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Create modern funky art with water colour

teacher avatar Bonnita Moaby, Fine art and Illustration

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6 Lessons (40m)
    • 1. Skillshare lips intro

    • 2. Colour Swatching

    • 3. Tools and swatch blend

    • 4. Sketching our lips

    • 5. Lets get painting

    • 6. Final Touches

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About This Class

In this class I show you how you can use some water colour activated markers to create fun, vibrant, modern art. If you have never considered this medium or seen products similar but have never been sure how to use them then this class is perfect for you.


After having a go you will be hooked and all the practices I show you in this lesson can be applied to many other styles of watercolour you want to try. I have done many wildlife pieces using this exact method!

We start from scratch which means I also show you how to draw the lips, this helps absolute beginners to realise that you do not need to be a seasoned artist to create work like this

I have made this class to suite ALL levels of artists and creatives. 

Some of the techniques you will learn in this class:

  • ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†How to sketch out some lips WITHOUT having to use a reference
  • ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†How to work with water colour markers and pens
  • ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†How to blend and work with the water to create other colours and effects
  • ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Create a drippy splash look that will look great in any room, you could also use on apparel¬†

Please share your work in progress and draw alongs as I would love to see your versions!

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Bonnita Moaby

Fine art and Illustration


Bonnita Moaby – Bonnita Doodles

Even from a young age Bonnita remembers spending hours colouring in or drawing. This carried on into her school years and beyond. Going on to do Graphic Design at a BA level she achieved her degree and set up her own business which ran for over 9 years, winning the prestigious award from Theo Paphitis of Dragons Den for #SBS (Small Business Sunday).

Stepping into the world of portraits and realism work in coloured pencil the demand for her work became so great that she decided to focus on her traditional art so made the hard decision to close the doors on her graphic design business.

In her time since starting up her art venture Bonnita has published 2 colouring books and licensed her work out. She went on to win ... See full profile

