How To Paint Angular Rocks

Rocks are a common element in both landscape and seascape paintings. They can seem smooth and rounded or sharp-edged and jagged.  In this lesson you’ll learn how to paint those sharp-edged rocks using easy techniques  The intro video, right, tells you more.

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Painting Angular, Hard-edged Rocks in Watercolor

We generally think of rocks as hard-edged and jagged and many are. They are also common elements in both landscape and seascape paintings.

Getting The Edges

Hard-edged rocks are, in many ways, similar to cubes. Like cubes their faces are more likely to look flatter than rounded. And, as mentioned, their edges are very distinct, with both hard and rough textures along the length of the edge.  The edges make it easy to depict their form by showing the clear change between faces that are lit and those in shadow.

As always, a few basic watercolor techniques, used in the right way and in the right places are all you need to create, great looking, hard-edged rocks.

What You’ll Need:

  • Brushes – Medium and Small Rounds
  • Palette Colors – Cobalt Blue, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna
  • Papser – A small sheet of watercolor paper, about 6″ x 7″ – As always, Arches 140lb Cold Press is recommended


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