Learning Track: Showing Light and Form In Watercolor

Showing light and form in any medium is a simple matter showing changes in chroma, value, or temperature. Although the effect of light has many, sometimes unexpected, visual impact – there are certain, tried and true ways of showing light, its direction, and its intensity.

Direct light on an object helps us understand the shape and form of the object. So too, if we have managed to create a believable sense of light, will we reveal the form of an object in our painting.

The lessons in this section reveal the simple formulas for showing light and creating the illusion of three-dimensional form of the objects in your painting.

Light And Form Made Easy

Start your study of light and form with these lessons. In each, we take a simple cube study and manipulate various Characteristics of Color to show light. Through the light we also show form.  As you’ll see, there are easy ‘formulas’ of for use of value, chroma and temperature that reveal light. These four lessons will get you started.

Using Value To Show Form And Light- Watercolor Painting Lesson

Using Value To Show Form And Light- Watercolor Painting Lesson

Showing Form And Light With Value A Study Of Cubes Helps Simplify A Complex Subject Learn how to show light ...
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Showing Light And Form With Monochromatic Color - Watercolor Painting Lesson

Showing Light And Form With Monochromatic Color – Watercolor Painting Lesson

Form And Light With A Single Color The Complex Interaction Of Color And Value In A Simple Exercise In this ...
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Showing Light And Form With Three Colors - Watercolor Painting Lesson

Showing Light And Form With Three Colors – Watercolor Painting Lesson

Form And Light In Three Colors Learn How Color Affects Value and Value Range In this lesson we'll learn to ...
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Four Ways To Show Shade and Shadow

Four Ways To Show Shade and Shadow

Four Ways To Show Shade And Shadow Value, Intensity and Color To Match Light EffectThe relationship between light, shade and ...
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Light And Form On Simple Shapes

By now you’ve painted a whole bunch of angular cubes. Try working with these other simple shapes to get an idea of how light, shade and shadow fall on rounded shapes

Painting Cylinders In Watercolor

Painting Cylinders In Watercolor

Painting Cylinders In Watercolor This Is A Simple Shape That Underlies Many Common Objects This lesson can be watched with ...
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Paint Light and Form On A Simple Cylinder Shape

Paint Light and Form On A Simple Cylinder Shape

 Painting A Vertical Cylinder In Watercolor A Simple Shape That Is Found In Many Subjects Learn how to show light ...
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Painting Spheres Watercolor Painting Lesson

Painting Spheres Watercolor Painting Lesson

Learn To Paint Spheres In Watercolor Spheres Are The Fundamental Shape Of Many Common Subjects In this lesson, you'll learn how ...
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Light And Form On Real Subjects

These lessons are a bit more complicated but use the same principles and formulas to show light and reveal form on real subjects. Start with the simpler object sketches and work your way up to the more complex landscapes and the waving flag.

Watercolor Sketch In Shades Of Gray
Watercolor Sketch In Gray Showing Light and Form With Shades Of Gray This lesson shows you how to work effectively ...
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Watercolor Quick Sketch of Pumpkins
Three Pumpkins Fast and Loose Watercolor Painting Lesson In this lesson we'll paint a group of pumpkins in afternoon light ...
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Watercolor Sketch On Hot Press Paper
Watercolor Sketch On Hot Press Paper Learn To Use This Tricky Surface By Sketching A Simple Subject In this lesson ...
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Using Color To Show Light and Form In Watercolor
Color Basics - Using Color For Realistic Effects Show Light and Form, Space and Distance This lesson can be watched ...
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Paint A Watercolor Landscape With Aerial Perspective
Paint A Watercolor Landscape With Aerial Perspective Creating The Appearance of Distance in Your Landscapes This lesson can be watched ...
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Sunlight Autumn Leaves - Watercolor Painting Lesson
Paint Sunlit Fall Foliage In Watercolor  This watercolor lesson shows you how to get the look of beautiful, bright foliage ...
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Painting Afternoon Light - Watercolor Painting Lesson
Landscape With Afternoon Light Watercolor Painting Lesson Value Composition Is The Key To Showing Light If you only do one lesson ...
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Painting A Waving Flag - Watercolor Painting Lesson
How To Paint A Waving Flag A Simple Approach Makes Easy Work Of A Complex SubjectLet's take complex subject and ...
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Paint Holiday Ornaments Online Watercolor Painting Lesson
Paint Shiny Objects In Watercolor Use Shiny Holiday Ornaments To Learn How To Paint Reflections Christmas ornaments may not be your ...
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