Sky is the limit! Explore the 3 must-see videos of drawing a colorful sky full of clouds.
Summer means spending a lot of time outdoors and enjoying all the amazing sights as the sun moves across its path in the sky. So, we thought we rounded up three of our favorite video workshops – all about drawing colorful skies and dramatic clouds. First, the great Paul Jackson He leads you through simple steps to create a calm and stunning sunset from the images found in his watercolor workshop, Sunset Color. Julie Gilbert Pollard He breaks down her process for painting clouds in “How to Paint Skies & Clouds,” focusing on using simple shapes to create exciting effects. Then, in this must-see video of Liz Haywood Sullivan, “Painting Realistic Landscapes in Pastels: Sky” Learn key techniques for working with color, perspective, atmosphere, and more, to capture the beauty of nature. By the end of it all, you’ll be on cloud nine!
1. Mix colors for sunset with watercolor
Make way for a really exciting drawing! Here you’ll follow along with masterful watercolorist Paul Jackson sharing his simple steps to paint calm and stunning subjects from images. Watch the preview above, then join Jackson for the full video workshop where he demonstrates how to paint a calm and stunning sunset, which magically illuminates the flowing water below. Painting the sky in watercolor has never been more beautiful.
2. The main value of clouds paint in oil
Since a cloud can be of absolutely any shape, drawing the sky is the perfect opportunity to practice your oil painting techniques! Check out this video workshop preview with Julie Gilbert Pollard, where she shares a lesson on value and how to mix lights and darks to give your clouds the look. Then watch the full workshop to complete the final painting – filled with that perfect afternoon and thunderstorm drama.
3. Realistic landscape painting in pastels
In this video workshop, Liz Haywood-Sullivan begins with exercises on aerial perspective, value, and color to introduce the elements needed to paint a believable sky. Then you use pastels to paint a colorful, cloudy sky from start to finish, focusing on contrasts, missing and discovered edges, color, value, atmospheric perspective, and general painting techniques, so you can create your own beautiful sky paintings. Follow along to our full video workshop for tips on aerial perspective for creating depth and distance, how to determine value and color, and how to draw in a cloud full of dimension and volume. there he is!
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