"The color yellow is a mystical experience shared by everybody."
- Tom Stoppard
This is how I chose to celebrate yellow in art: To show how this color brings to life everything else around it.
The media used are Watercolor and Ink on Canson Watercolor Paper.
I started with a pencil sketch using my Staedtler mechanical pencil (very precise and eliminates the hassle of sharpening it so often). This scene is a combination of different market pictures that I put together.
I add the first layer of reds, yellows, and oranges.
I mostly use round watercolor brushes and switch between the sizes 2, 4, and 6. It is important that you put in all the light colors first, since the darker shades will be used for the other elements in the pictures later on, and light colors can't be added onto the darker ones once they have been added.
Darker shades are added, including navy blues, darker reds, and even black.
It takes all my patience to carefully add in all the colors, going around the yellow parts and trying not to paint over them. I layer on as much as I think is needed to get the right values. I usually don't keep track though.
The last part is the details. I use a #2 brush to put in details like the Japanese characters on the stalls.
Another detail added here is the texture of the ground, achieved by dabbing a mostly dry round brush onto the paper to create a grainy appearance. I would add a cat later on, on the right side, because why not?
Don't forget to take a break!
I finished this painting in about two to three days, with many coffee breaks in between. ☕
I have since had this framed and it hangs by my Dad's little office space in our house.
I'm thinking of entering it in an exhibit or art sale soon. What do you guys think?
There is another Japanese inspired painting hanging beside it, but I'll tell you guys about it another time. 😁
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Thanks for viewing and I hope to post more on Steemit and make more art for contests. See you guys soon!