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10 Lessons (55m)
    • 1. Welcome!

    • 2. Class Project

    • 3. A Little About the Design Process

    • 4. Inquiring & Analyzing: Questionnaire

    • 5. Inquiring & Analyzing: Exploring Existing Products

    • 6. Inquiring & Analyzing: Traditional Conventions

    • 7. Developing Ideas: Sketching

    • 8. Creating The Solution: Making Your Crest!

    • 9. Scanning & Editing

    • 10. Thank You!

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About This Class

Hand painted family crests are a special gift for friends and loved ones as well as a wonderful way to extend a creative business.  

We will cover everything from conventions of traditional family crests to the details of the design process, to working with clients, to creating your crest and even digitally editing the crests so you can use them in all sorts of ways!

I’m Evan Neidich.  I’m a freelance illustrator and designer.  I am also the owner of Fox & Crow paper co., a small stationery, greeting card and gift company.  What I love about modern family crests is that the possibilities are as plural as modern families are!   You can work in any style and material and include any imagery that feels right to you!

In this class I will be doing my demonstration project with Gouache Paint and I will teach you how to work with that material but if you would prefer use a medium you already love please feel encouraged to use the material and processes of your choice.

Thanks so much for taking my class- I can’t wait to see what you create!

The Design Cycle:

  • Inquiry & Analysis
  • Developing Ideas
  • Creating the Product
  • Evaluating The product

Family Crest Questionnaire:

I have developed a questionnaire that I use to help clients communicate imagery but I also used the same questionnaire when I created a family crest for me and my husband.  These are questions that focus on imagery and on getting to know what is most important that needs to be represented about the family.

1.) Are there any special plants, flowers, fruits or foods that you associate with your family?

2.) Are there any significant places, spaces landmarks that you associate with your family?

3.) Spirit animals, special animals or animal mascots?

4.) What quality are you most grateful for in your family members ?

5.) Is there a way this person/ these people make you feel loved and strong?

6.) Are there special activities you love to do together?

7.) Where do you consider home?

8.) What are your passions?

9.) Is there an initial or initials you would like to include in your crest?

10.) Is there a motto or words you would like included?  What language would you like those words to be in?

11) Is there anything you feel must be included in your crest?

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Evan Neidich

Illustrator, Animator, Maker of things.


Hey Guys!

I am an artist and art teacher. Illustration is my all time favorite. I also love stationery, murals, making jewelry, candles, clothing...really just about anything I can get my paws on.

