Color by Numbers Geometric Deer | Brenda Knoll | Skillshare

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5 Lessons (34m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials and Process Overview

    • 3. Design Transfer

    • 4. Develop Color Scheme

    • 5. Demonstration and Final Project

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About This Class

Hello there, This is Brenda Knoll, in this class we will be creating this color by number geometric deer head. The skills you will learn in this class include transferring an image to your painting surface, developing a color scheme and how to color between the lines.

This class was created to just be fun. Sometimes when folks come to my classes in the real world, they like to just have fun artistic experience and they aren’t interested in necessarily mastering the subject so much as producing artwork that is pretty. That is what this class is about.

In this class, we will review the materials needed, I have provided a template with numbers that we will be transferring to our paper, and we will be developing our artwork following the color map. 

We will talk about the tips, tricks and hacks I use to develop my color schemes and I will demonstrate the process I used to paint my deer head. 

I will encourage you to paint or color your deer head and post in the final project section of this class. 

This class is geared towards folks who like my design and would like to use it in their own artwork projects, there is no prior knowledge or experience required as it is essentially a color by number project. I hope you enjoy it and if you do, I can develop other similar projects for you as well.

If you enjoy the class, please leave a positive review and/or consider following me on social media, it means a lot in the internet world! 


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1. Introduction: Hello there. This is Brendon. All and this cost We will be creating this colorful color by number geometric deer. The skills you will need in this costs include transferring an image to your painting surface, developing the color scheme and how to color between the lines. This class was created to just be fun. Sometimes when folks come my classes in the real world, I like to just have fun Painting they don't necessarily want to master a subject. So much is produced are often it's pretty and that's is what this class is about. This cost is geared toward folks who like me design and would like to use it in their own artwork projects. There's no prior knowledge or experience required, as it is essentially the color by number project of my design. If this sounds good to you that please roll. Thank you for taking this class by 2. Materials and Process Overview: Hello there. And welcome back. This is bring, you know, welcome to this cost. And this module, we will be reviewing the materials for the class project. The first thing that you will need is a template I developed for the color by number. Geometric design. The Project resource file that you can print or have printed out, is located as a JPEG file. Under the project in Resource Tab, you'll need to decide what your cow, what your colored surface will be. I'm using cans and Excel watercolor paper in £140 cold press. These are nine by 12 sheets that come 32 a pad that I pick up a walmart locally for around $5. But you can also purchase them online from Amazon Prime for about just under $6. So they're quite the bargain as far as I'm concerned. So once you have decided upon your artwork surface, you'll need to transfer the template designed to your color area. There are many ways to transfer the design, but since his classes not about transferring line work for art, I'm willing going to review two methods. The first method, which is the one that I will be using involves using graphite paper. I purchased fitted sheets of graphite paper for about $26 on Amazon. It's reusable, so I've used to sheets and about a year it feels like a lifetime supply. Before I purchase graphite sheets, I utilized another technique that involves simply coloring on the back of the design with a regular pencil. And that's effective as well. So those will be the two methods will be talking about. We'll talk about the process and the benefits of utilizing either those two methods and the design transfer marginal, which be short. We will review in detail how to develop and decide upon a color scheme and the develop your color scheme module, which will also include my tricks, tips and hacks, and resource is for developing color schemes. I will include an outline under the Project and Resources tab so that you will not need to remember my tips and tricks and online resource is for developing color schemes. Your uncle right? The last thing that you will need to complete this project is a coloring tool. I will be using watercolor from my project today, so, um, but you could also use watercolor, acrylic paint markers, crayons, colored pencils, wash pastels, inks or any sort of color really that you want. You will need 1 to 6 colors, depending upon your medium that you're using and the color thing that you choose. And I will, uh, reveal my color scheme in a later module. But also in the outline, I will include the paint colors that I used just in case you're interested. Thanks for