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.