instagram: @foxandcrowpaperco


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1. Welcome!: Evan I tick. I'm a freelance illustrator and designer and owner of Fox and Crow Paper Co. A small stationery, greeting card and gift company. Family crests are a wonderful tradition that date back millennia. What I love about modern family crests is there's pluralist families are you can use whatever materials you like and whatever imagery really suits whoever you're representing. Whether you want to create a family crest for you as a gift for a loved one. Or if you'd like to incorporate Family crest into your design business, this is the class for you. We will cover everything from conventions of traditional family crests to the details of the design process, to working with clients to creating your crest and even digitally editing your crest so you can use it for all sorts of things. In this class, I'll be doing my demonstration project with wash pain. You're welcome to follow along as I will teach you how to use wash your also welcome to use whatever materials you like to work with. Thank you so much for taking my class. I can't wait to see what you create 2. Class Project: in this class, you will go through the design process or the design cycle to create your family crest. If you would like to create a crest yourself, that's awesome. Sometimes can be fun to start out with making a crest or a fictional character that you really love and that you know really well on each year, considering, you know, doing Family Crest as a part of your design business. So for clients, or if you're planning on and hoping to give family crests is gifts to people, then it would be a really great idea to ask a friend or a loved one to pose as a client for you so you can get more practice at, uh, the, you know, eccentricities or the reality of working with the client. So getting someone's feedback, responding to their feedback and creating a create a piece for someone else. 3. A Little About the Design Process: it could be really helpful to break down the process that, you know professional designers use to approach projects. So the language I'm gonna use here, I actually got from a design course that I taught to students on. So the first stage of the design cycle is enquiring analyzing. The second phase is developing ideas. The third is creating the solution, and the fourth is evaluating. And we think about the design cycle actually as a circle. So you enquiring analyze, which means you're looking into existing products. You are learning about what you need to create de eccentricities and specifics of it. Um, and then you go on to develop ideas which for us will be like the sketching phase and coming up with a bunch of different ideas in different ways. You can approach it on you, then go on after you've evaluated those to creating the solution. And that's where you pick one. After getting feedback after looking at different options and you create a solution or your product or your finished product, then there's a phase after that which is evaluating. So you're looking at your product and seeing if it really meets what you wanted to meet. How can it improve? And then you go back sometimes to the enquiring and analyzing phase. We're looking at other things that people are making, and then you're going back to developing more ideas, and it kind of goes on and on, and you can, you know, perfect what you are creating. So that's just a brief overview of how this class will be structure. 4. Inquiring & Analyzing: Questionnaire : the first stage of the design cycle is enquiring and analyzing. I'm going to break this phase down into three videos. Actually, on the first this one will be about D questionnaire that I use. I'll give you all the questions that I ask clients to get to know them better so that I can actually create a crest that represents them on the second video will be on will go on to Pinterest. I'll teach you how to create a pin board, and that's where we'll look at existing products to inspire our work and kind of also show us what kind of things we don't want to create. The third video will be a brief look at historical heraldic, which is like the fancy way of saying family crest traditions. So, um, all right, let's get started on the questionnaire. I developed this questionnaire over time to help me communicate with clients so I often make crests for people who I don't personally know. And the challenge is how do I get to know? You know what makes this family themselves like the little details on that? You know, the values of this family. So this is actually ended up being one of my favorite parts of making family crest getting toe read God to read about, you know, the little details that are special to people about each other. So when I made a family crest for myself and my husband, we used the same exact questionnaire. So even if you are making a family crest for yourself, this questionnaire will really help you brainstorm the kind of imagery that that will really represent you. So the questions are on Question one. Are there any special plants, flowers, fruits or foods that you associate with your family? Question two. Are there any significant places, spaces, landmarks that you associate with your family? Three spirit animals, special animals or animal mascots? You can hear my animal mascot howling in the backyard right now on four. What quality are you most grateful for in your family? Members? Uh, five. Is there a way this person these people make you feel loved and strong? Six. Are there special activities you love to do together? Seven. Where do you consider home? Eight. What are your passions? Nine. Is there an initial or initials you would like included on in your crest? 10. Is there a motto or words you would like included in your crest? What language would you like those words to be in? 11. Is there anything you feel must be included in your crest? 