Animal Watercolor Painting Tutorial – Thrope

Animal Watercolor Painting Tutorial – Thrope

Animal Watercolor Painting Tutorial – Thrope

Hi everyone, welcome to my blog! Today I’m going to show you how to paint a really cute doggy named “Thrope”. He is my friend’s dog who lives in Pennsylvania. I’ve seen him on her IG since he was a puppy in 2018. I love his character, how he is being loved and how my friends taking care of him. That is my treasure from painting pets for my clients. They trust me to paint their pet, they are being loved and become a part of their families. When people commission me I always ask them, “Can you tell me about your pet?”, “Why do you love them?”, “How are they a part of your family?”, “What do you like to do with them?”. I want to know about who I am going to paint and get to know their pet more before I start. Technically for me the most importance thing of painting pets is painting the eyes. Animals’ eyes show everything what they want to tell us.

Painting pets is a little bit more pressure for me than painting flowers because I want to capture their character in my work. Their eyes need to turn out as the same as the moment captured in the original picture.

Once that was all done then felt ready to paint Thrope. He is a boy and he always has the same facial expression no matter what. He is so cute and I’m going to dress him up with a fancy hat.

In this tutorial I will show you my technique from the beginning to finished work. The main parts are always wet on wet.  Please don’t mind some light and shade theory. There are no right or wrong ways to paint. I always want to paint base on what I see and have the watercolor flow freely on the wet paper.

Every time I paint I learn how to improve my skill, I enjoy during the process, I always create something base on positive mind. Watercolor teach me to create work for and from good memories. Thank you watercolor! 

Watercolor Painting Supplies

Paper

I use a watercolor paper block. Cold press watercolor midweight 300gsm/140lb. Size 12in x 16in. This is a nice and convenient to use. The watercolor paper blocks are glued on  4 sides. The papers are already stretched from the manufacturer so I don’t have to worry about preparation before painting. When I finish painting just wait until my work is completely dry then insert something flat and hard like a butter knife or letter opener in between the paper and run the knife around the edge to splitting the glue until the paper is free from the glue.

Animal Watercolor Painting Tutorial – Thrope
Animal Watercolor Painting Tutorial – Thrope

Paint

I used both artists quality and student quality paints for this painting. Thrope’s face and his hat turned out really well with these 2 qualities combined. Cotman paints are very good compared to most of student grade paints. From my my experience student grade paints have less pigments and more fillers. Winsor Professional and Daniel Smith are always on my top lists. These are the colors I used for this tutorial.

Animal Watercolor Painting Tutorial – Thrope

Technique

Wet on wet and wet on dry. You will see this in my time lapse video.

My Watercolor Painting Procedure

Protocol

[Sketch with easy single lines]—–[Clear water]—–[Drop the paints]—–[Dry]—–[Clear water]—–[drop the paints together]—–[dry]—–[clear water]—–[drop the paints]—–[observe]—–[wet on dry for details]—–[observe]—–[be happy]

Sketch

I use a 2B mechanical pencil for my sketches. One thing to be aware of is using B is it easy to get smudges when your hands on top of the drawing lines take care no to damage the paper. I like to draw with single light line with 2B.

Animal Watercolor Painting Tutorial – Thrope

Step 1

Colors

Quinacridone Gold
Cobalt Blue
Permanent Rose
Permanent Brown

I wet the face on his left and right sides with clear water. I mixed some Quinacridone Gold and Permanent Brown in my palette. Then I worked on the wet paper by drop the paint I mixed earlier. For the nose, I wet the area with clear water and drop some Cobalt Blue with the small brush at some part to create the darker shade. I also do the same technique for the hat, I drop Cobalt Blue on the part that I want to create the shade, I leave a clear part in the middle of the hat then dried it off with my hair dryer. After, I wet clear water on the lower lip then I load Permanent Rose with small brush and drop the paint on the upper part.

Animal Watercolor Painting Tutorial – Thrope

Step 2

Colors

 

Quinacridone Gold
Cobalt Blue
Sepia
Permanent Brown
Brown Madder

 

I wet the front of his face with clear water around his nose. I loaded Sepia and drop the paint where I see the darkest shadow from the original picture. I added more pigments for the front part. After I wet the ear with clear water, I dropped the mix of Quinacridone Gold and Permanent Brown around the middle of the ear, then Brown Madder next to it. To create the shadow, I dropped some Sepia at the edge of the ear. Now let’s work on the hat wing, I do the same by wetting the more water this time and drop more pigments of Cobalt Blue…. Wait and see how the pigment flow freely in the water. This is my favorite part!

