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Watercolour Drawing

Watercolor painting is a technique that uses paint pigments and a water-based solution. It is popular thanks to its blurred, hazy effect which can't be obtained through other binding elements, such as egg or oil. Gouache is also a watercolour medium but it is noticeably more adhesive and opaque. Watercolor usually takes shape thanks to a faint pencil outline, drawn onto the paper before the paint is applied.

One of the other advantages for watercolor artists is that they can work quickly, using their time efficiently. Pigments spread out across the canvas in a rather unusual way, becoming more concentrated around the edges. This gives watercolor prints the transparent quality they're known for, enhancing the paper's luminosity. 

There are several key techniques to watercolor painting, the first of which is called the dry-on-wet technique. For this method, the painting's base is laid out in watercolor and then elaborated on with fewer pigments. There is also the wet-on-wet technique, which involves wetting the paper before the paint is applied in order to achieve greater color saturation. 

Watercolor is also easily erasable! Artists working with this medium can rework their watercolor print's by diluting the paint with water again, this time directly on the paper. These are just a few of the reasons for why watercolor is a preferred method for plein-air painters, who set out to represent landscapes and the sky in situ... 

Artworks using watercolor are typically carried out on paper, also contributing to why watercolor drawing is so popular. The weight of the paper, its resistance to moisture, the paper's color… all of these aspects play a decisive role in creating the painting's final effect. The type of paper typically used for this artistic technique is made from linen cloths, wood or straw.

Certain artists, such as the illustrator Oga Kazuo from Studio Ghibli, work with wet paper spread across varnished wood, while others prefer to use plexiglas. The result is that the water takes longer to evaporate, producing 
a very different color effect.


Although water-based paints date back to cave painting, it wasn't until the Renaissance that watercolor painting became commonplace. Art history tells us that oil painting was the most commonly used technique at the time, yet Northern European masters such as Albrecht Dürer chose watercolor to depict landscapes.  Venetian painters also gravitated towards this medium for their representations of the city's sublime canals. What could be a better way to portray water than with water-based paints?

Landscape painting is the most popular genre among watercolor artists. Claude Lorrain is an example of this from the 17th century, to be followed by William Turner, Samuel Palmer and Richard Bonington in the 19th century. Many artists chose watercolor painting to express the shades of the sky, ocean waves and expansive fields. In the 20th century, artists such as Vassily Kandinsky, Jean Bazaine and Raoul Dufy elaborated different abstract, watercolor techniques.

Discover Artsper's collection of watercolor paintings, offering some of the most renowned artists such as 
Paul JenkinsWalasse TingVittoretti and Philippe Pasqua. If you're curious for more, head over to our unique selection of Chinese ink drawings, charcoal portraits or pastel and chalk portraits...

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Mino Maccari, A Gangster, Fine Art Drawings

Mino Maccari

A Gangster, 1970
15.3 x 13.8 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$668

Sergio Barletta, Portrait of Guelfo Bianchini, Fine Art Drawings

Sergio Barletta

Portrait of Guelfo Bianchini, 1959
29 x 32 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$804

Juan Uslé, En Benissa (12), Fine Art Drawings

Juan Uslé

En Benissa (12), 2018
30.5 x 23 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$5,565

Linda Bachammar Clerget, Devenir Feuille, Fine Art Drawings

Linda Bachammar Clerget

Devenir Feuille, 2018
40 x 60 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$989

Kirill Postovit, The Floral Dream, Fine Art Drawings

Kirill Postovit

The Floral Dream, 2021
31 x 24 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$210

Manuel Santelices, Flower vase pink with portrait of a couple in love, Fine Art Drawings

Manuel Santelices

Flower vase pink with portrait of a couple in love, 2021
45.7 x 45.7 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

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Marielle Degioanni, Double Meaning II, Fine Art Drawings

Marielle Degioanni

Double Meaning II, 2021
26 x 18 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$742

Volkan Aslan, Chapter - 1, Fine Art Drawings

Volkan Aslan

Chapter - 1, 2019
117 x 84 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$4,699

