2 hours 18 mins

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Drawing Guide

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Bee-eater in watercolour by Paul Hopkinson

Last year I was contacted by a lady in America called Regina who makes her own watercolour paints.  She very kindly offered to send me a colour palette with a range she thought I would like for my work.  I was expecting a laminated card with the choices.  So when the parcel arrived I was completely dumbstruck.  A whole set of paints, a mini pad of paper and a brush.  Things like this don’t normally happen to me!
As a thank you I decided to use the paints and paper for a full length tutorial that could be featured on her site.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it.

I have classed this as an intermediate project as you will have to work hard on finding colours to match those that I have used.  I have provided some suggestions for Winsor and Newton colour equivalents in the PDF Reference Pack which you may find useful.  In addition there is not quite as much real time video and audio as usual this encourages you to do some working out and planning for yourself.

Let’s get those brushes wet!  Paul

I would love to see your finished painting and share it within the student gallery.

And I would be very interested to know the difficulty rating you would give this project.

I do hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.  Until the next time, keep those brushes wet!  Paul

🎵 Music Credits

Aakash Gandhi – Kiss the Sky, Angel’s Dream & One Step Closer
Chris Haugen – Fresh Fallen Snow
AShamaluevMusic – Cinematic Piano
Wayne Jones – Moving on
Purple Planet Music – Eternal Hope

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