My beginner class from the watercolor course we are “fighting” with landscapes at the beginning of the season 2011 for this I have developed a simple technique to paint trees. This technique simplifies the painting process and still creates a realistic looking tree. Here you can see the pictures I show in the course on my LCD TV front and the corresponding explanations. I paint the same picture in the course over and over again step by step.
First, roughly outline the general tree shape. Put the tree trunk and the strongest branches clearly and clearly. Depending on the nature of the tree, try to set the main shapes and sizes and leave some areas free to shine through. Remember, trees are made up of thousands of separate leaves, and while we will not try to paint every single leaf, we need to create the illusion of a huge pile of leaves, as well as adequate shadows to make the image look three-dimensional.
Mix a greater amount of green as the base tone with green juice, cobalt yellow and a little bit of the shadow color that we make from Madder Brown and Antwerp Blue, which diminishes the luminosity of the color and fits our needs. If you mix too little color there may be problems if you want to mix the same tone, so always prepare something more.
Next, add some juice green, Antwerp blue, and the shadow color to the base color and suggest heaps of leaves. This is similar to our Paint Negative Room course, where you paint around areas to get lighter spots. Use round brush size 6 and dab the color from top to bottom as shown here.
This is how the picture should look after the first layer. Do not worry if there are still slight differences in tone and color, in the later layers you can still adjust.