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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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Laurent Anastay-Ponsolle, Rencontre, Fine Art Drawings

Laurent Anastay-Ponsolle

Rencontre, 2018
56 x 76 x 0.1 cm
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Feng Kaixuan, filtrecafe160_S, Fine Art Drawings

Feng Kaixuan

filtrecafe160_S, 2021
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Kirill Postovit, A Little Symphony, Fine Art Drawings

Kirill Postovit

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Roger Lersy, Le déjeuner, Fine Art Drawings

Roger Lersy

Le déjeuner, 1954
23.5 x 31.5 cm
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František Kupka, The Circle, Fine Art Drawings

František Kupka

The Circle, 1948
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Linda Bachammar Clerget, Lovers, Fine Art Drawings

Linda Bachammar Clerget

Lovers, 2021
100 x 70 x 0.5 cm
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Georges Laporte, La Sainte-Victoire, Fine Art Drawings

Georges Laporte

La Sainte-Victoire, 1974
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Noël Granger, L’écureuil du jardin, Fine Art Drawings

Noël Granger

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Our recommendations Lantomo, Lightness 4, Fine Art Drawings

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Lightness 4, 2019
70 x 50 x 0.1 cm
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J/Y Delaunay-Israël, Lishma 2, Fine Art Drawings

J/Y Delaunay-Israël

Lishma 2, 2018
105 x 125 x 1 cm
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Mino Maccari, At the Beach, Fine Art Drawings

Mino Maccari

At the Beach, 1960
32 x 24 x 0.1 cm
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Angel Alonso, Composition jaune, Fine Art Drawings

Angel Alonso

Composition jaune, 1959
50 x 66 x 1 cm
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Daniel Duville, French Landscape, Fine Art Drawings

Daniel Duville

French Landscape, 1950
46 x 60 x 0.1 cm
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Maria José Ortega, Abstract Composition, Fine Art Drawings

Maria José Ortega

Abstract Composition, 1962
16 x 45 x 0.1 cm
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Leticia Barreto, Kintsugi series # 4, Fine Art Drawings

Leticia Barreto

Kintsugi series # 4, 2021
27 x 17.5 x 1 cm
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Catalin Guguianu, Autrement, Fine Art Drawings

Catalin Guguianu

Autrement, 2020
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Sam Francis, Yea, Fine Art Drawings

Sam Francis

Yea, 1989
21 x 27 x 1 cm
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Gottfried Salzmann

Reflet New York, 2013
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Julien Raynaud, Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

Julien Raynaud

Untitled, 2021
40.5 x 29.5 x 1 cm
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$749

Corneille, L'Aube tardive, Fine Art Drawings

Corneille

L'Aube tardive, 1958
50 x 65 cm
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$7,833

Philippe  Hiquily, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Philippe Hiquily

Sans titre, 1961
40 x 28 cm
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$10,367

Georges Rousse, Shodoshima, Fine Art Drawings

Georges Rousse

Shodoshima, 2018
13 x 21 cm
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Our recommendations Pauline Guerrier, Oeuvre sur papier ancien, Fine Art Drawings

Pauline Guerrier

Oeuvre sur papier ancien, 2020
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Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture), Dessin, Fine Art Drawings

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture)

Dessin, 2020
37 x 27 x 0.5 cm
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Tarek, Totemic, Fine Art Drawings

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Totemic, 2020
40.5 x 29.5 cm
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JP Malot

Yo! Mickey Pow & Arrows!, 2018
70 x 50 x 1 cm
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Olivier  Masmonteil, Sans titre #17, Fine Art Drawings

Olivier Masmonteil

Sans titre #17, 2020
44 x 36 x 0.1 cm
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$1,382

Markus Lüpertz, Vision de Poussin, Fine Art Drawings

Markus Lüpertz

Vision de Poussin, 2012
70 x 94 cm
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$8,812

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

Camille Hilaire

La Maison de Rabelais, Metz, 1954
16.5 x 11.6 cm
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Nora Ampova, Sunset at UBA, Fine Art Drawings

Nora Ampova

Sunset at UBA, 2020
20 x 20 cm
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Martin Bradley, Mice and strawberries, Fine Art Drawings

Martin Bradley

Mice and strawberries, 2002
41 x 48 cm
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Jazzu, Folies Tendres, Fine Art Drawings

Jazzu

Folies Tendres, 2020
29.7 x 21 cm
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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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$2,189

Etienne Quesnay, La Fumeuse, Fine Art Drawings

Etienne Quesnay

La Fumeuse, 2020
31 x 23 x 0.5 cm
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Tahuanty Jacanamijoy, Te busco a ti, Fine Art Drawings

Tahuanty Jacanamijoy

Te busco a ti, 2021
75 x 56 x 0.3 cm
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Leszek Rózga, January - a park, Fine Art Drawings

Leszek Rózga

January - a park, 1985
42 x 49 cm
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Nicolas Rubinstein

Mickey is also a rat, 2017
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Wojciech Sadley

Ichtios, 2000
38 x 53 cm
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Mariusz Szalajdewicz, The Ksiaz Castle, Fine Art Drawings

Mariusz Szalajdewicz

The Ksiaz Castle, 2012
29 x 37 cm
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Our recommendations Nicola Simbari, The Girl, Fine Art Drawings

Nicola Simbari

The Girl, 1960
30 x 23 x 0.1 cm
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Our recommendations Dwight Baird, Ride'm Cowgirl, Fine Art Drawings

Dwight Baird

Ride'm Cowgirl, 1990
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Our recommendations Guillaume Chansarel (Guiyome), Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

Guillaume Chansarel (Guiyome)

Untitled, 2016
29.5 x 41.3 x 0.2 cm
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Carmen Selma, L'entrée pour les garçons (la rentrée des garçons), Fine Art Drawings

Carmen Selma

L'entrée pour les garçons (la rentrée des garçons), 2018
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Barbara Dyoniziak-Stuss, A cottage, Fine Art Drawings

Barbara Dyoniziak-Stuss

A cottage, 1994
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Hal Mayforth

Windchill Valentine, 2020
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Hossein Borojeni, Le petit béret, Fine Art Drawings

Hossein Borojeni

Le petit béret, 2015
26 x 18.5 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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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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Marc Prat, Nexus papel III, Fine Art Drawings

Marc Prat

Nexus papel III, 2013
100 x 160 cm
Fine Art Drawings

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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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Juan Uslé

En Benissa (12), 2018
30.5 x 23 cm
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Piotr Kamieniarz, Niewiernosc III, Fine Art Drawings

Piotr Kamieniarz

Niewiernosc III, 2020
62 x 43 x 0.1 cm
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$1,037

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Mau Mau

Mermaid, 2015
56 x 76 x 1 cm
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Stela Vasileva, Untitled 4 (Nature Takes Back series), Fine Art Drawings

Stela Vasileva

Untitled 4 (Nature Takes Back series), 2021
30 x 42 cm
Fine Art Drawings

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Our recommendations Kathleen Ney, Winged Figure VI, mixed media drawing, Fine Art Drawings

Kathleen Ney

Winged Figure VI, mixed media drawing, 2018
55.9 x 38.1 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

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Fernand Louis Gottlob, Commérages, Fine Art Drawings

Fernand Louis Gottlob

Commérages, 1901
45.5 x 31 x 0.3 cm
Fine Art Drawings

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Alejandro Moretti, Molotov, Fine Art Drawings

Alejandro Moretti

Molotov, 2020
29.7 x 21 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$173

Our recommendations Kamsar Ohanyan, Sincerity, Fine Art Drawings

Kamsar Ohanyan

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

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Our recommendations Agostina Lisi, Irrelevant Details 8, Fine Art Drawings

Agostina Lisi

Irrelevant Details 8, 2018
12 x 12 x 0.1 cm
Fine Art Drawings

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Viktoria Ganhao, Shrimp´s journey, Fine Art Drawings

Viktoria Ganhao

Shrimp´s journey, 2021
14.8 x 21 x 0.1 cm
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
Fine Art Drawings

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

Pichi & Avo

IMP Gaivs Jvlius Caesar, 2017
61 x 64 cm
Fine Art Drawings

$1,497

Suoyuan Wang, Echo 4, Fine Art Drawings

Suoyuan Wang

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

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Mister Pee

Parade nuptiale, 2019
40 x 30 cm
Fine Art Drawings

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