Painting water drops in the focal area of a painting creates added excitement in that area. Water seeks its own level. When it is on something, it must be painted to look like it is following the contour of the object. The only drops that are round are little beads of water. A large drop sitting on a flat object will flatten out on the bottom; the weight of the water also will flatten it out on top. here are the steps:
1. Basic Drop: Choose the object the water drop will appear on. Paint a white line to show the curve at the back of the drop. Blend the inside edge of the line so it fades inward. Complete the front of the drop with a color that is two values darker than the object. Paint this as an outline, placing the color so it forms the backside of the drop (under the area that will have the sparkle).
2. Shadow: Place a shadow with a value darker than the object the drop is on and soften out the edge. (This makes it have two values.) Darken the area closest to the roundest part of the drop- the area opposite the light source. (This gives three values to the shadow.)
3. Light Area: Place a color two values darker than the object in the area where the light is hitting and the sparkle will be. Blend the edges to fade. Make sure the light area is wide enough so that when the sparkle is placed, the dark will surround it and not be so tiny the sparkle covers it.
4. Highlight: Strengthen the white areas next to the shadow, making it a little larger. Blend the inside edge so it fades.
5. Sparkle: Add a white sparkle. On a tiny drop, one sparkle will do. If it's larger, add more, but keep one brighter than the others. If the drop is in the focal area of the painting, add to the white sparkle a tiny amount of the complementary color of the object the drop is on.
When painting only a few drops, paint either one or three - an odd number usually looks better. When painting lots of drops, this is not important.