Still Life #46 – How to Paint a Red Rose bud in Watercolor

Still Life #46 – How to Paint a Red Rose bud in Watercolor


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I thank you for the continued support. Today, we are doing the rose. First, we want to figure out the size of the rose you’re going to draw in a paper. Sometimes, you want to use this artwork
for a particular purpose like say, you’re going to make a greeting card for someone. For example, a rose is perfect. If you’re going to mail it, make sure the size of it will fit into the envelope. Or you’re going to frame it.
Make sure how big you want to frame it. For the rose, I’m going to do it here. It’s about this big. And it’s important to play with the idea at the beginning. Now, I know where I’m going to draw. I’m going to carefully draw the outlines. Keep coming down a little bit and then keep going on this side. I come back to the top. So if you think about too much details at the beginning, you don’t want to think about all those details yet. You can add details after you draw the big shape. And there’s another shape, which is pretty big for the leaf, for this petal. And have a little shape on a side. Okay, spend enough time to plan. The planning is actually a drawing step. If you need more time to draw, take the time. I have a little leaf over here too. And have a leaf on this side. And have the stem. And now we’ll come back to the top.
Now I’m going to add some details. And just divide some of the shape. How to do the water droplet? If you think about a water droplet, it makes it a lot more complicated than
it should. What you are trying to do…
(I do one more over here) what you’re going to see
is actually some light color in a circle. Over here, there is the light
color in a circle it’s a couple small light dots Small dots in a circle, a
little dot over here. I’m going to take lots of red color. Just watch. A little more red and a little more red… put it here. So what I’m going to do is I’m going to start with a bit of water. I’m going to start right here. Now coming through, and I’m going to painting around the area for the water droplet. It was just light. I’m going to come down.
This the first round in this area, okay? I’m going to come down here. For the second round, I’m going to make the color darker for some areas. I’m going to paint it around for here I’m only painting around that white spot in the water droplet area. So keep coming up. Good, and leave the little white space.
Keep it untouched. Okay, good. Right there. Keep coming even to the area over here. There’s a little another shape that I’m going to put in later. So now, what I’m going to do is I’m going to clean the brush really quickly. I’m going to have a softened transition to make the light into dark and connect to the light shape. Like this. Coming down here. Good, alright? Because it’s wet, the color would be pretty smooth. Now, what I want to do when this is still wet, I’m going to get more darker red and start on this side. Now the new color would blend in
into the existing wet space. And keep coming down here, and it will
be even darker. I’m going to have more darker red color And I know some of you kind of afraid of using water but don’t be afraid of water. Just use the water and see how it looks, and if you don’t like it, you can always take the color out. And at the bottom I can make some darker color. How to make the color darker? Use some blue colors. Okay, I’m going to put the darker color right at the bottom. Okay? Paint it around the water droplet. And now, I’m going to change the color. Add a little red. I don’t want to use too much water at this time because if you use too much water the water would push the color around. So I’m just going to put a little more red color in this space. A little bit darker color, and it’s good.
We finished one side. And we’re going to start working on the other side. So this time, I’m going to start from the right side, which is I’m going to
start from darker colors. Okay, gather the blue colors. I’m going to start over here. I’m going to start it like one color to another color. See this color is a little too thin, right? How do you make the color thicker? Take the color and mix less water. The color would be thicker. And then paint it around the leaf because it’s going to be green, a total opposite color. Okay, right there. And now, keep going. And over here, I don’t want to touch it. If you touch this side, it’s also wet. If you touch it, it will create a kind of mess. But what I’m going to do is not have a white gap. Don’t worry. I will fill in the gap later, right? So I’m going to put in the thicker colors, a little blue and thicker colors. Here we go. Now the colors start connecting to the new color. Because I don’t want to carry this dark color all the way, I’m taking just the red color and I’m connecting with that. It’s all about wet-into-wet. And let it connect and keep coming. And watch out. The color changes again, okay? And you need to get more red. Just the red. Okay, connect it now. And I think it’s almost dry at this space. You probably can connect that. And then up here, all I need to do is just get mostly water, a little color, and then start making it even lighter. Maybe too light, so we get a little red color in this spot. There we go. Connect that. So as you can see, the blending color from dark gradually turn into light, all because of water. I see another shape over here so I can spend the time doing that shape. While I’m waiting for the other side to dry. Okay, little lighter at the bottom, but the top is a little darker. I’m just taking this red color. Here we go. Maybe even a little darker at the top here.
Good. Now, let it blend together. Now the rose is almost there. A little red, and put a little color over here… And this is almost the details Over here, it’s actually a little darker because the petals are coming up and blocking some light so I’m going to soften this to make it connected. Okay, and also here, I’m going to form the
shape by putting a little bit of red around. That’s good. And on the top here, I need to soften it so the petal inside here is connected up there. It’s pretty cool. Now, what I’m going to do… I think it’s not totally ready, but I can soften. There is a transition over here inside the area for the water droplet. I’m going to start going into the leaf, right? The leaf is green, which is blue and yellow. Okay, get some yellow color and then mix into the blue color. That’s good. I’m going to start at the bottom here, and come down. And on the other side, I’m making a darker blue color, okay? And now, mix that together. There’s a couple more leaves.
Let’s do something over here. There’s the dark blue colors
coming up from here. Here we go. But a little higher is actually the light side, so I’m going to take a little bit more yellow and mix into the colors Here we go, just the yellow-green colors. Like that. Cool. Simple. Now, here is still wet, so I’m going to start working on this one and wait for the others to be dry. Okay, all right. And then putting some darker color
underneath. Okay. That’s this leaf. It’s done. And we’re going to start working into the water droplet to see how easy to do the water droplet. I just get a little red color, okay? I’m going to do the one at the top here. Just see a little darker edge, a little darker edge. You can just focus on the darker color or the lighter color. And have a very light tone, very light, and then going through here in the middle. And then probably enough to get your
imaginations. Oh, this is a water droplet. It’s not actually a water droplet. It’s just a little lighter shape. And down here, we just put a little bit red color at the bottom around here. A little bit darker color, a little more red, here we go. Another one, another piece, right there. And a darker shape, a little bit
darker shape, in the middle over here. That makes you feel it looks like a water droplet. And over here, I just use the clean brush to soften the edge. And you will guess that is the water droplet. And now, maybe it’s time to just go use the red color and to soften the gap. See that? Just soften the gap. It may be a little more red colors. Here we go. Like that. And at the top here, we
want to soften it. And now, it’s the time. And making some light-green color, even though you’re still going to leave a very thin gap. I don’t want the red color come into this leaf. And now, I’m putting some darker green,
and touch it and keep going. So when these two colors are wet, they merge together. And maybe darker on the other side because it’s in the shadow side. A little darker. So when you do paintings, it’s very important to keep in mind the darker color and lighter color. If you want to do the background, just use the big brush. What I want to do is
a light-green color, very light. Lots of water. I’m just going to brush it off and maybe a little bit more blue. Like this. But I don’t want a color to be too bright.
Here we go, just around. Don’t leave the gap. Just let the color touch the edge unless there actually should be a gap. Like over here. It should be have a
little gap, and it could have a little gap on the light side. It is only optional that you want to put the background color. The background color just like the drawing. When the outside is little darker, you make the highlight actually pop a little more. Alright. On this side, you can
change the color a little bit if you want. Okay, now here we go. I’m going to leave a little gap over there. I don’t want that red coming out into the background color. (sirens in the distance) If you want to say, “Hey let’s make a little texture.” And the painting’s finished.

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