watching, and I will see you in the next module by. 3. Design Transfer: Hello and welcome back. This is Brendon. All in this module. We're going to be taking care. Our we're going to be transferring our source onto our watercolor paper were using the Kansan Excel watercolor paper. You can get 30 sheets of 1 £40 nine by 12 for just around $5. More bargain. So if it's quite nicely in the nine by 12 and this is just the 8.5 papers I've put out, So if you have taken any of my other videos, you already know this. So feel free to skip this, But if you haven't, I'm going to be using graphite paper and you can get this graphite paper from Amazon. So I'm just using this alligator clamp. Clamp it down, and I've got my graphite side facing down. Sometimes I do that wrong and end up with not transferring my pattern. And I'm just going to use a so much as I need. I am using graphite paper because I find it easier and I do not really stress my original lying work shows up in my art. So, given that the benefit of using graphite paper is that it is relatively fast and easy, meaning that steps are layer your surface, your graphite facing down torture. Certify surface, Kraft paper Sorry, um, than your line work and clamp it'll down and trace. And the downside is that the lines are fairly dark, unless you consciously Prasit away. That's careful to leave a light line, which is too much work for me. The graphite transfer does not erase is well, as a pencil would. So if you do not want to see the pencil lines in your final piece, no matter what, and your color medium will not cover the lines, then you should probably utilize method number TCI, which is, uh, rubbing pencil on the back of the source design and using that to train transfer light graphite lions. I also met the number two is You take the side of your pencil to shade the back side of your line, work lightly. You place it on top of your surface in your trace, and pencil is easier to race or lighten, then graphite transfer and it also transfer later. So this is the better choice if you don't want to see any lines in your finished piece. So that's just two of many methods that you can use to transfer your line work to your art service. But since this class is not about transferring artwork, I will not be going into detail here. Since this is a complex design, I am treating a lot more detail than I normally would, but you do not need to transfer the numbers. Just keep your reference handy and just so you won't lose your way. I've used the second method, but I decided that since I didn't care if my line showed through, I would use the time spent shading the backside of my paper with a pencil for other things and invest in the graphite transfer paper. Thanks for watching, and I will see you in the next module. 4. Develop Color Scheme: Hello there. And welcome back. This is Brendon all and this is color by numbers. Geometric deer. This module we will be developing your project color scheme and mapping it to the reference template that has been transferred to the color surface. The reason will be mapping the reference template is because this project has a lot of little pieces and it's easy to get lost and lose their way. Lusitans for me. So the map will keep us focused in on track. It allows to not have to think too much and still stay on course. It sounds funny, but true. This is the color scheme. I developed this color scheme because I wanted to focus on designs for Christmas artwork because the season is up coming in on my might. That is why the subject is a dear. I wanted a break cherry coordinating color scheme for all my Christmas 2019 designs. And I love red and till together. So I knew that I wanted to incorporate those colors along with White. I decided that I like the way these colors that I had picked work together and other designers work that I collected for Christmas inspiration. So I looked at the geometric deer, and I mapped it according toa value. Light to dark. I have six colors in my palette, so I used a 1 to 6 color scale and worked from light to dark. I started by labeling all the geometric shapes that were latest with one and then labelled the next light of shapes to than three and for and five and six in relation to the colors in my template, with one being the lightest and six being the darkest er black in my photo, use my color scheme, or you can develop your own to fit your decor and or your own personal design aesthetic. So tools that I used to develop color schemes and cleared using a physical color will online color wheels and various polit generators. Okay, so one of the Truls that I used to develop my color schemes is a color will, and on the one side it's a guide to mixing color, and it's really cool. If you don't have one of these is large one, but they also make them smaller, and I have those as well. So on the one side it's ah, color mixing guide and has a value scale. And it talks about some color dairy. And that's really cool. Like I never remember that a tent is the color plus white or a tone. It's the color plus great are shade is color plus black, so it's nice to have this reference. So I'm using the correct terminology, so they're cool. They're handy besides putting together color schemes. But one of the ways that I put together color schemes is to utilize my color well. So monochromatic