Beginner's Realism | Eden Bourne | Skillshare

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Creating Traditional Art with Digital Tools

    • 2. Fair Use with Photos

    • 3. Framing Your Piece Digitally

    • 4. Plotting Points

    • 5. Colour Choice

    • 6. Finding Shapes

    • 7. Complete your Painting

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About This Class

In this class we use Photoshop to help us create a traditional art piece.

How does that even make sense?

By using some of the handy digital features in Photoshop, we can easily translate what we see onto the screen to our paper or canvas.

It's a great starting point for those who are struggling with realism in traditional art, or even for those digital artists who may want to try their hand at traditional art!

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Eden Bourne

Paint and Patience



Hi, I’m Eden.

I'm a New Zealand artist, specializing in gouache paintings.  I also run my own business selling prints of my paintings.


My classes range from basic colour charts and creating gouache landscapes to how to best digitize your artworks so that you too can begin selling your art.


Please feel free to explore my classes, or drop me a line through my socials or website!

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1. Creating Traditional Art with Digital Tools: Hi, I'm eating a New Zealand artists and skill share teacher. If you're anything like me you love creating traditional at but still understand the ALOF The digital world in my past today will be using some tips on photo shop to help us create traditional act. We'll be learning things such as framing, putting points, finding shapes and choosing colors. I have a photo for you in the rays also section office class. Please download it If you'd like to follow along Alternatively, you can use your own photo reference. I can't wait to share these tips with you. Let's go on and get started. 2. Fair Use with Photos: for this class, I'm allowing you to download and use a photo. I have taken off a pied cormorant. I'm giving you full authority to replicate the image to a T. If you so desire Beal were that for most photos that you find online, you cannot do this. Ah, photo is someone else's creative work, and you should not replicate it without prior permission from the artist. When working with photographs that you haven't been given permission to use, you need to be certain that you only borrow pats often image. It often helps if you have multiple images and borrow bets from all of them, including your own imagination to create a piece of your own. One work around and the best tip I had for working with photos is to use your own. Images were impossible. If you use your own photo as a reference, you don't need to be overly concerned with how much of it you're borrowing for your own work. Another tip I have is to use a website like and splash quote. You do not need to ask permission from or provide credit to the photographer or and splash , although it is appreciated when possible. Unquote. But again, you don't need to worry about that for this. Listen, Feel free to use my photo and the resources section. Now, let's do this. 3. Framing Your Piece Digitally: we can use Photoshopped to frame a reference image. You may be familiar with this process. If you have done some plain air work, framing is seen as handy as it helps you to keep focus on a certain area of the sane and avoid being distracted by other details will be doing the digital equivalent of this without photo reference. First, you need to decide what canvas or paper you're working with. I'm choosing toe work with a 21 by 21 centimeter, 300 GSM watercolor paper, open photo shop and then open your photo reference. We're also going to sit up our digital page click file New. A pop up window will appear changed the dimensions off the page to vet off the paper that you were using. As I am using a 21 by 21 seem to me to paper. I'll be making sure that my digital page matches this. You can also name your project at the stage if you'd like, and now you'll have a digital equivalent to the paper that you have in front of you on your disk. Using the same dimensions on your digital file will also allow us to use photo shops built and rollers to help us. When we get to drawing, I'll show you a little more on how to do this. Later you conflict between the original reference and your digital page by clicking on these tabs here. Now it's time to crop the image to fit your page. This is how we frame Al saying digitally on the photo reference, Select your rectangular marquee tool for reasons that will become clear soon. Select a larger portion off your photo than you intend to use. Copy your selection and paste it into the next window on our digital page. You'll notice that most of the page is now filled with water and no bird. Just how well the photo fits will depend on the size of your digital page. To fit the photo, we're going to use the free transform tool. You can find this under edit free transform or use a short cat apple tea. It's important not to use shift during your free transform. Otherwise, your image will lose its proportions. Drag the image down like this until you're able to move it around like saw and frame it. How you would like to draw it, and that's your framing Done. Feel free to continue to move image around until you're happy with it by using the move tool. Now that you framed your image digitally, we can now draw this image on your paper. Using the frame is a guide. If that still seems a little daunting, just wait until the next step, plus ing points. 4. Plotting Points: using the built and rollers and photo shop, you can start plotting points on your paper to assist your drawing. This step can be helpful if you're having trouble getting a certain perspective or find a particular area of a photo reference attractive but just too tricky for this class. I'll be plotting a fair few spots so that we can get a good idea of how this works, the amount of points you want to plot, if any or depend on you. You will probably find that as you become more comfortable, you won't need quite as many. An important first step is to create a new layer so that we do not draw directly onto the photo reference. Grab your pencil tool and click on the top color box to change your color. I'm going for read so that it stands out against the grace. You can also choose what size you want a tool. Do this to suit your preference. Now mark some points on your image. You can see that I'm marking points on the Pied Comore. It there will easily help me with my drawing later. Think of it as a connect the dots type thing. Now that we have some dots laid out digitally, we're going to use photo shops rulers to plot these points on our page. Four. Thus will need the square marquee tool again. Click from outside the page at any off the corners and drag the tool until your cursor meets one of your points. The pop up will give you the exact measurement of your point. This point is 7.44 centimeters, down from the top right corner and 1.55 centimeters across from the right hand side of the page. You can now use these as coordinates and plot the same point on your patch. The coordinates will disappear as soon as your finger releases its pressure on the mouse. It may be helpful to have a pin and paper nearby to note them down. Continue this process for all of your points, check the coordinates and then translate them onto your page. As you can see, I like to join my dots up as I go so that I don't get muddled. Next, I'll show you how to use Photoshopped to easily find shapes in your reference 5. Colour Choice: At this stage, you should have the basis of road roaring down on your page. It's now time to choose some of the colors for your pace. If you have a Kela chat, now is a good time to get it out. Otherwise, simply take note off the colors as we go through and do your best to match them to your paints, pencils or markers. Using the eyedropper tool, click around on the image to get an idea off the colors you'll be needing for the pace. This place is going to be made up of mostly grays with the green and blue tint. Without checking the colors with the eyedropper tool, I would have been less confident about what colors to use. This step can be particularly helpful for more colorful photo references. Now it's time to fill it in with Keller. My favorite path 6. Finding Shapes : Let's use Photoshopped to find shapes, create a new layer, then click the I icon next to the layer below. This will hide out plotted points from the previous Leeson. Now let's choose a color to use for our pencil tool. It's important that we're making sure that we're on the new layer and not on the photo reference, then simply draw around the shapes that the water ripples have met. You can do this for any obscure shape in any reference image that you may be using. This can be a little tricky to do. If you're using a mouse, remember that you can use Apple's E to undo a Mac that you've made. - You can always hide the layer image if and when needed, or zoom in and out on the reference photo to make outlining shapes and little more accurate . I like to do this process in sections. I outlined a few shapes digitally thin. Translate them on my page like this. Take the time to really see the shapes. Notice whether one area is higher than another overlaps or meats. Outlining the shapes digitally can help us to become more comfortable with them. In a sense, we're taking control over something that may be really complex By breaking it down. Don't forget that we do still have our role. It'll as a guide to help us. - Another tip for this process is to change the opacity levels of your photo reference layer. Doing this may help you see the shapes bitter. You can play with us depending on what looks best for you of having the photo reference showing through gets distracting. When you're trying to focus on your shapes, you can always hide that layer. Good job. Now we have found shapes outlined thumb and translated them on 12 page, and the next listen will be using Photoshopped to help us in our color selection. 7. Complete your Painting: