– [Mako] Hey guys, welcome back to my channel.
Since fall is just around the corner,
I wanted to show you guys three painting ideas inspired
by this cozy season that you can recreate.
I made them in the shape of cute Polaroids
because you guys said you really like this idea
but you can of course choose any size you like.
The first idea is this cute and colorful Polaroid picture of maple leaves.
The first thing you want to do is sketch out the shape of a maple leaf.
Make sure you just lightly sketch it out
or otherwise the lines could be visible later.
For this tutorial, I want to use Hot Press Watercolor Paper
becauseit’s great for illustrations
and if you want to create small details.
Now let’s begin with the background first.
Distribute a little bit of water all around the leaf
and then start adding yellow and red color paint one-by-one,
making them blend into each other to create different, beautiful shades.
You don’t have to be super precise,
you just need a different colored texture in the background for now.
Keep adding more and more paint on top to
make the colors really vibrant and let everything dry.
From here we can build depth in the painting
by creating a few darker areas here and there.
For this step, I mix a little bit of
brown with red colored watercolor paint
to make the red slightly darker and warmer.
I wouldn’t use black because we still want to keep this red hue.
Mix a darker shade with a bright yellow color
so you have different shades everywhere.
Once you’re done with that and the paint has dried,
it’s time to add some details.
To create several leaves in the background,
we can now use the negative painting technique
that I showed you guys not so long ago.
Basically, instead of coloring the leaf,
you want to outline it
and fill out the rest around it with paint.
Here, I also added a few leaf veins here and there.
You don’t have to be super precise with it.
We just want them to slightly be visible.
I also outline a few more leaves in the background
using the same darker shade that I mixed together earlier.
To make the leaves look more realistic,
you can also add a little bit of yellow and green colored paint
to really capture the different states of the leaf during the fall season.
Intensify the darker shades more and more to create even more depth.
And once the background has dried,
we can move on to the front maple leaf.
Here I’m going to use a really bright yellow color
and add it to the whole leaf.
Next, start adding a little bit of red colored paint
to the areas that are close to the edge of the leaf.
Add a little bit of red colored paint and then blend it in
with a little bit of water and yellow color paint
but leave out the middle part as here
add another color later.
You don’t have to make the transition between the colors
really smoothly because maple leaf doesn’t
really have a smooth surface.
Now you can also add a little bit of green colored paint
to the center and blend it out along the veins.
Again, you don’t have to make the colors super even,
so feel free to add a little bit of
yellow, red and green here and there
and slightly blend them together to create texture.
What I also did was when I added more paint on top of
the leaf to make the colors more vibrant,
I kept a little bit of space in between the very edge
and the new layer of paint.
I felt like this made the painting look more interesting
and added even more depth to it.
For the veins, I used a slightly darker shade of red
and applied it really carefully and thinly to the paper.
You don’t really want them to be super obvious.
Once you’re happy with the leaves so far,
you can let it dry and go back to the background
to add even more darker areas following the negative painting technique.
What I like about watercolors is that it’s really relaxing
because you usually work in layers,
so you build up your painting slowly and carefully.
And you can really see how the whole art piece
comes together slowly but surely.
So don’t forget that it takes time.
I think I say that all the time but it’s something we usually forget
and that’s why we can get discouraged
before we actually finish the painting.
So add more and more details to the leaf
and let it dry from time to time.
And once you’re happy, we can remove the tape.
Now if the paint has leaked under the tape,
you can use a magic sponge
that is usually used for cleaning stains
but it can damage your paper a little bit
if it’s not thick enough, so be really careful.
But what you can use instead is a white pen
or white acrylic paint and just carefully cover it up.
Let’s leave the painting for now
and move onto the next painting before we add even more details.
Next idea is to paint, of course, pumpkins
because pumpkins are basically the symbol fall, isn’t it?
Here again, lightly sketch out the pumpkins
wherever you want them to be.
And of course, you can use any reference picture
if you have difficulties with that.
Now to create the pumpkins, we need to work in layers again.
And the first layer is going to be a nice warm yellow color.
Here I mix a little bit of red into the bright yellow color paint
so it slightly turns into a more orange color.
Next, begin by distributing the paint all over the paper
but leaving out the stems of each pumpkin
and then let everything dry.
If you’re impatient, you can also use a hairdryer
to make the drying process a lot faster.
Now you want to use a slightly darker shade of the same color
and carefully apply it all around the edges of the pumpkin.
Afterwards, blend the paint following the shape and the curves
of the pumpkin to blend it in.
You basically just want to build up
the intensity and the shadows of the pumpkin layer by layer,
while keeping a few areas bright as light reflections.
From here, repeat the steps.
Outline the curves with an even darker shade
and blend the paint toward the center,
keeping the middle part of the pumpkin slightly brighter.
But I also cross the lighter areas
with a few thin lines to create texture.
Just don’t overdo it or you will only have one color everywhere.
As you can see now,
we slowly have a few different shades of the same color.
The middle part of the curve is lighter
and the lower and the upper part of the pumpkin is darker.
But it all depends on the reference picture you use
and where the light source is.
Once you reach the shade of the shadows,
you can start working on building in the very dark shadows underneath
and next to the pumpkins by following the curves
the same way as we did in the previous steps.
In the end, I also added a red glaze on top of a few areas
to make the shade slightly more red but this is optional.
And now it’s finally time to add the green stems.
Here I used a bright shade of green
and added a few details on top using a darker shade.
Add more and more details until you’re happy with
the intensity and the transition of the colors.
What I also did was I lifted some of the paint
with a clean, damp brush and a tissue paper.
It’s also a great way to blend the colors even more
to create a really smooth transition in a few areas
but it’s really optional.
Just giving you some ideas you can test out.
Once you’ve added all the details
and you’re happy with the result,
you can remove the tape
If you have difficulties removing the tape
as I have it here,
you can simply use a hairdryer again
to slightly melt the sticky part underneath
and it will work a lot better.
As the last step, I added a few additional light reflections
with a white pen in a wavy motion,
still following the curvy shape and the painting was finished.
But if you want to paint something that is a bit easier,
but still fall inspired,
how about this rather abstract forest
and tree scenery capturing all the different colors
and stage of the trees during the fall season.
Begin by applying a wash of blue and yellow colored watercolor paint
for the sky and the forest that we are going to paint later
and then let everything dry.
接下来 用画笔沾上墨绿色 棕色 或者黑色颜料
Next, load up your brush with dark green, brown, or black color paint
and start dabbing it on to paper creating
random dots and lines along the horizon.
Here, I use a very thin brush to make the dots as small as possible.
These are going to be the green pine trees far away that go up the hill.
You can also add a few additional dots to the sky
as I do it here
on the right side if you want to create a mountain later.
I also lightly blended out the paint into the sky
to make the area of the forest a little bit foggy
but this is optional.
重复以上步骤 但这一次用黄色 红色
Repeat the steps but this time, add dots using yellow, red,
and green to the lower part of the painting
to create trees in different colors.
Add more and more paint to the different areas
to intensify the colors and
to create depth by creating a variety of different shades of color
to represent the fall season.
And since the sky was a little bit too pale,
I added another layer of blue colored paint on top.
You can also add additional pine trees like I did here,
but this is optional.
I also added a few more shadows using the darker brown color
to a few areas to create even more depth
and to make the painting look more interesting.
Super simple way but it still looks super cool.
And this is how the three paintings look in the end.
If you want,
you can also add a few white details to the painting.
Here I used a white pen and a few white lines
to a few maple leaves to create light reflections
and to the third painting to add a few bright areas
and snow to my small mountain in the background.
Let me know in the comments what was your favorite painting
and don’t forget to share your artwork with me
with the #lookmako# so I can feature you in one of my videos.
I really hope you enjoy this video and found it helpful.
If you did, be sure to give this video a thumb up
to support this channel
and if you’re new here,
don’t forget to subscribe and to click on the bell to get notified
when I upload a new video every Saturday.
Thank you so much for watching guys.
Have a wonderful day and I will see you soon.