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Perspective Painting For A Vibrant Watercolor Cityscape Of Chinatown

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Paint a cool “tunneling effect” in this perspective painting featuring a vibrant cityscape of San Francisco’s Chinatown. In this more challenging tutorial, artist William “Bill” Dunn teaches how to combine different watercolor techniques to capture the bustling atmosphere of the city. Want to watch the video version? The full tutorial is available to members of our Watercolor University.

Materials Used In This Watercolor Cityscape Class:

  • Reference picture of a street in Chinatown, California (click here for Bill’s picture)
  • A sheet of Arches cold press watercolor paper (300lb, size 15″ x 11″)
  • Pentel Graphgear 1000 automatic drafting pencil, 0.7mm lead size with B or 2B lead
  • Kneaded eraser
  • 1″ Artist’s tape
  • Painting palette for watercolor paints
  • Auxiliary plate or palette for gouache paint
  • 2 containers of water
  • Paper towels or a rag
  • A tabletop easel or a box to prop your painting on
  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (original)

Paints (Holbein Artists’ Watercolors)

  • Lemon Yellow
  • Cadmium Yellow Deep
  • Brilliant Orange
  • Cadmium Red Purple
  • Cobalt Violet Light (a.k.a. “Lavender”)
  • Mineral Violet
  • Olive Green
  • Sap Green
  • Viridian
  • Cobalt Green
  • Leaf Green
  • Peacock Blue (a.k.a “Cerulean Blue”)
  • Cobalt Blue Hue
  • Indigo
  • Quinacridone Gold
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Burnt Umber
  • Neutral Tint
  • Ivory Black

Winsor & Newton’s Professional Watercolors

  • Permanent Carmine
  • Permanent Mauve (or Sennelier’s Cobalt Violet Deep Hue watercolor paint)
  • French Ultramarine

Winsor & Newton’s Designers’ Gouache

  • Permanent White

Brushes

  • Neef Rigger Supreme Taklon Series: Long handle rigger brush (no. 6)
  • Neef Rigger Supreme Taklon Series: Long handle rigger brush (no. 8)
  • Neef Rigger Supreme Taklon Series: Long handle rigger brush (no. 10)
  • Neef Rigger Supreme Taklon Series: Long handle rigger brush (no. 12)
  • Escoda Perla Joseph Zbukvic Series: Round brush (no. 8)
  • Escoda Perla Joseph Zbukvic Series: Round brush (no. 12)
  • Escoda Perla Joseph Zbukvic Series: Round brush (no. 20)
  • Da Vinci Spin-Synthetics French Watercolor Brush: Round mop brush (no. 4)
  • Winsor & Newton Sceptre Gold II Series: Short handle round brush (no. 4)
  • Winsor & Newton Sceptre Gold II Series: Short handle rigger brush (no. 1)
  • Winsor & Newton Artists’ Watercolor Sable Brush: Contoured handle round brush (no. 3)
  • Old toothbrush