12. Anything else do you want to tell me about your family? I'm pay attention to what is most exciting inspiring on an emotional when you're filling out the questionnaire or when you're reading it on. Take note of that you will not be able to use, or you will likely not be able to use every detail from the questionnaire. On It would make your crest visually overwhelming. So some of these questions will resonate with you or your client more than others. You might get one word answer to some questions and multi paragraph answers toe others on. So you let that be on. What it ISS for my demonstration project. I'll be creating a crest for my sister Hateley, her partner, Ryan, and their babies, India. So let's take a look at what they had to say in their questionnaire. So So I went through their questionnaire with a highlighter to to, you know, make notes for myself. The things that I think are gonna, you know, work most visually and that that seemed very important to them. So for question one, are there any special plants, flowers, fruits or foods that you associate with your family? They said zinnias. That's name of their daughter. So that's pretty important. And they also mentioned on yellow flowers they really love to give each other yellow flowers because they think that they are the happiest flowers on. So we'll want to include that as well. Um spirit animal special animals or animal mascots. Question three. They talk about on dolphins and dog so that those are things that we can consider as elements and are pressed as well. Um, okay, so here we start to get into things that are a little more intangible on. They talk about making each other feel loved and encouraging each other strengths and supporting each other and weak areas. They talk about being inspired by each other. Um, those are those can be a little tricky to find visual imagery for so on something else that they mentioned, which I think could be good visual imagery for that are on trees that grow together. They also mentioned twin flames. So when we get when we get a little further into the enquiring and analyzing pays, I haven't heard of twin Flames before, but I'm sure it's something particular, so I'll have to do a little research about that. They also talk about, um, how meditation and spirituality is important to them. So they talk about that He built her a pyramid to meditate under. So a pyramid might be a shape we want to include in their crest. Um, because it has special significance to them. And it can also be a representation of their spirituality, which is, you know, a a concept that there isn't necessarily a specific symbol for, so that could work great for us. 5. Inquiring & Analyzing: Exploring Existing Products : The second piece of the enquiring analyzing phase of the design cycle is evaluating on existing products. So we're going to use Pinterest to do this. If you are anti Pinterest, for whatever reason, can go to the library. Look at books you can use Google Image, church, whatever whatever suits you best, uh, I find Pinterest to be an incredibly helpful tool for this stage of the design cycle. On it helps you keep and collect images in one place. Andi, you can even make notes on the images so on. Once you have collected a bunch of images on you want to ask yourself two different questions. So the first question is a nonjudgmental question, and that is what do you see and notice? What do you see and notice? So you are going to take note of things like I see animals those animals look proud on. Those animals are taking active positions. I see flowers. Those flowers are in a limited color palette. Those flowers or many different colors I see shapes these air the shapes that I see. So just observations. On the second question, you're gonna want to ask yourself when looking at each image that you collected is what do I like and dislike. So you might find that you really love negative space that you like for there to be a lot of white areas. So you can. The details that you do include, you can really see them and you have space to see them. Or you might notice the I really like these ones that are super ornate and complicated, and there's no wrong answer here. It's What do you like on What do you dislike? So even if you're working for clients, you still have to deliver your style right? So you'll take what they say into account. But you're developing your own style of doing this as well. So what you like dislike is also important. Um, we're gonna head over to Pinterest now, and I will first show you how to create a board of just general existing products. And then we're gonna create a board for Alien Ryan's Crest based on their questionnaire to help me gather inspiration for the next phase. So the developing ideas face once you have saved at least 10 image is please screenshot on your images or your Pinterest board and share them in our projects. Gallery at a few comments on your observations. What did you see? Notice and what did you like Dislike? That is your first delivery ble for this class. We're going to start by typing in Pinterest dot com. You'll need to create an account. It's very easy to Dio, Um, once you have created account, you're gonna go over here to the top right where it'll say your name on Fox and Crow Paper Co. If you want to be Pinterest friends, Um, when you click on that gives you information about yourself. So here's some of my boards. I use Pinterest to share the art that I create on the design work that I do. I also use Pinterest to like plan trips. Over there on the left was a trip. I plan to Thailand, Um, down here. I used it to pick out the haircut that I have, so I find it's super useful. Full all sorts of things go up to the plus sign. Click Create board to create a new board type in the name of your board type and descriptive names. It's already showing up because I created it. A few minutes ago on because the Prince Pinterest algorithm will help you find images. If you type a name, you could make board secret if for any reason you want to. This doesn't need to be. I canceled because I already have the board, So I'm gonna click on the board. I started for Family Crest Inspo now, because I used the right words Family Crest. It's showing me some ideas that are popular on Pinterest for the keyword family crest. But I'm gonna go in and type up in the search bar on the left family crust, and I'm gonna see what I see. So, um, I'm seeing some, like some cool historical stuff. Um, some templates, even that's cool. Some symbols that could be used on crests, Nothing. That's really exactly what I'm looking for. So I'm gonna I could type in an ad keywords to make it more specific where I can go up here and select other keywords. So I'm gonna try adding modern and see what I find. All right, that's kind of cool. Not exactly the style I want to work with. So, um, I like the looks of that. I like the colors It's really fun. Um, so I'm gonna go over here to the right, and I'm gonna It already selected the correct board. But you go down and you select the board you want and hit. Save. It's a simple is that toe Add a pin. So we'll go back up and click on my name Fox and grow Paper Co. And go over to our board and see it showed up right there. So if you go over here to more ideas, it'll sort of help you find more ideas. Who? This is some good stuff. This is absolutely the kind of stuff that I want to use. So good