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Drawing Exercises - Drawing Home

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8 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Page 1

    • 4. Page 2

    • 5. Page 3

    • 6. Page 4

    • 7. Page 5

    • 8. Painting And Final Thoughts

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About This Class

  • Hi everyone, welcome to my skill share class. In this class we will be making drawings in our sketchbook, taking inspiration from lines and patterns that can be observed in objects around us.¬†

After creating studies in our sketchbook we will review over our drawings and create a viewfinder to focus on a specific area from one of our pages we created.

Lastly, we will redraw our selected page on a new piece of paper outside of our sketchbook adding color to our final piece. 

Overall this class is great for anyone looking to let loose and jump start an idea by making simple sketches that don't require much thought. This class is perfect for beginners and experts because the purpose of this class to steer away from accuracy and focus on fun lines and observations. 


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1. Introduction : Hi everyone and welcome to my sculpture class. For this class, I'm going to be going over different techniques for filling in pages in your sketchbook. We're gonna be focusing on creating black and white line drawings. And these drawings will draw inspiration from a particular object that you will choose. In the first part of this class. After creating these black and white drawings are sketchbook. We're going to then create a viewfinder and we're going to hone in on certain areas of our pages, picking out specific lines that we're interested in and use that to create a smaller painting on a different piece of paper out of her sketchbook where we incorporate a little bit of color in it if you choose to. So if this is something that you're interested in, if you want to just kind of have fun in working your sketch bug without really thinking about it. This class is great for you and you can go ahead and hop on over to the first video. 2. Materials : So to start off, I just wanna go over materials with you guys real quick. For this class, I'm going to be focusing on using a sketchbook. For most of the class. I also have a tiny piece of watercolor paper that I'm going to be working on as well. And the other thing that you're gonna want is your object for mine, I'm using this little figuring house that I found at a store. And I'm going to be drawing it from different angles. And I'll have some photos up for you guys to download. If you're interested in drawing from photos, in working with the same object is me. Or you can use your own object of your choice for this. Another thing that you're going to need are some different types of markers and pins to draw with your drawing utensils. I'm using a variations. I have a permanent marker that I'm working with. And I also have some brush to markers that I'm using. One is very inexpensive and then I have another one that's like a favorite effect, favorite Castile marker. This one right here is a paint marker that I have and it's actually dried out, which I'm using on purpose because I really enjoy the, the difference in line variations. If I make the ink come through a little bit more, I'll have a darker, richer black. And then once the ink starts to dry out a tiny bit, I get different lines that kind of fade away and it's just kind of like a disappearing line when you're drawing. And I think that's something fun that you can play around with. Here. I'm just showing different line weights that you get to showing my different utensils. This marker right here is my favorite Castile brush tip marker. It's also slightly faded, which IGE really enjoy watching. It kind of feels like this thicker marker, Inc. And then it kind of fades away. Another thing real quickly, I'll talk about our watercolor paints. And I think I mentioned watercolor paper already. But if you're going to be moving on to making your piece into a painting, you can work with some other type of material, the pain of your choice. And a different type of paper that can hold up FAT material that you're gonna be using. But that kind of concludes all of the things that you're going to need. So you can go ahead and hop on over to the next video. 3. Page 1: Hi everyone. So for page one of your sketchbook and this first drawing exercise that we're going to do, I want you to take your object or you can use the reference photos I have the object that I'm using. And you're going to pick an angle that you're interested in drawing. And what we're gonna do for this one is take the drawing utensil of your choice on working with the brush pen if you have something similar to that or even you can even different paint brush and paint or ink and do something like that to have the same effect if you want. But I want you to take your utensil and what we're gonna do is draw in certain aspects the object that we're using. But I don't want you to actually try and draw the object. I want you to focus on certain lines and patterns in different shapes inside of it that you see that are interesting. For this, I also don't want you to actually look at the page IZ working that much. You can glance occasionally, but I really just want you to stare at your object and focus on different little things that you see inside of it. With mine, I really focused on the Windows OS, interested in arching kind of shape of the window. And also I started focusing on the bricks and started filling in brick areas and just looking at the kind of roof area of the piece as well. And with this drawing, it's not about making it look accurate or making it look very aesthetically pleasing. It's really just a warm up and it's also just getting patterns and certain lines onto your paper. So it should only take you a few seconds to draw this one. And I only want you to spend about 40 seconds to a minute drying in on this page and then you can kind of look over it. And if he didn't look at the page at all, he knows. See how surprising it looks. I think von contours are always interesting, but that concludes what we're doing for page one, I just want you to not look at your paper and draw different patterns and things that you see on the piece. 