How to Draw for a Painting – Still-Life Watercolor Painting Process

Hi there!

A while ago I worked on this painting of a pastry called Rozalach (which is insanely delicious!!).

I also recorded the entire painting process.

As I was watching the footage, I realised it would be great material to talk about DRAWING in the context of painting.

In other words, this is great content to explain how to draw for a painting.

so without further ado, here’s the video (and if you prefer to read – scroll on! 😉)

Drawing for a painting is different

Drawing for a painting is different from drawing when pencil is the final purpose in mind.

It requires to be as detailed as necessary, but not more than that.

With this process, I starting by marking the edges of the pile of Rozalach pastries.

You can see what these look like in the reference pic on the top left corner.

Once I finished indicating the edges, I was able to fill up the space with quick sketches, representing the shapes of the tasty doughy rolls.

This is the hardest part. Once you get those guidelines in, it’s only a matter of filling in the gaps with the finer details.

Here you see me filling in those details. The main things I’m looking for are strong changes in values (meaning darks and lights).

When drawing for a painting, this is extremely important.

Here is the final drawing!

This is a good indication of how a typical drawing that’s ready to paint will look.

Some prefer to be more detailed, while others prefer less details.

I will tell you what – I recommend experimenting with both. Trying different levels of detail has its utility.

More detailed – may allow for more realistic results.

Less detailed – allows you to practice using the brush more, and “drawing” with the paint (rather than just “coloring” the areas between the lines).

And now is my favourite part – The drawing is ready to be painted! At this stage I can already imagine the colors I’ll be using, and the transparency of watercolor (which I love).


List of colors:

  • New Gamboge
  • Quinacridone Burnt Orange
  • Pyrrol Scarlet
  • French Ultramarine

Here is the very first wash.

My main concern is achieving an even result that’s “flowing” properly, and a variety of interesting colors.

Sometimes I go really wild with my colors (especially with portraits), but this time I decided not too.

I was afraid the colors will make it harder to communicate what I painted (a pastry that not everyone will be instantly familiar with).

And so I decided to go with an interesting range of yellows, oranges, reds and some blues.

Notice how I also made sure to connect the Rozalachs with the background. The purpose is to ensure they don’t appear to be “cut off” from the background. We want them to look like an integral part of the setting.

I find this extremely important at times, especially with painting people as a part of a scene.

After that, I move onto the second wash, where we’ll put in the darker shades.

This immediately breaks the painting down into more discernible shapes that actually have a meaning.

In most paintings, I find this to be the most difficult stage. That’s because you really need to start paying attention to the drawing.

There’s one cool effect I think I was able to get at this stage.

The pastries are covered in sugar powder. To indicate that powder’s texture I made use of the paper’s texture (I’m using a cold-press paper for this one).

Notice the areas just under the Rozalachs in particular. I used dry brush strokes that will preserve the paper’s texture and create a powder-like effect.

And here’s the final result!

There was actually a third layer as well. Make sure to watch the full video to see it.

I’m very pleased with how this painting turned out. I love the color selection, composition, temperature and overall feeling.

I hope you enjoyed this quick lesson, and I’ll talk to you soon!

– Liron

How to Draw Shay Cormac VS Adewale (AC Rogue)

Hey there!

Today I want to do something special.

In this video I show you how to draw a battle scene between Shay Patrick Cormac and Adewale – two characters from the Assassin’s Creed Rogue video game.

This is less of a drawing lesson, and more of a speed-drawing demonstration of my complete drawing process.

You’ll see everything from drawing, to painting (watercolors AND colored pencils) and inking.

So without further ado, here it is!

A few notes:

1. I like to paint before I ink.

This is something I talked about before.

This type of process allows the colors to really shine, and then also allows you to be minimal with your pen and ink.

2. I mix watercolors with colored pencils.

I like the look I achieve by applying watercolors and then completing the look using colored pencils.

This is a common practice, and is my favorite way to go. The watercolors easily cover large surfaces and give the base tone. Then, the colored pencils add the texture and more accurate shading.

However, you are invited to try a different way, and let me know if it works better for you (=

Anyway, this is it. Let me know if you have any questions!

And if you want to become a king at drawing, inking, painting, sketching and whatnot, be sure to subscribe here. You’ll also receive my book as a gift! (=


I’ll talk to you soon,

– Liron

How to Paint an Urban Sketch (watercolors) – Red Mailbox

Hey friends!

In this video I show you how to paint an urban sketch I made a while ago!

I use watercolors for this sketch, and try to keep the color scheme as simple as possible.

Watch the video first, and then read on for my key tips on how to paint with watercolors (=

Okay! Hope you enjoyed the video (=

Now, for my key tips of how to paint using watercolors…

1. Start light

At first, you want to apply a very diluted, bright layer of color. It’s so much easier starting with bright and then moving onto darker tones.

If you start with a dark tone, you’ll possibly lose much of the potential beauty of the drawing.

2. Test the color first

Before applying the color to your drawing or sketch, use a “test” paper to get a preview for the color.

how to paint with watercolors
My test paper

If you are not pleased – simple re-mix the color!

If you want it to be lighter – draw a few quick lines on the test paper to “get rid of” some of the paint, and then apply it to your drawing.

3. Play with the blot

If you ever worked with watercolors, you probably know this one.

When you start painting with the brush, there will be a big “blot” – an area that is more loaded with color.

You want to imagine that you are spreading out this blot as evenly as possible, over your drawing.

If you have a small area to paint, get rid of some of the paint first, or that blot will stay there, un-smeared…

But what if you already painted, and are stuck with the leftover of this “blot”…?

4. Dab it away!

If you are left with excess paint, simply use a tissue or a napkin to dab some of it away.

A word of warning though – don’t dab it multiple times with the same side of the tissue, or you may paint some of it back in a nearby area.

Use a new tissue for every individual dab (=

5. Layering

Now that you have a basic light layer, decide on a light source.

Then, simply begin adding a second layer, using the same tone, or a darker / different tone if you please.

Watercolors mix pretty well, but I think 3-4 layers is the limit. Four is for extreme cases as well.

6. Blend it in

What if you already painted with too dark of a tone for a second layer, and can’t / don’t want to dab it away?

Simply blend it in with the previous tone!


Well, first make sure the brush currently has very little (to none) paint in it.

Then, use the side of the brush (meaning the length of the hairs of the brush) to blend the border between the two different tones.

Don’t be afraid to apply some pressure and use short quick movements.

And that is it!

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Let me know if you have any additional questions, and I’ll be happy to help.

Until next time,

– Liron