WATERCOLOR STREETSCAPE PAINTING TUTORIAL

This tutorial was the result of some major vacation blues I had one fine day.New York city and its people! How I miss the place.The mile long walk on Brooklyn Bridge and the swarm of people at the Times Square.It’s truly the city that never sleeps. Streetscapes galore and landmarks many,I thought you would enjoy this watercolor streetscape painting tutorial I created.

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I have so many fond memories of New York city. When people actually rave about the city,I used to think whether there is really that much to it?But sigh! I fell in love with it. The city is magical.The people are amazing and there is everything you need at every corner.We stayed at Lexington Avenue and I loved taking a walk around the place with my little one happily enjoying from his stroller.But we did have quite a jolt when we landed as it was raining cats and dogs.My husband and I exchanged worried glances thinking out loud whether our trip was going to be ruined! Fortunately,the rain stopped a day later(phew!) and we happily trotted around the city as tourists.

I loved taking the walk on Brooklyn Bridge.The only thing that stopped us from going the full mile were the cold winds.The little one didn’t seem to think much of it and was going to switch on his cranky mode, when we decided we’d walk back. I so would have loved to walk the entire mile !But I did take plenty of photos of the bridge and the city around,one of which I’ve used here.

I think I’ve blabbed enough for a day and before you stop reading,I’ll get on with the tutorial.Scroll down and follow along as I explain how to do a watercolor streetscape painting tutorial.

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Materials you’ll need for the watercolor streetscape painting tutorial are:-

  1. Pencil
  2. Watercolor paper
  3. Watercolor paints
  4. Watercolor brushes
  5. Micron pen or any waterproof pen
  6. Palette
  7. Water

Step 1:Firstly,outline the elements/view of your streetscape with a pencil on paper.I used a reference image that I took.For practice, you may choose from a number of available stock images online.Just make sure you follow copyright rules.Once you’re happy with the sketch,get your paints out.

Learn how to paint the beautiful Brooklyn bridge in this watercolor streetscape painting tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Step 2:Apply a thin coat of brown paint on the pillars and arch that support the bridge.All you need to do is quickly dabble some paint on.You can throw perfection out of the window because that’s definitely not what we’re aiming for today.

Learn how to paint the beautiful Brooklyn bridge in this watercolor streetscape painting tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Extend the paint out to the rails,the hanging support system and wherever required.The idea here is to use minimal colors.Once you reach the end of the post,you’ll realize that I’ve used only brown,blue and gray for this illustration.But even so, you’ll be able to achieve the dynamic aspect that streetscapes have.

Learn how to paint the beautiful Brooklyn bridge in this watercolor streetscape painting tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

The two pillars are slightly projected from the main arch.That’s why you’ll notice that I’ve painted shadow area on the insides of each pillar.

Learn how to paint the beautiful Brooklyn bridge in this watercolor streetscape painting tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Step 3:Down below, you’ll see that I’ve painted the people walking on the bridge as random blobs.I mixed a tiny bit of turquoise with brown and painted the people.Paint a small circle and then a sort of inverted conical shape downwards.This will create an approximate shape of a person.

You’ll notice that the people tend to become smaller as your eye moves further inside.This is where you need to understand a bit of perspective.The farther the object,the smaller it becomes.Now you may wonder why the pillars are huge.That’s where scale comes into play.If you compare the scale of the pillar to that of a human being,you’ll notice the difference instantly.

 

Learn how to paint the beautiful Brooklyn bridge in this watercolor streetscape painting tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Paint the criss cross details of the rails on either side of the road.Darken all the colors by applying another coat of brown.Are you having fun following this watercolor streetscape painting tutorial?

Learn how to paint the beautiful Brooklyn bridge in this watercolor streetscape painting tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Step 4:Paint swashes of a very light wash in the color “prussian blue” for the sky.Add a tinge of “purple” wash as well by mixing a bit of “alizarin crimson”to the “prussian blue”.The swashes need to leave ample white space to show the wispy clouds in the sky.

Learn how to paint the beautiful Brooklyn bridge in this watercolor streetscape painting tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio. Learn how to paint the beautiful Brooklyn bridge in this watercolor streetscape painting tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Step 5:This is the step that’s going to add depth to your painting and make it look like a proper streetscape. Take a waterproof pen such as a Sigma micron. You can also use a calligraphy pen.Just make sure you use a waterproof ink like Yasutomo traditional chinese ink for the purpose.

Draw the details of the bridge.Highlight the crevices,arches and tension rods.Draw in quick swift motions making it look as though it’s moving at a pace.

Learn how to paint the beautiful Brooklyn bridge in this watercolor streetscape painting tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

Step 6: And lastly,paint the clouds.Paint from the outward sides of the paper moving towards the inside following a downward curve.I added a tinge of gray to create a cloudy day feel to it.Keep going over it until you’re happy with the result.

Learn how to paint the beautiful Brooklyn bridge in this watercolor streetscape painting tutorial by Zakkiya Hamza of Inkstruck Studio.

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What do you think?

Do you have a favorite tourist destination that you’ve visited or want to visit? I definitely have Florence and Venice in my bucket list.Talking about cities,are there any New Yorkers reading this right now? I just want to tell how extremely jealous I am that you’re living there! 😀

Anyhow,I hope you guys try this out.Don’t forget to hashtag me with #makeinkstruck on Instagram. Cheers!

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About zakkiya hamza @ inkstruck

Zakkiya is the creative blogger and founder of Inkstruck Studio. She’s a self taught artist who let go of her architecture profession to pursue her passion in art. Zakkiya likes to write detailed tutorials in watercolor, calligraphy, and hand lettering. She also teaches watercolor workshops occasionally in Doha where she’s based currently. Other passions include traveling, photography, and basketball.When she’s not working, you can find her cuddling and running around with her toddler boy.

6 thoughts on “WATERCOLOR STREETSCAPE PAINTING TUTORIAL

  1. As I’m in the infancy of my watercolour journey, I rely solely on the graciousness of artists such as yourself. I want to say, “THANK YOU”! I know I would have given up in a fit of frustration if weren’t for informative, detailed tutorials like the ones you’ve selflessly created and shared. Again….Thanks!!!!

    pambrown562@gmail.com

    1. Thank you Pam for the beautiful words. I love hearing back from my readers, it always makes my day.I’m so glad the tutorials are exactly what you’re looking for and I admire the fact that you’re willing to learn! That’s the first step to anything. And it’s an evolving process. I rely extensively on tutorials and workshops provided by other experts in my field and it’s only fair to give back what I’ve learned. Thank you so much once gain. Have a lovely day! x

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