job, Pinterest algorithm. I'm actually gonna hold off here, and I'm gonna go and create aboard a specific to Haley and Ryan. And on the imagery that I got from them in their questionnaire, they were gonna head back up and click on our name, and we are going to hit the plus sign to create a new board, and we'll name it Family Crest. Um, you know h and R for Hayley and Ryan gonna make it secret? I'm just so you know, some of the stuff could be a surprise to them and I'll hit. Create, Right. So we have some interesting stuff in our find some ideas board, but I'm going to start by searching in the search tab in the top. Laugh, and I'm going to start off with Pyramid. Uh, we'll see if there's anything for pyramid family crests, because I know that I want to use that shape. Right. So you've got some cool pyramid images, but nothing. Oh, that's interesting on. Ooh. Okay, right over here, full left. This this these repetitive pyramids creating more pyramids and the floral elements are really cool. So I'm gonna go up and find the board and save that image to the board. That's definitely something that we that's using a new element we want to use in interesting ways that I had not yet caught up. See what else we see with the pyramids? That's interesting. Okay, let's try something else in the search charm. I got something good. I know I want to use the trees. So let's see if there's any tree family crests, right, Some older stuff, very cool historical. But I'm not planning to make this crest in a historical style. So Let's see what we have. Sometimes you have to take a little bit of time and really scroll on. Sometimes you find surprising things. But then you also sort of need to know when to try a new search terms. So give that a try also. So we're gonna just try trees intertwined. Look, it's a search term I can just click on. Okay, this is cool imagery. Now. These aren't in the form of family crafts, but we can still absolutely use it. It's inspiration. That's an interesting shape. The circle of the trees. Let's definitely say that, uh, it's safe right there. See what else we can find our other artists dealing with imagery of intertwined trees, lots of amazing stuff. I like this over the left. That is a co Tubo, which is a Jewish marriage contract on. And that's pretty cool because Haley is Jewish, so that's sort of an awesome inspiration to include that I hadn't even thought of before. So we're gonna try looking up twin flames now. They had mentioned that in their question. Erin, I'm not super knowledgeable about it. Um, okay, So who imagery? There's a lot of writing here, but I'm really looking for imagery. Since this is a visual project, I think that image is really cool. It's got the infinity sign with two people's bodies and a son in moon. That's really cool. Um, since there so many Pyne's coming up that are just writing. I am gonna actually specifically look for twin Flames paintings that I can see artists interpretation of this concept. Okay, so I'm seeing a lot of, like, universal stuff nature stuff. Uh, sun and moon, sun, moon and stars. I'm seeing this symbolism repeated over and over again. I'm definitely saving this one. This is something I can just tell by the style of it that they would like it. Okay, so a lot of the imagery is to people. Um, I'm seeing some trees in there, so that's great. We already kind of have that concept included, Uh, lots of light, glowing togetherness. Do this one scroll back to it. See here this kind of ying yang, um, with the sort of sun moon balance. That's interesting. Let's save that as well. Going to say that they're bored now. We're gonna go back and just take a look at the board. So It's down at the bottom of my boards on, and we'll see if something starting to emerge. All right. I like the look of this. This is definitely some imagery I can work with. 6. Inquiring & Analyzing: Traditional Conventions: to learn about the traditional components of crests. We're going to take a look at these two classical crest, so the left is the crest of Trinidad and Tobago. The right is the crust. The royal crossed the United Kingdom. So first thing we should note, actually is that Crest is not the word for what we're looking at. It's actually coat of arms, the crest. This is a really common misconception. On the crest is what I've circled right here. It's at the tippy tippy top, like the crest of a wave. And for Trinidad and Tobago, it is a palm tree for the royal crest of the United Kingdom. It is a line wearing a crown, so traditionally, the crest was at the tippy top, so you could identify who the night was in battle. For that reason, you won't Seacrest's on traditional coats of arms for women or for clergy. Now you. This isn't really people don't fight in the way they did at that time anymore. So this is really mostly about tradition. It doesn't really have a utilitarian purpose any longer. We're now going to take a look at the shield, so these shields are both the same traditional shield shape that is the most classic. It generally has only used four men. Um, women would generally have diamond shaped shields, and clergy would generally have oval shaped shields. So in our family crests, we don't have to adhere to any of this. It's just sort of interesting to know how every component of these traditional coats of arms have meaning and represent different that now we'll take a look above the shield at what's called the helm, which is just a fancy word for helmet. So those air circled. Now the helm usually is in different positions. Both of these are in the same with open slats in the visor, which is reserved for nobility. Sometimes they're facing in different directions, which represents different things. Um, they are generally helmets, though, and not other symbols will now take a look at that piece that is surrounding the helm. That's sort of a fabric got circled now, and that is referred to as the horse wreath or mantle ing, And it is a purely decorative element, so the colors of them may still have meaning. There's usually these six branches kind of going off and um they are a traditional convention that, as far as I know, are purely decorative. At the bottom of both of our coat of arms examples, you will notice the's banners with words on them. Those are the mottoes mottoes, air, sometimes in Latin, sometimes there in all different languages. On the left for Trinidad and Tobago, we see together, we aspire together we achieve, so they're generally things that are inspiring kind of call. Call the arms or call the action tight things. These could be really useful when you're creating crests. If there's a concept that you really want to include that you might be having a challenging time finding visual imagery for so right here above the motto. But below the shield is on this sections called the Compartment, and it's really a surface for the creatures or supporters they're called to stand on on. Traditionally, they are decorative, but also you see, especially the the Trinidad and Tobago, one that they're showing the landscape of the place. They're showing the water and the islands, so this can also be used. T tell a little bit more about what is important to the people that you are representing you will often see these little creatures on either side of the shield. They're called the supporters, and they kind of hold up the shield. Um, they're often granted to nobility by the king or queen, and they offing reflect something about where the person is from or a story from their past . So you seem trended out in Tobago, they have local birds that are native to those islands. So that was just a brief overview of the different components of the traditional family crests. You do not have to follow any of these rules where you could follow all of them. I'm going to include a bunch of links. Teoh. Some resource is to help you learn Maura about traditional and historical crest. That's something that interests you. 7. Developing Ideas: Sketching: We're now at the second phase of the design cycle, which is developing ideas. So for us, that's going to be I'm creating 4 to 6 pencil sketches on now. Try to not have a specific idea of what the finished product is gonna look like in your head. Try to stay open here. Those 4 to 6 sketches each look completely different. Sometimes our first sketch ends up being our best idea. It ends up being the idea that we go forward with other times. When we push ourselves past that initial idea, we end up getting something that's far more interesting. So this is a moment to be disciplined a little bit and push yourself toe really on, You know, exercise that creative muscle and try a bunch of different ideas. Now how detailed to your sketches need to be. It sort of depends on what you're using them for. For me, when I am doing a sketch for a piece that I'm not going to be sharing with the client, I generally keep it much more least the ideas in my head and I'm start trying to figure out like what configuration will be best. That's how I work when I am working with a client, I need to communicate much more in much more detailed way because they're not in my head and I'm not in their head and I want to create a I want to create something that they want , so I have to communicate very clearly. That means by drugs are going to be much more detailed, and I may even label the different components. When you've completed your sketches, please take photos of them and put them up in the projects gallery. That way, even if you're not working with a client, you can get feedback from your classmates and from me about your designs on also, like take a moment to give feedback on other people's designs that they pose. The kind of feedback that we often get from clients is I like this. I don't like that which is helpful because they're the client. When you are part of a creative community, there's definitely like a more helpful, more interesting way of critiquing work. Instead of saying like thumbs up, thumbs down, saying on when I looked at design number one, we've got more angular lines, and that makes me think of something that's like, a little more serious and in design four, you have much more like kind of curvy, bubbly lines, and that makes me think of something that's much more playful. So instead of giving yes or no, you're giving kind of like a narrative of what different things represent and that gives the designer more information. So they're like, Well, I'm trying to do this, and if they're getting that from this design, then that's the one I might want to go forward with. So we're gonna head over to my studio now, and I will do the sketches for Hayley and Ryan's family crest. All right, See over there. Here we are ready to start our sketching. Now I like to jot down just a few key words of what I want to remember to include. Sometimes I get really focused on one thing and forget to include others. So trees, two intertwined zinnias and yellow flowers, Twin flames represented by the sun and the moon pyramid and dogs or dolphins. So I'm starting off with a light, um, simple pyramid sketch, and I'm gonna have the trees start out on opposite sides, so I find symmetry works really well in Family Crest. They're coming together and intertwining at the top. Um, with the branches. So we're really gonna make those intertwine. Now I'm gonna put the leaves in in the final. Obviously, the leaves will be much more detailed, but I'm just trying to get the texture. And so Haley and Ryan can get the idea of what this design would look like now, as the central image, I want to use what represent twin flames. So I'm doing the sun and moon kind of as a piece of each other. Um, I'm gonna go and label things just to make extra clear that, you know, my design communicates well to healing and Ryan and I'm gonna number my design. So I just put one in a circle up on the left. It just is an easier way of talking about designs rather than you know, the design with the trees, they all of trees, so designed. One I'm starting on, designed to here. I'm doing two pyramids kind of smearing each other to create diamond shape. I've done the trees intertwined, like, really curved together throughout the central space of the design. Here again Just getting the texture of the tree. It's sort of a different feeling tree. I'm going with sun and moon again but I'm putting the sun in the top Diamond in the moon in the bottom and I'm gonna add some stars in to make it really clear That's the moon. Um, I'm gonna label this design as well, just to make sure that it's extra clear to Healy and Ryan. Um and we're gonna go on to design three. So I'm looking over against in what? Have I not included yet? Starting with the pyramid shape. And I'm gonna break it down into, um, you know, pyramids within the pyramid. So I'm going to make sure to include Xenia Flowers here, since that's the name of their child. So they're probably gonna want that included. And I have not yet done a design where I included the flowers so really quick drawings of the flowers here. But there clearly is any. It's and now usually I do symmetrical designs, but I want to give them an asymmetrical option with the trees curving up over the left side . Again, I'm doing the sun and moon, but, you know, mirrored in the diamond shape this time, son on the bottom moon on the top again with