I decided recently to start a YouTube channel, I thought tutorials are fun to do and we all contribute with our own ways to do things. I wanted this to be a fresh approach, a casual way to look at how-to’s.
I this series in YouTube (https://m.youtube.com/watch?sns=em&v=k2esXE-_VyU ) you’ll notice I refer to “Haikus” They are a Japanese poem form that totals 17 syllables in a count of 5-7-5. You will see that they may be in my videos in sets of three lines at once, or sometimes scattered through the video when the sketch is done in a shorter time.
About the process:
I rarely use pencil unless it’s a large complex drawing. Here you can see the process in a time-lapse but I will explain more below:
Step by Step:
I usually start by setting the horizon line
I continue by working on the figures in focal point and near surrounding space. I used Higgins permanent ink and a fine nib and holder
I try to vary the pressure here and there to have different widths of line to create a visual rhythm
I then add the environmental elements, trees and foliage.
I test the saturation of the watercolor prior to applying as the first wash must be very light. Fitst wash it’s the “base color”. I let this first layer dry completely.
…continuing with a light wash on the rest of the elements
Time for a second pass with more saturation, and only on small areas I want to draw the attention in the focal point.
I like to play with different greens, not necessarily accuracy with the right green but more the right value . Also this tells the viewer it’s a separate element not part of the same group (background, mid-ground or foreground)
…going for a third pass on contrast. this is the strongest saturation almost no diluted at all.
…and the final sketch.