Painting Mountain Hikers in Watercolor

This is a short watercolor demo on painting a mountain hiker using just one color and showing light and shade.


In 2019 I went up Kuju mountain. I think this is the tallest mountain in Oita prefecture, Japan. 

It was a lot of fun and the sights were beautiful. It also gave me the chance to get photos of mountain hikers.

I find these figures with their heavy backpacks, walking sticks, floppy hats and various other paraphernalia interesting subjects to paint.

In the watercolor lesson below I’m going to show you in a very easy step by step way how to paint mountain hikers. 

We are going to paint six figures. Don’t worry. We are going to do just one a day (unless you are a really motivated person).

First, we’ll begin with painting a mountain hiker with just one round brush and one color – I am using Phthalo blue but any dark color, such as black or Payne’s gray, will do.

I use multimedia paper because it’s at least 50% cheaper than watercolor paper and good enough for this exercise.

Video lesson

Gareth Naylor

I am an Englishman living and painting in Japan. I have now been here for over 17 years and have been painting for all that time. I love to travel around the Japanese countryside and find beautiful places to paint.

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