AMAZON FLOWERS IN WATERCOLORS | Melissa Conde | Skillshare


Melissa Conde, Artist, illustrator

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10 Lessons (41m)
    • 1. Hello!

    • 2. flower search

    • 3. Warmup 01

    • 4. Sketch warmup

    • 5. Banana tree flower

    • 6. white orchid

    • 7. Hibiscus

    • 8. plant paintsketch

    • 9. Dramatic Passion Fruit Flower

    • 10. Amazonflowers wrap it up


About This Class

Being a Brazilian Artist and Illustrator I decided to honor my country's exuberant nature by making a class all about  , sketching , painting exotic amazon rainforest flowers in watercolors.

A few tips and techniques which you will hopefully be able to take with you and apply in further projects of your own.


1. Hello!: What's up, guys? Welcome to my new skill share Class on zone. Exotic flowers in water colors. My name is Molly Sam, a Brazilian artist, and this class is about loosening your hands through serious off paintings, exercises, tips on drawing and painting. These crazy, beautiful, exacting feel hours from the rain forest. I can't wait to see your work, so join me. Let's get started. 2. flower search: So I usually start my projects with this very simple basic surgery. Just type like Amazon flowers on images, and that's not really what it was. So here we have rain forest, Let's go there and the Let's start with a simple one here, let's talk about this one. What I like to do when I sketch and draw is that works for me is a kind of ah, blind contour where I look at the shape off the flower in this case rather than the paper, I take a peek of the paper, but I try to keep my eyes on the shape and let my hands do the work. So I'm going to save this one. I'm gonna What I usually do is I open a new folder with all the flowers that I'm thinking about making, even if later I choose to not do one or another, I will keep them here for practical reasons. Then we're gonna go ahead and say this one. This is a white orchid, which I think it's interesting not only because of the shape, it's beautiful, but I found it challenging to paint a white flour. So I'm gonna do that for you guys just so I can show you how I go about painting at white things. Next, I'm going to go to Pinterest. You can? Ah, if you like, go to my Pinterest board. It's called Amazon Flowers. I have a bunch of them safe there. Ah, I e like, this one is a banana tree flower. So sometimes I'll save them from Pinterest into my desktop folder just to have them all together. And to be more practical when I want to look at them the ones that I actually I am going to do now. Oh, yeah, we have this. I think this one's quite interesting and weird. It's Ah, fashion food flower. Ah, I think it's really pretty. And also challenging to make. So let's say that one too. Okay, so I have quite a few. Um, what I do is I'm gonna sketch, uh, some of them. So I'm gonna go ahead and separate the ones that I'm going to print out. You can draw from printed image, or you can If it's easier for you to look at the computer, I like to bring them up. So I'm gonna go ahead and do that and see you in a 3. Warmup 01: Hey. All right, so before we actually get started on the papers catches I actually like to do a little bit off physical warm up from my hands, you know, a little bit like this. The other way around this My neck. You know, just relax. Take a deep breath. Yeah. Okay, let's do this. 4. Sketch warmup: So what I'm gonna do here is make Ruff's catches off the flowers in escapes the plants that I have previously chosen. Ah, with just any kind of pen. So you have in the cheap paper you can follow along. If you like this specific image, I have it in my Pinterest board. If not, ah, you can just follow me here and sketch it out. Like I said, it's mostly to get acquainted with the shape off the object I want to paint. I think the best way to learn how to sketch is watching and doing it. Practice and practice. There's movie no secret to it. I just want my brain to get used to this image. So when I'm going to paint it, I already know how to go about it. I know that this vase is touching the end of the leaf There on. This is how I'm going to translate what my eyes air seeing here. Okay, do it as many times. You see, I've sketched this plant because I think it's so cute many times in any kind of paper, just, you know, to practice. I'm having fun with it, so I'm going to go over it with ink pen onto. I decided. I know this plant very well. This one is that white orchid. It's a little bit more challenging. So I'm going to do my best and not worry about the results so much. I am going to just run my eyes about the outline of the flower and look at the flower more than I look at the paper just again to get familiar with it. I started with the center, not overthinking it, just drawing what I see. So when I goto actually painted you see, the petals are touching there, so trying to keep them together. So when I actually painted even though, uh, paintings different than drawing Of course, my brain is already used to this shape and image, if you know what I mean. The same flower, you can, um, choose other flowers. This is just a method of catching, which you can apply to any object. Really? Your drawing? You don't have to waste a lot of time with it. O r. Expensive paper. These are just quick sketches. And most importantly, you wanna have fun making them. This doesn't look so good, so I'm gonna go get my, uh, gun and see if I can make it more interesting going over it with black ink. I like that. Sometimes I will draw a flower and then not painted after I sketch it because sometimes it looks good in the picture. But when I try to sketch it, I'm not so happy with it. So it doesn't make it to the watercolor painting. For now, I'm