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1. Skillshare lips intro: guys. My name is Benita. I am a realism artist, but I love to double in water colors the purpose of today's classes to teach you a different medium you may not have considered before if you've ever looked up on looked into using watercolors. These are markers that are water activated but give you a really, really rich pigment that you don't necessarily get with standard watercolors when you use it straight out. Palatable wire tube. I like to play with water colors because there's a realism artist, primarily working colored pencils, and I have to get in there, really get the nitty gritty details down. Where is when I play with my watercolors on one markers? I get to have fun. I get to be loose, I get to be colorful, and I get to do things in much more of an abstract way, which you don't tend to get to do when you do realism Today's class. I want to teach you exactly that. I want to teach you the free form that we can do. There's a little bit of sketching in there, but I teach you how the whole process of how we get that together, and then the fun part of using our markers to create a really colorful, vibrant and bold picture that by the end of class you'll be proud to show. 2. Colour Swatching: Hi, guys. Welcome to today's lesson on. I'm going to be teaching you how you can use Akwa Spectrum noir watercolor markers and they don't have to be spectrum while for this tutorial or any water, color markers or even any water color palette will be absolutely fine. I just wanted to show you how you can use your markers if you've ever got any home that you wondering what you can do with. But it just gives you an idea of how you can play with them or we're gonna do it in a really fund simplistic way today. So what you're going to need if you have one. So I'm gonna add a little bit of bling to mine afterwards, and this is a clear sparkle pensar it has theatre on. Then I'm just going to swatch all of our colors today. Not sure how well the camera will kick up that once it's dry. But I would advise that you swatch all of your colors before you get going. So you know exactly how they're going to behave on how their colors look on paper because quite often they don't always look like the colors that they are on the ends of the pens. So today we're going to be using Aqua Marine. Okay, that's watched. We're just gonna write that down as we go. A swell to Akwa Marine on That is clear. Blizter, we have got the Rose pink groups, which is quite a nice sort of salmon a color. We may not use all of the's, but these are the ones I've picked out for the moment. We got hot pink, hot pink. It's doing some sort of order hair, ma'am, we've got wild flower, which is one of my favorite purples in this certain we don't necessarily need a green, but I've brought this in case we want to touch up later on on this is Bud Breen and then we have meadow, which is our yellow. If you're not familiar with these pens or you have these pens already, you you have a brush pain on the end and you have a fine liner, a swollen. We won't be using the PFI nine that we will only be using the brush pen, the brush friends always at the end where there is no white seal. Whereas if you look at the finance you've got a white seal, but on the standard and you don't know most pens will have an indicator of some sort how you can do that. But as I mentioned, you don't have to do it. Why are these? You can use your more traditional watercolor palette if you decide that that's what you want to do. But this is really to give you an idea of the process on just how much fun you can have and , you know, doing something which would look really call in a modern bedroom, even a modern warfare. So that's great on T shirts on that note. In the next video, we are going to go over the tools that we need to continue on with our project. 3. Tools and swatch blend: we're just gonna go through the tools that you are going to need. As we've mentioned before, I'm using the spectral while watercolor paper, which is nine by 12 and really, really good thickness at 300 GSM I'm using in this particular projects, the spectrum Akwa markers. But as I've mentioned before, you can use standard watercolors or any other water activated markers that you may have. We're also going to be using the graduate date around he brushes, which are really, really good value for money for when you're just starting out. You are, of course, going to need some water and you shall need some watercolor brushes on. I'm going to be using data rounding today. Andi. I shall probably be switching between the number six on a number 10 there, my two favorite size brushes for when I do this exercise. These are this one, isn't This is just a around round, but these are the graduate brushes, which are really, really good value for money. So when you're starting out on this type of venture, you don't have to spend loads of motive money. So the sparkle is water activated as well. And so these pens so we can just come in. I'm blend that cutter outs. We know how is gonna react with the water. My water side. I'll raise pink depending on the brand of pen that you're going to be using. And depending on the depth of the color, you may find that they don't always move around the paper as well. The paper music today is spectrum. The war require all paper Onda. It's a really, really nice thickness watercolor paper Do. You don't need to over saturate your brush, but you need a good for name of water on there that we can soak it into the paper and shift that pigment around. Shift that that green is absolutely beautiful. Okay, now the middle. As I mentioned, we don't really need the green because we have the blue and the yellow to make the green. And of course, we have the blue on the for the blue on the pain to make the purple, but it it's helpful to have it because sometimes you just want to give the color a bit more punch. That's really nice to then have a secondary set that you can go in on. Add afterwards. So that's us watching done. So I'm just gonna lift you out a little bit more so we can then get our paper in. It is always worth watching before you go ahead and do a project, because it's worth knowing that you know how the colors reacted and how they look on the particular paper that you're using, because if your paper changes than your reaction will change. 