Landscape Painting in 30mins

The 30-minute paintings are all worked at postcard size ideal for a 6 x 4in (A6) watercolour pad, and tracings are included for those with limited drawing skills. Each small painting is a work of art in its own right, and can be stored in your portfolio for reference later, or framed and hung on the wall to impress your friends.

The book is broken down into chapters that focus, respectively, on essential watercolour techniques including colour mixing and glazing; laying washes and creating skies and realistic-looking clouds; the rudiments of composition; trees and flowers in a landscape; water- still and moving, from stream to open sea; and the living landscape – human and animal figures, structures and buildings in the landscape.

The final section of the book contains three complete paintings that demonstrate how to combine all the techniques and elements of painting landscapes, as gleaned from the preceding chapters. These paintings, too, are accompanied by actual-size tracings.

There are 33 tracings in all to help you compose your own landscape paintings.

Praise for the Ready to Paint in 30 Minutes series: 

”This is a genuinely exciting evolution of a popular series. You’ll be guided through some simple exercises and on to complete paintings, gaining valuable insights that will develop and improve your skills.” – Henry Malt, Artbookreview.net

Available from Amazon

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Zebra Mare and Foal limited edition print

This Zebra Mare / Foal Limited Edition print is taken from the original which was created using Graphite and Pastel.

The surface used in the original is 140lb watercolour paper.

Reproduced in the form of a high quality Giclée print

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Pastel Painting

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Perspective Course

A knowledge of perspective is necessary to the convincing depiction of any realistic object and space. Perspective is one of the most common difficulties that artists have with drawing and painting.  The course has been designed to give anyone a clear understanding of this challenging subject through the use of highly interactive instructional videos.

Available on one DVD

By following the sequential instruction on this DVD you will learn Perspective the ‘right way’ which has been proven by the success of Dave’s many art students over the years.  Dave is confident it will help you to:

  • portray an illusion of three dimensional space in your work
  • train your eye to see as an artist through proven techniques
  • understand how artists actually see things
  • understand scale, proportion, and perspective of your drawings and paintings
  • understand the correct placement of objects on your paper
  • understand angles and the values they create
  • gain the confidence to draw objects and scenes with some truth
  • be able to draw buildings, people, landscapes, and objects accurately.

What you will learn in this Course:
(12 lessons)

  • Learn about the two types of perspective
  • Understand the appearance of things
  • Learn about the mental image of objects that your brain retains
  • Learn about your Field of Vision
  • Understand the difference between your Line of Sight and Point of Sight
  • Learn about your Eye Level and its relationship to the Horizon
  • Understand about the Picture Plane
  • and the Ground Plane
  • Understand about Vanishing Points
  • About Ellipses and how to draw them accurately
  • Understand Foreshortening
  • Understand One point perspective
  • Understand Two point perspective
  • Understand Multi point perspective
  • Learn how to use Dave’s Perspective ToolPlus more video instruction you can watch over and over
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Drawing Course

From the premise that drawing underpins all works of art, this course skilfully teaches the basic drawing skills that should be mastered i.e. Line, Form, Value, Texture, Perspective and Composition.

Even The Old Masters used their expert drawing skills to work out their compositions, so it should come as no surprise that one needs to become proficient at drawing, if one is to master the use of any other medium.

This drawing course is as essential for the novice or intermediate artist as it is for the beginner; although many experienced artists have also benefited from this course as a useful revision exercise.

The course is designed in a sequential style, which is easy to follow, and imparts many tips that will help you to produce well-executed drawings of many popular pieces of subject matter.  There are plenty of narrated video clips, which encourage you to explore the tools, materials, and drawing techniques required to improve you drawing skills.  Each new drawing technique is demonstrated in a video clip and camera close up views allow you to see each demonstration more clearly.

Dave also explains how you can “See like an artist” as he helps you to develop your observational skills and leads you to understand, module by module; Shape, Form, Value Texture and Perspective in a manner that removes what seems, to many budding artists, the mysteries surrounding such drawing elements.

  • Get the correct equipment you need so you don’t waste your money buying unnecessary supplies
  • Train your eye to see as an artist with proven techniques.
  • Understand positive and negative shapes and how to draw an objects shape guidelines.
  • Use proven pencil techniques that will transform your drawings.
  • Learn how to get the scale, proportion, and perspective of your drawings correct.
  • Learn how to get the correct placement on your paper so your drawing doesn’t run off the edge of the paper.
  • Know the techniques to shade your drawings realistically.
  • Know how to practice these skills so they become second nature.
  • Gain the ability to be able to draw buildings, people, landscapes, and objects accurately using your new knowledge on proportion and perspective.
  • See any object and be confident to be able to draw it with some truth
 

Available in 3 unique interactive modules:

What you will learn in module 1

  • All about the materials required
  • About the graphite pencil and the different grades of graphite
  • The correct ways to hold your pencil
  • What positions are best for drawing
  • How to see and observe as an artist
  • All about your first marks
  • The types of lines you use
  • The four most important principles
  • Getting the right shapes
  • All about proportion
  • An introduction to Negative shapes
  • Important information about Health and SafetyPlus video instruction you can watch over and over

What you will learn in module 2

  • Important information about Lights and Darks
  • All about Shade, Value and Tone
  • About Reflected light
  • About the term ‘Chiaroscuro’ and how it helps to create a feeling of 3D in your drawings
  • How to create the different types of shade
  • Creating and using your own ‘Tone Tool’
  • Different ways of applying graphite
  • Different ways of blending graphite
  • The technique of ‘Lifting Out’
  • Drawing complex forms like Drapery
  • How to set up a ‘Still Life’
  • Discover the shading techniques and tools that produce a smooth form
  • The secret of Light and Dark illusionsPlus more video instruction you can watch over and over

What you will learn in module 3

  • Learn about the two areas of Perspective
  • Understand the appearance of things
  • Learn about the mental image of objects that your brain retains
  • Learn about your Field of Vision
  • Understand the difference between your Line of Sight and Point of Sight
  • Learn about your Eye Level and its relationship to the Horizon
  • Understand about the Picture Plane
  • and the Ground Plane
  • Understand about Vanishing Points
  • About Ellipses and how to draw them accurately
  • Understand Foreshortening
  • Understand One point perspective
  • Understand Two point perspective
  • Understand Multi point perspective
  • A sure way to get the angles right using Dave’s Perspective Tool
  • Create real distance in a picturePlus more video instruction you can watch over and over
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Daisy

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A Quiet Shambles

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Kitten

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On His Own

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Petunias

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