4. Page 2: So for this next page, and what you're going to flip on over and grab a new tensile or you can use the same drawing utensil like with mine and my brush tip marker is double-sided. And this time I'm gonna be working on the thinner side of the marker. So one thing I guess I'd want you to do is if you have a variation of sizes for your markers or pens or pencils, whatever you're using. I want you to try using a different thickness of a pin. So instead of using my fat brush tip, I decided to use the thin side of my marker to draw out my lines. And what we're going to be doing is looking at the same shape and the same object. We're gonna be having it facing the same direction. And I just want you to actually look at it this time as you're working. Also having this different thickness of the marker is gonna change how bold your lines are like with my lines right here, you can see that there a little bit thinner and there's a lot more spaces. Everything start to blend together like it did when I was using the fatter side of the marker. And so here I'm focusing on the same shapes, but it's different because I'm actually looking at the paper this time and I can kind of space out my breaks instead of them overlapping on top of each other. And I mean, I'm still not trying to actually physically draw out the entire object. I'm recognizing the spacing between things like the windows and the bricks, but I'm not actually trying to draw in a full rendering of the windows, in a full rendering of the entire little house that I'm using as inspiration. So I want you to do this as well. Go grab a utensil and try and draw in your shape again, your object again, this time actually looking at the paper and kind of looking back and forth. And I want you to think about it too much though. I still want you to be very loose and just go with the flow as you're drawing. But you have the ability to actually look at the page and kind of space things out a little bit more accurately if you want to, and you don't have to do that if you don't want to, you can just kind of space at Harvard you'd like. But that concludes this page of the sketch book. You can go ahead and click on over to your next page and hop on over to the next video. 5. Page 3: Okay, everyone, it's time to do a few more pages in her sketchbook for this video, I have three pages combined and you can kind of do them all or just do one of the three if you don't wanna do all of them. And you can also repeat these videos and repeat this kind of process looking at different areas of object. For this one, I'm using my faded marker that I have. And we're going to be looking at the object again, but from a different angle. And with this one, I decided to exaggerate proportions. So I encourage you to try playing around with that. Also for these, you can be looking at your paper while working. The first one was not looking just so that you can really be loose and just not have any kind of control over how love piece really looks. But you can continue doing your drawings without looking at the object or I mean, without looking at the paper, if that's something that you're interested in doing. More for this one, I want you to just redraw the object again from a different angle and you can focus on it exaggerating certain areas of the piece. So with, with this, you're going to want either a faded marker or a thin tipped marker to start off with. And the way I want you to do is go over your drawing to fill in a few areas and emphasize certain parts of the piece with a fatter markers or a marker that has more ink in it, that's a little bit more vibrant. So for this, I'm getting a kind of play around with the darker areas of the marker in contrast with the lighter areas of a marker. And I thought that was something interesting to play with and something that you guys might enjoy doing. So next up we have this other page. And for this one, I really want you to take your object and zoom in on some certain spot on it. For this one, I zoomed in on the kind of little tree bushings area in the corner of the object where the door area meets the rest of the building. And so I'm drawing in the little green Bush and then the kind of lines that make up the sides of the buildings in filling in the brick pattern on them and all of that. And so that's something that you can do is really zoom in and I want you to pick a spot on your object. And if you're following along with me, you can do the same spot or something else. And I just want you to kind of zoom in on the piece. It doesn't really matter what Mark reuse this. I used my permanent marker, something very vibrant and thick so that I could color in certain spots. But you can do whatever you like. And I just want you to do this for this page. So last but not least, for this very last page, what we're gonna be doing, I am drawing the top aerial view of my object. And so if you've been drawing all the sides views and want you to kind of look at the top view and see if there's something interesting about it. For this object, I've really kind of like I also like the coloring of it as well as the different lines on it. It just kind of had the striped lines with the little circles. I honestly could see this as something like a small jewelry piece. Personally prefer drawing purposes. I thought it was just something interesting to draw. And I encourage you to look at the top of your object and see if there's something interesting withdrawing there. You don't really have to be crazy excited too. But this one I just really drew in basic arching shape with a square in the middle of it and lines going across and two dots. So that's something that you can try as well. 6. Page 4: Now that we've made a few drawings and filled in a few pages in our sketch book, what we're gonna do is go through these pages and zone in on certain shapes in areas. Kind of taking out the big hole and focusing in on smaller aspects of each drawing. How do you we're gonna do this is we're gonna make a viewfinder. And so here I'm showing you, you're going to need a piece of paper and some scissors. You can tear out a page from your sketch book if you'd like. And I want you to fold it in half and then cut out a tiny little rectangle or square out of the page. And what this is gonna do is create a kind of little window on this piece of paper. And then you can move it around on top of your sketches and zone in on certain aspects. Here you can see mine where I've cut it out and it kind of is like a almost square but it's a little bit off, so it's a tiny rectangle. And with it I can move around my drawings and focus on certain lines and shapes without looking at the entire whole piece. And this is how we're going to come up with are smaller painting that we're gonna