Animal Watercolor Painting Tutorial – Thrope

Step 3

Colors

 

Quinacridone Gold
Sepia
Permanent Brown
Brown Madder

 

 

For step 3 I started technique wet on wet on the left side of the face. I dropped a mix of Quinacridone Gold and Permanent Brown for second layer of his tone. Next, I reloaded Brown Madder and drop the paint where I see his red fur in the reference picture while the paper was still damp. As I could see from the original picture, his lower cheeks have dark brown fur so I reloaded more pigment of Sepia and dropped the paint at the darkest area. Then I moved to work on his right side of his face with the same process as his left side.

Animal Watercolor Painting Tutorial – Thrope

Step 4

Colors

 

Quinacridone Gold
Sepia
Permanent Brown
Brown Madder
Lamp Black

 

 

While paper was still wet I continued to add more pigment of Sepia for the left ear and the front part of his face. Adding more pigments helped me create more shade and made him more vivid on the paper. I also add a mix of Quinacridone Gold & Permanent Brown and Brown Madder on the right ear. My favorite part is painting the hat with Lamp Black because I love to see the effect of dropping a rich color like Lamp Black on the wet paper. So beautiful! Next, I added more pigments of Brown Madder and Sepia on the wet part of the right side to match from what I saw in the reference photo.

Animal Watercolor Painting Tutorial – Thrope

Step 5

Colors

 

Quinacridone Gold
Sepia
Permanent Brown
Brown Madder
Lamp Black

 

 

In step 5 I focused on the nose, lower lip and right ear.  I wet the nose section with clear water and dropped Lamp Black with a small brush. I dabbed the paint where I see the darkest parts in the nose.  For the rest, I let water mix with the pigments. While the lower lip was still wet I dabbed a mix of Lamp Black and Sepia with a small brush and left the pink space as it was. On the right ear I did the same process as the left ear. Now Thrope was coming to life!!

Animal Watercolor Painting Tutorial – Thrope

Step 6

Colors

Permanent Brown
Burnt Umber
Sepia
Cobalt Blue
Permanent Rose
Quinacridone Gold
Brown Madder

 

For the right side of Thrope’s face I used the same process as Step 4 for the left side of his face. Next I painted his eyes.

First I wet the whole eye with clean water

Animal Watercolor Painting Tutorial – Thrope

I dropped Cobalt Blue at the edge of the eye and dried it off with my hair dryer.

Animal Watercolor Painting Tutorial – Thrope

Next, I wet the iris section and dropped Quinacridone Gold. In this step I made sure I loaded the brush with rich pigment so the paint can flow only in tiny spots.

Animal Watercolor Painting Tutorial – Thrope

For the second layer of his iris, I wet the section again and dropped tiny bits of Brown Madder with a small brush really close to edge.  I waited to see them bleed into the center of the eyes. After those sections all dried, I dropped rich loads of Sepia on the pupil section while it was still wet. I left white spots for the light in his eyes. I then waited and observed the pigment bleed out from the center of the eyes.

Animal Watercolor Painting Tutorial – Thrope

For the last step, I dropped Permanent Rose to the 3rd eyelid while the area still wet on the left eye. After the 3rd eyelid dried I worked on the white part by dropping some Sepia. Final step, I added more detail by using wet on dry around his eyes.  I inspected my work and was happy at the end!!!

Animal Watercolor Painting Tutorial – Thrope
Oops, last but not least. I use white coloring pencil to draw his whiskers. Done!!!

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Flower Watercolor Painting Tutorial – Orange Anemone

Flower Watercolor Painting Tutorial – Orange Anemone

Flower Watercolor Painting Tutorial – Orange Anemone

I chose the anemone for this tutorial because I simply love this flower.  I put positive thought and energy into my process and the result is totally enjoyable to me.  I found this painting to be very therapeutic for me.  I hope you enjoy it!

In this tutorial I will use time lapse video to show you how to paint this gorgeous flower.  I used wet on wet technique for this painting. It produces soft effects which I like for floral paintings.

Watercolor Painting Supplies

Paper

I used midweight Arches Watercolor Paper Pad, 140 pound for this painting.

Typical weights I use are:

  • Lightweight: 185 gsm / 90 lb. 
  • Midweight:300 gsm / 140 lb. or 440 gsm / 200 lb
  • Heavyweight: 640 gsm / 300 lb.
Flower Watercolor Painting Tutorial – Orange Anemone

Paint

I prefer using professional-grade watercolor paints because they have more pigment, which makes the colors more bold and vibrant. These paints are more expensive but if you’re careful with your paints the results are worth it and over time they can make you more efficient, getting more done with less paint.

For this painting I used:

Flower Watercolor Painting Tutorial – Orange Anemone

My Watercolor Painting Procedure

Protocol

[Sketch light, simple lines]—–[Clear water]—–[Drop paints]—–[Dry]—–[Clear water]—–[Drop paints]—–[Dry]—–[Clear water]—–[Drop paints]

Sketch

For my pencil sketch I like to draw light, single lines.  I used a mechanical pencils but I also use sharp 2B pencils as well.  I always use light pressure so the paper is not damaged and so the pencil lines do not appear through the transparent watercolor paint.

Flower Watercolor Painting Tutorial – Orange Anemone

Step 1

Colors

Ultramarine Blue
Cad Yellow Med

Wet each petal with water while still wet and add Ultramarine Blue for darker shade and Cad Yellow Med for lighter shade. I leave the clear part for the brightest areas.

Flower Watercolor Painting Tutorial – Orange Anemone

Step 2

Colors

Naples Yellow
Permanent Rose
Perinone Orange

For the mid tone make sure the first wash is dry before you wet each petal. I mix Naples yellow with Permanent Rose in the palette then add the mixed colors to each petal. In some petals I add Permanent Rose or Perinone Orange while the mixed is still wet. Allow those pigments to blend in the flow.

Flower Watercolor Painting Tutorial – Orange Anemone

Step 3

Colors

Nickel Azo Yellow
Opera Pink
Imperial Purple
Moonglow
Permanent Rose
Perinone Orange
Permanent Brown

I wet in the center part of the flower and add Nickel Azo Yellow and Green Apatite. Allow pigments to blend. Make sure the center part of anemone is dry then wet the center again and drop Opera Pink, Imperial Purple, and Moonglow.

 

You might need to add stronger pigments of Permanent Rose and Perinone Orange for the darker shade of each petal. Make sure each petal is wet before you apply. I load Permanent Brown with brush size 0 to create the lines on the tip of the petals to pop them up. Use small brush to create details in the center of anemone

Flower Watercolor Painting Tutorial – Orange Anemone
Done!!!

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I’ve been Doodlewashed!

I’ve been Doodlewashed!

It’s my belief that many artists including me like to express ourselves through art. I used to question myself “What does my art mean to other people out there?” and I always felt pressure to paint beautiful art for them. Recently I stopped questioning myself. and realized that I don’t have all the answers, nor do I need all the answers and that’s OK! I enjoy working to create my paintings and get excited when I see my finished work. This is the pay off and that is reason enough to paint. No need to worry about critics or naysayers. Questioning myself was my prison. Now there’s no need to avoid painting because of this worry. The uniqueness is in me and that is good enough. Just be me, enjoy painting and do it. I feel like am free!!

The reason I’m posting this is because today I was featured as an artist on Doodlewash.com, a community of artists focused around watercolor painting. I wanted to share how I feel delight after being featured.  Naturally, I am a shy person.  In the past I’ve never said much about how I feel about my own art. I only keep this inside, saved only for me. I used to think that only showing my work would say everything about me but I didn’t realize that there are many people out there are willing to listen to my words and my story along with seeing my paintings.

Thank you!

Thank you to Doodlewash and to everyone who time to read my story. I really wanted to say thank you and share how much I appreciate the opportunity to convey my feelings about my art and share a little bit about me to people in this community who are interested in the same thing. My reaction was, “Wow, more people like my watercolor paintings than I realized!” That is my treasured takeaway. I’ve always enjoyed reading stories and content about art from other artists and I never thought that others might feel the same way about myself and my work, but now is the right time. I like the feeling that we all support each other event we’ve never met in person. All the art out there comes from people from different places who are interesting and appreciate watercolor. I am grateful that I am blessed with the talent and opportunity to express myself with beautiful watercolor paintings.

I’m keeping up and appreciate the watercolor painting process and believe watercolor is my soul. I put everything about me into my art. Knowing that friends and supporters are looking forward to see my next steps fulfils my heart. Thank goodness for creative artist communities like Doodlewash.com. I broaden my experience from reading the topics and articles from them and I love the sense of community around my beloved art form.

Thank you all!

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Flower Watercolor Painting Tutorial – Anemone

Flower Watercolor Painting Tutorial – Anemone

Flower Watercolor Painting Tutorial – Anemone

I love to paint and share my work. I often get requests from friends or clients asking me to share how I paint. For my first share I decided to do a flower watercolor painting tutorial of an Anemone. For this painting I picked the Anemone because its shape is not complicated to sketch and paint. My main goal for this tutorial is just to share how I enjoy painting and to show that the watercolor painting process is not as difficult as it might seem. Please enjoy this Anemone watercolor painting tutorial and have have fun trying your own painting! If you’re inspired to try your own painting please share your work with me!!!

Watercolor Painting Supplies

Paper

I tend to use watercolor paper that ice nice and heavy with a weight of 600gsm / 300lb. That is my ideal paper weight but I also use 300gsm/140lb on a regular basis too.

Typical Paper Weights:

  • Lightweight: 185 gsm/90lb. You may have to stretch the paper with masking tape.
  • Midweight:300gsm/140lb. and 440gsm/200lb. (These are the most widely used)
  • Heavyweight: 640gsm/300lb.
Flower Watercolor Painting Tutorial – Anemone

Brushes

There are many brush selections for me to pick at the art store. Personally, I like to use synthetic brushes because they are easy to control. I use big round brushes for big spaces and small round brushes for smaller space.

I use round brushes for my flower painting. For this painting I used sizes 00, 0, 1, 2, 4, 5.

Flower Watercolor Painting Tutorial – Anemone

Paint

Professional watercolor paints have more pigment and it gives better results when you paint. They are a little bit more expensive but the results are worth the investment.

For this painting I used:

  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Quinacridone Magenta
  • Imperial Purple
  • Moonglow
  • Nickel Azo Yellow
  • Quinacridone Purple
  • Opera Pink
Flower Watercolor Painting Tutorial – Anemone

My Watercolor Painting Procedure

Protocol

[Sketch with easy single lines]—–[Clear water]—–[Drop the paints]—–[Dry]—–[Clear water]—–[Drop the paints together]—–[Dry]—–[Clear water]—–[Drop the paints]—–[Observe]—–[Be happy]

Sketch

For my general sketch I tend to make clean and simple pencil lines. I try to sketch with only one line. I like to use 2B or mechanical pencils. Make sure to use light pressure so you don’t damage the paper. Since watercolor paints are transparent less noisy your pencil lines the better.
Flower Watercolor Painting Tutorial – Anemone

Step 1 (First Wash)

Colors

Ultramarine Blue
Cad Yellow

I used wet on wet technique for this painting. Every petal I paint I wet with water and drop in different colors. Here, I use the brush to wet petals with water then drop in a mix of Ultramarine Blue for darkest shading and drop small amount of Cad Yellow Med for the brightest of the pollen.

Flower Watercolor Painting Tutorial – Anemone

Step 2 (Second Wash)

Colors

Opera Pink
Imperial Purple
Permanent Alizarin Crimson
Moonglow
Sap Green

After the first wash is dried, I use the same wet on wet technique as the first wash. I apply water with on the dry petals and drop different colors from the list above.

For the petals that get the direct sun I leave clear water for the brightest part of petals and drop Opera Pink for darker shades. Remember always to wet petals with water first before drop any paints into the petals. The fun part is watching the pigment and water flow naturally. I think this gives a more interesting effect.

I wet the petals with clear water and add the Opera Pink and Quinacridone Magenta for the primary color of the flower, allowing these wet paints to mix.

For the center of the anemone, I used 4 colors: Cad Yellow, Opera Pink, Imperial Purple, Moonglow

For the pollen I wet with clear water and place Opera Pink in the middle and Imperial Purple around the edge of circle. I used a touch of Moonglow for the darkest shades. Allow these to mix with the water and let it flow.

I use the smallest round brush make the details of the flower’s stamen with Moonglow, Imperial Purple, Opera Pink and Sap Green.

Flower Watercolor Painting Tutorial – Anemone

Step 3 (Third Wash)

Colors

Quinacridone Magenta
Quinacridone Purple

Make sure the second wash is completely dry before starting the third wash. To start my third wash I wet the petals with clear water, added Quinacridone Magenta to the shaded part of petal. While the paint was still wet I added a touch of Quinacridone Purple in to the darkest part of shadows.

Enjoy watching what happens when these pigments flow and mix. That is my favorite part!

Flower Watercolor Painting Tutorial – Anemone
Done!!!

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Amazing Tutorial!

Thank you for this wonderful tutorial! I like how you go through each step in your process to make such a beautiful flower. Can't wait for your next one!

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Flower Watercolor Painting Timelapse – Peony

Flower Watercolor Painting Timelapse – Peony

Flower Watercolor Painting Timelapse – Peony

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