Watercolor Artist

Amazing Glaze

Step 1

RESERVE HIGHLIGHTS, FIND LIGHTEST VALUES

After completing my drawing and before putting brush to paper, I assessed where I needed to reserve some whites. I decided that I just needed to mask a few of the small highlights. (As you’ll see later, that was not nearly enough masking.) After the masking dried, I started staining the paper with the lightest values of the colors I saw in my reference photo. Using very light washes for my first layer lets me see whether my drawing is accurate while allowing me to lift color easily when the shapes aren’t correct.

Step 2

BLOCK IN THE SHAPES

I continued painting until all the shapes

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