TIPS, TECHNIQUES & TUTORIALS
Learn the key techniques for achieving realism when painting grayscale. In this post you will find:
Below you will find the wonderful grayscale painting guide for the hillside picture in Beautiful Nature that Julie Flores has so kindly shared with me to share with all of you. Be sure to download the practice sheet I created to go along with this post so that you can test out the techniques Julie teaches in her guide. You will also find four tutorial videos showing Julie's steps for painting each of the following pictures from Beautiful Nature: the daisy, the lotus flower, the peony buds and the mountain and cloud reflection picture. Some of you may have seen these video tutorials already but I thought it would be really helpful to have everything in one place!
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The 4 Key Techniques
Understanding the following 4 techniques is key to realism when painting: Flat Wash Technique, Outlines, Shadows and Highlights. Below, Julie explains each technique along with what specific brush to use with that technique. Understanding these techniques will set you up for success when you begin painting!
Steps for Painting the Hillside Picture
Put your techniques into action by following the steps below for painting the hillside picture from Beautiful Nature.
Download the Complete Grayscale Painting Guide
Click the "Download File" link below to download the complete grayscale painting guide shown above.
Download the Grayscale Painting Practice Page
The practice page below contains an image for the hillside in Julie's guide as well as for two of the grayscale painting videos below. That way you can test out the techniques for multiple images and get extra practice before painting the pages in your book. Just click the "Download File" link to download the practice sheet.
Grayscale Painting Video Tutorials
Here are four wonderful painting tutorials from Julie Flores for four different pages out of Beautiful Nature. All four utilize the techniques outlined in Julie's painting guide above so have the guide handy when following these tutorials.
The Daisy from Beautiful Nature
The Lotus Flower from Beautiful Nature
The Peony Buds from Beautiful Nature
The Mountain & Sky Reflection from Beautiful Nature
I hope you have found this post helpful. There are more tutorials (both written and video) on the way so make sure to check back!