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I lifted the white waves by dragging a damp stiff bristle brush across the area and blotting with a paper towel. Quick and easy. The pier was added next to fill in the white area between the background and water. Last, I echoed the blue-gray of the water with a quick sweep of the same color in the sky.
A ground is an overall background gray. It will supply you with a middle value against which you can better judge the other grays. Cover your paper with the same value as your table surface, applying charcoal in vertical and horizontal strokes, or in a flowing manner, if you prefer. (You don't need to use the entire page a border of white paper may remain.) Keep strokes close enough together to avoid a striped effect. Rub them down with a paper towel to get a soft, overall gray with a suedelike finish. STEP 2 DRAWING THE SUBJECT. With the point of your charcoal, make a slow, careful contour drawing of your subject. Include any edge, outside or inside (such as the grooves of a pumpkin) that can be turned into a contour line. Put specific character into your drawing by recording what you see, not a generalization. What you think is round may actually be somewhat bumpy, often angular. Slow down to get that in there. Note that stems have two sides, like miniature...
After this stage, we can do a more elaborate line drawing, keeping the lines very light. We will proceed to render the light and shadow by erasing the light areas with the kneaded eraser and by adding graphite (gradually) with the pencil. We will then smooth it out with a paper towel and tortillon. Follow these steps along with us, as you draw your own building.
Too much water on the paper creates puddles. Puddles are loads of water. Having puddles and lightly damp areas together creates uneven wetness. The puddle will travel into the dry area and create a line where it can't travel anymore. Puddles also can take forever to dry. To solve this, pick up the paper and pour the water off. Or you can blot it off with a damp brush, a paper towel, a clean sponge, toilet paper, the sleeve of your shirt whatever's handy.
When you are satisfied with the underpainting, clean and dry the brush with a soft paper towel and reload it with a darker mixture of Titanium White, Black, Turquoise and Mauve. Establish the center of the flower with a small amount of this dark color. Fan the dark color out in the direction the flower is facing. Reload the brush with the dark, shadow color and establish the dark shadowed area under the half-circular cup shape where the petals flip up in the center of the flower. Softly blend this color into the base of the flower, allowing the cupped area of the flower to remain light.
Drop in colors and sweep them with your brush next to the subject and allow the color to softly dissipate into the wet
Lines or hard edges in backgrounds are caused by uneven wetness. The color travels to the edges of wet, gets stopped by a dry area, and creates a hard edge. Don't allow a spot to dry if you want the color to keep traveling. Of course, if you go back in and introduce a lot of water, you have uneven wetness again, only this time with too much water rather than a dry spot. More water in a damp area causes a blossom. Practice keeping your paper evenly wet. Get the dampness consistent before adding color. Blot too much water with a paper towel, or soak it up with a dry brush. Better yet, spread it around. The paper will absorb the water quickly. If you have too much wetness, wait. Watercolor will teach you patience.
For larger areas, you can use a chamois cloth or paper towel. If you use your finger, make sure your hands are clean otherwise, your skin's natural oils will mix with the graphite, making it difficult to remove later. Graphite has been erased in rough triangular shapes around the outer edges of the vase to emphasize the shadow on the bottom of the vase and to prepare for the rendition of the other objects.
Clean the Floral brushes by first removing excess paint with a very soft rag or paper towel, then swish the bristles in a smooth-bottomed container of odorless paint thinner until all traces of paint are removed from the bristles. Dry the bristles on a soft paper towel, squeezing them back into shape. The bristles of the Bob Ross Landscape brushes can be cleaned against a screen in the bottom of a large container of Bob Ross Odorless paint thinner, briskly shaken to remove excess thinner, then thoroughly dried with soft paper towels.
I think the best way to begin a painting is with a very loose, free-hand sketch. But, if you would like to begin your painting with a tracing, I have included a line drawing, over a grid, with each project. Simply place an opaque projector over the line drawing and project the design to the size of your canvas. I prefer projecting the design to a large sheet of paper (freezer paper is wonderful for this and is 18 wide ) and tracing it with a felt tip marker. Then after transferring the design to the canvas with dressmaker's tracing paper, I have a permanent, enlarged copy of the design which can be used over and over. Or, you can use a very thin mixture of painting medium and flower color on one of the small Floral brushes to rule your canvas into a 12-square grid. Enlarge the floral design, by copying it, square for square, to your canvas. Don't worry about the grid lines on your canvas, they will disappear when you apply the background colors or you can just wipe them away with a...
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