4. Sketching our lips: think today we're gonna do a set off biting lips on the easiest way to do this to start off with. If you're if you're new to drawing this fact, let's turn it. Let's just turn it this way. So we have room for our troops to come down now if we give ourselves a nice even measurement and let's say Come up about amusing nine by 12. So if you come up to just over 1/3 of the page and we're gonna mark roughly in the middle 10 centimeters So we've just got Mark here on a mark helmet might a bit heavier. Seacon sees a roughly 10 centimeters a little bit off to one side. But that's fine. I can just not over a tiny bit. I just brought that out. You know, this is going to be, ah, center line. So we're just gonna do very light line across the top where they're going to come down. Never know what we're going to go up actually on. If you've got a standard thickness ruler, put the bottom of you rule on that line on Let's make it a bit more in line were completely my camera is a little bit school, so I'm probably looking very drunk to you, and then we're just going to another line across the top, and that is gonna give us off Dick Cheney's while I remember Mark in the middle of your 10 . The middle. So, five, that is gonna be the middle off our lips again. We don't have to be precise, because once we get the border Calderone it's going to be a very, very different scenario. Okay, now we're going to double the length. We're gonna just look very carefully where we are there online. I'm just gonna fold. We're just gonna draw lips on the bottom there as a Sadie's all very, very rough measurements, and they're just to give us a rough guideline. So down here is going to be the center off all mouth. So you know, that center of your mouth is where your middle teeth. So we're just gonna draw in two basic, very basic squares, so they are too front teeth, Okay? They may need making a little bit bigger once we get going. Then we want to square, and then we want to try and go. And that is roughly giving you the idea of the room that we need for the lip shape. And we're gonna go for a square on this side. There was almost you keep within your middle proportions. It doesn't matter whether you go all the way out to the edge or whether you come further in as long as you keep your middle portions. Okay, Um but we're gonna add, In fact, we're gonna add a triangle on this side. Not likely. We're going to see it, but we're gonna do it anyway. So that's roughly what you should be looking at at the moment. Now we're then gonna find, ah, mid points again. We're gonna probably Leah. Now, once you've done this a few times, you'll get the rough, our dear of what you need to be doing. So you'll end up being a free hand it really easily. But we want to go in the middle. So 2.5 2.5. So our middle is where our peaks go for our lips. So we go from outer edge up to the middle, were drawing the most basic shape right now. And then we're gonna go from the edge up. Now, you can just gauge this. We just need to be slightly lower, very slightly lower than our top line that we drew in very slightly. So what we're then gonna do is where you gonna go At an angle and we're gonna go up on up. So I haven't met at this center point. I've just gone at a nice angle. No, this would be depending on how you want to draw it. You can be as some tresses you like when they could be really thin. This way, you can have just great from with it. But this is just to give you the basics of how we draw them out. Now, what you can do from this stage is you can go from your edge of already drawn and just a really g n took of Brady gentle curve. You have the top of your lips. Easy peasy. Now the bottom one is not so easy. So what we want to do is find our center, which is here, just roughly guess it. And we want to pretty much draw from here from outer edge. I don't know and go, but we want to give it a bit of a curve. So we're going to go out on around and we're gonna hit that button point there, and we're gonna start to level off, and then we're gonna come back up again at a nice angle like site. Now, what we're gonna do is this will give us the rough shape that we need. So when we come to do the center part, if we feel that the bottom lip is too large or too long, then we can adjust it. But we don't do any adjustments until much later on. So we're going to draw a straight across from this tooth straight across, like so because that is going to give us our shadow line. Now, I know that I've done that. I can get rid of this because I don't do. We're actually going to see this once we get the lip involved. Now, I think we can afford to you. I think those a bit sharper so I can see exactly where they are, and then they want to give them into a bit more shape. And they tend to come up a little bit in here where they meet the gum just give him a bit of a bit of an angle. You don't want too much now, as you can see, it probably looks very, very daft right now, but what we're gonna do So we think about the thickness my lips were going to come just up toward it will try and go here. We just want to draw that round until we come to the middle of this tooth and that gives this our bite. So we really got a real rough shape happening now so we can see clearly that that is too much of a distance. So we're gonna bring that up. Let's just gauge that you even do as I say. Whatever you feel, you prefer the look off. There is no right and wrong in reality because once we get the water color on, it will change the shape of that. Anyway, I'm just going to get pay larger eraser to clean that up like so maybe I That's a much better size. So what we want to do is you want to start making things look a bit more natural. So we're going to do our next teeth, give it a bit of shape as well, cause they know nice and square, and then we want to bottom ones here. So find roughly your midpoint. You don't want to come up too high, but we want to add a bit of to thinness to hit. So just the little bit of lines