In This Chapter
^ Having fun with geometry ^ Getting some perspective ^ Penciling in your supplies ^ Starting small and making copies ^ Drawing and painting a barn rawing is the basic essential to all art. Drawing is important in water-color because you need to plan in order to save the precious white areas in your painting. With a good plan and a basic outline in place, your paintings will be more successful. The drawing methods in this chapter relate to drawing needed for watercolor paintings. You need to draw shapes accurately and understand how shadows and perspective work to make your paintings believable.
Watercolor requires a drawing unless you are working experimentally and looking for an abstract result. If you are working representationally, meaning that the painting is supposed to represent or look like something of the real world, you need a drawing.
When drawing in preparation for your watercolor, you are collecting information for your painting. Because you'll be painting the image, you need only the cartoon, or outline of the areas and shapes. You don't need to do shadows and shading; you paint those aspects. You may want to outline the shadow area to remind you where to paint the darks and lights, but the drawing is for your use only. You determine how much detail you need to include to accomplish the painting.
Drawing takes time and practice, but after you acquire the skill, drawing can fill your life with something to do forever. In our society of immediate gratification, it's hard to wait for a lifetime of practice before you get started. Good news. This chapter offers a number of quick ideas to make drawing easy and painless. (If this chapter really sparks your interest in drawing or you want more in-depth instruction, grab a copy of Drawing For Dummies by Brenda Hoddinott [Wiley].)
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