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Monday, August 16, 2010

How to Make Quick Watercolour Sketch PART2

Thank you for a great interest and support. This week, I'll have a chat over a process of watercolor quickies, Sadami style.

Watercolor Quickies = Witty Short Speeches.
Strictly selected
visual information is vital. The lesser, the better. Be brave to cut off irrelevant factors. Just tell others something that moves you with a few words that precisely describe excitements.
We love punchy phrases, but not a dull long thesis.
Got it?

1) Start with high light or darkest area?

Up to you. I often start with medium value and leave hightlight blank. Sometimes, I start with the darkest value before a model is gone!

2) Enhanced Value Make Strong Contrast

Simplified value produces an eye catchy contrast.
Example, 2 value setting : highlight & dark.
Example, 3 values: highlight, medium & dark.Darks decide a subject's mood for viewers.

Very interesting trick is you can use any color as long as value is correct.
(*I saw an old singer very emotionally singing a sad song on a stage and made this qickie.)
Value does all the work, color gets all the credits.

3) Many Colors or a Few?
By mixing, colors can make an unlimited pallet. The point
is how to control colors. I prefer a limited pallet.

I'm not fussy about detailed colors set by industry. As long as bright yellow, orange, red, blue,
raw sienna are on a pallet... plenty for me. Plus, sienna or burnt sienna, green ... are enough for me. That's all. I hardly mix three colors.
4) Harmony or Playful Riot of Colors?

Find "who you are" and explore it.
Similar or one color use makes harmony.
But be brave to try opposite colors. Enjoy riots of colors and have fun in experiments. In a same picture, the balance between harmony and riot is the key for success.

5) Follow Instinct & Heart. Enjoy Happy Accident.

Results of quickies follow you = Chasing up is impossible. If I intentionally aim at a good work, it will not happen. My art works are happy, happy accidents.When you hold a brush, do not think. Remember you have no time, only a few minutes for quickies! Go back to a little child once again.

6) Celebrate Achievements!!
Love yourself properly & Move on!

...I put credit on children less than 6 yrs old's comments. They are DEAD honest and NO mercy of checking work. Gulp!?!

I hope you enjoyed the content of this week. If you can pick up something useful, I'm very, very happy.

Next Monday, I'll more focus on a "loose style" achieved by
"calculated spontaneity."
Even though, I make good work accidentally, some techniques are used intentionally.

Look forward to next! Friends, Happy everyday painting!!



  1. Wonderful hints Sadami. Quickies truly make you think quick and fearless. I think that most hard part to get the expression on person's face as this changes darn quick; next the posture, next the light, next the color. You are right color is relevant; value is crucial.
    Thanks again,
    Please e-mail me at to let me know where I can get your book "Stuck!"

  2. Sadami, todo lo que dices parece facil, pero no lo es. Yo dibujo muchos personajes cuando voy al parque con mis nietos y mientras ellos juegan, yo dibujo y dibujo mucho. Niños y personas mayores, pero soy consciente de que para dominar el tema, hay que estar años y años dibujando todo lo que pasa delante de uno.
    Felicidades por sus dibujos y pintados.
    Un abrazo.

  3. Your Blog and all the wonderful information is an absolute delight! Thank you for so generously sharing this.

  4. Thank you for sharing Sadami. I am learning a lot here :)

  5. Wonderful post, Sadami. I will keep on sketching and trying to loosen up. Love your posts. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

  6. Dear Irina,
    Thank you so much for your encouragement. For each week, such as face expression, posture etc, I'll talk of interesting topics based on feedback's Qs and comments. We can help each other on logs; each of us has strength and unique skills. I'm learning lots from you.

  7. Thank you very much, Joshemari!
    Yes, it's taken years to come to my current level. Bad news=Rome was not build in a day. Good news= Everyday 10 minutes drawing improves anyone's drawing skills!! That's the way. Great comfort is/was none of masters achieved fabulous work from the beginning. My great advantage was...'ve been so fond of drawing since childhood. Let us enjoy drawing and painting like a child!
    Kind regards, Sadami
    Muchas gracias, Joshemari!
    Sí, es tardado años en llegar a mi nivel actual. Malas noticias = Roma no se construyó en un día. Buenas noticias todos los días = 10 minutos de dibujo mejora las habilidades de las personas, el dibujo! Esa es la forma. Gran confort es / fue alcanzado ninguno de los capitanes fabuloso trabajo desde el principio. Mi gran ventaja era ... he sido tan aficionado al dibujo desde la infancia. Vamos a disfrutar de dibujo y la pintura como un niño!
    Un cordial saludo, Sadami

    >>>>Johsemari said...
    Sadami, all you say seems easy, but it is not. I draw many characters when I go to the park with my grandchildren and while they play, drawing and drawing me a lot. Children and older people, but I know that to master the subject, we must be years and years drawing everything that happens in front of you.
    Congratulations on your drawings and painted.
    A hug.

