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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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Noël Granger, Cocotte III, Fine Art Drawings

Noël Granger

Cocotte III, 2020
11 x 8.7 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$112

Victorino Mercado, We are closed, Fine Art Drawings

Victorino Mercado

We are closed, 2020
14.2 x 10.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$310

Louis-Charles Willaume, Black Sea Horizon, Fine Art Drawings

Louis-Charles Willaume

Black Sea Horizon, 1938
5.3 x 6.9 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$298

Louisa Minkin, Shields, Fine Art Drawings

Louisa Minkin

Shields, 2013
11.8 x 16.5 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,489

Madeleine Scellier, The Angels, Fine Art Drawings

Madeleine Scellier

The Angels, 1955
9.6 x 6.3 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$596

Marielle Degioanni, Multiples printemps, Fine Art Drawings

Marielle Degioanni

Multiples printemps, 2016
10.2 x 7.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$745

Duccio Maria Gambi, #1, Fine Art Drawings

Duccio Maria Gambi

#1, 2018
11.7 x 8.3 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$621

Philippe  Hiquily, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Philippe Hiquily

Sans titre, 1961
15.7 x 11 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$11,170

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

$1,489

Nora Ampova, Cafe in Athens, Fine Art Drawings

Nora Ampova

Cafe in Athens, 2020
7.9 x 7.9 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$123 $137

Lantomo, Snow 2 - Darkness Series, Fine Art Drawings

Lantomo

Snow 2 - Darkness Series, 2019
27.6 x 19.7 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

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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

$325

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
16.1 x 24 x 0.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$745

Vincent Gicquel, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Vincent Gicquel

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

$2,358

Rainier Lericolais, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Rainier Lericolais

Sans titre, 2016
5.9 x 3.9 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$993

André Cervera, Journal d'un confiné 40, Fine Art Drawings

André Cervera

Journal d'un confiné 40, 2020
11.7 x 8.3 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$348

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

$536

Mohamed Lekleti, Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

Mohamed Lekleti

Untitled, 2015
11.8 x 11.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$2,482

André Bielen, Synopsie_0355, Fine Art Drawings

André Bielen

Synopsie_0355, 2015
28.7 x 22 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$931

Henri Fehr, Portrait de femme, Fine Art Drawings

Henri Fehr

Portrait de femme, 1902
10.6 x 7.9 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$429

Markus Lüpertz, Vision de Poussin, Fine Art Drawings

Markus Lüpertz

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

$9,495

Christelle Link, L’Arbre Chamanique, Fine Art Drawings

Christelle Link

L’Arbre Chamanique, 2019
11.4 x 8.3 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$310

Etienne Quesnay, La Fumeuse, Fine Art Drawings

Etienne Quesnay

La Fumeuse, 2020
12.2 x 9.1 x 0.2 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$496

Martin Bradley, Moon Rabbit, Fine Art Drawings

Martin Bradley

Moon Rabbit, 2000
38.2 x 30.7 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$5,957

Piotr Kamieniarz, Hipnotyzer, Fine Art Drawings

Piotr Kamieniarz

Hipnotyzer, 2020
19.7 x 13.8 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$869

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

$592

Agathe Wagner, Untitled, Fine Art Drawings

Agathe Wagner

Untitled, 2014
14.2 x 18.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$745

Hyacinthe Ouattara, Cartographies Humaines, Fine Art Drawings

Hyacinthe Ouattara

Cartographies Humaines, 2018
12.8 x 18.3 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,800

Rossella Mercedes, Live your passion, Fine Art Drawings

Rossella Mercedes

Live your passion, 2017
13 x 9.4 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$123

Frédéric Garnier, No Made - IPN, Fine Art Drawings

Frédéric Garnier

No Made - IPN, 2019
18.9 x 14.2 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,117

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

$3,723

Jazzu, Etonne, Fine Art Drawings

Jazzu

Etonne, 2020
11.7 x 8.3 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$310

