Digital Watercolor

This first Watercolor clone step-by-step uses the Dry Brush technique which is one of the easier Watercolor brushes to use. The painting method is to start with a Watercolor wash and then to use the Dry brush to gradually bring in more detail.

Step 1 File> Open> DVD> Step-by-step files> '08 Lower Brockhampton Court'. Step 2 File> Quick Clone. Step 3 Select the Digital Watercolor brush category and the Coarse Water variant. Use brush size 85.0 and opacity 1 %. Click the Clone Color option in the Colors palette. Step 4 Paint a light wash over all of the picture area as shown in Figure 8.13, keep the appearance very light.

Step 5 Change the brush to Digital Watercolor> Dry Brush. Size 30.0, opacity 2% and grain 5%. Click the Clone Color option in the Colors palette. Select the French Watercolor paper. Turn the tracing paper on and paint over all the main shapes. When you turn the tracing paper off you will see that the shapes are very rough, go over them to make them more defined. Figure 8.14 shows the picture at this early stage.

Figure 8.12

Original photograph.

Figure 8.12

Original photograph.

Digital Watercolor Washes

Figure 8.13

Painting a very light wash.

Figure 8.13

Painting a very light wash.

Figure 8.14

Starting with the Digital Watercolor brush.

Figure 8.14

Starting with the Digital Watercolor brush.

Step 6 Make the brush size 10.0, opacity 5% and go over the buildings again, keep switching the tracing paper on and off to check the detail. Figure 8.15 shows the house starting to show more detail.

Figure 8.15

Bringing in more detail.

Figure 8.15

Bringing in more detail.

Step 7 Using the same brush, change the size to 23.0 and the opacity to 1% and paint over the remaining areas again to bring the picture together. Paint over the edges of the darker brush strokes you did earlier to integrate them with the lighter areas. Figure 8.16 shows the picture at this stage. You will need to vary the brush size and opacity to make the various parts of the picture blend well.

Step 8 Reduce the brush size to 4.3 and increase the opacity to 55%. This will put a lot more detail in the buildings, follow the lines of the building to emphasize the dark wooden beams and the white areas between (magnify the picture to see more clearly). If this looks too harsh, go over it afterwards with a larger brush and lower opacity. Paint over the sky and foreground with brush size 23.3 and opacity 9%.

Step 9 Paint over the trees with brush size 8.2 and opacity 55% to emphasize the trunks and branches. Use brush size 12.0 and opacity 4% to paint over areas where different textures join and look wrong.

Figure 8.17

A smaller brush and larger opacity shows more detail.

Figure 8.17

A smaller brush and larger opacity shows more detail.

Step 10 In the General palette change the Method to Eraser and the Sub Category to Soft Paint Remover, brush size 32.0 and opacity 10% and go around the edges to remove any dirty marks or brush strokes you would prefer were not there.

Increase the opacity between 60% and 100% and use this brush to add some sparkle to your picture especially in the white areas of the buildings and in their reflection in the water.

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