For our first session this week, we were joined by the amazing Claudia Riveros from Riveros Illustration. Claudia is best known for creating brushes that save you time in your designs and creating easy-to-follow tutorials for illustrating butterflies, hair, flowers, and so much more. She is an absolute wealth of information when it comes to design, so we hope you're ready to learn all about watercolor painting in Adobe Fresco from her!

Set the Screen

Switch on the homepage and set the screen size. Rotate the screen vertically like a piece of paper.

Understand the Brushes

Fresco has different types of brushes. For example, there are Vector Brushes which are similar to Illustrator and Pixel Brushes which are similar to Photoshop. There are also Live and mixed Brushes in Fresco.

Pick the Watercolor Live Brush and choose a color to test it out. The color expands with a single touch.

Pro tip: The small circles below the screen are pure water. It doesn't paint the color, instead makes the water flow. When another color is chosen and drawn, in this case, pink color, it mixes with the other color like it would in regular water.

The Watercolor Round Detail Brush is a dry brush without water. The Soft Wash Brush is thicker and controlled than the first brush. This brush is best used to add detailing. The Watercolor Flat Brush is thicker but less controlled. The Wet Spot brush is used to add a good finishing.

The difference between Live Watercolor Brushes and Live Oil Brushes is that the watercolor brushes have a water ratio and texture in them whereas the oil brushes have an oil texture in them. 

Set the Background

Set the background forward and create a new layer. Use the Watercolor Wash Soft Brush, increase the size of the brush and color the sky blue. Leave some space for the clouds to add later.

Pro tip: If you choose Vector Brush, it will make a Vector Layer. For the Live Version use a Pixel Brush to create a Pixel Layer.

Take out the color menu and move it closer, so it is easier to use. Add a darker color shade of blue to make the sky look realistic. Add texture to the sky.

Draw Clouds 

Add a new layer on the top and choose a white color with the Watercolor Wash Brush. Draw cloud-like shapes around using live pressures. On the first layer, choose Dry Media Brush to smudge and soften the edges to blend into it.

Pro Tip: You can use any brush for smudging.

Make the Mountains and the Horizon

Make a new layer and choose the Round Detail Brush to create small mountains. Pick a deep blue color and draw the mountains with a free hand.

Add a new layer and pick a lighter color to work on the horizon. Let the light and dark colors blend into each other. Use the water circles to help blend the colors and make a gradient.

Color the Sand 

Pick a lighter color blue and add depth to the sea. Add a new layer and choose a yellow color to color the sand. Merge it down and use the Watercolor Soft Brush to sink the sand. Add a new layer and pick a darker yellow color to add texture to the sand. Change the opacity of the layer and add a new layer on the top.

Pro tip: Choose from your recently used colors from the library to use the same colors. 

Make a Palm Tree

Add a new layer and pick the Round Detail Brush. Change the brush size and draw the trunk of the tree with a brown color.

On the same layer, pick a darker color and allow it to bleed.

Pro tip: You can also make a new layer on top and then merge them down using the water with the modifier.

Add the leaves and the branches. Use green color for the leaves and draw them using the same brush.

Pro tip: Use the color wheel to save all the colors. Choose from the recently used colors to pick colors for the canvas. Choose the two arrows on top to delete something.

Add a darker color green to the leaves. It gives them texture and depth.

Lower the opacity and add detail. Add coconuts in between the leaves by choosing a dark brown color.

Use the Water Tool and let the colors bleed. The effects on the live brushes are not very controllable so undo wherever needed. Add more detail to the tree by adding lines.

Congratulations, you have successfully completed your watercolor painting in Fresco.

Here’s another tutorial for you from Claudia:

Choose a vertical screen and rotate it. Pick the Motor Pool Brush and freely start applying color.

Put a wash of the color with the same brush and tap on the screen. This will create a water effect on the sea.

Add a greenish color and continue doing the same thing. Add a layer and shadows on the sides to give it dimension.

Add foam around the edges using free shell-like shapes. You could also draw these by freehand.

Add a new layer on top and make small lines very softly. Use water modifier. Use the smudge tool and soften the white color. Make the water splash on the shore by adding color splashes. Add a new layer on top and use the same brush. Choose the white color and add water splashes. Add a new layer and place it under the waves.

Choose Oil Brushes and add texture with a dry brush along the waves.

Lower the opacity and more splotches with the brush. Choose a darker color and add a layer underneath the waves.

That’s it! Another watercolor painting is ready.