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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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Tahuanty Jacanamijoy, Te busco a ti, Fine Art Drawings

Tahuanty Jacanamijoy

Te busco a ti, 2021
29.5 x 22 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,000

Stela Vasileva, Untitled 4 (Nature Takes Back series), Fine Art Drawings

Stela Vasileva

Untitled 4 (Nature Takes Back series), 2021
11.8 x 16.5 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$783

Kirill Postovit, A Soft Floral Dream, Fine Art Drawings

Kirill Postovit

A Soft Floral Dream, 2021
12.6 x 9.4 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$145 $236

Laurent Anastay-Ponsolle, Suffocation, Fine Art Drawings

Laurent Anastay-Ponsolle

Suffocation, 2017
22 x 29.9 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,126

Noël Granger, Recette Terrine de Saint-Jacques, Fine Art Drawings

Noël Granger

Recette Terrine de Saint-Jacques, 2021
11.8 x 15.7 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$130

Agostina Lisi, Irrelevant Details 19, Fine Art Drawings

Agostina Lisi

Irrelevant Details 19, 2018
4.7 x 4.7 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$711

Ghazaleh Shalchi Amirkhiz, Let the light in, Fine Art Drawings

Ghazaleh Shalchi Amirkhiz

Let the light in, 2020
13.2 x 9.3 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,233

Philippe  Hiquily, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Philippe Hiquily

Sans titre, 1961
15.7 x 11 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$10,671

Our recommendations Pauline Guerrier, Oeuvre sur papier ancien, Fine Art Drawings

Pauline Guerrier

Oeuvre sur papier ancien, 2020
19.3 x 14.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$711

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture), Dessin, Fine Art Drawings

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture)

Dessin, 2019
14.6 x 10.6 x 0.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$451

Camille Hilaire, Vignes en Provence, Fine Art Drawings

Camille Hilaire

Vignes en Provence, 1955
18.5 x 23.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,660

Olivier  Masmonteil, Sans titre #17, Fine Art Drawings

Olivier Masmonteil

Sans titre #17, 2020
17.3 x 14.2 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,423

Tarek, Le sage, Fine Art Drawings

Tarek

Le sage, 2020
15.9 x 11.6 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$415

André Bielen, Synopsie 0561, Fine Art Drawings

André Bielen

Synopsie 0561, 2015
28.7 x 22 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$889

Our recommendations Nicolas Rubinstein, Mickey is also a rat, Fine Art Drawings

Nicolas Rubinstein

Mickey is also a rat, 2017
9.4 x 12.6 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,779

Nora Ampova, Sunset at UBA, Fine Art Drawings

Nora Ampova

Sunset at UBA, 2020
7.9 x 7.9 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$154

Vincent Gicquel, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Vincent Gicquel

Sans titre, 2018
23.6 x 16.5 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$2,253

Martin Bradley, Mice and strawberries, Fine Art Drawings

Martin Bradley

Mice and strawberries, 2002
16.1 x 18.9 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$2,075

Leszek Rózga, January - a park, Fine Art Drawings

Leszek Rózga

January - a park, 1985
16.5 x 19.3 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$593

Thierry  Lagalla, Ding an sich... dong, Fine Art Drawings

Thierry Lagalla

Ding an sich... dong, 2017
13.7 x 10.4 x 0.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,423

Georges Rousse, Shodoshima, Fine Art Drawings

Georges Rousse

Shodoshima, 2018
5.1 x 8.3 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$3,201

Stephen and Lorna Kirin, Jacob's Ladder, Fine Art Drawings

Stephen and Lorna Kirin

Jacob's Ladder, 2018
22.8 x 18.5 x 0.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,262

Barbara Dyoniziak-Stuss, A cottage, Fine Art Drawings

Barbara Dyoniziak-Stuss

A cottage, 1994
19.3 x 23.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$534

Wojciech Sadley, Ichtios, Fine Art Drawings

Wojciech Sadley

Ichtios, 2000
15 x 20.9 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,779

Piotr Kamieniarz, Niewiernosc III, Fine Art Drawings

Piotr Kamieniarz

Niewiernosc III, 2020
24.4 x 16.9 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,067

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

JP Malot

Yo! Mickey Pow & Arrows!, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,304

Etienne Quesnay, Thiking face, Fine Art Drawings

Etienne Quesnay

Thiking face, 2021
12.2 x 9.1 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$474

Jazzu, Folies Tendres, Fine Art Drawings

Jazzu

Folies Tendres, 2020
11.7 x 8.3 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$296

Our recommendations Gottfried Salzmann, Reflet New York, Fine Art Drawings

Gottfried Salzmann

Reflet New York, 2013
11.8 x 18.5 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$4,387

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

Carmen Selma

L'entrée pour les garçons, 2018
11.6 x 15.7 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$566

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

Jérôme Bouscarat

L'Hydre de Lerne, 2019
15.7 x 11.8 x 0.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$512

