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Add People and Vehicles to Make Streetscapes Come Alive, with Marvin Chew

Join watercolour artist Marvin Chew for this 45 minute Arty Class webinar. Filmed live from Singapore on 8th June 2021.


**See Reference photo and recommended materials below**

In this interesting prelude to his full, 2-3 hour workshop webinar, Marvin will share with you some tips and tricks on how to paint suggested figures and vehicles in a streetscape, such as the scene below outside of the Sultan Mosque, Singapore.

Marvin will use the reference photos below from Vietnam to create something that looks realistic and believable. He will help you sketch a scene, discuss the use of composition, perspective and proportion, and then paint it.

Painting example:

Class Reference photo:

For people reference:

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Recommended materials

• PAPER: 1x Quarter Sheet (11” x 15” or 28 x 38cm) 100% cotton acid-free watercolour paper, either cold-press or rough, or watercolour block of equivalent size.(Marvin will be using 100% cotton made Baohong watercolour paper, rough. Other 100% cotton made watercolour papers such as Arches, Saunders, Fabriano Artistico are good too) • PAINTS: Watercolour Paint Tubes or Pans

The colours on Marvin's palette are: (From Left to right column, top to bottom)

  • Lemon Yellow

  • Permanent Yellow Deep

  • Yellow Ochre

  • Sap Green

  • Pyrrol Orange*

  • Cadmium Red Light

  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson

  • Rose of Ultramarine*

  • Verditer Blue**

  • Horizon Blue**

  • Ultramarine Blue

  • Lavender**

  • Cobalt Blue

  • Ultramarine Turquoise

  • Burnt Sienna

  • Lunar Black*

For colours marked with *, Marvin specifically uses those by Daniel Smith and those marked** by Holbein. He uses various brands for other colours depending on their availability and price.

Marvin may or may not use all the colours in the palette during the workshop. Colours which he uses regularly are Lemon Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Sap Green, Cadmium Red Light, Horizon Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Lavender, Cobalt Blue, Burnt Sienna and Lunar Black.


  • Escoda Aquario #14 (Mid-size mop brush)

  • Da Vinci Maestro Kolinsky Sable Round Brush #10 (Large size kolinsky or red sable round)

  • Nevskaya Kolinsky Sable #6 (Mid-size kolinsky or red sable round)

  • Escoda Perla No. 8 (Mid-size synthetic round)

  • Escoda Perla No. 4 (Small-size synthetic round

  • Neef 4400 Needlepoint #8 (mid-size rigger)

  • Daley Rowney Sapphire ½” (mid-size synthetic flat)

• OTHER: Soft eraser, any white plastic, metal or ceramic palette, with sufficiently large mixing areas, masking tapes and a plastic, corrugated, foam, or plywood board as backing to hold paper (not needed if you are using a watercolour block),water container (preferably with 2 or 3 separate compartments), cotton cloth or rag, tissue paper, spray bottle, blackwing pencil (any 2B pencil), Pilot mechanical pencil 0.9mm, Permanent White - Daley Rowney Designer Gouache, Rounded palette knife, or used credit card


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