scheme would be one color that is mixed with black or white to make a variety colors, tens tones OJ's and you can make UH, five different colors, probably quite easily that way, and that would be a monochromatic color scheme. Another would be a complementary color scheme, which you're up colors that are across from each other on the color will. But there's also split complementary, which is this You just point to the main color. You would like to say it was purple that would tell you, but, um, two colors would be harmonious in a painting with that or color scheme. And then there's the Triad, which is using three colors equally spaced from each other on the will. Orange by letting green, there's a tech tried using a combination of four colors on the wheel that air two sets of compliments. All of those things were outlined for you on the color wheel, so that's really handy. And that's one of the ways that I develop my color schemes. Um, it's good practice and just fun. A little fun project is Teoh. Put together different color combinations, maybe have a little book that you, uh, color, but I have one similar ones, but I keep my cut watercolor inventory and that you could do that for, like, color schemes that you like. I have a Pinterest board, and I'll be reviewing dot where I store color palettes and schemes that I like that I come across on the Internet on. We will look at that, and, um, when we get into the online resource is. And then there's online color wills and there's power generators, and I'm excited. Teoh introduce you to those if you don't know about them, and all that information will be in the class resource sheet outline that I've created for you, and you can download in the same place that you downloaded the reference template. And, yeah, let's have fun developing your color came. So the first stop of the online resources that I would like to introduce you to ISP interest. I personally have a Pinterest board that I save pallets that I like to, but you can also search color palettes and you will just find a wealth, different pellets. And, um so undresses a good way to put together a color scheme for your project and one that I used quite frequently. And I put a link to my favorite pallets that I've collected. Another online resource that I used quite frequently is can va. What I like about this resource is you can take a picture and uploaded from your computer that this example I'm just gonna grab one that I have on here, my little lion, and you upload it. And it too generates appellate based upon your photo. So what the value with this would be you could take a picture of your room that you're gonna put your painting in, or you have an idea for, and then you could upload it and get your color scheme from there. That's really handy. That's really cool. So this delayed to this site where you can do that is in the resource sheet as well, and you can click pellets there as well. They have all kinds of really cool states, so I'm excited to introduce you to Canberra. So the next site that I'd like to introduce you to ISS called Color Mind is actually a website color palette generator. But the color balance, the color palette and what I also like about this the site is that you can also upload a photo here, and it'll generate the color scheme. So the next site is called palette on, and this is probably one of my very favorites, and mostly just because look at it, it's beautiful. Um, I love that you can click on the link and pick any color you would like in It does that little square, and then you could do liken ologists or click on that. They don't do like a try at it. Could von that did the Tetra. I just love it. I love it. I love this site. It's really pretty, and it's great for generating color schemes, and I hope that you enjoy it as well. And there will be a link to that, um, site in the resource tab. And it's pretty fun. Okay, The next little site that I have is called Color Hunt, and it just has a variety of different cremate color palettes. People like in love, and it's pretty fun knows just another option for choosing color palettes for any of your design. Me, it's really but just one of my little tools that I use. And I just like this one a lot. Those pins in that yellow are really pretty together, and they so yeah, no there. And that link is also in the a resource sheet that I have developed for Yo Yeah, Color hunt serves thousands of color schemes for many different design and our purposes. That's true. So the another side that I have for you is actually again website color, um, generator powered generator. But the reason that I included it here, and I think you might be interested in it is because it has a real nice color theory section. If you're interested in teens on, it also allows you this little kind of the sort of graphic this infographic that shows you how your color schemes that you choose will look and, uh, put together. And so I thought that was kind of cool. You could change the color. So what? You get your colors picked in another one of the coming here and actually see how they relate to each other what they look like together. And so I thought that'd be cool. So I included that. That's W three school. It's a website, but the palate generators still pretty cool. And that is why that is in there. Okay, when you're in the end of