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5 Exercises to Develop your Creativity as an Artist

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7 Lessons (27m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Find Images in Scribbles

    • 3. Think Fast, Draw Fast

    • 4. Imagine with Clouds

    • 5. What Comes to Mind?

    • 6. Throw a Shirt!

    • 7. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

In this class I included 5 fun exercises that will help you boost your creativity. With these exercises you will be able to practice your fast thinking and see shapes and forms out of your daily life. The more you practice, the more you will be able to find images that will help you become more adventurous on your next art works. 

This class is for all levels, if you are beginner that maybe does not know what to draw at first, or a professional who wants to expand his vision into his own style.

The materials needed are either a tablet with a drawing program or the classic pencil and paper.

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Jeroen Van Wel

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Hello, I'm Jeroen. I am a professional illustrator from the Netherlands. Let's get creative together and have some fun!

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1. Introduction: Hi, my name is Jay and unprofessional illustrator from the metalloids. I've been a designer for over ten years now. I started off as a graphic designer working with brands like Mitsubishi, posted elements car radio in the Netherlands. But I learned that that was not my passion. My passion was more based on my own creativity, my own mindset and my own experiences and ideas. For me, art is about expressing yourself. And in today's class, with help of some fun and easy exercises, you will learn to boost to creativity. As an artist, I'm going to be using a tablet with a pencil. If you do not have a tablet, than you will need a pencil and a colored pencil and something to draw on like a piece of paper. And let's get on with the class. 2. Find Images in Scribbles: So I am going to be using the program, procreate on my iPad. If you do not have edges, you should piece of paper, no problem with that. It's all going to be the same for using procreate yourself or like ME tablet. The first thing you're gonna do is you're going to choose your pencil. I'll be using dry ink for this one. It's a bit of a rusty, rusty line. And I'm going to choose the color red as a background color. And if you don't have detached, but of course just to shove colored pencil right now. So for this first exercise, we're going to learn to draw something just using our imagination and scribbly lines. So what we're gonna do is we're going to draw lies over our paper, like zigzagging. Go make circles, do whatever you want and be free. Let yourself go. Like have fun with it. Just squares Crosby a child. No problem. Be like a kid. And the result will be something like this. It doesn't look like anything right now. It looks very chaotic and unlike very messy, but we're going to do something very fun with it. For the next step, we're gonna take a really good look at the lines we have created. So take a good look, turn it around, check it out. Try to search for images. Search for, thanks, search for connections. We're going to take a good look at it. Turned it around, flip it, doesn't matter. Don't worry if you do not see anything right away. Sometimes can take a little bit of time to, for your brain to see, start to see some image in the lines that you create. For our next step, we're going to be using our pen or pencil that is not the colored one. I'm gonna be using black to over colorant. And I'm also going to lower the capacity for the people that do use tablets. I would recommend this. It makes it a lot easier. I will lower the opacity to around 65% and create a new layer. And we're gonna draw over it if you do not have a tablet, no problem, just draw with the lines on the piece of paper. For example, over here, I see the eyes of master craftsman SpongeBob. That's not very nice. Color over it. Let's just have fun with it. Doesn't matter. Also create your own lines like if you, for example, do not see this eyes don't have line. So I just decided to create a Myself. So let's search for more things and see another weird creature with a big nose, the nurse, mad eyes. And that's drawn mustache or not. And let's see what else do we see? Graphs and mustache guy, Naz, check what is next. Let's also just finish it whatever you want if you draw one and draw some extra hours, just draw it. Draw some years over here. Bottom lip, very long neck. And somewhere. There's exercise meant more to enhance your creativity to do, to learn how to see things. And thanks that originally don't really have an image. And just have fun with it. You know, like it's not so serious, just have fun and just enjoy. And over here I see a very long cat. And I can get kind of creature. We'd made the ice, whatever, wherever we want. Also use your imagination. And there's a long cat. We're just take your time, relax and really have fun with and try to really search for the images, try to search for it links into scribble. And it is maize in this chaos. Also like I draw very big because they solve very big things. But if you see smaller, thinks that it's fine to whatever you see. If it's just like a triangle or a rectangle or a square, just, just draw whatever. Let your imagination do the talking. What we're trying to do is try to fill the entire piece of paper or your entire screen full of illustrations or little scribbles. So over here, I starting to see a sort of a bird like its beak. Proud bird is strong bird. Let's make it a bit more, more, more powerful. This. And it's a bird or something that's going to give it a little plume on its head. So let's continue to burn over here. Let's create some, given some winks plane over here and I see a snail that normally snails have these kinda think's. So we just add them ourselves and a little happy smell. Yeah. There we go. Just draw all things to each other. It doesn't really matter. It doesn't have to be a masterpiece of art, just trying to see things from the lines we have created. So it will be here, hourglass or something. Whatever. Sometimes things are simple, sometimes things are complicated. Depends all on your imagination. I'm really curious