Florim Hasani, Zjarr, Fine Art Drawings

Florim Hasani

Zjarr, 2017
32 x 24 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$408

Valerio Adami, Damas, Fine Art Drawings

Valerio Adami

Damas, 1998
95 x 74 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$17,312

Philippe  Hiquily, Composition, Fine Art Drawings

Philippe Hiquily

Composition, 1961
55 x 44 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$11,129

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture), Dessin, Fine Art Drawings

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture)

Dessin, 2019
37 x 27 x 0.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$470

Olivier  Masmonteil, Sans titre #17, Fine Art Drawings

Olivier Masmonteil

Sans titre #17, 2020
44 x 36 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,484

Nora Ampova, Cafe in Athens, Fine Art Drawings

Nora Ampova

Cafe in Athens, 2020
20 x 20 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$136

André Bielen, Synopsie 0561, Fine Art Drawings

André Bielen

Synopsie 0561, 2015
73 x 56 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$927

Georges Rousse, Shodoshima, Fine Art Drawings

Georges Rousse

Shodoshima, 2018
13 x 21 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$3,339

Pauline Guerrier, Oeuvre sur papier ancien, Fine Art Drawings

Pauline Guerrier

Oeuvre sur papier ancien, 2020
49 x 36 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$742

Chrystèle Saint-Amaux, Saynète 32 - Se Souvenir du temps qui passe, Fine Art Drawings

Chrystèle Saint-Amaux

Saynète 32 - Se Souvenir du temps qui passe, 2016
41 x 61 x 0.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$742

Anastasia Kurakina, Portrait, Fine Art Drawings

Anastasia Kurakina

Portrait, 2018
24 x 27 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$433

Henri Fehr, Portrait de femme, Fine Art Drawings

Henri Fehr

Portrait de femme, 1902
27 x 20 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$431

Nadéra Benmansour, Paris, place de Diaghilev, Fine Art Drawings

Nadéra Benmansour

Paris, place de Diaghilev, 2016
30 x 30 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$324

Vincent Gicquel, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Vincent Gicquel

Sans titre, 2018
60 x 42 x 0.01 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$2,349

EMPHI, Pattern, Fine Art Drawings

EMPHI

Pattern, 2020
35 x 35 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$742

Markus Lüpertz, Vision de Poussin, Fine Art Drawings

Markus Lüpertz

Vision de Poussin, 2012
70 x 94 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$9,460

Jérôme Bouscarat, L'Hydre de Lerne, Fine Art Drawings

Jérôme Bouscarat

L'Hydre de Lerne, 2019
40 x 30 x 0.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$534

Jean-Raymond Delpech, Flower Vase, Fine Art Drawings

Jean-Raymond Delpech

Flower Vase, 1950
23.2 x 19 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$247

Marie Laurencin, Models, Fine Art Drawings

Marie Laurencin

Models, 1920
26 x 22 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$23,495

Martin Bradley, Moon Rabbit, Fine Art Drawings

Martin Bradley

Moon Rabbit, 2000
97 x 78 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$5,935

James McEwen, Bird, Fine Art Drawings

James McEwen

Bird, 1960
27.5 x 19.5 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$717

Christelle Link, L’Arbre Chamanique, Fine Art Drawings

Christelle Link

L’Arbre Chamanique, 2019
29 x 21 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$309

Enrico Paulucci, The Beach, Fine Art Drawings

Enrico Paulucci

The Beach, 1965
31.5 x 43.5 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,237

Eugene Berman, Costume, Fine Art Drawings

Eugene Berman

Costume, 1950
16.5 x 11.8 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$742

Piotr Kamieniarz, Karnawal III, Fine Art Drawings

Piotr Kamieniarz

Karnawal III, 2020
52 x 70 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,360

Rainier Lericolais, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Rainier Lericolais

Sans titre, 2016
15 x 10 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$989

Nino Franchina, The Champions of France, Fine Art Drawings

Nino Franchina

The Champions of France, 1954
31 x 21 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$927

Madeleine Sellier, Portrait of Woman, Fine Art Drawings

Madeleine Sellier

Portrait of Woman, 1950
24.5 x 17 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$495

