How To Paint Colorful Exotic Fish Underwater

Are you interested in learning how to paint exotic fish in watercolor? Look no further than this tutorial with artist William Dunn! In this step-by-step guide, Dunn will show you how to create a stunning composition of colorful freshwater fish. Using Arsh rough, 140 pound paper in a block form, a metal palette with 24 wells, and a variety of brushes, Dunn will walk you through his loose and expressive painting style. He'll even provide tips on how to create a white margin using tape and how to use a graph Gear 1000 by Pentel to sketch out your composition. But this tutorial is more than just a technical how-to. Dunn encourages you to draw from reference material and to create a story with your painting. In fact, he'll guide you through his own thought process as he creates a composition featuring two fish who are "buddies" and set in an underwater environment complete with blades of grass and filtered light. You'll also learn some general guidelines for composition, such as the rule of thirds and having your subject look into the piece rather than out of it.
In this lesson, you’ll learn how to combine elements from different reference images, and how to paint them so that they harmonize on the page. You’ll also learn how to paint naturally colorful elements without creating a muddy color. You ready? Let’s dive in! PREVIEW How to paint sections of color. How to paint layers. How to overlap sketches. How to manipulate colors to give your painting more emotion. How to paint create a figure with multiple colors. How to fix mistakes and remove watercolor when you mess up. How to use bright colors without making them look like light. MATERIALS NEEDED IN THIS LESSON PAINTS: Holbein Artists’ Watercolors Lemon Yellow Orange Bright Orange Permanent Alizarin Crimson Cadmium Red Light Lavender Deep Purple Deep deep Purple (Mineral Violet) Olive Green Chromium of Oxide Viridian Cobalt Green Leaf Green Cerulean Blue Cobalt Blue Ultramarine Blue Indigo Neutral Tint Ivory Black Burnt Umber Burnt Sienna Yellow Ochre Quinacridone Gold PAPER: 140-pound Arches rough watercolor paper (12x16) BRUSHES: Escoda Synthetic Brush (size 20) Snap Brush Need round Brush (size 12) Need round Brush (size 8) Rigger Brush Regular Toothbrush MISCELLANEOUS: A towel, rag, or tray to rest brushes on 2 or 3 inch...

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William Dunn
William Dunn

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