Last painting before I move/studio quick tour

Last painting before I move/studio quick tour

So this is going to be the last video of me
in this place, and this is the last painting I did in this studio. Today I will be sharing with you some updates,
and a new painting video. Hey, this is Eric from Cafe Watercolor. It’s been quite a while, and I hope you are
doing well and had a wonderful summer. As you probably know, I took a pause on YouTube
mainly because I want to focus on updating my course. My current online course is under a major
overhaul. I have recorded a lot of videos for the new
lessons, but what needs to take a lot of time is editing. I was planning to relaunch my course at the
end of August, which is now, but I realized that it is an unrealistic goal. I still have a day job that takes the majority
of my day. My kids are also out of school during summer,
so there’s quite a bit of more family time than usual. The past two years during the summer, my wife
would take all three kids back to Taiwan. Since I was alone here, I was able to produce
things a lot more efficiently. But this year I don’t want to miss out any
more family time with them, so I asked my wife to stay. I have very limited time to work on my course. That’s why I’m not able to finish it right
now. I am thinking about doing a pre-release though;
so if you haven’t purchased my course and want in now, you can do so a lot sooner. But I am planning to do pre-release after
I do some essential updates; like update some lessons, and additional exercise and stuff. Then start rolling out more updates as soon
as it’s ready. Of course all of the updates will be free
for students; so if you want to enroll early, definitely sign up to my mailing list, and
you will get a notification as soon as the pre-release start. I will share more detail after I move and
settle down in my new studio, so stay tuned on that. The past Saturday I did a livestream painting
based on as screenshot I took when I was playing Red Dead Redemption 2. I love that game. The graphic is amazing, and the world they
created is so believable. I took quite a few screenshot hoping to do
a painting of them, so I did one here. Even though the livestream was recorded on
YouTube, there were some audio issues I didn’t know, so I took it down. I re-edit with my own voiceover. So I’m going to share that with you. After that I will like to take you on a very
brief tour of my current studio before I tear everything down and move. So be sure you watch until the end. Okay, so this painting is paint off from a
screenshot I took from a game called Red Dead Redemption 2. I really enjoy this game. I play a little bit more than I wanted to,
but it is a beautiful game. The world that this game has presented is
very immersive and very beautiful, as you can see in this screenshot that I took. So I decided to take several screenshot and
to paint them into watercolor paintings, because some of the sceneries are very suitable for
it. I think it’s a very interesting experience
when you’re playing a video game like this. To me it become like an experience. It’s just not just for fun. It’s really an experience. Video game has become so graphically advanced
that every scene can look very, very realistic. Now while not every single game are looking,
are going for this realism look, some of the game are looking like this is very, very realistic. So it really helps the immersion of the experience. So when I’m playing the game, I actually feel
like I am in the environment. I get to visit the places that I never been
to visit at the time, the era, that I’ve never been to. So anyways, very wonderful experience. I very enjoy this game. So I finished the drawing as you can see. So definitely the focus is the main character
here, the character on the horse, is Arthur Morgan. So after I did a drawing, I start my first
wash. So this is almost like a sunset time in the
game. So I would treat it as a sunset, and there’s
some clouds in the sky. So I leave some highlight out, I leave some
space on paint, so that they can become clouds. So I did some cool colors; blue on the top,
and as the wash comes down I start to paint and add more warm colors. Don’t be afraid to go a little bit more overboard
with warm color, because they fade off tremendously. As you can see, I left a spot of highlight
there in the left, that is actually the sun. So sun is emitting this very warm glow. I continue to wash down, and you can paint
over the character safely because it is all in the dark. It’s all in the shadow. It is back lighting. So you pretty much just see the silhouette
of the figure. I do leave the horse and the roof of the house
white, because they are basically very, very light. Especially the horse. The horse is a white horse. So even though it is in the shadow, it is
still going to be brighter than surrounding, as you can see. As I come down I start to just darken the
things a little bit more, and start to paint in some warm green color. As I said, I never really own a tube of green. I usually use covert turquoise as a green,
and I’ll either mix it with warm color, or cool color, for different tones of green. Now before the first one is drying, I start
to manipulate the wash a little bit. Splatting some waters, adding some water with
my brush, scratch a little bit just to get some texture of the grass while I still can. Now the first wash is dry. I can go back to the top and start to render
some cloud. What I do here is I use a sponge, and rewet
some of the areas, especially the areas that I want to paint cloud. I will start to paint some shape, wet on to
wet. So now I paint a cloud there. So give it some warm color first, and then