  8. Dear Teri,
    Your blogs,too, are really lovely and full of your joy in drawing and painting!! I'd like to thank YOU for sharing your joy with us!
    Cheers, Sadami

  9. Dear Evelyn,
    Thank you for nice comments. I really enjoy your blogs. Particularly, photos on Japan were fascinating. Enjoy your art work!
    Kind regards, Sadami

  10. Dear Carol,
    Thank you for kind encouragements! Indeed, everyday sketching, say, 3 minutes or 5 minutes drawing changes us. If there's a difficulty in drawing, it implies an attempt too much or ambitious too much. Look forward to following topics. You, too, have a lovely week!
    Cheers, Sadami

  11. Wow, a lot of emotion in the third one!


  12. Dear Dean,
    Indeed and that's what I wanted to show on paper. Thanks for a nice comment!
    Cheers, Sadami

  13. Muy expresivos y originales tus retratos. Desde el drama al niño despreocupado. Un saludo.

  14. Dear Juan,
    Thank you! I love making portraits most. For me, a portrait is an inner conversation between a model and me. Also, later, between viewers and me. I'll enjoy my journey.
    ¡Gracias! Me encanta hacer retratos más. Para mí, un retrato es una conversación interna entre un modelo y yo. También, más tarde, entre los espectadores y para mí. Voy a disfrutar de mi viaje.
    Cheers, Sadami
    >>>>Juan said...
    Very expressive and original your portraits. From the carefree child drama. A greeting.

  15. thank you for visiting my blog. I am on vacation but i promise i will come back here and study yours. It looks interesting and educational.
    i like portraits the best too for the same reason you suggest. it can be a very intimate conversation indeed.

  16. Dear Mimi,
    Thank you! Ah, not educational AT ALL. I just want to share my experience with others. Each one is very different. But if others find some hints for quickies, I'm very, very happy.
    To be honest with you, I wondered with what sort of style I write. Not dull, simple, easy to read and no frills, I chose. *I'm still afraid if my tone sounds too arrogant or not polite enough. Please turn a blind eye, Readers!!
    Kind regards, Sadami

  17. Very wise pieces of advice Sadami. Those of us who have been painting for a while, we know that you need first of all talent and a lot of years of practice and perseverance in order to achieve your present level. You make it look a piece of cake because your figures flow. Thank you for your encouragement. Have a nice weekend!

  18. Dear Anna,
    Thanks millions, nice comment. my view, "lots of years practice& perseverance" come first. Anyone can reach at some level. But, from there, I feel, talent. So, I want to encourage anyone, saying, "Never give up so soon." In other words, without good efforts, a person of talent cannot either fly into a high sky or stay there.
    You, too, have a nice weekend!
    Cheers, Sadami

  19. It's a pleasure to discover your blog.
    I will be back !

  20. Dear Olivia,
    Me, too, your watercolor blog is so lovely! I'm learning a lot from your beautiful wet-in-wet and color use. I love them all.
    Cheers, Sadami

  21. Hola Sadami, había contestado a este post pero no salió , lo repito,
    Muchas gracias por compartir estos excelentes consejos , válidos no solo para la acuarela, los autodidactas como yo necesitamos una base técnica para no perdernos , y resumiste muy bien lo más importante, visto los resultados que consigues , habrá que aplicarlos y sobre todo pintar y pintar como lo dijiste esto es el secreto, la pena es que siempre falta tiempo.
    hasta luego, saludos.

  22. Dear Frances,
    Thank you always! Indeed, you and me are self-taught, easy to get stuck and making up is time consuming. But all experiments--not "mistakes"--are all precious experiences. I feel, paint or color often shows an inner world and personality. So, I encourage others to find their own colors. I really look forward to your next upload.
    Estimado Frances,
    Gracias siempre! De hecho, tú y yo son autodidactas, fácil caer y que constituyen lleva mucho tiempo. Pero todos los experimentos - no "errores" - son todas las experiencias preciosas. Me siento, la pintura o el color a menudo muestra un mundo interior y su personalidad. Por lo tanto, animo a otros a encontrar sus propios colores. Estoy deseando subir a su lado.
    Kind regards, Sadami

    >>>>>>>>Frances said...
    Hello Sadami, had replied to this post but he did not, I repeat,
    Thank you very much for sharing these great tips, valid not only for the watercolor, self-taught as I need a technical basis for going astray, and pretty much sums up the most important thing, seen the results you get, will have to apply and especially paint, paint as you said this is the secret, the penalty is that it always takes time.
    bye, greetings.