In this lesson I'm asking my students to bring a 'modern' landscape image from which they'll make a working drawing. The working drawing will be in preparation for another watercolour technique which I call 'dry channel' painting (which they'll be painting in the first session back after Easter, from their working drawing)...they may even work from one of my paintings...!!
Summer Term 2019: Using the ‘dry channel’ watercolour technique, making the working drawing.
Lesson 1: Looking at a famous landscape painting to interpret in this technique.
Draw a box on your page which has the same proportions as the painting you’re looking at.
Using pencil and taking a shape from somewhere near the middle of the painting, draw it on your page, working out carefully where it sits. You may find yourself simplifying some of the shapes in order to make them usable.
Just as jigsaw pieces interlock perfectly, find the next shape in the painting which sits beside the shape you’ve drawn. Leave a tiny channel of white paper showing between the shapes. Again you may have to simplify the shapes as you identify them. You can complicate them later.
Find the next shape etc.
Give each shape a different tone and texture with your pencil.
Continue the drawing in this way. You may find that some shapes have various tones and textures within them, they don’t have to be filled in a uniform way.
Your drawing may seem to contain some very abstract elements, but as you complete it you’ll see the greater picture emerge.
If there’s time you may begin your watercolour painting using exactly the same ‘dry channel’ technique between each painted shape. Remember that because each shape has its own isolated area you can work wet-into-wet in each shape without the paint running into the next shape.
Next lesson after Easter: A watercolour from your working drawing. Please bring your watercolours, good watercolour paper and please don’t forget your working drawing!!