what you guys found. Really curious. Really want to see it? Little mouse. Where else can we do? Let's say one more illustration. You can keep on going if you want to. Look, that's no problem at all. Just take as long as you need. So I see a little hat in here somewhere. Little hat, bar and a big nose. Why not? I see. And let's give him a good smile. Alright, so this is it for me. You can keep on going for our long everyone. So because I'm using a tablet, I can remove my red lines. And this is what and turns out to be a snail, Mr. crabs, ice, a guy with a hat. Finally looking square. Grandpa would mustache and hourglass. Some sort of, sort of evil bird and a mouse. That's what I saw. I'm really curious about what you guys saw. Please send them to me so that I can take a look at what you guys have created though that was it for this exercise. Let's go to the next one. 3. Think Fast, Draw Fast: So for this exercise, we're going to first draw 20 squares on our paper. In each of the 20 squares, I'm going to say a word and with the first thing that comes in your mind with that word, you're going to draw. You all have five seconds per square per illustration. So for example, the first one is going to be Mouse. So you have five seconds to draw mouse. See, well, I draw a computer mouse, but if you draw a regular mouse, that is exactly what this exercise is about. What do you think of when you hear the specific word, you hear the word mouse. You can think of a computer mouse or either a regular mouse. You decide you come up with it, and you only have five seconds. So from now on, we're going to be a little bit faster. Don't look at the camera, only focused on your piece of paper and the words that I'm telling you. So the next word is letter. The next word is watch. The next word is wave. The next word is box. The next word is joy. The next word is love. The next word is explode. The next word is rock. The next word is peace. The next word is space. The next word is cat. The next word is food. The next word is music. The next word is technology. The next word is beauty. The next word is photo. The next word is vacation. The next word is i. And the last word is flower. So this is what I came up with. I hope you really enjoyed this. Of course, because we didn't have much time. Things are not going to look as beautiful as that can be. But the purpose of this exercise was not to make it look really beautiful, but more what can you come up with in a really short amount of time? It could also be fun to do this as a game with your friends and come up with your own words. So I hope you really enjoyed it onto the next exercise. 4. Imagine with Clouds: For the next exercise, we're gonna go to Google and search for pictures of clouds. If you want to make a picture yourself outside, go ahead, that would be even more fun. I took one from the internet. Let's see what we're gonna do with this. It's exercise is very similar to the first exercise. We're gonna try to fight images with our picture of the clouds. I'm going to draw over the clouds myself. But if you cannot do that, then just draw what you see in the clubs. For example, if you see a monkey, you draw monkey. If you see a banana, you draw banana. If you see a cat or a dog or anything, just draw that. You don't say. You don't necessarily have to do the same thing that I do. I'm just doing this so that you can see exactly what I'm doing. Well, let's see what we find. Well, I said monkey for a reason because over here I see a monkey face. So let's draw the monkey. Your pictures are going to be totally different of course. So definitely send me those. I'm really curious on what would your, you, you guys are seeing. C, suddenly that's the monkey. Let's give the monkey and banana. So let's see what else we can find. Over here. I think I see a mammoth or something. I see on manner like an elephant tan thing. But like with the big bump is draw some years, some ice and we'll give them a tusk. Another task. So that's more an elephant, not per se, a mammoth. Let's see what else we can find. I think I see a barrier over here. And it's not just ears were there. And what else? I'll see him like a sort of a bird creature or here with the sharps Now, a lot of animals so far, but that's all right. I really love animals so that like that's, that's the reason why I see those things. And over here I see a rhino. Let's give him angry eyes, nose. And let's finish it. If you think of other things, if you want to add things to your illustration, Go ahead. It's your thing, it's your, it's your creativity really does, do what you feel. And over here I see a snake crawled up in himself. Let's add the tongue. Let's give him some spots. Why not? It's more funded way. Right? And again, the illustrations are not supposed to be super beautiful, though. It's more about learning to see images in other things, like clouds, for example. Okay, let's search for one more. I kind of have a feeling that like there's a hand coming out of this guy here. And I don't know if you go see on my screen at least you guys must have a totally, completely different pictures. So let's just me, but I see this hand coming out of the sky. So that was it for this exercise. I hope you enjoyed it. Let's go to the next one. 5. What Comes to Mind?: So for the next exercise, we're going to draw the first thing that comes into mind. So if you think about a dog, you draw doc, if you're thinking about a cat, you draw a cat. It's also really important to put your emotions into it. So if you feel happy or sad or whatever emotion you have tried to put it on the paper. So if you feel love, you draw love or whatever that comes into your mind when you think about love. So let's keep going. Well, I was thinking about a cat because I was thinking about it. So let's draw our cat like the ice like this. And yes, It's a bit of a shady cat still going to go to any cat. All good. Keep going. Just like enjoy it and really put your emotions into it. So I feel really happy right now actually. So I am going to draw very happy smile, creepy API smartly. And let's draw the tongue. Color and little bit of the throat. So like it looks more gets a little bit more depth. Right now I'm thinking I'm an i, so I'm going to draw an eye. So let's see what isn't maxed. I'm thinking about a basketball, so I'm gonna draw basketball. Where do you draw that? I guess. I'm thinking about a laptop