Hi it’s Anna Mason, and in this video
I wanted to show you how I created the subtle, pale fur effects
of this cute little hamster using watercolour.
These guys can really move,
so I worked from a photo and began with an outline drawing
which marked in the main features like the eyes, ears, nose and paws.
包含了一些主要特征 如眼睛 耳朵 鼻子和爪子
To map out where the different colours go,
I first painted the very lightest colours within each part.
I started with the fur, creating a really watery grey-brown mix
which was the same colour as the lightest bits of fur that I could see.
I painted it all over the fur,
even into the areas of fur that needed to be a bit darker,
because this colour could sit underneath those darker colours that I’d apply on top later.
Even though I was working with my larger sized brush,
with this first layer, I started to apply the paint in short brushstrokes
in the direction I could see the fur sat in,
to begin to create the fur effects straight away.
Then I used a smaller brush
and applied a watery pale version of the pink
for the nose front paws and back paws.
涂在鼻子上 前爪上 后爪上
Before using a darker black mix, but still at a watery consistency,
which meant it was grey on the paper to mark in the hamsters eyes,
being sure to leave the little white areas of reflection.
Then I used this same mix
to work on the shadow underneath the hamster
and then added some more brown to the mix to paint the ears,
leaving little line gaps to give the impression
of the white hairs in front of them
With that layer dry, I returned to the fur
and set about working on the darker parts with another layer
This hamster is a full length class in my online school and it’s
aimed at students who tend to take their watercolours too dark too quickly.
So the paint mix is kept almost as watery as the first super watery layer
the idea being that we can always darken up more with additional layers
but if we work watery, we won’t risk overdoing it
and ending up with a really grey looking hamster
With that layer dry,
we can use another watery grey mix
and apply it into the very darkest parts of the fur.
By using a tiny brush and lots of short strokes,
I start to create a further level of
hairy detail to the fur as I also darken.
Getting the strokes in the right direction also helps to provide form,
as does getting those broader shapes
of the darker colour in the right place.
I achieve this by careful looking, back and forth,
from my painting to the reference photo as I paint
I added some more brown into the fur in the ears
and darkened those a touch.
Then with the paper dry,
I used a really watery, very pale, yellow -brown colour
and worked on the fur’s midtone areas,
so not the lightest, not the darkest parts,
again adding hairy texture as I did so
After painting the dark eyes, nose and paws some more
I added more very short brush strokes around them
Before making some tonal adjustments by further darkening up some of the fur
but crucially still using a watery, pale mix and
always making sure the layer underneath is dry
before adding another.
So the darkening is happening due to the build up of subtle layers of pale paint,
which means we can ensure we’re not going too dark
Then I added more details such as the whiskers,
and more tiny hairs around the face,
before focusing on the body again
to add even more detail with the tiny brush and the pale mix
to darken a fraction as well as add even more texture.
A full video class of this hamster is available now in my online school.
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to help you pick up your brush
and paint the way you’ve always wanted to.
Remember, you won’t improve your painting unless you make the time to paint.
So be sure to schedule in some me-time this week and paint something you love.
And if you need help with that,
my website also has plenty of tips to help you make painting a priority.
Thanks so much for watching
and I’ll see you soon with another tip for creating watercolours with wow.