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Painting The Fancy Fairmont Hotel: A Watercolor Building Tutorial

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Step 4: Building Layers Of Shadows And Values

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Mix Neutral Tint with a touch of Pyrrole Red, and add to all the shadowed sides of the hotel building. Paint any patterns in the pillars and columns, including the details along the walls and ledges. Then, add a touch more Neutral Tint before painting the archway that leads into the hotel, avoiding the highlights and people.

Mix more Neutral Tint and Cobalt Blue, and darken the pattern on the pillars even more. Add more architectural details as well, such as painting some windows in the top half of the hotel. While the paint is still wet, you can switch between dropping Cobalt Violet Light, Pyrrole Red, or Cobalt Blue to tint the windows and archway with a different tone.

In this way, build up your dark values, using the reference picture to help. The extra colors also make for a more interesting painting.