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Discussion in 'Step by Step' started by beanpoleuk, Apr 1, 2018.


  1. beanpoleuk

    beanpoleuk Elite Member! Elite Member! Artist of the Month! Very Likeable!

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    This is just a short tutorial explain my approach to painting water, and not a completed painting , but hopefully you will get the general idea from these steps. I am just using a piece of scrap Bristol airbrush paper (around a4 size), and etac paints.

    For this example I will use the water in a typical ‘duck’ scene which captures the different textures you commonly get with water.

    When I look at a reference with water I normally see 3 main types of ‘shapes’ :-

    a) Soft loose shapes (ripples/waves)

    b) Slightly out of focus reflections

    c) Sharp clear defined reflections (which usually also within the shape also contain an element of a) and b)

    I think the contrast of sharp clear defined shapes (the reflections) and the softer shapes is the main contributor to painting a water effect. So the first thing I do is look for the sharp defined shapes and cut out a mask from the reference before starting on the background.

    Step 1

    I have cut out the masking shapes and held in place with small magnets, (the surface of my easel is covered with metal sheet).
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    Step 2.

    Now I start with the soft shapes of the ripples, in this case I am using reduced paynes grey, (3:1), which also brings out the blue tint of paynes grey, an ideal base for building up the blue tone. My compressor is set to 20psi but I am also using a mac valve to stop any spidering.

    Just slow gentle stokes with the airbrush , establishing initial shapes you shouldn’t need to do any erasing here otherwise you could end up with edges which will seem to sharp, however having said that you could use a big fat rubber and gently erase back some of the highlights if needed.

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    Step 3


    Now I build on the initial base colour with transparent blue building up to a tone I am happy with.

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    Step4

    Having established the soft background shapes I remove the masking and now add in the slightly out of focus refelctions using freehand airbrush , I find that with the correct reduction and psi I can literally draw with the airbrush which is ideal for constructions these sometimes small intricate shapes , if I had tried to use a coloured pencil for instance the edges would have been too sharp and not look right.

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    Step5

    Here I have started on the bottom reflection, I first replaced the negative part of the mask to ensure I established the sharp edge to the right, then removed it and started building up the shapes inside the reflection. Some these internal shapes will also require a bit of masking or erasing to generate small defined edges.

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    Step6

    In this example you can see I have replaced part of the negative templatemask in the upper left just so that I can establish the sharp edges.
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    Step7

    Then removed it and carried on building up the textures.
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    Step8

    That’s basically it … you can see how the water effect is starting to build up and will just require minor tweaks here and there as I continue..

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    Hopefully this has helped a bit :)
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    Awesome! More than a little bit I think!
    Thank's for sharing!

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    I have wondered what steps you use to create the water effect in your work. So this has been a really interesting read. Thanks for sharing it Bean.


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    Superb


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    Wow. That's a really wonderful SBS, @beanpoleuk. Thank you :thumbsup:
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    Thanks so much for the sbs bean. I still think you left out the step where you use magick or something lol. Great job as always and will Def keep this in mind and look back on it several times
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    Thanks for the detailed tutorial, defiantly a great help for me.
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    Thanks everyone, glad to be of help :)

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    Thanks Steve great SBS I'll be trying some water soon so this helped a lot!
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    It's helped a lot, I always go in too heavy. but now if i do water i will go in like you have. Makes perfect sense. Thanks for the SBS

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    Dude... my eyes just melted. I'll run thru this again when they cool down a bit ;)

    Thanks so much for posting this!!!
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    Fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing.



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