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Perspective Painting For A Vibrant Watercolor Cityscape Of Chinatown

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Step 1: Preparations For A Perspective Painting


Bill begins by giving quick self-introduction, his basic setup, and the purpose of each tool. He stresses on the importance of knowing the reason behind each painting, as this will determine what your focus is. Here, Bill has a picture of a street in Chinatown, and wants to capture its busy yet colorful and exciting nature. In turn, the way he paints will hopefully reflect the impression he wants others to get from looking at this cityscape.

To start, tape the edges of your paper with artist’s tape, which will give you a 1″ margin for framing purposes. Then, use your pencil to sketch a simple outline of your perspective painting. Big shapes like buildings should be drawn first, while small shapes such as vehicles and signs come last. Try to avoid centering the focus of your composition, which in this case is your vanishing point. This means that as you draw things in perspective, make sure the “tunnel effect” ends somewhere off-center for a more interesting composition.

As you continue to prepare, remember that you can always add or take away certain details for a better design. Think about what you want to emphasize, and the minimum elements needed to get a good composition. Feel free to think ahead and plan your colors and layers while you draw. Keep your lines in perspective and proportion, and leave space for adding details with your paintbrush. Most importantly, have fun with your composition, and focus on capturing the right impression rather than getting an exact copy.

Below is a close-up of Bill’s sketch: