Shaping Studies Tutorial Day 3


Artwork-QoR watercolor on Hahnemühle Anniversary watercolor paper. Brushes: Princeton Elite Dagger, and Neptune Travel round size 8.  Doodlewash prompt: Rainforest.  Penguin dreams of the rainforest

The full technique for these 10-15 minute negative paintings can be found on Shaping Studies Tutorial Day 1. I’m trying not to repeat myself too much.

I started with this set of brush studies. Notice how abstract they are – you really don’t have to draw a ‘thing’. Abstract is fine if that is how you roll.

I have to admit, my brain was fuzzy when I started this one, and I couldn’t decide what I wanted to paint. So I just started and after a few moments I decided there was a head, and then a beak, and oh yes! I was painting around the shape of a penguin. I love when penguins spontaneously happen!

I had started with purple and that’s a suitable color for the arctic chill but then I thought of the Doodlewash prompt ‘Rainforest’. And I’ll bet penguins dream of warmer, colorful places, so I added Qor QoR Benzimidazolone Yellow, QoR Cadmium Red Light.

After it all dried, I added some Qor Quinacridone Gold to deepen the yellows and imply some shadows.

These quick studies are tied in to my Princeton Aqua Elite Brush Review and Tutorial-How to Paint with QoR Iridescent Colors. (By the way, one of the eight ongoing Doodlewash giveaways is for the black paper and the QoR colors I used in the QoR Iridescent tutorial. You can find the giveaway here.)

Author: Life Imitates Doodles Art, Reviews & Tutorials

Artist Ambassador for Zebra Pens. I'm a self-taught artist who dances about with all sorts of artistic mediums. My main loves are Watercolor, Zentangle and Ballpoint pen. The subjects of my work are many and varied and change at whim. I'm a little bit crazy, but doesn't that come with being an artist? At my Life Imitates Doodles Blog, I post a list of resource links for Tangles, Tutorials and Giveaways two times a week. I also write reviews, hold giveaways and share my art work.

12 thoughts on “Shaping Studies Tutorial Day 3”

  1. very impressive , each day you bring us a wonderful surprise an this penguin is no exception. Did a beautiful piece an like you colours. Continue have a happy day painting.

  2. I love when penguins spontaneously happen too! I am really enjoying your shape and colour studies.

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