My name is Niklas Granqvist and I’m a 27 year old man.
I’m from a little town called Porvoo in Finland.
As a child I always liked to draw. I got interested in digital painting as a teen and I used to draw using my mouse. At my 18 year birthday I got a vacom tablet and it got a bit easier. At the age of 20 I started to paint with oils, and at the end of 2016 I tried my children’s watercolors and I found it to be quite challenging. I’m self taught and have been painting as a hobby. I’m currently unemployed so I have lots of time to focus on painting.
When I started painting with watercolors, I quickly learned that it’s a very unforgiving medium. So I started to search the internet for tips on how to get the best results. On youtube I found videos of Joseph Zbukvic and Tim Wilmot and watching how they painted helped me immensely. I’m still very much a beginner but I enjoy watercolors very much and I aim to get better at it.
In my landscape paintings I usually start with finding a picture or scene that i enjoy in some way, using google streetview or looking through my photos. Then i make a drawing of the subject, checking proportions. The mood of the painting happens on the first wash of color. I start the painting process by quickly laying in the sky and basic wash of colors i see in the light. After that I fill in the shadows, always checking i have the right value and temperature color. And lastly i paint the details and try to bring some interest to the painting. I also use a palette knife to do straight thin lines and some textures. I mostly paint from photographs and google streetview, but sometimes from my imagination. Finding the subject or scene to paint often takes much longer than painting it. I like to paint with watercolors because it doesn’t take so long to finish a painting. I get bored of subjects quickly and I don’t like to spend too much time on one painting.
The materials I use are quite cheap. I currently use white nights pigments, 210 g/sm paper(A4, A3 and A2), a couple of cheap brushes (pony hair and synthetic) and a squirrel hair brush , a 3H pencil, a palette knife and a spray bottle.