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DRAWING: How to Get Inspired and Find Painting Ideas

teacher avatar Aga K, I create and teach @amazingjourneyart

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Lessons in This Class

5 Lessons (45m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. How to Find New Painting Ideas

    • 3. How to Draw Animals from Reference Photos

    • 4. Reference Photos (Stock Images)

    • 5. Acrylic Painting Exercises

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About This Class

In this class, I will show you how to find new painting ideas along with imagination-freeing, inspiration-driving exercises. I'll teach you also some composition tips and tricks. Together with my warm-up exercises, you will learn how to draw animals from reference photos (stock photos included) and how to create quick acrylic sketches.



Background music used in the class videos by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com).

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Aga K

I create and teach @amazingjourneyart


Hi! I'm Aga. A free spirit, a self-taught artist, a painter of imagined worlds (my favorite media are acrylics and watercolors). But before I started this imaginative adventure I was a scientist for many years - working at a university; researching new medicines to help people improve their lives and helping teach students.

I've always loved to share my skills and knowledge with others... and, having been once a university tutor, I was trained how to make complicated things easy to understand. Seeing others make progress is fun for me! It's rewarding to inspire, to motivate... and people tell me my passion's contagious.

If you?d like to learn more about me, please, visit my website:


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1. Intro: uh uh, Thing you way. You have to get these materials a shallow tray. What time is it? Is it denied for a day way ? In the case of our image, the first layer two point is the night sky. We'll need three colors for you. Flat Spain shadows off the trips on the grass. Imagine invisible lines going from the source of light, which is the move way you 2. How to Find New Painting Ideas: you. So what is the first step to create a painting? We have to know what to paint. Tried? Do you have a ready image in your head? That's great. Bring your idea to live by sketching it. This will help you to visualize your thought and make it easier to paint. But what if you don't have a clear idea for painting yet? Don't worry, I'm gonna help you to find it out. Take a blank page of sketching paper and to draw a few empty boxes on it. Now think off some simple landscape. Touch the paper with a tip off your pencil and just let your mind lead your hand. The magic will happen. For instance, here's a few simple lines will do the job. Let's plant a futures here and there. Now let's bring some living creature into the scene, maybe a fox sleeping at the roots of the tree on a starry night. - Or maybe the focus awake, wondering through the hills. Maybe it's hunting. What time is it? Is it tonight for a day? What time over here is it? Are the hairs covered with blossom or maybe with snow to arrange objects into nice compositions. You can help yourself with some cred lines. For instance, Have you ever heard about the rule of thirds to apply this principle? Imagine that your pictures divided into thirds by equally spaced horizontal and vertical lines. Now, to compose your picture, you should place important elements along these lines or at their intersections. The rule of thirds is one of the most popular ways to create interesting and well balanced compositions in images. Let's introduce some animal character, maybe a funny frog leaning against the storm. Try to play with the position off the horizon. If we place it at the top off the picture, it will bring the field off coziness and nearness in the next books. Let's draw the horizon line close to the bottom, leaving more breathing space above. You might also grow, but the objects into some shape for you stars triangle. Groping objects is another way to make the composition more interesting. Look who is here. Let the hedgehog. You're normally looking at the stars on the endless sky, can you? Says the mood, this open space and the field off longing for something great. Think how this picture would change if the time of the day was different. Maybe our head hawk would stare at the clouds instead of stars. Or maybe he would present the smell of the flower. Now let's try different composition. Start with overall shape and draw some first plan elements around it to create a kind of a frame for cause it distance, saying that we put in the middle. - You may also bring some action into your story by introducing more characters. Maybe our folks from previous sketches met his birth friend, and they are now exchanging some funny jokes. Look how many potential stories to paint. You can bring out off a few simple lines and shapes. Now you can pick up your most favorite image and go ahead with it. Use it as a basis for painting. If you prefer your reference picture to be more decorate Redrow, your chosen story on a bigger paper should and add more detail to the sketch. Some people prefer to make a very accurate sketch and then copied to the actual painting. For me, it would be kind of limiting because then you have to control yourself all the time during painting, trying to stick to the sketch. I prefer to have freedom during painting and let the whole actually creating process, take place on canvas. So if you compare my sketches and the final paintings, they often differ from each other. Which way you choose. It's totally up to you, - Uh 3. How to Draw Animals from Reference Photos: I mean you in this lesson, I would like to show you how to draw any Mel's based on reference photos. First, try to reduce the animal on the photo to simple shapes, but then use the same shapes in your sketch. Pay attention to proportions and how individual elements are placed in relation to each other. Let's try with this cute fox. We have an overall shape of the head, then a long nose starting at about middle off the oval two triangle years. A cure for grid line across the head will help you to imagine the three dimensional shape of the head and to position the ice correctly. - Now the border shape and the remaining parts Look at the second picture. This time we'll have a baby fox. You can not kiss that. The head is bigger in relation to the rest of the body. Then, in the case, often adult fox from the previous picture. This feature is true toe all babies, both pure months and animus. Since we perceive babies as a durable, here is the trick. If you want your character look cuter, dry, bigger head, it works every time, - actually , unless you want to paint. Realistically, you don't really need references to create characters in your paintings. I usually paint directly from my imagination. Still, sometimes the reference photo may be useful. For example, when you paint some animal for the very first time and you need toe, identify its characteristic futures, or when you are not sure how to grasp some specific bows or proportions. That said there, try to skirt your chosen animal in different poses. This will help you to practice and memorize important elements and proportions. 4. Reference Photos (Stock Images): and 5. Acrylic Painting Exercises: you mean you? I hope the previous lesson was a joy, and you sketched a lot of cute creatures and maybe even got some amazing ideas for new paintings. But because drawing with a pencil is not exactly the same US painting before you proceed with the actual painting you can do if you're off sketches in acrylics as well, use the same basic shapes like before to build a Syria it off your animal. - Don't worry if you make a mistake. As long as the paint is fresh, you can simply wash it out with a wet tissue. - The first layer was there was a layout, just a shape. Let the paint dry and then paying the second layer this time, blend lighter and darker colors together. Two. Distinct the main parts of the body and to give them volume, think off where the light comes from, and so which parts off animals should be lighter and which should be shadowed. - Remember that as long as the paint is wet, the colors will mix with each other when you apply one color over another. So if you want to add some new, distinct element in a different color, you have to wait until the previous layer is dry. - Uh ah. You can also practice your critic animals directly on canvas. If you're a beginner, I'd suggest you starting with something simple and on a small former. This should help you to get confidence with painting directly on canvas and learned how toe handle mistakes without spending too much time and energy on it.