People #13 – How to Sketch People in Location with Watercolor


Some friends like to see me try some new
products for watercolor painting or for sketching. I’ve just received two new products.
They are solid watercolor paints. These are 36 colors. It’s called Premium Half-Pans.
Both are from Arteza. I will have the links in the description. You can take a look at the detailed information of those products. And let’s open them. Let’s take a look. Okay, that’s good. There is a small
brush pen. take a look inside this box Let’s take a look inside this box. It’s not bad. Pretty easy. It labels all of the colors, but I don’t need it. It’s very nice, but I don’t need it when I’m going out.
So, this is good. So, there is something on the back over here, so you can put your finger in here like this. Take a look at this one. I expect… They should look very similar.
It’s just more colors. Interesting. It’s really like one-third of the size. And this is bigger. And again, it has another water brush. This water brush is bigger, and it can contain twice as much water. The brush tip looks identical. I also have other water brushes from the same website. They have different sizes of brush tips
and different shapes too. You can take those out and put it back here. On both sides, you can use for color mixing. Also, I talked to Arteza. They agreed to give our members here a 10% discount. If you use the link in the video description and go to the website, there will be a special coupon waiting for you. And by the way, they are not sponsoring this video. You can try them out whether or not there is something you like to have. Now, in the afternoon, I’m walking into the main lobby of the college holding a watercolor sketch book. In front of me, there is a handsome young man, so I’m going to sit down and start from sketching with the colored
pencil, and I’m using the colored pencil because I don’t want to see the smudges. If I use the charcoal or graphite pencil, it can smudge. Colored pencil would do much better. Either the wax based colored pencil or the oil based colored pencil should do fine. The other thing that is good thing with the color pencil is you can control the pressures much better. It has a lot more flexibility. At this first step, I just put down the rough ideas about the compositions. I’m not doing any detail. And I think I got the idea for the compositions. I only draw mainly on the left page. And now, I’m good. I’m still holding the color pencil in this position. When I’m drawing a little bit of details, I will change it to a little bit more of a writing position. And this process can be really quick and doesn’t really need to be too long. When you have an environment like this, you’re surrounded by people and you don’t want to disturb other people. You wanna draw really quickly before they notice that you are drawing them. Now, I’m giving it a little bit more,
confirming some details on the forehead, on the eyebrows, and then coming to the nose. So, I’m using more of the drawing way to hold the colored pencil so it gives me more freedom and it’s easier to render the lines and also I can control the pressure much better and this way you can press a little harder
and lift a little up so you can have the you can show the emphasis of the energy
that you’re flowing through the line. So now, I draw. The face is very much there. Now, I’m drawing other lines and give enough indications. I really like to draw with the colored
pencils on watercolor paper. I would prefer oil based because an oil based
colored pencil is a little bit harder. It probably gives you a little more
strength when you draw, but the oil based works fine in this case, and when I need to give
a little force on a certain area like this way, in a certain area,
I can just press it down a little bit. Be a little careful. You don’t want to
hold your colored pencils too high up. I would hold it a little bit closer
to the tip of the pencil lead. And in this case, I’m making sure
it’s not going to break that easily. Okay, I just finished drawing the hand. I’ll define the little detail for the book that he’s holding, he’s reading. I really like this atmosphere,
that you are being in a real situation. I used to like to draw on the train. When you draw on the train, you have to finish your drawing within a couple minutes. Now, the drawing is finished. Now, I’m going to
start working into the watercolor. You can see now, I have two water brushes. One is flat. This is a big shape. You can work out into the big areas really
quickly. Now, I’m gonna… I’m not making the same darkness of the shirt that same darkness of the clothing. I’m gonna make a little bit lighter, and maybe make it a little darker later but start with a little bit lighter so I take the Prussian Blue
with a little black colors. And, you know, like, in the regular watercolor painting,
I would like to… You only use the three primary colors: red, blue, and yellow. But in this case, I need to do it really quickly. I won’t allow me to have too
much time about trying to mix the right colors so I pick something, pick some
color, whatever color that I have over here. And if I need a little bit more water,
because… I will just squeeze the water brush and it’ll squeeze some water out from there, and then I’ll mix the color to make it a little bit lighter. I would limit my color mixing to the minimum, and I would use whatever the color is there with a little mixing. If I need to mix a little bit of orange color,
I can pick the yellow and red colors but I try to use the color that’s already available. Now, I use the smaller brush.
Now, I’m going to get into a smaller area and this small brush is actually,
surprisingly, pretty well. This small brush actually came with this
small solid watercolor set. And it works out pretty fine. The other flat water brush I bought as a whole water brush set from Arteza. I will have the link to the website of Arteza.
It’s very easy to browse through. Just take a look if you need these kind of items, and probably, you can do a little comparisons to see which one gives you the better shapes, better quality, or better price. Even more important. Now, I use the small brush to just mix that
brown color with a little existing dark color which has a little Prussian Blue and little black colors. Especially, the ear has a little bit more red colors, right? So I just have the base color for the face area. So far, the colors are pretty light, so now, I’m going to add a little heavier colors, starting from the hair. I still use the smaller brush because
I’m still dealing with the smaller areas. So I have to make sure that one side’s a little bit darker, the other side’s a little bit lighter. Next, I would work into the beard. So, now, put some color on the hair. Now,
I’m ready to make a little bit darker. In this kind of sketching situation, you
don’t actually have much time to wait. So, now, put a little emphasis on some of the areas, and think about the design. You don’t want to put flat colors everywhere, and you don’t want to put darker shades everywhere. Just give a little touch into that. And when you know that, you can alternate between the flat brush, the bigger brush, and the flat brush here and you can cover a bigger area. But, you don’t need to necessarily
see that as the clothing. I just want to see between the light color and the dark color, and how they are going to be composed to create my impression of the light. Now, we’re working into some warm color into the back of the seat. And I mix the yellow color into the red colors to make a little bit more warm orange color. Now, the warm color compares
to the cooler color on the clothing creating a very nice warm and cool comparison. For the chair in the background, even though it’s still the same red color I want to make a little bit
more loose, a little bit more abstract. It’s just a little suggestion of something over there. I want to make the similar treatment
as to the chair in the front. Very few brush strokes, and you can finish that. Get a little too expressive. It’s not necessary
to give all the details in a painting. Now, I’m going to come back with the round brush. I’m gonna start painting into the hand holding the book. And if you want it to be lighter, add a little bit of water. If a little bit darker, have less water. And now do the suggestions for the book,
and a little bit of indications. So, give a little final touch in some area that you want to give a little bit more indication, a little separation. The final touch details to the face, like the eyebrows, the eye, somewhere in the mouth and emphasize a little bit more with the roughness of the beard, of the facial hair. The sketch is considered done. If you liked this video, please consider joining me to sketch everywhere you go. And soon, I learned that this young man’s name is Jay, and he is a musician. I just made two, new, young friends. Enjoying Art
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