WATERDROP DEMONSTRATIONWritten by David Adams
The oval shapes are drawn first using a white pencil.
I made a mixture that is lighter than the hue of the leaf, which
I used to fill in the waterdrops.
Next, the values are blocked in. I made a mixture slightly darker than
the leaf, then brushed in a "half moon" shape over the area of
the waterdrops closest to the light source. This area will later
contain a highlight.
Another "half moon" shape is painted directly opposite the light
source. This creates the cast shadow of the waterdrop.
I painted a light line within the waterdrop opposite the light source.
A drop of water is similar to a magnifying glass in that it focuses
(or translates) light onto a surface. So, with this in mind I
added a touch of light in the cast shadow of the waterdrops.
The highlights were painted next by first adding a light greenish
blue line with a single brush stroke in the dark area near the
light source. Then a spot of pure white was added, making the
illusion "pop" into realism.
I finished this demonstration by painting the hanging waterdrops.
A mixture of white with a touch of blue was used to block in the
values. The sparkles were created by lightly glazing in the burst
It always amazes me that a few added points of interest can greatly
influence a composition - in this case, the three hanging waterdrops.