All you need to get started with drawing is a pencil, paper and rubber.  In this demo though, I will also show you how to add and use colour to create an apple from watercolours to colouring pencils. You can pick up a decent set of watercolours relatively cheaply. (Opt for 12 shade variety to get you started.)

I always go for a 150gms (if not heavier) weighted paper. This enables me to use paint without worrying too much about “buckling” (a term used to describe what happens to paper if it is overloaded with water).

I have opted for my mini Seawhite of Brighton square sketchbook as my choice of medium but you could go for plain paper. If you are serious about watercolour there are a range of papers to choose from.  My preferred favourite is hot pressed paper because of its smoothness but you could also opt for cold pressed (which has a “tooth”).  My advice would be to practise and see which ones you like to use.

In the demo you will also see that I have used a selection of colouring pencils. Again I love the watersoluble brands (Caran d’ache / Daler Rowney / Mondulez being the brands I like to go for) as they are easily blendable and flexible to use on paper, in and around watercolour techniques.

You will hear me mention the 5 key principles of drawing. In this exercise I start by exploring a few of them which include;

  1. Edges. Delineating and perceiving the edges.  Getting the basic outlines down on paper by forcing yourself to look at the subject. Now is a good time to start training your eye to be looking at the object more than your paper.
  2. Lights and shadows / tonality. I use colour to accentuate shape and context to this apple to include exploring the shapes and angularity of the shape. I tend to stick to three layers of watercolour.

More key principles of drawing to follow in other demos. I’d love to encourage you to join the Emily’s Notebook Sketchbook community so that you receive free demos, notifications of events and special offers.  You can sign up here! You’ll automatically receive my download guide on starting and keeping a sketchbook habit!