Step-bt-step Process for Painting Gulls in Watercolor
For the background, I painted wet-in-wet using granulating colors and added salt for extra texture effect. I sprayed with water to create some blooms, splattered paint, and tipped the paper to create some drips and runs.
After I peeled the masking fluid off of everything, I reapplied it to a few areas where I want to preserve the highlights. Then I painted the first layers of shadow colors on the gulls and initial colors and values on the wood.
I added some more layers to the wood, and used a damp large flat synthetic brush to lift out some grain patterns in the wood.
I painted in the dark tail and wing feathers and some shadow details on the feathers, and then I lifted a few highlights with a damp brush.
painted a faint hint of color to the legs and beaks, and finally got around to painting the eyes. I left the eyes until near the end because I was afraid of screwing them up.
Ok, I think I might be done. I tweeaked the shadows and lighlights a little more, but I don't want to over paint it so I'm going to have to put it away for a while. In the meanwhile, I need a title for this one -- any ideas? Tell me your suggestions in the comments -- thanks!!