here, and then we just seem you in a little bit now, so you can see a bit clearer, and then we're gonna go up, and then you're barely be able to see this one further back here, and then we just need to do the same with this tooth. Can we just giving its, um, some shape. We can bring that lip down a bit. Okay. Now, at this stage, I'm not hugely happy where my lines are fooling. So what we're gonna do is we're gonna now do our bottom arch of the lip. We're just gonna draw a bit of a shape, and we're gonna go up and over the teeth, and we want to give it a bit of texture underneath and then back down again. This side here. Okay. So what? That's effectively done. He's changed little bit. The shape of that top. So what? We want to do now is just bring that up, bring that fit down, and then we're just gonna meet thes for this side. And there you have. You're gonna want to get rid off any lines that you don't want showing. I actually quite like seeing pencil lines. Three my watercolors. But if you're not one who likes that just very gently sweep with your eraser irritable those major lines sweep with your razor and it's just enough then that you can still see where you're going, but it gets rid of any major pencil lies. Now, at this stage, you really need to decide whether or not you want them showing. Because once the border color is down, you're not gonna be able to then erase your pencil from underneath. Okay? So I'm happy with that. He said we just go check that. That's rough. Free. Everything okay? Okay, So now for the colorful bit 5. Lets get painting: What kind of a lonely go where you tell it to go. If your paper is wet, it will instantly flow into wherever your paper is wet. So I prefer to work on this type of drawing with the paper dry. I have a lot more control over where my pens go. So let's grab our number six. I think we've probably work with our number six more than anything else today on you can decide whether or not you want mottled Whether you want rainbow whether you want a single color I quite fancy going Rainbow today is absolutely miss war here and it's tipping it down with rain So I feel like maybe doing a bit of rainbow doing something a bit bright and cheerful. So let's go with our first other colors. We're going to stop with our believe we're just gonna color ho section. We're then gonna go over the yearly keep picking up at home. So I know to me and we're gonna Qatar a whole section this work and get a bit tricky because the yellow come muddy quite easily with pink. So what we're gonna do is we're gonna go green again. We'll blue. I should say apologies. Then we're gonna go in with our world flower, and I'm gonna try the hot pink because I haven't actually tried to hot pink combo with that purple yet. And then let's go with the rose pink on the outside. So that's roughly what it should look like. See how much you have been, which is gonna wet our brush. Don't have too much on messages. You want any excess off on the back of your hand And if you want to go messy, get messy. If you wanna go outside the lines go outside the lines we're just gonna have great from with it leaves some patches dry, you can dab. There's so many lovely methods you can use with these watercolors. So we're just gonna get that blue and the purple to blend in a bit more so it doesn't look like it's going straight back to green again. A blood nose down the middle. I'm gonna keep the top section, Roy, and you can see around this area. I'm not worried about the colors getting muddy and we just going t while it's wet, cleaner brush. We just can have plain water we're gonna grab a device. Doesn't matter what and we're just gonna splash some water on there and what that's going to do, it is going to draw some of that color out so you can see it happening here. It was like a cloudy effect. Now I want to add a little bit more color onto this purple section. You can use any type of plastic, any type of metal. Anything that doesn't absorb, do you can go right ahead. I'm gonna use my rule occurs. That's what I've got in front of me. And I'm just gonna color on a bit of my rula gonna grow up that with my brush and we're gonna go straight on with paper and it just colors that in a bit more. I think I may do this time with the whole pink just again over the top, very gently. I'm gonna blend in this section here. It's get the access offer. Don't need to wet just one a bit more green in there. So this is what I said about bringing the but greening because you don't always get the richness when you mix the blue and the yellow directly onto the paper. Every guy. Now we're gonna leave this of the minute as it is, we just need to give better shadow on those lips on the teeth. Apologies on. Rather than trying to do that with paint, we're just gonna do that with pencil. And all we need to do is while that's drying, we're just very gently Page B pencil a doof. Absolutely fine for this. I'm just gonna gently get some graphite down. Perhaps of this doing is now is that we don't forget later on, so we can come back and easily, uh, easily at the shutters in. So if you need to use a reference picture to see where shadows may fool, then absolutely go ahead and have a look. They don't have to be precise. Is this is a fun project, so you can just go with it on. Um, you can always come back and play with afterwards, Get some more. Should've in if you want to. But as you say at the moment, we are just judging where shadows may fall. That's that's what I'm gonna do on the teeth, for the moment was just shade of it in. Okay, so we've got a nice rainbow top there. You can either replicate the same thing again on the bottom or you could do something different. It's entirely up to you now I'm probably gonna replicate it so you won't believe which the blue again was AC more backward memory Meadow core marine again. And then we're gonna go to a wild flower Hot pink on D rose pink. Now, at the top edge is you're going to be quite neat because we just need to go up to the top of the lip boundary. Just get up blended in Let's get a purple blended right. However, with blue moving into the hot pink and then into the rose, this is where we can get a little bit messy. I'm