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 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.

More key principles of drawing to follow in other demos.