Does anyone know how can I get the David Choe effect with watercolors?
How can I get the David Choe effect with watercolors?
I just really admire this artist and want to get the same effect he does with watercolor. I don’t want to plagarize his work I just want to incorporate his style into my work.
I am going to use the bat painting as my example.
The bat was probably lightly sketched in pencil to give an outline to follow. All the paper around the bat was left dry. The bat itself was then brushed with water. All colors used in the bat were pre-mixed and ready to go.
While the bat is still wet, the first layer of paint was laid down. That is how the hard edges of the wings are made – the paint will not bleed into the dry area (unless there is water puddling and the addition of the paint breaks the meniscus and it runs outside the wet area).
You need to work relatively quickly for these effects because the paper will dry fast.
David Choe first painted a light glaze of highly dilute red (possibly Alizarin Crimson) which looks pink when that dilute.
The red spots didn’t really run. He probably added a little more water to them. He then painted the black fingers of the wings. He would have painted the black areas with plain water first, then applied the black paint so that it would run.
Finally, the speckled areas where it looks like the paint was pushed out of the way was done with fine ground, non iodized sea salt. The salt is sprinkled on the painting left on until it is fully and completely dry. Then you brush the salt away and those are the effects you get.
A really good book for watercolors and has a multitude of special effects instructions is
‘Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Watercolor’ Edited by Marian Appellof. Each chapter is done by a different Watercolor professional. It runs the gamut from Materials and Preparation, Perspective, Special Effects, and Mixing. I have quite a few watercolor instructional books. This is the one I turn to for all my questions. It has everything.
Is there a DVD release for the “Thumbs Up” series from David Choe?
Is there a DVD release for the “Thumbs Up” series from David Choe. It’s awesome and I must have it!!! I know I can watch instantly on VBS.TV and Netflix but I’d really like to own the DVD if there is one. I’ve searched everywhere and no luck.
Yes, David Choe is available on Amazon, check below for details.
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