Oct 20, 2009

Mini Tutorial How to Paint Water Drops




Light is coming from above left:
Light is coming from left on this red water drop

Anatomy of a Water Drop


ANATOMY OF A WATER DROP


Sharon’s Technique for Water Drops

I love to paint water drops and think it is very easy. The water drop is like the glass vase: less is better.

1.You will always start out by outlining the water drop with a dark color that is one or two values darker than the color of what the drop is on. So on the pink I used Alizarin Crimson and on the green I used Black Green.

2. On the green leaf using the No. 20/0 script liner outline the water drop with Black Green.

3. With a soft blender tap in the shadow with the same color making sure you soften the edges on the inside of the water drop.

4.Add a highlight of pure White on the upper left inside of the water drop over this shadow, for the lightest highlight. Do not blend this.

5.Using a soft blending brush tap in the refracted light.

6.Using Black Green paint the cast shadow on the outside of the water drop.

Reflected Light: light waves that bounce back to our eye from a surface rather that being absorbed into it

Refracted Light: the separation of white light into bands of color seen when white light is passed through a prism.


SEE VIDEO AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE ON HOW TO PAINT A WATER DROP.
Sharon Teal-Coray

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