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

$993

Corneille, L'Aube tardive, Fine Art Drawings

Corneille

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

$8,440

Alejandro Moretti, Mojito, Fine Art Drawings

Alejandro Moretti

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

$186

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

$745

Pinkhas, Jongleur, Fine Art Drawings

Pinkhas

Jongleur, 2019
9.4 x 6.3 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$199

Noty Aroz, Mythologeny Production présente Screamses 2, Fine Art Drawings

Noty Aroz

Mythologeny Production présente Screamses 2, 2020
23.6 x 15.7 x 0.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$807

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture), Dessin, Fine Art Drawings

Raphaël Federici (ParisSketchCulture)

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

$472

Sam Francis, Yea, Fine Art Drawings

Sam Francis

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

$27,305

Igor Souza, No title, Fine Art Drawings

Igor Souza

No title, 2015
8.3 x 5.9 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$310

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

$4,592

Manuel Santelices, Alberto Pinto, Fine Art Drawings

Manuel Santelices

Alberto Pinto, 2020
12 x 9 x 0.05 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$800

Tarek Butayhi, Untitled 134, Fine Art Drawings

Tarek Butayhi

Untitled 134, 2015
8.3 x 11.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$700

Olivier Debré, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Olivier Debré

Sans titre, 1991
15.7 x 7.9 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$4,344

Léon Zack, Composition abstraite 5, Fine Art Drawings

Léon Zack

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

$1,241

Dwight Baird, Moonlight Vigil, Fine Art Drawings

Dwight Baird

Moonlight Vigil, 1990
10 x 15 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$550

Eugene Berman, Costume, Fine Art Drawings

Eugene Berman

Costume, 1950
6.5 x 4.6 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$745

Romano Zanotti, Développement à partir du carré et de ses actions, Fine Art Drawings

Romano Zanotti

Développement à partir du carré et de ses actions, 1978
25.6 x 19.7 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,489

Paul Natter, Brume sur le lac Kir, Fine Art Drawings

Paul Natter

Brume sur le lac Kir, 2020
12.2 x 15.7 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$186

Antonio Vangelli, Horses and Jockeys, Fine Art Drawings

Antonio Vangelli

Horses and Jockeys, 1948
13.6 x 19.5 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$745

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

Pichi & Avo

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

$1,613

Hal Mayforth, Windchill Valentine, Fine Art Drawings

Hal Mayforth

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

$150

Georges Rousse, Shodoshima, Fine Art Drawings

Georges Rousse

Shodoshima, 2018
5.1 x 8.3 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$3,351

Fiona Weedon, Autumn Walk 2, Fine Art Drawings

Fiona Weedon

Autumn Walk 2, 2013
8.3 x 11.8 x 1.6 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$211

Leszek Rózga, January - a park, Fine Art Drawings

Leszek Rózga

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

$621

Anne de Groot (Degann), Sans Titre (série "Story of I"), Fine Art Drawings

Anne de Groot (Degann)

Sans Titre (série "Story of I"), 2016
17.7 x 11.8 x 0.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,365

Alessandra Carloni, Gemelli, Fine Art Drawings

Alessandra Carloni

Gemelli, 2019
11.4 x 11.4 x 0.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$372

Lei Saito, Épique, Fine Art Drawings

Lei Saito

Épique, 2019
7.9 x 5.3 x 0.4 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$372

Guillaume Chansarel (Guiyome), Senza titolo collezione New York, Fine Art Drawings

Guillaume Chansarel (Guiyome)

Senza titolo collezione New York, 2010
14 x 9.8 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$434

Georges Mathieu, Non titrée, Fine Art Drawings

Georges Mathieu

Non titrée, 1965
22.4 x 30.7 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$21,720

Léa Dedieu, Herbier entre Terre & Mer, Fine Art Drawings

Léa Dedieu

Herbier entre Terre & Mer, 2020
11 x 8.3 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$236

Marie Laurencin, Models, Fine Art Drawings

Marie Laurencin

Models, 1920
10.2 x 8.7 x 0 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$23,581

Ji-Yun, Sans titre, Fine Art Drawings

Ji-Yun

Sans titre, 2016
15.7 x 11.7 x 0.1 inch
Fine Art Drawings

$1,489

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