shadow
 
the
 right
 colour
 when
 it’s
 dried...
 


 

The
 mix
 in
 this
 well
 is
 far
 too
 weak,
 although
 
it’s
 quite
 close
 to
 how
 the
 mix
 on
 the
 left
 
should
 look
 when
 it’s
 dried
 on
 the
 paper...
 


 

17.
 Where
 is
 the
 sun
 coming
 
from?
 
 In
 my
 picture
 it’s
 
from
 the
 top
 left
 so
 I
 need
 to
 
paint
 the
 shadows
 on
 the
 
bottom
 right
 of
 the
 clouds.
 

 

18.
 By
 now,
 the
 paper
 should
 have
 dried
 a
 
little
 so
 any
 remaining
 watery
 shine
 has
 been
 
replaced
 by
 a
 dull
 sheen.
 This
 is
 the
 perfect
 
time
 to
 add
 your
 shadow
 colour...
 

20.
 Now
 drag
 the
 clean,
 damp
 
brush
 lightly
 over
 the
 edges
 of
 
the
 cloud
 shadow,
 pulling
 out
 
the
 colour
 to
 almost
 nothing.
 
 
This
 creates
 random
 hard
 and
 
soft-­‐edged
 effects
 (also
 known
 
as
 ‘lost’
 and
 ‘found’
 edges)
 as
 
the
 brush
 is
 dragged
 into
 damp
 
and
 dry
 areas.
 
 Use
 a
 light
 
touch!
 
 With
 a
 little
 practice,
 
you
 will
 surprise
 yourself
 how
 
easy
 this
 becomes.

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So
 there
 we
 have
 it
 in
 a
 few
 simple
 steps
 –
 three
 skies
 for
 the
 price
 of
 one!
 
 On
 the
 left
 below,
 we
 have
 a
 clear,
 
cloudless
 sky,
 then
 on
 the
 right,
 a
 sunny
 one
 with
 wispy
 clouds.
 Finally,
 in
 the
 big
 picture,
 we‘ve
 put
 in
 those
 
lovely
 cloud
 shadows
 for
 added
 interest.
 
 
 

 
And
 if
 you
 want
 to
 see
 how
 easy
 it
 is
 to
 produce
 many
 other,
 different
 types
 of
 sky
 then
 you’ll
 find
 a
 host
 of
 sky
 
tutorials
 from
 various
 artists
 at
 www.ArtTutor.com.
 
 Believe
 me,
 with
 a
 little
 practice,
 it
 can
 take
 you
 less
 time
 to
 
produce
 a
 successful
 sky
 than
 it
 takes
 to
 read
 through
 this
 tutorial.
 
 Go
 on
 -­‐
 give
 it
 a
 go
 and
 amaze
 yourself!
 
 

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ARTTUTOR COURSES

ArtTutor.com is home to hundreds of DVD-quality video lessons across a
range of subject matter and styles. We also have a growing number of
courses and series that can be accessed by all members 24/7…

Our courses don’t run to a fixed schedule – all the lessons are there
permanently for you to dip in and out of whenever it’s convenient. Here are a
few that might be of interest you...

Watercolour Courses

• Bob Davies’ Watercolour Foundation Course
• Siân Dudley’s Progressive Watercolour Florals
• Rob Dudley’s Watercolour Landscapes
• Joanne Thomas’ Expressive Watercolour Landscapes
• Granville D. Clarke’s Dynamic Watercolour Skies
• Frank Halliday’s Round The World In Watercolours
• Glynis Barnes-Mellish’s Watercolour Portraits


Acrylics Courses

• Bob Davies’ Acrylic Foundation Course
• Will Kemp’s Beginner’s Guide To Acrylic Still Life &

Landscapes
• Marion Dutton’s Acrylic Flowers & Birds


Oils Courses

• Bob Davies’ Oils Foundation Course
• Gill Adlington’s Wet-In-Wet Oils For Complete Beginners
• Roy Munday’s Still Life Tonal Values


Drawing Courses

• Bob Davies’ Drawing Foundation Course
• Jane Lazenby’s Figure Drawing & Life Drawing Course
• Carole Massey’s Portrait Drawing Course


Pastels Courses

• Michael Howley’s Pastels Foundation Course
• Rebecca De Medonça’s Advanced Pastel Figures
• Cath Inglis’ British Wildlife In Pastels


Coloured Pencil Courses

• Jane Lazenby’s Coloured Pencil Foundation Course
• Steve Ormerod’s Coloured Pencil Workshops
• Jane Lazenby’s Coloured Pencil Animals



Why not join us and start a painting and drawing course today?


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REVIEWS FROM ARTTUTOR MEMBERS

We asked all our members for a fair and honest appraisal of how they feel about
ArtTutor… and then posted every single response (good and bad) here on the
website. They are 100% unedited.

As of writing, there are more than 150 appraisals, 3 of which you could consider
negative. Here’s a small selection from leisure artists like you:

 

Eleanor - Elsdon, UK

Everyone’s kind and also constructively critical and helpful. The tutors, too, act as
community and respect everyone else by not skipping ahead in their videos, and not
therefore missing out the very bit we needed to know, which is what happens so often
online, and some of them even find time to pop in and answer queries and comment on our
work.

The core organising group is imaginative and responsive and endlessly innovative. What
more could we ask? We just need to bring our brushes, pastels and pencils and have a go – and the great thing is,
no one is too novice to be accepted. You can’t put a price on that.



Margaret, Queensland, Australia.

ArtTutor is simply EXCELLENT! All lessons are easy to follow and are
inspirational. I, personally, find them a great resource to improving my
painting. Since being a member I have painted quite a few paintings and won
some prizes in our Annual Show.

I recommend ArtTutor wholeheartedly to beginners and anyone interested in
painting whatever medium you wish to follow, be it watercolours, acrylics, oils,

coloured pencils, drawing pencils, etc.,

I love to paint both acrylics and watercolours. I paint mainly from photos and mainly landscapes. I think Art
Tutor offers brilliant courses for all artists. I love the idea that I can try all mediums if I wish with instruction
from qualified artists.

Give it a go, I say. You will not be disappointed.


Yael Shany

This is my honest truth: I love ArtTutor for many reasons I am not so sure be able
to mention them all. But some of them are; I truly love the instructors. They are
friendly, natural and humble yet extremely good artists and very stimulating to
follow as instructors. They give a good feeling "if I can do it, you can do it too"
kind of feeling.

The site encourages participation by simplifying the web features for the members. Something in this site so
valuable to us artists in its simplicity and friendliness.

Unfortunately - careful this site is addictive. Once I started it became my comfort zone:>)

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