I go back into it with some darker, cooler color as the dark of the cloud. The shadow. Now I think most people would agree that cloud
is very beautiful, but I think it’s very important that you don’t spend too much time on painting
cloud and paint too much detail. Especially if the cloud is still just part
of the background. Keep it light and transparent is always important,
especially for background like this. So just paint and leave it as transparent
as possible. Give it a little bit definition and volume,
and your job is done. I rewet some of the surface, and I will just
do some soft cloud in distance. Again, I refrain myself from painting too
much. This is just the background, and I really
need to remind myself, I’m just painting the background. Don’t get caught up into it. And now I rewet the area in the horizon on
the right, and I do kind of a damp mixture and paint a distant mountain into it. I have a drier mixture and use the tip of
my brush to get a little bit of mixture and pigment into the wet area. They will act like distant trees, because
when you have a dry mixture and you use the tip of your brush to drop in the paint, wet
on to wet, you will get some sort of a soft shape. But it’s somewhat controlled. That is perfect for distant trees and elements. Painting some mid-ground trees. So because I’m painting into some wet areas,
so we got some interesting lost and found shape. I try to connect them as much as possible,
while breaking them up a little bit. But mostly you want them to feel connected
and flow together. Now I start to work on the mountains on the
left. Again, you can paint over our main character
here. Just be mindful of the horse. You don’t want to paint into the face of the
horse, and the roof of the house. So other than that, it will be fine. So I try to create a little bit of those bloom
effect from the sun, but it’s not doing what I wanted to do. So I decided to just paint over it again. Whenever you have a wash that is almost dry
but it’s not completely dry yet, and you paint into it with a little bit too much water,
you will start to see cauliflower edges. When that happens, one of the way you can
kind of fix it is to just paint over the area, all over it again and more water. So it would just wash off everything, and
you can kind of start fresh. Now it’s still better to do it right once,
but if that is the situation you’re dealing with, there’s usually a way to kind of compensate
and improvise it. Continue the wash down, and I deepen the color
of the grass. Again, keep the grass more to the warm side
of things. Because again, it is sunset. All the grass has this yellow golden glow
to it. So that is why I like to use cobalt turquoise
to mix my green, because adding some warm color like [inaudible 00:11:19] yellow here,
and some yellow ochre and things like that, you can make some very nice warm green. Instead of just use like a sap green or something
straight out of a tube. Mixing your own green usually make the green
a little bit more interesting to look at. Okay, now I’m painting this big trees in the
middle. Try to get some interesting shape there, but
keep in mind you want to keep it as one shape. You don’t want to dab too much into it. I paint the wall of the house, the distant
barn. So I try to keep my brushstroke to the minimum,
and as simple as possible. For me, it’s very important to keep the painting
clean and simple looking. A nice loose painting is not too caught up
with details, and better yet you are able to suggest detail with minimum amount of brushstroke. So you don’t paint a lot of details, but the
way you paint the shape suggests a lot of detail and complexity. So you paint the minimum amount of details. But the viewers see it, they can connect the
dot and imagine the details within the shape that you paint. I think that’s what makes a good loose painting. So that takes a lot of practice, and observation,
and learning proper visual language. Now I’m painting Arthur here, so again is
just a silhouette. So I try to mix it dark. Make sure to paint him. Again, be mindful of the shape. You want the shape to be nice and clean and
interesting. You might notice that I don’t fill in everything. I’m not trying to paint a shape, draw a shape,
and start to fill everything in. I want things to look a little bit more interesting. So I left a few spot on paint here and there. I mean, don’t be too intentional about it,
but definitely don’t fill everything in. That’s not the purpose of painting. You want to paint with brushstroke, not filling
everything in. And dab your way through. Now I’m painting the horse, and paying quite
a bit of attention to the horse, but because it needs to feel round and solid. So I definitely rewet the surface, and try
to give it a nice formed shadow of its butt. I also want to paint some cast shadow from
his tail, and also the context shadow where he sits on the horse. When two surface touching each other, there
should be a little bit of context shadow. That will make things feel grounded, and things
are in contact. At this stage you should already start to
see quite a bit of the depths already. So from the background, the lightness of the
background and the softness of the background, to things that are more defined. Like the figure, more defined and also much
darker. So play with the value and the softness of
the shape will really help you to push the depths. I’m painting the cast shadow, casting from
the character and the horse. I start to give it some more details in the
back. So there is like a windmills, and couple poles. Those can really help to give more sense of
verticalities, because everything is pretty flat. So something poke out of the horizon, that
