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Painting project

Part 1 Bring your paintings to life as you fill them with figures, by Stephen Coates
Your reference photograph for this month’s project: a Venetian street scene. Photograph courtesy of Andrew Locking.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

How to paint figures in a street scene

Observation is key

How to plan a composition

In last month’s issue, I shared with you some of the methods you could employ to make the representation of human figures a much easier task in your drawings and paintings. In the first part of this painting project, I want to take the next step by selecting a street scene and populating it effectively with people. As with most paintings, time spent planning and sketching is invaluable. It all helps the artist flow into a final piece with more confidence and accuracy. Next month I will take you through the painting of the scene.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the June issue of Leisure Painter, the best-selling practical art magazine in the UK, aimed at beginners and amateur painters. Watercolour highlights include how to paint: a colourful toucan, a complex interior scene, simple flowers and figures. Tim Fisher also begins a six-part series discussing the merits and uses of his favourite colours with a focus on cobalt teal in watercolour this month. Follow nine simple exercises and prompts to develop your painting skills with acrylics and follow a step-by-step demonstration to paint an avocet using heavy-body acrylics. Discover a new style as you paint an acrylic inspired by the travel posters of the 1930s and discover the power of coloured pencils and pen and ink . Plus lots more.