stars making kind of a night sky there breaking down the pyramids even further Calm down when he even further into smaller shapes and really making that tree kind of curve over the shape So it's kind of nice symbolism the trees herding over the Xenia flowers going to go ahead and label that as well. Okay, starting on our fourth design, starting with a big pyramid again, doing dolphins now, pride any of the animals yet? So I've got two dolphins symmetrically placed with Vinny is in their mouth, kind of reinforcing the pyramid. Now I'm putting, um, you know, real detail and having this tree be very intertwined, but I'm having the composition of the tree cut off by the pyramids. It's not extending past of the pyramid again. I'm going to go for the sun and Moon, But I'm gonna try a little bit of a different style of Sunray Here, fill in the sky. Now I'm putting stars in and filling in a sort of night sky designed before and I'm gonna about to design number five. Um, I'm gonna try that diamond shape again. I really liked that. Going back to see how I did it before. And now I'm going to do. The trees curving together at the top have kind of a tall composition here, going in and doing the sun and moon in the center again and of doing them combined together , going over the trees. Now I want include There's any fires, but I thought maybe it was too much with a tree and a flower. So I'm making Xenia Flower trees. It's not a real thing, but why not? Um, Let's see. All right. Got some good designs to show to Haley and Ryan now. 8. Creating The Solution: Making Your Crest!: So here we are in my studio, it's time to create the final product. At this point, your process might differ from mine. So if you want to create your crest with wash paint or watercolor, which is fairly similar, then you're gonna follow along with me. If you are wanting to use any other materials to create your crest, you can use. You can draw digitally. You can use colored pencil marker, collage, whatever you want to do. Awesome. So if you're going to using wash, here's the supplies that you'll need a pencil. I like to use thes mechanical pencils just because they do really nice, precise lines. And I don't to worry about smudging or re sharpening on or anything like that. Uh, I use, um, it kind of depends on making, but these are the kind of papers I use either Bristol paper, which is like a really great illustration surface, the Belem based or watercolor cold pressed watercolor paper. So this is what I'll be using today, and you can see a second. Can we get it? Oh yeah, you don't feel like there's a nice little to Fitz call or texture, and that holds the paint really nicely. Um, I think I will be doing some paint mixing on the paper today, so that's why I'm she's going to use that on the other. Supplies Will need is, of course, your paints on. These are the wash paints that I often use their the Turner designed wash so you can see my dog ate that one. I've had him for a while. Might be time for new paints. These are great. They're probably mid range. They're not top top, and they're reasonably priced. I'd recommend them, for sure and on. Then you need your surface to mix your paint on. This is my palate definitely needs washing. It got a little crazy, but you can also use if you don't have a palate you can really mixed on paper or cardboard or um, surface that resists like a ceramic plate is a good idea on your plate. That's like coated is a good idea. Of course, you need your brushes on brushing. Don't under count how important brushes are. So I keep these around. I should not that I have destroyed, but having brushes that are really nice and thin on and different into different thicknesses that you'll need is going to be very helpful to you. The other thing I use are these micron pens. Um, I mostly used 0101 or 005 cities are, like, really skinny. Was that focused? What? Whatever. You can kind of see it really skinny on micron pens for details. So that's kind of stylistic, you know, sat list of choice. So on. I think we're ready to get started now. I got feedback from Haley and Ryan about the five designs that I sent over to them. They chose design number four, but they had some edit, so they wanted me to get rid of the dolphins and take the zinnias and put them at the bottom of the pyramid composition. They really liked everything being contained with in the pure. So I'm gonna move my sketchbook up so I can keep an eye on the design. I'm actually going to grab a ruler. I don't usually use a ruler, but because it's a pyramid and it needs to be precise. I am going Teoh on. You want to draw very lightly with your pencil because you're going to be painting over it . And if you drop really dark lines with your pencil, they're going to show through like you wanna be able to see them, but you don't want it to take over. You won't really take your time here to get your design just right, because once you start putting paints on, it's hard to change things. All right, I pulled up some pictures of zinnias to get little details just right, always using images where we need support. Right now, I'm getting some paints down. What I've done here is I've got a like my palate, which is a little too dirty, and I have on two different yellows that I'm sort of mixing and blending together on that secondary paper, adding little orange in here, too. I'm putting the orange down first and even letting it dry a little bit before I add a lighter color to blend with it. Because wash pain as watercolor will out like reignite when you add some water to it. Now I'm getting the moon color, so I've got purple and white out and I blended it. And now for the night sky, I've chosen purples and blues to blend together. I'm leaving some space around the stars, so I can just go back in with water right here and make it. It's slightly lighter around the stars to show their glow in using this bright blue color, I'm adding slight bit of white into it, but really, I'm keeping it fairly flat for the sky, for the texture of the sky, because I want the rays to be what you really pay attention to and use it as a contrast in color. All right, so I am getting the trees in now and I want I'm outlining them first and brown. But I want to create like a bark texture, So I'm going in with some darker browns and putting shadows and texture in on. And then I'm getting some lighter or like more reddish orange E. Brown's to go in and having it be a little more wet, so it's a little more transparent. The more water, the more transparent your paint is. I'm going in now and doing like a green wash over the leaves because the leaves don't cover everything. But I wanted