Simple Watercolor Streetscapes and Urban Landscapes: Australia

——   Created by Darren Yeo

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Sketching on a regular basis is an important but often overlooked way to learn how to draw and paint. Sketching allows you to experiment and practice in a fun and low pressure environment - all you need are some paints and a sketchbook or some spare paper! In this class you'll learn how to draw and paint twelve different landscape scenes. By the end of the class, you will understand how to convert any reference photo into a pencil sketch and watercolour painting.

This class is designed to increase your confidence in executing different watercolour techniques and give you ample practice to build strong painting habits that will set you on the right track in watercolour painting.

I'm excited to get started, so join me in this class and let's have some fun sketching!

In this class we will cover:

  • 12 full drawing and painting demonstrations.
  • How to draw from a reference photo quickly and loosely, how much detail you need to add, and how to imply more details through painting.
  • Various watercolour painting techniques such as wet-in-wet, wet-in-dry, drybrush.
  • How to allow paint to mix on the paper for dramatic and interesting washes.
  • How to paint simple street scenes and define a light source to create dramatic shadow effects.

Demonstration Paintings:

The course project

Part 1:

Pick two or more of the demonstration shown in this class, and follow along with the demonstration to sketch and paint each landscape. Take your time on the drawing until you are happy with how it looks, and try to focus simplifying objects and buildings to simple geometric shapes. If you're feeling adventurous, try adding some extra cars or figures, perhaps even changing where they are placed. Remember, this class is a learning exercise, so try not to overthink things, and enjoy the process!

Part 2:

Find a reference photograph of an urban landscape or streetscape you would like to paint - see if you have some photos that you've taken of your street, town or city. Using the techniques and processes shown in this class, transfer the reference photo over to your sketchbook or watercolor paper, and paint with watercolor. Upload your project to this class! I will provide feedback and answer any questions posted in the discussions and projects.

Note: my scanned paintings are attached below. 

16 Lessons

Materials Required
Melbourne: Drawing
Melbourne: Light Areas
Melbourne: Dark Areas
Melbourne City: Draw and Paint
Melbourne, Chapel Street Line and Wash
Perth Landscape: Drawing
Perth Landscape: Light Areas
Perth Landscape: Dark Areas
Perth Landscape: Final
Streets Beach, Brisbane: Draw
Streets Beach, Brisbane: Paint
Sydney Street: Line and Wash
Surfers Paradise, Queensland Line and Wash
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Class benefits

  • Certificate of Completion
  • 30 day satisfaction guarantee
  • 24/7 streaming access
  • Project included
  • Direct teacher access
  • 6h 48m 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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