Today, Jean Pederson gives a brief demonstration of how she layers various pigments of transparent watercolors to produce a realistic, three-dimensional image on paper.
Her subject matter—an eye—is tricky under the best of circumstances, but as you’ll see, she starts with a fairly detailed drawing to ensure accuracy as she paints.
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In addition, please notice the dry brush technique that Jean uses at the beginning to “lift” paint off of the paper. Simply by painting a single transparent value over all the features of the eye, and then removing the highlighted areas with a dry brush, she instantly creates depth. Take a look: