I was inspired by Lance Weisser’s recent post, which noted a YouTube video available from AWS watercolorist Stan Miller. Lance is one of the watercolorists here whose work I find very inspiring, so of course, I clicked over to the video he cited right away…..and found several others, all produced by the same artist. The first lesson can be found here.
After watching almost all of these very inspirational, educational videos, delivered in Mr. Miller’s no nonsense style, one message I heard loud and clear is that, after a good drawing, value is everything in painting. Color is pretty immaterial; it’s really all about value. First: Is the drawing accurate? Second: Is the value correct (meaning does the lightness/darkness chosen match the reference)? If those two things are right, the painting should be a pretty good one, according to Mr. Miller.
So, I decided to do a couple of gradation studies. As usual, I had very little time to put these together, but I was pretty happy with them. Are they perfect? Nope, but I’m on my way. By the way, his watercolor portraits are so amazing!! I’ve enjoyed doing portraits since January, but I have never tried them in any type of liquid medium (mainly colored pencil). Well, now that I understand how it’s done from watching Stan Miller’s demonstrations, I’m tempted to at least give it a go.
Very excited about this! I really enjoy drawing portraits, but have not even considered attempting to paint one. Will be very curious to see where this leads.
I want to thank you, Lance, for sharing that post. That man knows how to teach! I am so impressed with his work and with his instruction!
Happy creative Sunday to all! Walk in peace and light.