Create Oil Pastels Flower Drawing! | Nora Connolly | Skillshare

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6 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Hello and Introduction to class

    • 2. Supplies you will need

    • 3. Outline and design your works...

    • 4. Color-in your works...

    • 5. Final Project and Conclusion

    • 6. Bonus video: Red flowers!

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In this class, you will create from Oil Pastels, and the provided RED FLOWER Photo in the Description below, a drawing in Oil Pastels of the following flowers. Happy learning and enjoy!


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Nora Connolly

Illustrator + Pattern Designer + Artist + Teacher


About Me:    Hello, and welcome, I'm Nora. I'm an Illustrator, Surface Pattern Designer + Artist. I studied at Columbia University and obtained a Masters. My thesis was on "MURAL ART: FAD OR ART?"  I decided after a number of years of work as a French Translator to go to FIT - Fashion Institute of Technology to learn digital design.  I also speak French fluently and have lived in Paris, France.  I am native New Yorker and still live in NYC presently with my husband and two kitties!   I have written and illustrated three Children's books so far.  I love art and what I do!  This is the best feeling in the world and would like to share that creativity with everyone.

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1. Hello and Introduction to class: Hi and welcome. My name is Nora Connolly. In pastels there are soft pesticides as well as oil pastels. Soft pastels are the chalky kind, and oil pastels are more oil base. Now, we are going to use the oil pastels to draw out a beautiful flower that's red and yellow. I took a picture of this flower by myself with my own camera. Over the summer. This picture was so beautiful that inspired me to draw in oil pastels on water color paper. I'd like you to come and join me to draw this flower. In class, you should learn how to draw your outlines, as well as how to use the medium of oil pastels. By the end of this class, you should have a project all finished for your project, you can either do like me if you wish, and paint number one, my version of the summer flowers as taught in this class. Number two, my version of the Degas dancers. Number three, my version of the scream by Edward munch, or number for your own pen painting, which will be more than welcome. All of these versions of paintings will be attached and description down below for your reference. Please feel free to link your project in the description down below. As I'd love to see it. 2. Supplies you will need: Welcome everyone, going to be showing you how to make this beautiful oil pastel picture. And I'd made watercolour image out of. But they were originally a photograph which I took. Now these beautiful flowers are yellow and red and they're very bright and vibrant. So I thought that they would make a beautiful water oil past. So these oil pastels that we're going to use are made by Cray-Pas. You can use any kind. These are the kinds I wanna use. And on the inside you can see there's many different colors. And a pencil to draw out the outline and eraser if you need it. And I use some kind of tau let or bounty, just clean my hands because they can get kinda messy. You're also going to need some type of watercolor paper. The bigger the better depending on the size that you want to draw on. But this is the beautiful image I chose to make. And I want to show you how to make it. 3. Outline and design your works...: So I would start by drawing out the flower outline and I would draw a pedal. So one of the petals is like this. And you don't have to press too hard because you're going to be going over it with the Cray-Pas. Now you can interpret the flowers, petals the way you want. It doesn't have to be exactly what you see. And also, I am going to include a photograph, the photograph that I took on the description down below so that you can see what it looks like. That of what I am drawing. So this one is supposed to be the stem of this flower. Then I tend to draw the exterior, exterior petals first. And good, just go around and just go around in a circular motion to make sure that you get most of the petals down first. It can be a little bit loose. Your drawing, meaning that you don't have to draw exactly the way it looks. And that's the beauty of pastels because they're kind of loosely drawn. And they, they mix into one another very well. And they make these beautiful, beautiful images. So these are the flowers, petals of the third flower. And there's going to be another one over here and one more extending out here. Now it has a little pestle in the center. And so does this one. And it has these little stems as well. And I think they're inside each flower actually. And these servers are so pretty because they're bright red as well as yellow. And they stand out a lot in the garden. So we've got more here and another one here. And then the last thing we're going to draw here are some of the leaves. Now, I've interpreted these the way I wanted to draw them, because I felt that maybe drawing them in different colors, different color greens would make them a little more