to feel like a really lush tree during the same at the bottom with zinnia leaves now going in and adding color around Busan. Ian's on This is super set up, but I'm actually going very slowly and carefully. Um, OK, so picking out the bright colors, But, um, making sure they sort of stay in a color palettes. We already have a lot of colors going on, so these are kind of like a pinky orangey on like pink, orange, purple, kind of a color palette going in and painting the stars on. I waited until the background was really drags. I didn't want to get muddy colors with the yellow and the blue not going in and painting the leaves on. I'm going all around so I can get like a variety of colors. You can see the color changing and me going around to different sections. So it's not all one color in one section, sort of like adding more blue to the same green to make it darker and then adding yellow to make it later. Okay, now I'm doing the same thing on similar greens, batting a little more blue here, a little more yellow there, so of some variety. But it's in the same color family for our zinnias I, um, is having the last few leaves. I'm grabbing my micron pen here, and I'm doing little details that were a little too, um in a specific to do with pants for me. I'm using my tiny 05005 micron pen. So things that I want to highlight, I'm not going to be doing the sun or the moon. I want those to go into background a little bit. So I've done a few leaves in the tree and I have done the details on the zinnias micron pens, and here's our beautiful final crest. 9. Scanning & Editing : now that we have are finished art, we're gonna create a digital file of this piece. I'm one of the reasons I always do that is because coffee or other or doggy or other mishaps and sometimes pieces get destroyed, it happens. Um, the other reason I do digital scans of work is because you might want to make other products from that work. So, for example, a pillow behind my back is the family crust that I made for my husband and I So you can do things like get pillows printed, um, and all sorts of other stuff as well. We'll talk about some of the possibilities. So our steps in this moment will be to scan. We're gonna digitally scan, are pieces, and then we're going to digitally added them. If you have a scanner you can use that is ideal, Otherwise, you can use a scanning app on your phone. It's not going to be quite as high quality, or you can go to a place like Kim goes or facts, or wherever where you can pay them a couple of dollars to do a scan of your work. Now for digitally editing, I'm gonna be using photo shop, and that is the industry standard. But there's other options, such as like pick slur, which is free online. That's pick Slurpee I X L R. And again, like not quite, is high quality, but it will get the job done. Ultimately, what you need to be able to do is like you know, any issues on your crest or smudges or whatever, but also edit out the background for my file. That's gonna be pretty simple because it really is an in closed shape for your files. You might have, you know, like whitespace throughout, and you'll want to edit that out so that if you put your crest on a T shirt or whatever else, it won't have those, like weird white spaces. Okay, let's get scanning now. So I've already cleaned my scanner bed in here. You want to do that just cause it'll be less for you to edit out digitally, then you want to take your artwork and you want to put it feast down on the scanner bag, and now we go to the computer. So we're searching. Epson Scan, which is the name of the scanning application, will click on it takes a moment to open. We are going to go over to our little control panel on the left and hit preview so we can see. Make sure everything's in the right place in the scan bed. All right, so we're seeing our image appear here on the right, and we're going to check and make sure all of our settings or click so we won't be on reflective on a document table photo. We don't want a document that would be lower quality. Um, we want to keep 48 big color. That's the highest. And we want to keep it at at least 300 dp I no matter what you're using it for, that's dots per inch clicking down there to the right. And just so we can name our file and decide what we want to skin, that's we're gonna hr for healing rhyme Family crest. And then we're gonna click below it, and we don't want it to be a pdf. So we're going to want it to probably be a J peg. That should be fine for our purposes. If we wanted a really huge file for any reason, we probably want to save it as a tiff. But J Peg should be just fine. All right? Everything looks good, so we'll click. OK, and then on we're gonna just change this little box so it only scans that area that way. We just have, like, a smaller file to deal with on. And we only need that information, so we'll click scan. It takes a moment to capture the image that a fairly high resolution I'm. And when it does, we will open it in photo shop. But we have opened photo shop now on, and we went to file open to, um to open our documents. So we're gonna click on it and that opens it in a photo shop. Now, on the left side of the screen, you'll see your tools panel on. We'll go over some of those just the ones we need for this particular job. And on the right, you'll see your layers panel, and you can see our layer right here. We want it. Click that lock off by double clicking and clicking, OK, because if we don't, we will not be able to edit anything. We're just gonna name the layer. This is a one layer document, but sometimes you have multi layer, so it's good to get in the habit. Now we need to get rid of all this white space. We're going over to the left and collect, uh, clicking the lasso tool. So we're just gonna select down the left side on and then go around and double click to close it. Where's God? Click? Delete, and that gets rid of it. That checkered pattern in the back is the Alfa Lair, so that that means it's a clear layer. We're going to repeat the same thing on the right side. On each place, you see it turn an angle. That means I've clicked so again, the leading it. And we're doing the same thing along the bottom, getting rid of all of that white space, all right, and double clicking it to close it and deleting it. Now I just want to show you, um, a little bit zoomed in so you can either hit Zoom. There was sorry Z on your keyboard and click. Or you can go over there to the left and click this little magnifying glass. So we're just going around and seeing that we could do this better. We could definitely do a better job here, so I'm zooming out so I can see the whole thing again. And