just gonna pull you out a little bit, so we've got a bit of we go through. We gotta such right or paper your paper down on your desk or wherever you're working, and then we start getting some funky lines you need to entice a few drinks down. Then all we gotta do is just get your paint brush and just draw some almost like golly lines that the paint can follow down into, but I I really like that. That's plenty, I think for me on there now. I'm just going Teoh, strengthen that police likely where I've gone over with brush. It's just caught that color. We want to get more blue on there, so it cannot just do it on my rula, Huh? Color. Just give it a bit more strength. We're gonna clean our brush off, make sure it's not too oversaturated. Go again with the water. And I was just going to let that dry for now. 6. Final Touches: that spending on how graphic looking you want it to be. You can actually feel the inside with black pen if you wanted to go down that route, which I think I probably will. So I'm going. Teoh, use this as an opportunity to refine the shapes under here. Now I'm using a spectrum. The wall are China, which is alcohol proof and waterproof. It's a water baseliner, but it's really, really good for these. These kinds of projects. I'm just using a number eight moment, but again, you can use any black pen, any black marker. I don't have to do in black marker if you don't want to. But I quite like the idea of making it quite a graphic looking image by the end of it. Navy guys. So just studying that bit kiss your nice bit of debts on their and then what we can do now is decide if you want to go stronger anywhere with our colors. So we're gonna add a bit of depth on this. We want near the mouth to be a bit darker, so we're just gonna draw in where we want to create some shadows. I'm probably gonna want a little bit underneath here as well to give the roundness. So just pick the color that you you know the same is in the area that you work. No. So that was hot pink and rose pink. Now my brushes barely wet, has water on it, but it is no dripping wet. We're just gonna plan that out because all we want to do is just indicate a bit of shape. But of shadow, nothing more. Every guy case and one of me belong Teoh, Wallflower and again under here my even a little bit up here on this one. I haven't re wet my brush yet. Just very gently blending. We want still quite a strong color up there. So just a tiny bit of water on the announces start to dry up. They were going. I'm not sure about the shape that's occurring in here, so I'm just going gently out a bit more purple and see if we can or two that shape slightly . That's a bit better coming to the Syria, but more so. This is where you can really tweak and and move paints around if you feel because you can still react to bait them afterwards. We just need to plan this bomb one out there like so. And then we're gonna make wrong Teoh through. If you find the blues that you have in front of you don't quite give you the saturation that you need. You can always move on to a darker blue, but swatch it first to make sure that you don't go to dark and you end up regretting your decision. So again, we just kind of blend the hedge out a little bit more Making some really nice defined lines were actually getting in a bit of a shape. Now they did nice and rounded. What I might do is add a bit of blue in here because it doesn't seem to have a lot of color if you use he spends too much on wet paper. It does eventually start pulling away from the nips. So you end up drawing your color out of your pen completely. So just be mindful of that. If you're wondering why no color is coming out of your pens out. That's generally why, Okay, so there we are, so far. So what we can do now is weaken. Just strengthen those shadows trying to get your hands in anywhere that it is still wet. I'm just gonna swap over to a H b to make it a bit easier. We're just gonna shake those teeth in a bit stronger now again, just to give them bit more definition. If you want to smooth the mouse, you have a smart, much smoother blend. You can just grab a paper, stubby, just blend days out. If you're not keen on seeing pencil lines, not everybody is. You know, sometimes they want it nice, and niceness meets a entirely up to you. But you can use that option if you need to. I'm just going over the whole truth at the moment because what you can then, do you come in with you a racer, and you can just take away some of the graphite where you don't want it when you work in graphite. It's actually quite a good way of adding quite nice natural highlights under this back teeth. Pretty much his old dark, the bridge is built that shut up a bit more on these two, and we're gonna change shape in there. So this is where you can really go to town with your teeth and get them just how you want them. So I'm gonna change the shape slightly on this one, and we're gonna bring that in a bit further. We're gonna bring that in a bit further. I'm also going to change the shape that one a bit more. Now, you guys so just stopping those shows and has already made a big difference. Don't be too worried about going too dark, because at the end of the day you can do you can erase your graphite. So the jury of graphite is a medium to use. It's very, very easy to race and put down. So you can recover quite easily if you find that you've gone too dark or you've had problems with them. Okay, so I'm gonna bring that blew around, and we're going to strengthen in under here a little bit. I haven't re went my brush. I'm just gonna go in first and see if there's enough which that is. That's better, much stronger line there. So if you want to, you can leave it as that. So that is the full image. You can leave it at that and just leave it as a bit of a modern art. Or you can draw around if you want to to with lines. If you wanted to give it a bit more on edge entirely, entirely up to you. But you can really, really have fun with this. Go to town on Makesem. Really? Quite from pieces of artwork. So hopefully you enjoyed that video on def. You've got any questions, then? Yeah, I'm more than happy to answer what I can. Thank you. And I'll see you on next video by