How to Paint Night Landscapes in Watercolor

——   Created by Darren Yeo

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Hi, I'm Darren from Watercolour Mentor.

In this class, you'll learn how to create fresh and vibrant night landscapes by following my unique watercolor layering process. There are 6 fully narrated demonstrations for you to paint along to. You'll build your confidence in using strong and vibrant colours to create magical scenes and areas of light and darkness. By learning to be deliberate in your brushstrokes and colours, you'll create some beautiful impressionistic landscapes that you can show off to your friends and family.

Many beginners often paint too light, too dark, or in the same tone. This can lead to flat paintings that lack character. I'll show you how to do the opposite and convey mood and emotion through your use of tone and brushstrokes. Colour also plays an important role. Using complementary colours, or more simply, warm/cool colours next to one another, creates stunning compositions that demand attention.

Included: 6 free line stencils, original royalty free reference photographs and scans of my paintings to help you to transfer or draw these landscapes prior to painting. It is your choice which of these references you want to use when transferring over your drawings. These materials are included under the 'Class Project' section.

I'll be covering:

  • How to paint any night landscape in watercolor from a photograph.
  • Sketching - how to reduce a photo or scene in front of you down to essentials and pick out elements and objects of focus.
  • Layering - learn how you only need 2-3 layers in order to complete a watercolor painting.
  • How to use colour effectively to create areas of interest of portray the mood of a scene.
  • How to use tone, or light and dark areas to create depth and richness in your paintings.

I'm excited to get started, so let's get painting!

Included Demonstrations:

The course project

For the class project, follow along to the sketching and painting demonstrations. There are 6 unique night landscape demonstrations with a pencil sketching and watercolor painting component. It's important to complete the sketching exercises in each scene, as this provides you with an opportunity to practice composing your painting. This will increase your confidence in completing your painting and more importantly allow you to plan your brushstrokes.

If you have finished the 6 demonstrations featured in this class, pick a royalty free photograph or perhaps one of your own photograph of a favorite night landscape. Using the process and techniques described in this class, create your own unique painting.

Finally, upload your painting(s) in the project section! If you have questions or would like feedback on your work, let me know and I will get back to you.

Note: Scanned images of my final paintings, stencils, as well as the original (royalty free) reference photographs are included below.

14 Lessons

Class Introduction
Materials Required
Manhattan: Drawing & Sky
Manhattan: Buildings & Cars
Manhattan: Finishing Touches
Paint a Beach Landscape
Paint a Boat Landscape
Rothenburg: Drawing & Houses
Rothenburg: Details & Sky
Streetscape: Drawing & Houses
Streetscape: Details & Sky
Venice: Drawing & Buildings
Venice: Details & Sky
Class Project
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Class benefits

  • Certificate of Completion
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  • Project included
  • Direct teacher access
  • 4h 21m of on-demand video
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About the instructor

Hi, I'm Darren from Watercolour Mentor, and I'm here to Mentor, Encourage and Inspire you in your watercolour journey! I like to provide as much value as possible in my courses, and different subjects to paint, so students can pick and choose which lectures interest them the most. Need …

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