will make things look a little bit more interesting. And in some more suggestions of tree and bushes
in the distance. Again, try to keep him as simple as possible. Okay, so now I am darken the horse a little
bit more. So I painted dark, and I use a dry sort of
a damp, clean brush and go over it to lift some paint. So the result will be a nice round horse butt. So this is almost finish. I just need to push the depths a little bit
more. So I do glazing in the foreground; makes things
a little bit darker. I add just a little bit more texture on the
overall grass. Try to keep those shadows, and the texture,
horizontal and flat as possible. Because you want to have the sense of vast
flatness. So try to paint some horizontal shape in situation
like this will always help. So at this point I feel like the character
has like a halo effect around him. So I paint some dark shape, try to paint it
around him and try to make it feel like it is in front of him. So it does no longer feel like the character
around the character. Just as soft light halo around him. Because you don’t paint through anything. We’re almost finished here. Just adding a little bit more detail. Some are bushes and trees in the distance. Again, all these are just visual language. You don’t want to paint too complicated, and
you definitely don’t want to dab your way through. Here is the finished painting. I quite enjoyed this painting, and I hope
you do too. Okay, so this is my studio. So this is where I paint; my easel, my paintbrush,
and my palette. This sticker reminds me to hustle. It’s from my friend [Sean McCabe 00:00:18:09]. Wonderful, wonderful friend and a great entrepreneur. And here are some of my buddies that paint
with me. It’s a mess right now. Okay. It is absolutely a mess right now, because
I am packing to move. So everything is just super chaotic. It’s not usually like this. This is where I film my Coffee Talk, and all
the lessons when I need to speak to the camera, this is where I record it. So the background as you can see is actually
just a piece of cloth. I just put it on the wall. In my new place I actually thinking to actually
do wood panels, so it looks a little bit more authentic. I got a bunch of paintings here, so that’s
pretty much it. I paint here, here’s my livestream. I got two cameras set up; my GoPro shoots
the overall view of the painting., and this is a zoom in camera. So it is off right now, but if I turn it on,
I have a motorized tripod here. So what happened is, if I turn it on and use
this remote, I will be able to manipulate the camera, where it’s focusing on. So this is the zoom in camera. So let’s say I zoom in to the house, I would
just need to move the camera like this. If I want to move the camera from the house
to the figure, I would just use the remote here. So I don’t need to go back to change my tripod
in anything. I can just paint, and with my left hand I
can do that real quick. This is a small monitor that I can see what
you see during the live stream. This camera is taking a image from my palate. So usually you see an image of my palate on
the right. That’s because there’s one dedicated camera
on the palate. It’s pretty important that I show you guys
what I use to mix colors. This is a webcam; so whenever you need to
see my stupid face I will turn this on so that you can see my face when I’m speaking
to the camera, while I’m standing here. So yeah. It’s not a pretty set up, a lot of cables
and things like that. Hopefully I will try to get my studio look
a little bit more organized, a little bit better, in my new house. There’s where I hold my phone, which I’m recording
with my phone right now, but usually I’ll put my phone here. So whenever you guys have message I will be
able to look at the message here while I paint. So the key is not to leave my painting station. I got my iPad here for the reference photo
that I’m looking at. So anyways, that’s my studio. Hopefully you enjoyed this tour of my very
messy studio. I’m not going to go over my material right
now because I have another video of that. I’ll link the video down below. So that’s it, my current studio. After I record this video, I’m going to pack
up everything from move. Thank you so much for watching this one. Hopefully after I move, I will get things
to settle, and start making video again very soon. Until then, I’m Eric from Cafe Watercolor
and I will see you again very soon.

14 thoughts on “Last painting before I move/studio quick tour

  1. I'm no gamer, however, RDR2 did have some very beautiful scenery. I also hope moving is going smoothly and all is well.

  2. I really enjoyed this painting. But wow, I had no idea how complex it is and how much equipment is needed for doing this! Very interesting to see. Congrats on the new home, and I hope the move goes well!

  3. Watercolor technique is so beautiful 😍 you are a great artist ! I love your Channel, big up from France πŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  4. It was so good to see you again. I enjoyed the video. The painting is beautiful. Thank you for taking the time to record and share with us before the move. Good luck with the move. See you soon.

  5. Great to see you again Eric. Thanks for the studio tour – you have a lot of nice stuff. Impresive, simple painting Eric, very well done.

  6. Thanks Eric. Good to see you again. I'm looking forward to more videos from you in your new studio. Good luck with the move, I hope it goes smoothly.

  7. Your studio is goal ! I cant wait To discover the new one . Thabk you for the tour. Your painting is beautiful , i understand very much the inspiration from video games, many times I wanted To paint scènes from breath of the wild.

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