liking all these that I mean, I'm going to use this one too. Paint over the ink later. Sometimes I paint and then Inc and this case I'm thinking it. And then I'm gonna paint just for fun, right? Oh, yeah. This is probably my favorite. The banana tree flower. It is strange like that and huge again, not overthinking it. That's let's just get loose and have fun. Um, let's see. Yeah, let's start here with this year thing. Don't worry. Just at your hand. Go to work sometimes over on my pencil like that on the shape, and then repeat the movement on my paper. He was trying to get the gist of it. Shade there. That's pretty much it. Let's get painting now. Right? See you in a bit. 5. Banana tree flower: So now that you've sketched the practice, you can very softly catch the banana flower on the watercolor paper. We're gonna go over it again real quick. If you haven't done that yet. You can do it now. Not like this. Just real likely. And on good paper, like this one. So I'm gonna lay down the first layer of colors, all very watery, a first. And also I like to leave some white spaces that I can always come back to and cover it or not, depending on how it turns out, this is not the same red as the real bona flower. I just like this one and not doing a realistic painting here. I'm translating my banana flower to you. So this is how I so this weird yellow things Brazil say we solve this. This problem, Andi, this bottom part is ah, Greyish green, I guess. Luckily, my water is already kind of 30 so I'm just gonna leave down like I said, not completely leaving some white spaces. I think it makes it the painting. You know, breathe kind of gives it a lightness to it. I I like it very much. I'm using a large brush. Same brush to do the all the parts. A little lighter green of it there like a back. I'm not really waiting for it to dry. Come back with the same colors. Just last water and more paint this time for final touches. Kind of like drawing with the paintbrush and talk of the painting a little bit more gray here. Good. See what I mean? This this floor is already your friend by now is catched it? You looked at it enough that you know how you want it to look like. This is my banana to flower, but on the tree flower for you I hope you enjoyed it and can't wait to see yours in the project session of the class. 6. white orchid: Okay, let's do a pretty little white or kid from the Amazon forest us. Catch it as many times as you need this on the cheap paper, and then you will sketch it very softly on the watercolor paper. I'm gonna go over it again here for you just to remind you how I went about it. Trust me, I I made these a few times myself. So don't worry if you don't get it right at first, no one does well, luckily, sometimes we do. But mostly not practice makes perfect. So if you have sketched it already, I start with the tick of the brush and the watery grey paint around the petals. I will leave the white space white, so it's going to be negatives. Pace and I will paint it around it, mostly with the gray. It's a little darker than I like, making it darker just for the purpose off the videos so you could see it better. But you can make it even lighter and water here in your project. So I go around the first laying this watery grey. This is just the first layer to separate the flower. I decided to make the background, Um, a light blue instead of the black from the picture. I don't want to make it so heavy. So I'm choosing this blue to mix in the gray. You can do that. Are you can, in black or any other color of your choosing. Follow me in this one. I always like to paint very light at first, and then I can always come back and had my color to it. If I so desire very loose, have fun not worrying about it. On next, I'm going to go to the Leafs, mixing a couple of greens. I don't need to be specific. It can be any talk you like. I'm gonna do the same and leave you wide spaces. So I always have the option of coming back and are leaving it like that. Yeah, I've paint Massey like that. I mean, I'm just having fun here, and I like the look of it. Better then when I got too much thought into there are mixed a little poker with Cem. Bring to make this Tim. This is all the color that flower is gonna have. Is that yellow in the center? The little dog here and there. That's the since it's a white flower. All I'm gonna do is a few lines here and there and leave it pretty much as it is here on the center. So very late. The very tip of the brush. I feel like dark me leaves just kind of like drawn the brush. Teoh. If you like the way it looks, it could be ready. It's Ah, it's always hard for me to tell when when it's ready and went to stop. I could stop here, but I want to keep going. So if you like it like this, that's done. If not, stay with me and let's darken thes background a little bit more that is totally up to you. I'm just experimenting here. I would love for you to do the same. That is totally up to you. I also like to make it darker as you see around the flour and then add more water towards the and of the paper on not having the needs to fill out the whole page with this blue mostly around flower just to make it. You know, Pop and I keep going. I need now a little bit more lines here and there. You will see that it's I'm not sure about this, but I'm gonna keep going anyway. Like I said, sometimes I've been so much fun painting. I just keep going. And sometimes I do ruin it. But let's see. But this takes us. Now that it's dry, I I'm going to see what happens if I laid down some ink. Yeah, so I get a thin brush and my black ink instead of a pen. I'm using small press on. I'm gonna drop top of it. I kind of like the ways it's going. You know, if you don't have ink, you can use the black water color or not. Like I