this modules looks So one of the last sites I wanted to share with us is a site called Coolers. And it's just another palette generator. You can. It has a little tutorial. I think I tried to capture the tutorial in the beginning, but I missed it going back and grabbed it. But as a little tutorial on how to work this basically, you lot one of the colors and then hit your space bar and it will generate um, that goes right here trying Teoh. So it has some pre made talents that you can utilize. I also you can dio. So again, just another color palette generator. Okay, so I included this one. It's not a pallet generator, but this website had 50 really cool award winning website color schemes and they were just really pretty like this blue and orange here. It's just gorgeous. But all of these 50 or gorgeous And so I just thought you might enjoy looking at that, keeping that in mind if you see any color schemes there you'd like Okay. And the last thing to wrap this up is I just wanted to make sure that you knew that you could just google color palette, generator Pantone, color palette, generators, color skins and just get a wealth of other online tools. And so I hope that this has been helpful to you and that you were able to you think about it and generated colors in for your project. And I am really hoping that you enjoy this project and that you post something in the final project section. I would be so grateful. Thank you so much. I 5. Demonstration and Final Project: Hello there. And welcome back. This is Brendon all just to recap the steps to completing the final class project. They are to download the Do your template with numbers J peg and transfer the design to your service. You do not need to transfer the numbers. Just keep your reference handy so that you do not get lost. You will need to develop a color scheme or you can use mine and then start painting your project. This process start to finish. Take me an hour and 40 minutes and the coloring portion took me about an hour and 1/2. I've spent a process in this video so as not to bore you. I wouldn't like to have sped it up faster, but it became choppy at the end of the painting by number. I chose to utilize Inc and outline my watercolor with black because I like the way it looks . And I also decided to add a background. And I did that with dollar blue and a little bit of yellow and some leftover color in my palette. Your final project is to complete your color by number, Jim It drink dear and upload and to be honest, I would so appreciate it if you want a plunger. Final project? Um, I don't know. For whatever reason, I haven't had any of my students upload a final project and I'm starting to get complex about it. I would really appreciate some feedback and to see your final project. If you're willing to share that, that would be great. In any case, some feedback would be great. I it makes me a better teacher, and I would appreciate it. So if you've enjoyed this class, please leave a positive review and or consider following me on skill share and social media . It means a lot in the Internet world, and I thank you for taking my class. And I'm just gonna let you listen to music to the end of this video. What you see here is that I started from the top left and worked my way down to the right down right down on. And that's just because I'm right handed. And that gave that top left a little time to dry and started it with the number ones and just started filling in the shapes, using my map as a guide. And then I went onto the number twos. Number three's number four's um, the original file. You can see that flight is coming in from the right hand side. And so I chose to do the five and six in the greens on the right hand side of my dear and the five and six, the more cooler tones on the left hand side of my dear. And that's what I did there. And so I just I went through and fill them all in, according to my map, and then outlined it in the black and completed the background. And that was it. And I so look forward to seeing what you folks come up with. Thank you for taking this class. One more thing, I wanted to point out, just in case you were wondering, I do realize that what you see me using as ah template here for my design in my map color map is different than what you're downloading. And the reason for that is because after I filmed this, I went ahead and cleaned up that digital file and made a little simpler and then also wrote the numbers on on the map itself. I considered having you map it. But then, in the end, I just decided I'll just nap it, and that's what I ended up doing. And then I to get the body portion of the deer because I just felt like it was a better composition without it. And so that's why the template that you were downloading is different than what you see me using here in the video. And then the other thing, I wanted to point out WAAS, the J Peg and the Resource Guide our files that are located and the under the final project tab on the skill share lesson paid arm. I'm taking the skill share lessons on, and that's where that's located. And if you don't see it there, most likely it's because of of the device you're using or yeah, the device you're using. But it's actually there. Under the Father project, Tabby might have to use a desktop to download the file if it If it's an issue, please