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

Juan Uslé

En Benissa (12), 2018
12 x 9.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$5,336

Hyacinthe Ouattara, Cartographies Humaines, Fine Art Drawings

Hyacinthe Ouattara

Cartographies Humaines, 2018
12.8 x 18.3 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,719

Corneille, L'Aube tardive, Fine Art Drawings

Corneille

L'Aube tardive, 1958
19.7 x 25.6 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$8,063

Markus Lüpertz, Vision de Poussin, Fine Art Drawings

Markus Lüpertz

Vision de Poussin, 2012
27.6 x 37 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$9,071

Mariusz Szalajdewicz, The Ksiaz Castle, Fine Art Drawings

Mariusz Szalajdewicz

The Ksiaz Castle, 2012
11.4 x 14.6 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$237

Yves Willaert, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Yves Willaert

Sans titre, 2018
19.7 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$640

Our recommendations Nicola Simbari, The Girl, Fine Art Drawings

Nicola Simbari

The Girl, 1960
11.8 x 9.1 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$889

Mister Pee, Parade nuptiale, Fine Art Drawings

Mister Pee

Parade nuptiale, 2019
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$474

Hossein Borojeni, Le petit béret, Fine Art Drawings

Hossein Borojeni

Le petit béret, 2015
10.2 x 7.3 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$569

Fernand Louis Gottlob, Commérages, Fine Art Drawings

Fernand Louis Gottlob

Commérages, 1901
17.9 x 12.2 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$829

Nadama, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Nadama

Sans titre, 2018
27.6 x 19.7 x 0.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$925

Marc Prat, Nexus papel III, Fine Art Drawings

Marc Prat

Nexus papel III, 2013
39.4 x 63 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$889

Our recommendations Kamsar Ohanyan, Sincerity, Fine Art Drawings

Kamsar Ohanyan

Sincerity, 2018
19.7 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$474

Priscilla Beccari, Le chien et la jupe jaune, Fine Art Drawings

Priscilla Beccari

Le chien et la jupe jaune, 2015
61 x 66.9 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$3,557

Our recommendations Dwight Baird, Ride'm Cowgirl, Fine Art Drawings

Dwight Baird

Ride'm Cowgirl, 1990
20 x 30 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,950

Our recommendations Mau Mau, Mermaid, Fine Art Drawings

Mau Mau

Mermaid, 2015
22 x 29.9 x 0.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,067

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

Pichi & Avo

IMP Gaivs Jvlius Caesar, 2017
24 x 25.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,541

Our recommendations Guillaume Chansarel (Guiyome), Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

Guillaume Chansarel (Guiyome)

Untitled, 2016
11.6 x 16.3 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$415

Igor Souza, Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

Igor Souza

Untitled, 2015
16.5 x 11.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$771

Anastasia Kurakina, Portrait 2014, Fine Art Drawings

Anastasia Kurakina

Portrait 2014, 2014
16.3 x 23.2 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$711

Viktoria Ganhao, Limitations, Fine Art Drawings

Viktoria Ganhao

Limitations, 2021
5.8 x 8.3 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$95

Alejandro Moretti, Molotov, Fine Art Drawings

Alejandro Moretti

Molotov, 2020
11.7 x 8.3 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$178

Yuri Romagnoli (Hopnn), Roi soleil, Fine Art Drawings

Yuri Romagnoli (Hopnn)

Roi soleil, 2014
15.7 x 11.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$474

Minako Asakura, Jewel Tree - Small, Fine Art Drawings

Minako Asakura

Jewel Tree - Small, 2018
23.9 x 19.7 x 1.6 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,541

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

Isabella Kretzdorn

Venetian impressions 1, 2014
18.9 x 14.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$949

Léon Zack, Composition abstraite 5, Fine Art Drawings

Léon Zack

Composition abstraite 5, 1972
7.1 x 4.7 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,186

Our recommendations Nicole Deponte, Lakeside, Fine Art Drawings

Nicole Deponte

Lakeside, 2019
33 x 25 x 1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$2,500

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

Nadéra Benmansour

Paris, place de Diaghilev, 2016
11.8 x 11.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$311

Hal Mayforth, Windchill Valentine, Fine Art Drawings

Hal Mayforth

Windchill Valentine, 2020
11 x 9 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$150

Sam Francis, Yea, Fine Art Drawings

Sam Francis

Yea, 1989
8.3 x 10.6 x 0.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$26,085

Mino Maccari, Parade, Fine Art Drawings

Mino Maccari

Parade, 1950
19.5 x 27.2 x 0.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$771

Roxane Borujerdi, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Roxane Borujerdi

Sans titre, 2020
10.2 x 7.1 x 0.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,126

Our recommendations Clément Bataille, Every now & then, Fine Art Drawings

Clément Bataille

Every now & then, 2017
11 x 7.5 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$949

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