DEMONSTRATION: STILL LIFE WITH LANTERN

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1 The most important aspect of a successful realistic painting is a strong drawing. Transfer the drawing to hot-pressed illustration board as explained on page 4.

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2 Paint the background with thinned cerulean blue and cobalt blue gouache. Then complete the rug patterns with straight cobalt blue, red, and yellow—all outlined with ivory black—using a small watercolor brush. Note that the rug is flat at this point—it has no shading or highlights. Because gouache is precise, it is being used in a linear manner ...

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