5 Minute Landscape: Watercolor Pencil

Watercolor pencils are great tools for fast sketching. Start just like a pencil sketch and then add a little bit of water to blend some of the strokes. Three big tricks to help

  1. Keep it small. Thumbnail sketches can be just as satisfying as big landscapes and they take less time.
  2. Just use one color (gray or dark brown to make a monochromatic study. Faster, easier to control.
  3. Don’t add water over all of your pencil strokes. A little variation will help add interest to the drawing.
  4. Once you have some liquified pencil on the tip of your brush, paint with it, adding value to some of the white areas.
  5. Leave some paper white (no pencil, now brushed on pencil tone). This will enhance the contrast in your drawing.

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2 thoughts on “5 Minute Landscape: Watercolor Pencil

  1. Hi John,
    I’ve been watching about 5 of your You Tube videos and I’m very thankful for your teachings. I just watched a landscape video, that talked a lot about: foreground, middle ground, background and value. At the end of the video, you made a remark that hit home for me. You mentioned about photographers (me), looking at different angles to take a photo. Then you mentioned that an Artist will hike up a hill, sit on a rock and draw, without looking at different angles. Lol. I’m new to drawing. Camera, I take great shots and a lot of them have been published. Not bragging. Now working with a pencil. I know how and what to look for in a picture. I just have to learn how to draw it. I’m going to work on drawing one of my landscapes that I hiked 5 miles to the top of Double Sardine Waterfalls. Located on Hwy 108, Sonora Pass , California. Another video of yours, drawing forest and rocks. You mentioned about rocks at Olmsted Point, Yosemite Park. Happy you pronounce Olmsted right, lol. My name is Rick Olmsted and Frederick Law Olmsted, is a relative of my. You can see a lot of my photos on Google. Type in: Photographer Rick Olmsted and you’ll see a few links, to see my ‘camera art’.

    Thanks again for your help and time in creating this videos, to teach us.

    Rick Olmsted

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