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Colours used for this project. Raw Sienna Winsor Blue + Cadmium Red Ultramarine blue + Perm. Rose Winsor Blue + Cadmium Red (dark) Burnt Sienna Cadmium red Cadmium Red (darker) Winsor Blue Winsor Blue + Cadmium Red Winsor Blue and Raw Sienna


Handy Tips 1) If you have trouble drawing the ornate pieces of the wall, draw one shape then trace it and use the tracing to replicate the remaining shapes. 2) To paint the spokes on the bike, cut a short length of watercolour paper and dip into the was (I), then press onto the painting. You don’t need to do all the spokes. Ensure you wipe the sides of the paper if it gets too wet.


Hanoi biker To help guide you through this tuition please keep making reference to the finished picture. 1) Make up washes A, B + C then wet the entire surface of the paper and introduce A to most of the wall, B through most of the ground and lower parts of the wall ( a little through the ornate pat of the wall) then add C partly through the ground and a couple of random marks through the wall. Take care not to allow dark colour into the shirt of the bike rider. Allow to dry. 2) Use was A again to roughly add deeper colour over the wall ( including areas between the bikers legs and bike), then to the left side of the ornamental parts of the wall ( paint in wash A to the left and immediately soften to the right). Allow to dry. 3) Use washes B and C to add shading to the areas between the ornamental parts of the wall ( wet individual areas one at a time, add wash B to the top then immediately add wash C ). Use the same washes t add shaded details elsewhere on the ornaments and other parts of the wall. Then use wash C to add further shadows beneath the wheels of the biker using a dry brush and stroke or two.


Hanoi biker 4) Now place masking tape firmly but with care along the base of the wall. Use scraps of paper to protect the top of the painting and the biker then wet the lower part of the wall and follow this with spattering of wash B and C. If spatters become too dark then gently lift with a damp kitchen towel, if the surface becomes too dry then either spatter or drop in water to allow more diffusion. Continue with this until a good deal of the lower part of the wall has been coloured and textured. Work on the small areas between the bike and bikers legs by dabbing n the water when the appropriate washes. When dry Carefully remove the masking tape. 5) Add a few dry brush strokes of C over areas of the wall ( it is best to use a small round brush for this) 6) Make was D and add to the biker’s trousers. 7) Make a little wash E and add to the face and neck but while still wet drop in some of the wash D directly under the hat and diffuse into the face, leaving some of the first wash showing towards the chin. Add more of the wash E to the arms and ankles feet


Hanoi biker 8) Add wash E to the bike structure, adding D to each small wash as you go. This will indicate rust 9) Add wash F to the shirt, the bottle and the bag at the front of the bike. When dry add was G to the darker areas of the shirt and bottle. When these have dried, use wash D to add the dark shadows to the shirt and bottle. When these have dried, use wash D to add the dark shadows to the shirt to give definition to the bottle. 10) Add a little wash A and H to the bands of colour in the bag at the front of the bike, when dry paint the diagonal pattern over the bag and when this has dried, carefully use the tip of a round brush to gently lift a few selected “diamond” shapes, this will indicate light catching this part of the bag. 11) Use washes B and C to paint the small washes that make up the “pattern” of the bag on the back of the bike. This bag is scrunched up, so the pattern is made to lean from one side to the other, as well as varying in tone a little. When this has dried use a little wash C to paint shaded areas.


Hanoi biker 12) Use wash I for the tyres and the baggage behind the bag on the back of the bike, as well as the sandals of the biker ( a little of this wash was taken to one side and tinted with a little more blue and weakened with water for the bike “plate� in the centre) see tips on how to paint spokes. Darken the wash slightly to paint the outer edges of the tyres. 13) Use a little strengthened was C to shade the hat of the biker; wet the hat then add the was mostly to the left and a little to the right. 14) Use wash H for the mudguards. 15) Use wash J to paint the baggage in the carrier on the back of the bike, while still wet drop in a little wash H and then E.


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