muted, but stand out a little bit as well. Because they're not the central part or a central focus of the drawing. So the flowers are, so I don't want them to overpower the actual drawing. Then I'm going to make and I'm going to make some leaves as well here. And they're going to be a little bit darker than the flower. Now, I don't know if you can see the difference between the flowers and the leaves yet. But as soon as we start coloring everything in, unblocking them in colors, you'll be able to see what we're drawing. I want to add one more thing to help me guide me with the flowers. And that would be where the yellow comes in to the flower because it will help me block out the red from the yellow. And that is much easier to know where to stop. When I'm drawing the one I'm putting, laying on the pastel colors. So this is how I do it. I just make a line and that tears tells me where I can stop with the yellow and start with the red. And one more. And there you have it. 4. Color-in your works...: Now that we have our pencil outline guides down, we can start by filling in the flower motifs with some color, with oil pastels, it's nice to start off with your lightest colors first. So in our drawing, the lightest color is yellow. So I would use the lightest yellow that I could find and laid down around the flowers, petals. And then that's the beauty of these oil pastels. You can use different colors and then merge them into one. And they mix very nicely. So I'm gonna do the inside of the petals in yellow. Now that we're done with our foundation yellow, we're going to move on to the exterior petals, which is red. So I'm going to take my two red colors, lay down a foundation for those. And I start out with the lighter of my two reds and merge them along the way. Now you can leave a little bit of white gaps because you're going to go over this foundation layer with another color. And that would be the deeper of the reds. And the other pedal here, I'm going to outline it and go over it on the interior. And I do this all around from all of the petals that I have from my flowers. You want to clean your crayon. Once you've cleaned your oil pastel and taken off some of the paper that surrounds the oil pastel. You're able to continue with your drawing. So we're gonna be creating layers of color on the watercolor paper, on the past style paper, the next color we're going to use is a deeper color of red. And I'm just going to try and do the tip of the flowers with this color. And that way, it adds some contrasts. And it goes on more smoothly. The color. Once you have already laid a foundation for it. And it mixes well, these oil pastels with the other color that you laid down previously to that one. And you can go over and get all the little white gaps that you have. Mind you, it should be much quicker on the second layer. What you want is to try and make it uniform. What you don't want is to leave little pieces of white paper shows through. And what you're gonna do with these little specs. That's what one of the things that you can do later on when the late everything down is a push the pastel Well your fingers and it all smudge. Give a nice smudge effect to the little pieces that you have on the paper of the color that you just used. And it gets the paint, the color of the oil down. And it merges the two colors. You need a different fingers sometimes for the lighter colors, like the yellow here. And you should do this before you work on the next color. You're going to add to your paper. It's like a progression your progressively through the drawing. And it's okay if you go a little bit outside of what you're drawing for the petals because the last color is going to be a deeper, darker color. So you can clean your fingers on the paper, on the bounty or on the talent that we have. Now we're going to lay down a deeper green for the stems of the flour. And we want that to show nicely through the yellow. This doesn't have to be exact. It's a form of expression. And I'm going to leave these little parts of the PESTEL for last, and I'm going to make a lease here. Use it here as well. For the leaves on the exterior of the flowers have four different colors of green. And I'm going to try to alternate them and mix them around so that it looks like, you know, different levels are coming out. So to try and stack them in a different way, I am going to use the pink here. And especially where the yellow marches into the orange. That could be an effect. You want it to look a little bit more seamless and when they merge together, because the last color you're going to use is going to be black. So with the black, you're going to go around all of the parts that you did not let you left white on the paper. And that's what will make the flowerpot out. Or the final part of this flower. We're going to use a marker and I have one that comes out and conquer, the one I'm going to pick because I want this part of the flower to show and this final piece are, are red and yellow flowers. 5. Final Project and Conclusion: Thank you for joining me for this class. It's been wonderful and I hope you'll join me again for another one of my classes. Hill free to link one of your beautiful creations on the project description down below, as I'd love to see it.