Direct Watercolor Strategy #2: Do a small study

More strategies if direct watercolor is not your go-to method, but you’re still doing the Direct Watercolor challenge.

Strategy #2: Do a Small Study First
Line comes easy to me. Shape is harder. Sound familiar? If that is you, then here’s something you can do:
Start with line. And then block in the shapes over it.

But that isn’t direct watercolor, obviously. It’s your quick 5-minute study. I use this to understand how shape works. Line gives me the idea of some control, proportions and composition; and then it’s easier to switch to thinking in shape. The one thing that was quickly obvious when I blocked in shape was that I was going to need a sky shape if I wanted that turret to stand out, so I added one (see the notes on my study below).

Once that was done, and I’d spent some time getting to where I could see in shape, it was easier to jump in with direct watercolor.
As with the last post, I leave the white I can leave easily (like the turret which I thought was important to leave paper-white). The rest of the detailing and little rim lighting goes in later with white gouache.

That’s Strategy #2: Do a Small Study First

I’m going to keep a running list here:

Strategy #1: • Pick a forgiving subject
Strategy #2: • Do a Small Study First

If you haven’t joined in yet, join the Direct Watercolor group on facebook here. And when you post, tag your work with #30x30DirectWatercolor2018


About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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15 Responses to Direct Watercolor Strategy #2: Do a small study

  1. Louise Asselin says:

    THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH Suhita for all your useful posts..

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  2. Ruth Kaldor says:

    I like the size of your palette? Do you remember where you got it?


  3. Fern van Horn says:

    Great tips! Thankyou

    Liked by 1 person

  4. 28pwilson says:

    You have created excellent examples for strategies for success! As an administrator for USk Kansas City, may I have permission to share your WordPress posts to our Facebook page?
    I have posted the 30 x 30 challenge and I’m certain we will have sketchers interested in participating. The example of sketching the house then using direct watercolor next to it is a concept I plan to use! Thank you for consideration.

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  5. Sigrun says:

    very helpful – thank you!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Myrtle Glo says:

    I find your posts very helpful, thank you so much. 😊

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Berrnadette says:

    Thanks much for your helpful suggestions. I can work from them easily. Really like your quick watercolor sketch too. Thanks for posting!


  8. tafazulsblog says:

    Nice also check my blog on gesture drawing


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