Watercolor Fundamentals with Gonzalo Carcamo
Through decades of persistence, practice, and his love of art, specifically watercolor, Carcamo's work has gained the attention of the art community. Many call him the Avatar Waterbender for his incredible knowledge and master control of this chaotic medium. Through this course, Carcamo will share with you a step-by-step process of how to approach watercolor and how to plan out a piece. He'll also be giving you instructions and exercises to fully absorb his techniques, starting from the beginning of how to set up your materials and what types of brushes to use, and then walking you through the fundamental skills of creating seemingless blending practices. From there, you will be taught how to paint monochromatic and full color scenes, as well as tackling the challenge of painting people. Carcamo has been teaching in Sao Paulo, Brazil for over a decade now but this is his very first class online and in English. We are very excited and honoured to bring to you Watercolor Fundamentals with a true master, Carcamo.
To make a gradation from the color sepia to white, in mediums such as oil or acrylic, you could gradually apply white over sepia until you achieve the desired color on the canvas. However in watercolor, there are important rules to follow to achieve the same desired outcome.
By carefully observing the elements of a scene, studying reference from my watercolor painting will help you to understand the importance of simplification, and how to enhance the represented forms; not only by understanding how the forms work in a literal sense, but also how they feel. Soon, it will be possible to repeat these monochromatic studies by using images from your own reference files, while keeping in mind everything that you have learned.
Before starting your painting, make sure to look closely and study the whitest and clearest area of your reference. You should always plan and think a few steps ahead. This will also help you make corrections if necessary.
Keep in mind, that the idea of painting in watercolor is not to merely color in a drawing, but to use the natural effects of watercolor to blend or separate the various elements. You want to keep your value statement simple to allow the paint to represent the forms clearly.
Quite often these figures cannot be the main focal point of the painting. They are just part of a much larger scene, like people running in a park, walking down a street, or strolling down a beach. However, never neglect these seemingly minor characters. If poorly executed, they can become unwanted leading focal points.
Wet paper: the paper remains shiny. If you apply pigment at this stage, the stain will fuse and spread on the wet paper rapidly. Moist paper: the paper has lost its shine. If you put down paint at this stage, the stain will spread just slightly. Dry paper: the paper is opaque. If you apply the pigment at this stage, the stain will maintain its definition and will not spread, unless you connect it to another wet area with your brush.
Pay attention to all of the little "accidents" that may happen during your studies. They must become part of your practice in order to work with them.
Before starting your painting, please remember to observe the lightest area, and remember to plan and organize your work. You will achieve better results this way, and you will be able to make quick adjustments if you need to. Also, try to register the lightest tones first and then gradually apply the darkest ones. Remember that shadows aren't solid forms, they are just less lit, transparent areas. This means you have to consider the shadow temperature, and how the light changes the scene.
At the beginning, it is very important to work in an orderly manner to gain confidence. After that, with more experience and familiarity with your techniques, you will be able to change this sequence and find your own way to use this wonderful language of painting with watercolor.
Don't believe in formulas. Remember to constantly experiment and study a lot!
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