Hi, I'm Darren from Watercolour Mentor. Ever wondered how to turn a photo or landscape scene into a painting? In this class, I will show you how! You'll build your confidence and create some beautiful artwork by understanding the simple process I take in planning out each painting.
You'll learn how to quickly analyze and break down a reference photo into basic shapes, elements, areas such as sky, land, water, as well as simplifying buildings and other objects. You will learn how to recombine all these elements to make your own unique scene and create areas of focus, as well as alter the composition of the painting to your liking. It's easier than it sounds, and you'll be at it in no time!
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I am looking forward to having you in my class, and for us to go through the entire planning and painting process together! Reach out to me if you have any questions and I will get back to you.
For the class project, follow along to the sketching and painting demonstrations (all 6 landscapes have a simple watercolour sketching part, and a final painting part). It is important to complete the sketching exercises in each landscape scene, as this provides you with an opportunity to practice composing a painting, and also allowing you to practice essential watercolour techniques. This will improve your confidence in your final painting.
If you have finished the 6 landscapes featured in this class, pick a royalty free photograph or perhaps one of your own landscape photographs, and 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, as well as the original (royalty free) reference photographs are included below.