do farther on in this class. So I want you to just flip through different pages and take your viewfinder hovered over the page and kind of find which ones you're interested in drawing if you were to focus in and make a smaller square out of this large sketchbook pages you've done. And this is great for looking for specific lines and patterns. If you don't want a full on drying, if you just wanna really zoomed in large piece with just one specific shape from the object that you were looking at. This helps you really focus in on a certain aspect. So here you'll just see me kind of going through and looking at different pages until I've decided on which one that I want to use. For mine. I ended up deciding to use one of the earlier drawings that I did. I really enjoyed the lines in it and that's something I'm going to be doing. So you can go ahead and pick yours and then move on to the next video where I'll show you what we're gonna do next. 7. Page 5: Once you've decided what spot you're going to be drawing from your sketch book page. And you can take down your viewfinder if that's something that you need to do because I'm videoing, i found that it was helpful, so I didn't miss in move anything around. And I'm just using two pieces of painter's tape. I wouldn't use any type of tape that's gonna peel off the sketchbook paper in the drawing itself. So something very removable like painter's tape works nicely. And what we're gonna be doing is taking some pieces of watercolor paper or any other type of paper that you would like to work on. It depends on what medium you're using. I'm going to be using watercolors. So I needed my article a paper to paint on. But if you're doing marker art or oil painting, you're gonna want a different surface. So just pick your paper in your surface based on what you're using. You can even do this on Canvas. For mine. I'm really just focused on doing, it's kind of like a second study for me. And it can be a full piece for you if you want it to be if you wanted to go ahead and jump onto a full piece, I find that I work better if I make this second study. And I can draw this multiple times and then fill it in with different colors and figure out which one I like the most. But for today I'm just going to be showing one drawing and doing the color in once on this little square. All you're gonna do is redraw. You have on your, in your little area of your viewfinder, you're gonna redraw it onto your new surface. If your sketchbook is a high-quality one made with really Vic and wallpaper that can hold a medium that you want to use, then you can just draw directly in your sketch book. My sketchbook is more of this really thin paper for drawing. It's not really great for markers in watercolor and make some media materials. So I'm going to be working on a new piece of paper from Arn. I'm just tracing out leased lines in pencil and then I'm gonna go over them with a marker to make certain areas bold. You don't have to do the marker part if you don't want to. It's all about drawing this part in your style. For me, I was interested in drawing in certain lines using a fatter marker along with a thin marker, and then filling those lines in with certain colors. But I mean, it's all about how you're interested in filling the shape in. You don't even have to use paint. You could use papers and do a collage in fill in each little square in each little shape and spot with paper collage material. For this step, we're just coloring, drawing in everything with our pencil and marker. And then in the next step, belief filling it in with color. 8. Painting And Final Thoughts : Now that we have, are drawings done on a new piece of paper? Or if you're working in your sketch book on that piece of paper, what we're gonna do is take the material of our choice to color in our drawing that we've made. If you want to add color, you can keep it black and white if that's something that you're interested in. But I wanted my last step for this class to be filling it in with color and just playing around with that. So what I am using for mine is watercolour paint. I have these handmade water color palettes that I made using eye shadow containers for a video on YouTube. And I'm just going to be using those to color in my piece. Mine, I decided to stick with a primary colors color scheme, so I'm using red, yellows, and blues. And I also decided that I didn't want to fill in the entire paper itself. I wanted to leave some of the areas White and have a white background. So I'm just going in and filling in different spots with the colors of my choice. There's no specific system or steps that I'm following here. It's really intuitive. Just deciding which colours I want to go where and filling it in. And the great thing about this is that because I'm working really small. If you make multiple drawings of the same thing, you can try out different color schemes and decide which one you enjoy the most. And as I said earlier, you don't have to use watercolor to do this. This is just what I decided to use, I think would be really interesting to even try the same little square drawing out with a different mediums to see the difference in the effect that you get. So I could do this one drawing and repeat it maybe four or five times using acrylics along with the watercolors, oil pastels, colored pencils, and just get different effects from using these different mediums to fill in the spaces. Even doing this with collage materials is very interesting concept. I think that this process would be great if you're looking for shapes to fill in and cut out your collage paper materials in and then gluing them on the kind of mimic the shapes in the overlaps that I have in the drawing itself. So I hope that this class was beneficial for everyone and I think it's a fun concept and process to repeat multiple times to fill in pages in your sketchbook and kind of get you to the point where you're making a larger piece just from taking a drawing of the sketchbook. Honestly, you could take this one, just one paging. What's that you've made from this? And using the viewfinder, you could come up with multiple different pieces to the point where you have a whole series based off of one line drawing that you did from staring at an object. So I hope you guys find this class helpful and be sure to share your work that you've made on skill share. You can upload it there. You can also share on my Instagram at Sheree studios. I would love to see everything that you've made and I will see you guys in the next class. Thank you guys for watching. Bye.