Patreon – Faber Castell Graphite Aquarelle

Water Soluble Graphite Lesson

This is painted all in oils but you could layer in a very similar way with acrylics. The difference there would be I would paint the entire background first, then draw in the chickadee with a white charcoal pencil on top. This will allow you to blend the background smoothly with the fast drying acrylics without worrying about messing up or painting around the chickadee/branch etc.

I’ve attached the reference photo from Christine Cyrenne who has given me permission to share with you guys. She takes amazing photos!

I’ve also attached my palette set up with the colors I used. I talk about this at the end of the video, but I want to mention in case you’re painting along with me  PLEASE don’t feel like you need to run out and buy all the exact colors I’m using. You don’t! You can paint with whatever colors you have and just mix what you need. As I’m always saying, it’s about the contrast and values FAR more than the color!!

If you have trouble watching this video you have two options while we are looking into solutions. 

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Copyright Info

I am always happy to have you copy my work for your own practice. Be aware of what reference photo I used, sometimes you will need to purchase the photo from the photographer to use even for practice. I will let you know when that is the case. As a general rule, you can not copy my work and make prints/sell that work. I retain copyright of the work I complete.

If you follow one of my lessons, you are more than welcome to post your work on social media to share what you’ve done, as long as you include in your post that you followed one of my lessons.

You can always use my techniques in your own designs and reference photos!

Reference photo from