Simplifying Color Choice with Split Complementary Color Schemes

In my previous blog post, we made a colour wheel from an existing watercolour palette and talked about the importance of knowing colour complements. A colour’s complement is its direct...

How To Paint from Low-Quality Reference Photos

Photographs are a funny thing. They are seemingly more accurate than paintings, but unless the photographer is a professional- there will always be something missing. The lens might...

How to Paint a Rainy Day

They say “April showers bring May flowers”, but what do you do during those rainy days? While it can be seen as a gloomy day, why not turn...

Demystify Your Color Palette with a DIY Color Wheel

One of the hardest things about learning how to paint is knowing which colours to grab to get the results that you want, especially if you have lots...

Painting the Nearly Invisible: Tips on Painting Glass

It’s like a magic trick – an illusion that makes it difficult for the eye to follow. While this is true for reflections, especially warped ones (like on...

Drawing and Painting Pine Trees

The last time we painted together, we tackled the subject of deciduous trees. Now I’ll show you a method to draw and paint pine trees. I am tackling...

The Basics of Colour Temperature

If you’re more familiar with colour theory, it’s good to learn how to use it to your advantage! So let’s take a closer look at colour temperature, and how...

Watercolour vs. Coloured Inks: What You Need to Know

Water-soluble coloured inks aren’t talked about online all that much, so many artists either don’t know about them or aren’t sure how to get started. Paintings done in...

Lifting Techniques 101

“Do you even lift?” Well, when artists talk about “lifting”, we’re not talking about going to the gym! It’s actually a nifty technique used in watercolour painting, whether...

A Six Step Practice for Developing Your Style

When I first started getting serious about illustration, there was all this talk of style and how your style is what makes your work special and desirable. It...