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Paint street scenes full of life and colour

Jake Winkle demonstrates how to capture the hustle and bustle of busy street scenes in watercolour using two different approaches
The New Inn, Lechlade, watercolour on Arches 140lb Rough, 121⁄2X18in (32X46cm). The layered approach and perspective lines help to lead the viewer’s eye to the archway

The atmosphere, colour and movement of street scenes cry out for dynamic brushwork, coupled with a simplified approach to capture the fleeting moment. Whether en plein air or in the studio I usually add my figures where they will enhance the composition, not where they happen to be in a photograph! Figures add depth, scale and movement and a typical street scene will be an equal balance between buildings and people.


Linear perspective is depth created where prominent parallel lines converge as they disappear into the distance – lines such as top and bottom edges of windows, roofs, eaves, pavements etc.

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Welcome to the July issue of The Artist full of practical features by our top team of artist-contributors to inspire your own drawing and painting. Learn how David Taylor captures light effects in watercolour, perfect your brushwork with Hazel Soan, paint a summer rose in five easy stages, and street scenes full of life and colour. Enjoy demonstrations on how to create depth in your landscapes, use pastels to express texture, paint a backlit treescape in acrylics, and how to develop compositions from original reference material. Robert Dutton and Judi Whitton offer advice on how to avoid overworking and make the right choices to ensure successful compositions, while Martin Kinnear explains how to manage colour for visual design purposes. There's also a wealth of information about competitions to enter, exhibitions to see, special offers, art world news, courses and holidays and advice on promoting your own work. Whatever your preferred subject matter or medium, there's something for everyone and plenty of ideas to try in your own work this month.