Learn how to keep your final work fresh from start to finish

Have you ever had the experience of doing a really great sketch, only to have the finished painting look stiff and overworked? We all have! Lee White will address this very common problem in his latest class, Loosening Up In Watercolor. Starting with a sketch on watercolor paper, he will show you step by step how to work free and loose, while still being able to control areas of fine detail and focus.

Even though this class is in watercolor, the principles apply to all media including oil, acrylic, and even pencil.

In this class you will learn:

  • Working loose to tight

  • Working broad to detail

  • Building a plan for the final work

  • Controlling both hard and soft edges

  • Controlling and simplifying shapes and value

  • Adding hard detail on top of loose underpainting

Materials needed:

  • Watercolor paper (Arches 300lb. or Arches board recommended).
  • Liquid frisket
  • Burnt Sienna Ink
  • Watercolor Brushes
  • Old beat up bristle brush
  • Dip style ink pen
  • Artist tape
  • Colored pencils
  • White Gouache
  • Spray mister


Watercolor paint:

  • Burnt Sienna
  • Burnt Umber
  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Ultramarine Blue

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About the Instructor

Illustrator Extraodinare

Lee White

Lee White has illustrated over 20 books and has an international client base. Some of his clients include:- National Geographic- Apple- Arthur Levine Publishing- Penguin Publishing- United Airlines- Scholasticand many more!Lee has been working for the past 15 years as a professional illustrator and has also taught at the college level for the past decade.

Who should take this course:

This is an intermediate to advanced video. This means some previous experience with watercolor is recommended.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    New Chapter

    • Loosening up in Watercolor

    • Loosening up in Watercolor demo video

  • 1.8

    Hours

  • 1

    PDF

Reviews

Great class!

Kimberly Workman

I'm fairly inexperienced with watercolor but Lee does a great job of helping take some of the worry out of the equation. The instruction is clear and unders...

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I'm fairly inexperienced with watercolor but Lee does a great job of helping take some of the worry out of the equation. The instruction is clear and understandable. Just watching gave me lots of new ideas to play around with. I've been working on trying to be more loose with my artwork and this class was very helpful!

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Excellent Tips

Helen Aland

Thanks Lee for a consice and detailed video of your process!

Thanks Lee for a consice and detailed video of your process!

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getting loose but also keeping detail love what this vide...

anna pascual

I have a hard time painting backgrounds and I feel like this video has given me some good ideas on keeping things loose and not over complicate things such a...

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I have a hard time painting backgrounds and I feel like this video has given me some good ideas on keeping things loose and not over complicate things such as the backgrounds. I also learned some new techniques for watercolor such as how the rabbits where added. I thought he was just going to leave them out I didn't know you can take away the paint as much as he did.

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