I'm going to again select my lasso tool and I'm going a little bit closer this time, closing it, hitting delete That's gone and I'm going to go around the whole thing again. Just make sure so click, click Close delete and this side looks pretty good. But there is a tiny bit that I wanted to get off when he zoomed in, so just shaving it and deleting it, so that really is all we would need to do. But let's let's zoom in and see if we can clean on our image up a little bit at all. So zooming in further, we hit Z to get our little magnifying glass and then click where we want to do. Okay, so we've got some pencil lines. This is not going to be an issue. It doesn't need to be edited, but we're gonna go over to the left and hit the clone stamp tool. That means we can clone an area from somewhere else to go over it. So this color is correct. So we're gonna click on it and hold down, option and click that area. And then when we click on our area, we want to cover up. So again, clicking over holding option, it just covers it up. So we got rid of those pencil marks, the same thing again over here. Can we click? Hold down, option the part we want to clone and then go over the area. We want to cover up something of the sun. So on a blank part, holding down option saying there will be an option clicking and then covering it up. And it just traces what's next to leading like that. So I hit Command Z to undo going over here and cooking. Cool. Okay, so there's other things that I could pick about, like these little those little things, the paint going over the edge of the line. But we don't need it. That's fine for the size, you definitely cannot see it at the size. We're going to using this image at now, just in case you have some areas that you want to, you know, cut out in yours. If it's not, like, solid, the way my example Crest is I'm gonna show you how to cut out little areas. So we've zoomed in tight and we're gonna get rid of this. Uh, you know, behind this any leaves. So we're going back over to our lasso tool, and we're clicking were holding down and clicking it to see that there's different kinds of last rituals. We've been using the polygonal, but we're gonna just do a general one, and that kind of just you trace with your mouth. Um and I hit delete to get rid of it and then commands you to undo it. The polygonal lasso tool I showed you. So you do you click, click, you click and you click Every time that you see an angle is it's been clicked to that spot . So hit delete in the command Zita unbelief. And then the last last year tool we want to look at is the magnetic lasso tool. So that kind of like it sees the pixels that are like and dislike and kind of clings to them. So I'm not clicking here. I'm just dragging it along. It is imperfecta. There's some things that are really contrast ing that it's right for. That's not bad for this, but I generally prefer on the polygonal lasso tool. So let's show you how that works over here in this one. So each time I'm stopping it there, I'm clicking toe, Hold it to that spot, Click, click, click. So to really go along that angle, I'm clicking a lot. And then that's a straight line. So just go back to the beginning and hitting delete to close it or to get rid of it. Um, looks pretty good from far away. Um, so we also went over and clicked on the eraser or hit E on your keyboard We're gonna use are the brackets. If you had the left won, it'll make it smaller the right one. It will make it bigger and even kind of a race out. Anything you don't like. For some things, this is perfect again. I really find the polygonal lasso tool to be the most, uh, useful for this kind of precision work. Um, you can see that see through thing behind it. So we're going to edit to step backwards because I actually want that all to be in, um, to be in my image. Okay, Dokey. So and we are oh, up and family crust. Is I ready? So let's see. Yes, and we're going to want to save it with the clear background. So we want to go to a PNG. The PNG is an image that will be saved with a completely clear background so that checkered layer will show up as clear. And we're gonna name that family crest, Alfa layer. That's what it's called when there's a clear layer. We don't want to save it as a J peg, because even if we made that clear layer, so I'm going to save it to my desktop. Even if we made that clear layer, if we saved us, J. J Peg, that layer would turn white. So we're gonna click, OK, and now I want to quickly just show you one example of how you can use this PNG family crest so we'll go Teoh. We'll just try it on zazzle dot com. I'm not necessarily recommending zazzle dot com to you, but I have gotten stuff printed there before, and it's pretty solid, and they showed kind of the whole mock ups, so we'll click create your own and, um, why don't we make a pillow. I'm going to click on pillows, and it will give us some different options. Okay, so we're seeing different sizes, different shapes. They're offering us a percentage off will just click out of that. Um, yeah, let's just try this pillow. It's the 16 by 16 throw pillow. So we're gonna click on that. And, um, it's just bringing us to show us like more specifics about the pillow, and we're gonna hit add image at blue button right there. Um, and it lets us at an emergency that has using those checkered layers against that showing. It is a clear background. So we're uploading the image and, um oops. We actually need to go to the desktop. And there we go, our PNG. So let's see. It's uploading. And there she is. So, um, shrinking that down so we can see a little better. Maybe we could make the triangle fit better. That blue line is the print two lines so things can get cut off a little bit, making a little smaller, centering it, um, a little smaller. Now there's you want, have your image pretty much exactly how you want it, but you can change the size and rotate and like at text if you wanted. So we clicked on the right so we could look at a demo of what the pillow would look like. So that is pretty awesome. 10. Thank You! : Thank you so much for taking this class. I cannot wait to see what you create. Please make sure to post whatever components of this process that you'd like to share in the projects gallery I would love to hear from you. I am Fox and Crow Paper Co on Instagram. Please feel encouraged to get in touch If you have any questions or would just like to connect, I'd also I encourage you to quick follow so that you can see my future classes on skill share. If you have a moment, these lever of you, and let me know what was helpful about this class. What could be improved. And I hope you have a wonderful day by