Showing posts from July, 2017

Starting a YouTube channel 2017 - 1000 subscribers

Video to accompany my earlier blog on starting a YouTube channel.

Beginners Drawing & Painting - Shadows

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Beginners watercolour - Mixing skin tones

Like drawing people and portraits, choosing the right colours for skin tones can be daunting for beginners. However it need not be. As I have said in previous posts on colour, it is important to develop your own palette of colours as we all see colours differently and have our own favourites. In the YouTube video linked at the end of this post, I go through a few colour combinations to get you started. Build on this by spending some time making your own mixes from the colours you already have and making a colour chart with notes of the colours used.  I begin with a mix of Yellow Ochre and a small touch of Permanent Alizarin Crimson, altering the amounts to either more yellow or more pink for different areas. I would advise that you start by having mixes of just two colours, or three at the very most. The other colours used in the video are Raw Umber, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, French Ultramarine, Cobolt Blue, Cadmium Yellow and Cadmium Orange. For the shadows I use