Painting Castles and Dragons and Cats, Oh My!

Painting Castles and Dragons and Cats, Oh My!


Hello and welcome to the channel! My name
is Annalisa and I do videos about art and videos about books. Today I am
working on a watercolor painting, which is my main medium. I’m not sure exactly
what inspired this except I have been wanting to paint more dragons recently
and so I decided to go full fantasy crazy and just draw a dragon with a
castle in the foreground. So right now you can see me filling in the background
and I did that using one of my bigger brushes. I really like these bullet-
shaped brushes because I find that I can do small, little, fine, strokes but I can
also use them for bigger splotchy strokes like this. And I’ve also been
enjoying doing backgrounds that have visible brushstrokes lately. So I decided
to make this background by mixing various blues and purples and using the
side of my bullet-shaped brush (I’m sure there’s a proper name for that but I
don’t know what it is) and sort of just blobbing it on there and sort of going
with what I felt like at the time. And I really like how that turned out. Because
I was going directly from the palette and not mixing any colors before they
got on the page and I wasn’t using as much water as I sometimes do, the colors
came out really vibrant and I think that it looks really nice, especially because it
is sort of a contrast to everything that is in the foreground. I kind of did it in
various shades of gray or with gray in the background which as you can see the
castle I did a base layer of gray and then a couple places I did another layer
of blue in a light wash over that. Then later on you’ll see me do a light
wash of black over the tower that is farthest to the background. So I did a
few different color washes over different parts of the castle to try to
differentiate them – my cats are fighting, I’m a little distracted – okay it’s good,
it’s good. The little one rolled over,
everything’s fine. So I did these various color washes to differentiate different
parts of the castle and then I started working on the sort of pedestal that the
castle was on. As kind of peak fantasy I decided to stick this castle on a mountain spire that’s quite unrealistic and is thinner in the middle than it is
at the top. But I was having fun. And then I put sort of a winding road around the
bottom of it which you’ll see me add a little bit of detailing to later. And now,
of course, I am getting to work on the dragon. I really enjoyed working on this
dragon with this brush. I just felt, I don’t know, so elegant while I was making
these lines, which is why I slowed it down to real time for this section. I
just really enjoyed using the dark, condensed black watercolor
with this brush. It just felt so pleasant and I was more sure of my brush strokes
than I usually am so that was fun and unexpected. I went for a very simple
design for the dragon this time. It’s basically a silhouette, but I did add
some highlights later on so you can tell it’s not just a silhouette, it’s just
a fully black dragon, and he’s just flying past the castle. And he’s quite large since he’s behind the castle he still
this big compared to it. And so you can’t see any of the fine details, you could just see it as a big black thing with wings. And then of
course we get to the bricks. The bricks. There are so many I didn’t film all of
it because I thought it would be quite boring to watch seeing as how how boring it was to do. Because I did individual bricks on this
castle, the entire castle ,except for one little section of it that I made wooden.
And I did three layers of bricks – you can see me laying down the first layer of
brownish bricks now on top of that gray background. You can also see that I have
done some white outlining of parts of the tower so that I can see what I was
doing because I noticed earlier on that I just painted over some of the extra
little pokey-outtie parts of the towers as if they were part of a regular tower
because I couldn’t see where they were as I was concentrating so hard on making
the regular bricks. I also did a similar thing on the tower tops, just using blue
and black instead of various browns and grays. There’s that wooden part I was
talking about. And now, because I wasn’t concentrating all that much while I was
making this pedestal, I didn’t put sort of parts along the outside so that it
would look like a road was coming around the edge so I had to add those on and
kind of try to smoosh it in so it looked like it was of all one piece with the rest of the pedestal. And as I’m doing this I keep switching back and
forth from different parts of the painting so that I can work on them
while the others dry. And so now you see me doing the second layer of bricks. On the
foreground towers I did a second layer of this yellowy-brown-mustard colored
stuff that I have, while on the background tower and on the walls between the
towers my second layer was black that I blotted off so it was kind of a
unsaturated black. And then on all the sections I put a
third layer of light blue to kind of make it look like
there was blue lighting and so that it would be kind of moonlight-esque and be
a little less pure brown. And I really liked how that turned out. I wasn’t sure
about it because I don’t usually like to use contrasting colors close to each
other like that but I think it kind of turned out a little bit like daubism or
pointillism where you have all these different splotches of colors instead of
them being mixed together but when you’re far away from the painting it
looks like it’s kind of all homogeneous. So I feel like it worked out like that
because the little bricks are painted so small. And then I went back and added
some details to make the road look more like a road, so I basically just added a
fence around it so that it looks like you could go up there maybe without
falling off. And that also took forever and a lot of going back into the black
paint because it got unsaturated very quickly. And then we have the line art. I wanted to keep my line art to a minimum as I’ve been trying to do with a lot of my
watercolors because the loose look of water colors when it sort of just
meets without having hard lines between them I think looks really nice. And so I
tried out various colors that aren’t as severe as black, like brown and gray, and
I think those worked really well. I did a little bit of outlining in black where
the colors were really very dark but mostly I kept it to lighter
colors. Oh, by the way, you’re going to see something else I did with my pen
only when I show you the full painting. I didn’t film me actually doing it
so later you’ll see a little cat perched on the middle tower there, the sort of
squat one. And then we get to the highlights, which tends to be my favorite
part of the painting. It just adds something so quickly, makes such a vast
improvement so quickly, and I like being able to see progress like that. So a
little to the dragon, a little to the towers. I hope you all had a very Merry
Christmas if you celebrate it. I believe Hanukkah is still going on now, Happy
Hanukkah if that’s what you’re celebrating and happy anything else you
might enjoy celebrating. As well I hope you have a good Christmastide,
because that’s what’s going on now, and also a Happy New Year, though I will be
coming out with, I think, just one more video, maybe two videos, before the end of the year. And there’s a little kitty. So thank you so much for watching and I
will be seeing you in the next video. Bye!

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