Sketching with the Brush with Marc Holmes and others

Marc Taro Holmes
Montreal artist, Marc Taro Holmes is the author of three books on art-making. The Urban Sketcher: Techniques for Seeing and Drawing on Location (2014)Designing Creatures and Characters: How to Build and Artist’s Portfolio for Video Games, Film, Animation and More (2016)Direct Watercolor(2018)
Marc has been a correspondent and volunteer art instructor with, and, served as a board member and volunteer editor from 2009-2016. He was elected to the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor in December of 2016, recently winning their Sloan Award (2016), and CSPWC Second Prize Award (2017), and most recently, being juried into an exhibition-exchange with the Société Française de l’Aquarelle. (2018). Marc graduated in 1995 with a BFA from the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary Alberta, and has worked for studios including Electronic Arts, Microsoft, and Disney. WebsiteCitizensketcher (Marc's Website) Video TutorialsSketching with the BrushEdge…

Perspective: 1, 2 and 3 Point Perspective


Sketching and Planning

According to Chris Van Winkle as described at: Keene Wilson's Insights of the "California School of Watercolor"

Sketching Sketching before you paint reduces decision-making while painting. There is no line in nature, yet sketchbook is all about line. Sketch only the most important movements Open up sketches to allow “passage” [linkage] Side lighting creates a connecting large shadow shape that pulls sketch together. Save whites. Must improve your drawing to improve your watercolor.
Ways to Sketch Information sketches – not necessarily painting ideas. Value sketch – we are drawn to strong value contrasts. Speed Sketching – put down shadow first [value first] then line; this is usually all you need for watercolor Sketch with ink, and one direction shade lines – you will get better faster Line, add a dark rectangle [to bring out a portion, but not necessarily all, of foreground] Line … and value Light against dark or dark against light Line and shading Pure fun "Lone Pine…

Painting with Dabs of Color

I'm not sure this is a category, but I love this idea.

Here are a few examples by Ng Woon Lam:

Here are a few from Tom Hoffmann

Here is a YouTube video of Ng Woon Lam doing something like what I have in mind by "painting with dabs of color".

Singapore Watercolour Society Artist Ng Woon Lam Demo

The Ten Minute Painting

Whether it's 5 minute or 15 minutes, the so called 10 minute painting can oftentimes be the best paintings. No painting exhibits this feature better than one by Ng Woon Lam:

Watercolor Roses Painting Demo by Ng Woon Lam Here are some others: 5 Minute Watercolor by

Urban Sketching