Enrico Sacchetti, Ritual, Fine Art Drawings

Enrico Sacchetti

Ritual, 1920
72 x 54 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,855

Ermanno Pavarino, Landscape, Fine Art Drawings

Ermanno Pavarino

Landscape, 1969
32.5 x 49.5 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$322

Alkis Matheos, Costume for Marinette, Fine Art Drawings

Alkis Matheos

Costume for Marinette, 1950
27 x 21 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$247

Jacques Ciry, Trees, Fine Art Drawings

Jacques Ciry

Trees, 1970
28 x 38 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$371

Guelfo Bianchini, Women, Fine Art Drawings

Guelfo Bianchini

Women, 1961
50.5 x 36 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$989

Emmanuel Charles Jodelet, Landscape, Fine Art Drawings

Emmanuel Charles Jodelet

Landscape, 1950
30.5 x 25 x 0.4 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$408

Luigi Bompard, Bourgeoisie, Fine Art Drawings

Luigi Bompard

Bourgeoisie, 1905
28.5 x 20 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$927

Mohamed Lekleti, Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

Mohamed Lekleti

Untitled, 2015
30 x 30 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$2,473

Carmen Selma, L'entrée pour les garçons, Fine Art Drawings

Carmen Selma

L'entrée pour les garçons, 2018
29.5 x 40 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$590

Michele Cascarano, Boat, Fine Art Drawings

Michele Cascarano

Boat, 2018
40 x 50 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$742

Antonietta Valente, Sunset, Fine Art Drawings

Antonietta Valente

Sunset, 2020
15.2 x 10.2 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$544

Peter Dischleit, Abstract Composition, Fine Art Drawings

Peter Dischleit

Abstract Composition, 1973
25 x 20 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$433

Angelo Griscelli, The Competition, Fine Art Drawings

Angelo Griscelli

The Competition, 1950
14 x 11.5 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$470

Madeleine Scellier, The Angels, Fine Art Drawings

Madeleine Scellier

The Angels, 1955
24.5 x 16 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$594

Raymond Cazanove, Forest, Fine Art Drawings

Raymond Cazanove

Forest, 1960
32 x 23 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$495

Mario Molinari, Idaspe, Fine Art Drawings

Mario Molinari

Idaspe, 1923
72.5 x 54 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,855

Pierre Segogne, Still Life, Fine Art Drawings

Pierre Segogne

Still Life, 1930
42 x 30 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$495

Giuseppe Uncini, La Dimora delle Cose, Fine Art Drawings

Giuseppe Uncini

La Dimora delle Cose, 1980
108 x 149 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$22,258

Suoyuan Wang, Echo 12, Fine Art Drawings

Suoyuan Wang

Echo 12, 2018
100 x 60 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$2,671 $2,968

Herta Hausmann, View of Rome, Fine Art Drawings

Herta Hausmann

View of Rome, 1950
42 x 53 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$495

Jacques Tillier, Neige sua Paris - Snow on Paris, Fine Art Drawings

Jacques Tillier

Neige sua Paris - Snow on Paris, 1960
23 x 31 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$680

Umberto Maria i Casott, Composition, Fine Art Drawings

Umberto Maria i Casott

Composition, 1980
40 x 30 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$297

Socrate Foscato, Vegetation, Fine Art Drawings

Socrate Foscato

Vegetation, 1950
24 x 31 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$309

Germaine Nordmann, Horses, Fine Art Drawings

Germaine Nordmann

Horses, 1970
15.3 x 24.3 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$470

Anne Walker, Leaf, Fine Art Drawings

Anne Walker

Leaf, 1970
8.5 x 7.5 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$495

Robert Sauterne, Greek Islands, Fine Art Drawings

Robert Sauterne

Greek Islands, 1950
39 x 55 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$618

Arturo Peyrot, Composition, Fine Art Drawings

Arturo Peyrot

Composition, 1950
48.9 x 34 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$433

Aldo Riso, Tower At Tricase - XX century, Fine Art Drawings

Aldo Riso

Tower At Tricase - XX century, 1980
69 x 89 x 0.4 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$371

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