Learn to create strong compositions by understanding thumbnailing, contrast and color theory. Students will learn how to gather photo reference, generate thumbnails, study the color wheel, create line-art and finally paint their illustration.
Recommended brushes: Rounds (12, 10, 8), Flat Wash brush (one and a half inches), Neptune Brush (16). Neptune brushes can be a little more pricey, but they are excellent for washes and smooth gradients. It is not necessary to buy very expensive brushes, a few round brushes that spring back to a sharp point and can hold water are fine (plenty to choose from at Michaels and Hobby Lobby).
Palette: Buy a palette that can hold watered-down paint or ink. Plenty of inexpensive palettes available
Color Wheel: Very useful and important for thinking about color theory. Also inexpensive and can be purchased at Michaels or Hobby Lobby.
Sketchbook: This is optional but all artists should own a sketchbook for generating thumbnails and ideas.
Old toothbrush, palette knife and glass cleaner: These materials are mostly used for cleaning your palette.
Drawing Board: You will need a drawing board large enough to tape down your watercolor paper in order to keep it flat. An 18" x 24" board is a good size.
Blue Painter's Tape: This can be bought at Home Depot. It is used to keep your painting flat on the board. One roll will last a long time.
Acrylic Flow Release: (Optional) This is great if paint becomes too thick on the surface of your painting.
Cold Press Watercolor Paper: Size 12" x 16" or 9" x 12" either will work. I recommend Arches Watercolor Block Cold Press, available on Amazon.com
Golden Fluid Acrylics: These are high quality paints and are perfect for use on almost any type of surface. 1 fluid oz. bottles are perfectly acceptable. These can be found on Amazon.com, Michaels or Blick
Recommended colors are:
Permanent Violet Dark, Primary Magenta, Pyrrole Red, Vat Orange, Primary Yellow, Green Gold, Permanent Green Light, Turquois (Phthalo), Primary Cyan, Dioxazine Purple and Paynes Gray.
Jar or container for holding water