Online Class

Dynamic Detail in Pen, Ink & Watercolor

$19.99$39.99

Draw any scene that catches your eye in ink and watercolor! Depict the world around you in fascinating detail using a relaxed, methodical approach.

Skill Level

Intermediate

What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Steven Reddy
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Capture gorgeous scenes as you learn how to draw details with techniques for creating contour drawings, grisaille underpaintings, beautiful watercolors and more. With artist and instructor Steven Reddy as your guide, you'll start with how to break down a complex scene into an initial sketch that's light and loose. Then, create a contour drawing that will be the foundation for a successful piece. Once that's complete, Steven will teach you how to create a grisaille underpainting that will bring extraordinary dimension to your work. Move on to using a limited watercolor palette to enhance your piece with harmonious color. Plus, finish your work by using contour lines to suggest shaping and hatch marks to create texture. Learn how to draw detail to depict the world around you in ink and watercolor!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Marking With Confidence
26:05
Meet illustrator Steven Reddy, then get started creating dynamic ink and watercolor drawings. Deepen your understanding of composition and get comfortable using your pen to capture detailed shapes, without striving for perfection. In the process, you'll gain valuable tips for developing your own unique style and vision!
2. Sketching in Pencil & Pen
18:11
3. Working With Ink Washes
24:09
4. Inking the Grisaille Layer
24:31
5. Creating Contrast With Grisaille
17:19
6. Glazing With Watercolor
27:31
7. Contours, Hatching & Highlights
24:39

Recommended with this class

  • Standard art supplies: pencils, pens, surfaces, kneaded eraser
  • Watercolor paints, watercolor brushes

Taught by

Steven Reddy
Steven Reddy
Steven Reddy teaches drawing and illustration at Gage Academy in Seattle. He has also taught with Seattle Public Schools since 1998. Steven has a passion for creating detailed illustrations of urban scenes, cluttered interiors and complex still lifes on location in ink and watercolor. His drawings from China and Mexico appear in Danny Gregory's An Illustrated Journey. Steven also published Now Where Was I? An Illustrated Memoir, which showcases drawings that span 35 years from his daily sketchbook diaries.

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