for some reason. Let's draw that up. And you can take your time undrawn quickly to make their video short. But like you can take your time if you want to draw a pretty things dropped, pretty things. On a laptop. It's really about enjoying what you're doing. Feel it. Feel the emotions that go through your wire. You put this on paper. I'm watching Netflix or something. So the purpose is to just draw as much as you can and keep on going if you like it and enjoy it, then keep on doing it. It's a lot of fun to me. So I'm gonna keep on going and going and draw the planet Earth from now on this planet Earth. Let's see. I'm thinking of a tree and let's draw a tree. Somewhat like the, this term of the tree. Like a big bushy tree, goes through my other illustrations, doesn't matter, it's all good. Let's have some apples in there. It's an apple tree than apple tree. Whatever they look like right from grass. No red like what am I thinking I'm next? And thinking of you guys watching my video? So I'm going to draw u over u with a small, of course, because it's a fun exercise. So you're drawing and pencil, believe me it is. Tongue comes out of your mouth whenever. And let's have some fun with it. And here are all the clubs and everything. Your illustrations is do this. Chair. Alright. Let's color the pupil of the eye. And I want to draw an arrow through here for some reason. Let's just do it. Just do what you feel like. Look at your illustration if you see some things that you want to change, just do it. Like some asteroid coming to planter through. And it's all good. Little flower. Flower. Because simple way drawn and flour and like a kid would do it. And the leafs of the flower. All right. Well, this is the basically the picture like I can keep on going, but then the video would take a long time. You can take as long as you need really a few. Enjoy it, keep on going and keep on illustrating the first things that come into your mind. Doesn't really matter what it is and please send it to me. I'm really curious about it. Like really suddenly all the things that you have made so far, I'm really, really curious about what your, what your came up with. So I hope you really enjoyed this exercise. I had a lot of fun with it on to the next exercise. 6. Throw a Shirt!: So for the final exercise, we're going to be using a piece of cloth coding or a towel. I'm going to be using a t-shirt with a tie-dye print because in my opinion that a tie-dye is going to give it a little bit more texture. I'm gonna make a prop out of it and I'm going to throw it on a graph. And however it falls on the ground to going to try to find something into it. Like think about the other exercises we are done with these exercises will learn to use our imagination, to use chaise of clouds and lines to create our own illustrations. I'm gonna throw it on my desk and we're going to see what kind of things we come up with. I'm going to be making a fall of 90 should run out so we can continue. Good. Alright, so here's my picture. If you do not have a picture of a just draw it from where you want to take a good look at what you thrown down on the floor or the desk or wherever you thrown it and just draw what you see. So I'm gonna draw, I'm gonna lower the opacity a little bit so you guys can see a little bit better what I'm going to draw. So the first thing I see is I see a face over here. I'm gonna thick and my, my pencil a little bit so you can see a little bit better. These are the eyes. This is a crooked nose, and this is the jaw, and this is the mouth. And they had to give him some deep. Why not? Let's draw a tongue. And this is my illustration. Of course, you guys have been told different picture. So also really curious what you guys come up with. I'm just going to give him and like the fish body, this is its fin. Why not open? And it's still don't have a space number of fin. Let's give him this what I came up with. I'm going to delete my picture so you guys can see it better. So you can take as long as you want for this exercise, same as the other ones. Really you should time to make beautiful pieces of art. Had to draw quickly to keep the video short. But still I hope you really enjoy these exercises. So for the fun of it, let's color it as illustration. Period guys, having a lot of fun making your own. I'm going to just close out some things. And let's color it was kinda cholera, would this be? And I'm going to give you the pink color. So paint face. And really don't forget to post your own. Really, really curious what you guys come up with. So pink phase, they gotta be wearing a blue body like a dolphin. Why not? Living in an imaginary world runner? So let's go to the tongue color to slide. Reddish color. Thrilled, also darker red color. Teeth a bit yellowish or not. So let's add some shading to it. I'm not gonna teach you how to draw shade in everything, but you can follow my lead. She want to. If you want more videos also, look. Let me know. If you want to see more. If you want to learn how to draw yourself, if you want to. Do other things, rotation might be interested in. Wasn't took a look at my social media. And there you can see the kind of things I'm coming up with. Now. Let's make some highlights. Let's keep it to the core, to the edges. And there we go. I think I'm good. L, That was it for me. I hope these exercises booster creativity and help to create a style of your wrong. And remember, the more you practice, the better you get. 7. Final Thoughts: So that was that I really hope you enjoy these exercises. The more times you practice these exercises, the more creative you get, the more open-minded you get, the more you'll be able to put your emotions into the open. And as you can see, these exercises were not about making the most beautiful illustrations or pieces of art. It was about freeing your mind to free your creativity as an artist for the project, I want you to use any of these exercises that you've learned and make a beautiful piece of art and posted in the project section. From there, I'll take a look at it and give you some comments. If you want to find out a little bit more about my art, go to my Instagram. It is linked in my profile. Thank you all so much for watching this video. I'm really looking forward to what you guys have made. Please post it in projects section. I will take a really good look at it. Thank you so much and I'll see you in my next video.