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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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Manuel Santelices, Carrie Bradshaw in the kitchen with a hat, Fine Art Drawings

Manuel Santelices

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Jazzu, Folies Tendres, Fine Art Drawings

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Philippe  Hiquily, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

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Sans titre, 1961
40 x 28 cm
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Tarek, Gotham, Fine Art Drawings

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Gotham, 2020
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Sam Francis, Yea, Fine Art Drawings

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Our recommendations JP Malot, Yo! Mickey Pow & Arrows!, Fine Art Drawings

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Olivier  Masmonteil, Sans titre #17, Fine Art Drawings

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Camille Hilaire, La Maison de Rabelais, Metz, Fine Art Drawings

Camille Hilaire

La Maison de Rabelais, Metz, 1954
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Corneille, L'Aube tardive, Fine Art Drawings

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L'Aube tardive, 1958
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Viktoria Ganhao, Limitations, Fine Art Drawings

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Pichi & Avo, IMP Gaivs Jvlius Caesar, Fine Art Drawings

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IMP Gaivs Jvlius Caesar, 2017
61 x 64 cm
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Tahuanty Jacanamijoy, Te busco a ti, Fine Art Drawings

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Te busco a ti, 2021
75 x 56 x 0.3 cm
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50 x 40 x 0.1 cm
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Nicolas Rubinstein, Le journal de Nicko, spécial cafards, Fine Art Drawings

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Han Qi, Progression spatiale, Fine Art Drawings

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Feng Kaixuan, L' HEURE DU THÉ, Fine Art Drawings

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Vincent Gicquel, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Vincent Gicquel

Sans titre, 2018
60 x 42 x 0.01 cm
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Our recommendations Guillaume Chansarel (Guiyome), Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

Guillaume Chansarel (Guiyome)

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29.5 x 41.3 x 0.2 cm
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Hanna Bakula, Le Roi, Fine Art Drawings

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Le Roi, 2005
31 x 20 cm
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Mister Pee, Parade nuptiale, Fine Art Drawings

Mister Pee

Parade nuptiale, 2019
40 x 30 cm
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Our recommendations Nicola Simbari, The Girl, Fine Art Drawings

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30 x 23 x 0.1 cm
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42 x 30 cm
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Wojciech Sadley, Ichtios, Fine Art Drawings

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Ichtios, 2000
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100 x 70 x 0.5 cm
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Our recommendations Jean-Raymond Delpech, Tropical Landscape, Fine Art Drawings

Jean-Raymond Delpech

Tropical Landscape, 1960
26.5 x 35.5 x 0.1 cm
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Our recommendations Dwight Baird, Ride'm Cowgirl, Fine Art Drawings

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Ride'm Cowgirl, 1990
50.8 x 76.2 cm
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105 x 125 x 1 cm
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Paul Aïzpiri, Intérieur, Fine Art Drawings

Paul Aïzpiri

Intérieur, 1970
35.5 x 34.5 cm
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Karnawal III, 2020
52 x 70 x 0.1 cm
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Mermaid, 2015
56 x 76 x 1 cm
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Georges Laporte, La Sainte-Victoire, Fine Art Drawings

Georges Laporte

La Sainte-Victoire, 1974
24 x 32 cm
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Thierry  Lagalla, Ding an sich... dong, Fine Art Drawings

Thierry Lagalla

Ding an sich... dong, 2017
34.8 x 26.3 x 1 cm
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Stephen and Lorna Kirin, Jacob's Ladder, Fine Art Drawings

Stephen and Lorna Kirin

Jacob's Ladder, 2018
58 x 47 x 1 cm
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Stela Vasileva, Untitled 4 (Nature Takes Back series), Fine Art Drawings

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

Jérôme Bouscarat

L'Hydre de Lerne, 2019
40 x 30 x 0.5 cm
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Mariusz Szalajdewicz, The Ksiaz Castle, Fine Art Drawings

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Agathe Wagner, Reciprocity 8, Fine Art Drawings

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Reciprocity 8, 2015
65 x 50 cm
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Yvette Alde, L'élégante, Fine Art Drawings

Yvette Alde

L'élégante, 1955
31.5 x 23.5 cm
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€350

Paul Braig, Jeune fille au Bouquet, Fine Art Drawings

Paul Braig

Jeune fille au Bouquet, 1955
31.5 x 23.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

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Roger Worms, Etel, Fine Art Drawings

Roger Worms

Etel, 1955
31.5 x 23.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

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Barbara Dyoniziak-Stuss, A cottage, Fine Art Drawings

Barbara Dyoniziak-Stuss

A cottage, 1994
49 x 59 cm
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Fernand Louis Gottlob, Commérages, Fine Art Drawings

Fernand Louis Gottlob

Commérages, 1901
45.5 x 31 x 0.3 cm
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Leo Guida, Geometrical Bird, Fine Art Drawings

Leo Guida

Geometrical Bird, 1970
15 x 11 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€400

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Juan Uslé

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

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Mohamed Lekleti, Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

Mohamed Lekleti

Untitled, 2015
30 x 30 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€2,000

Nicolas Carréga, La Lampe à Pétrole, Fine Art Drawings

Nicolas Carréga

La Lampe à Pétrole, 1955
31.5 x 23.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€400

Suoyuan Wang, Echo 4, Fine Art Drawings

Suoyuan Wang

Echo 4, 2018
65 x 50 x 1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€700

Our recommendations Eugene Berman, Scenography, Fine Art Drawings

Eugene Berman

Scenography, 1950
11 x 15.5 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

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Our recommendations Hal Mayforth, Windchill Valentine, Fine Art Drawings

Hal Mayforth

Windchill Valentine, 2020
27.9 x 22.9 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

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Our recommendations Isabella Kretzdorn, Venetian impressions 1, Fine Art Drawings

Isabella Kretzdorn

Venetian impressions 1, 2014
48 x 36 cm
Fine Art Drawings

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Léon Zack, Composition abstraite 5, Fine Art Drawings

Léon Zack

Composition abstraite 5, 1972
18 x 12 cm
Fine Art Drawings

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Yann Paolozzi

Sunny King, 2017
51 x 66 x 0.2 cm
Fine Art Drawings

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Georges Hosotte, Village près d'Irancy, Fine Art Drawings

Georges Hosotte

Village près d'Irancy, 1970
48 x 62 cm
Fine Art Drawings

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Paul Perraudin, Au lever, Fine Art Drawings

Paul Perraudin

Au lever, 1954
23.5 x 31.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

€350

Pierre Gaillardot, Partie de Campagne, Fine Art Drawings

Pierre Gaillardot

Partie de Campagne, 1954
23.5 x 31.5 cm
Fine Art Drawings

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