said, feel free to experiment. Uh, there's no right or wrong on this one. A learning here. I do feel like these leaves are turning out heavier than I wish, but oh, well, that's all right. And I like it. No. Yeah. Okay. I think we're pretty much done here. Yeah. All right. We're done. Thank you. I hope you liked it. 7. Hibiscus : here we have the hibiscus we sketched out in the warm up session of the glass. I'm gonna go over it again if you like to do it with me this time, I will paint it after I sketch and ink to show you this other option where you can Scott first and then paint later. After you. You have outlined it with the ink pen. So a quick ruff's catch just to get going, and then the ink in Japan or a micro pen. You can use it if you don't have one of these, just quickly and loosely. How blinding it shadow here to give it some depth. A few lines here, there on a couple of leafs later, I realized there like this. That's pretty much it. So now that the X dry, I'll come back with the water colors, there's the picture so you can follow me. You see how I'm laying The color is no like specific way to do that. However, you feel most comfortable with the brash in your hands. My read my waters a little dirty so that red could be a cat immune. Reds a little brighter, but it's just a What? This is what I call a watercolors. Catch that fun and not to give it a pop like I did with the passion food. I'll just choose like this bright orange and do halfway around it. That's that. How do you like it? I hope you enjoyed it. 8. plant paintsketch: here we have that little pretty cute planned from the beginning of the warm of exercise. This I'm going to do a sketch. A faint sketch. Ah, without drawing. Yeah. In this one, I will use a flat brush and just some water, mostly to outline drawing with the brush. Basically, it's not a watercolor paper. So you see all these waves coming up, But it's really just a catch. And then we'll do another one for real. Thank you. I like to try it before in, ah, cheap paper. So I don't waste my watercolor paper. I I think it also gives you, um, more freedom. You know, you don't have to worry too much if you mess it up. I don't know if you heard about the the good paper freeze symptoms, so I like to use this more freely. And if I don't like it, I'll just start over again and again. How many times I feel like I need to and ah reminding you. Now that you see, there is a lot of options for your project for your glass project. You can do any one of these. You can combine a couple you can do them separately and posted in our project session of the class. Feel free to do as many as you like and then choose the ones that you, I think worked out better here. I have, like, a two or three greens that I mix, Um, just as freely as I'm drawing, you know, sometimes all makes it on the paper. I'm gonna do it again Now, with the round fresh on the good paper. So let's do this again one more time. At this point, I am very familiar. I'm really close to this plant shapes and forms. So, please, I recommend you do the same if there is one that you like better to it over and over again . You see, I apply less pressure in the beginning of the stroke and then more oppression towards the middle and then turn it up in the end again. Different greens, different sizes there. Adjusting the camera there. I like to use ah, bigger brush and just explore its possibilities with the tip and pressuring it for larger strokes. Uh, I'm kind of lazy to be, you know, changing brushes in every every drawing. So I end up using mostly one for everything. But if you want, you can. If you haven't master the pressure on it, you can change them as you go again. That background that a bit darker. I like to use very much, and you can see here that you can use this in different paintings in different situations. It's a technique you can take with you further on your water color steps. 9. Dramatic Passion Fruit Flower: So here we have the exotic passion fruit, and this is how my eyes are translating it to my hands. I'm just gonna start with the outer shape of it and not worrying too much. Just trying to get the most expressive lines that I see. You're welcome to draw with me and practice as much as you want or need. And since this time, I am going for a more dramatic look. I'm going to do this. One flower in black and white monochromatic with, uh, black ink. I tried it in colors and I don't know, I didn't I didn't think it was great. So I think I can get a better result in black and white if you have on ink pen. If not, you can do it with the normal round breasts and black ink or a water color black. I'm going to do the same drawing again just now. I think you see, that's what I talked about getting loose and not worrying too much. Um, this is more like a practice style off letting lose, and I think it gets actually more expressive than a perfect realistic wrong. That's my opinion, has more movement It's crazy looking flower now. So now I go the Bruce outlining the the parts that I want to pop out. Yeah, starting to look like how I like it. And, uh, what I like to do that you can if I also in other paintings is this, I think kind of like a background that Not really just around the flower. You see, I think it makes it really expressive and dramatic. So there's our little drama Fashion foods. If you like to make it in colors, please do outlook to see it. 10. Amazonflowers wrap it up: Thank you for joining me in this class. I can't wait to see your work on the project session of the class. Follow me for future classes. If you share your work on Instagram, you're welcome to tag me so I can see it and like it. And I hope you had a good time learning something new Practice. I really forward toc you my other classes also. Okay, bye.