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Drawing Your Monthly Favourites: An Illustration Exercise

Windy Iris, Designer and Crafter

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9 Lessons (32m)
    • 1. Welcome

      2:22
    • 2. Supplies

      1:08
    • 3. Brainstorming Ideas

      3:40
    • 4. Doodling Objects

      6:04
    • 5. Layout and Thumbnails

      2:23
    • 6. Sketching

      6:16
    • 7. Inking

      3:25
    • 8. Adding Color

      5:36
    • 9. Final Thoughts

      1:26

About This Class

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Learn how to draw your own monthly favourites illustration and document your various memories and activities. The design is easy to customise, you can include anything you like, events, trips you’ve taken, clothes, food, a new purchase, tv shows or movies you've watched.  . . the idea is to bring together a group of elements that really celebrates that month and the things you enjoyed. They can be milestones like a wedding or a graduation or they can be very simple like a new scarf you bought or a recipe you tried for the first time. Sometimes it’s so easy to forget all the little things that we enjoyed in the moment and this is a visual way of recording these small parts of our lives. I’ve been creating my own monthly favourites as a personal project this year and it’s great to be able to look back on them afterwards.

In this class I’m going to be taking you through my process for creating the illustration. Starting with brainstorming ideas, coming up with the objects to draw and how I approach representing more complex themes. I’ll also talk about layout and the design of the illustration and then we’ll move on to sketching, inking and giving the illustration a wash of color with watercolors.  I’ll share my decision making process and give you some, hopefully helpful, tips and tricks along the way. This class is suitable for complete beginners, as well as those of you how may have some experience but are looking for some new ideas.

What You Will Learn

I’ll be walking you through every step of the process and sharing: 

  • Tips for brainstorming ideas and coming up with a group of ten objects for your design
  • Tips for doodling simple objects and how I turn events or experiences into objects to draw
  • Tips for laying out the design and how to create a balanced illustration
  • Tips for creating movement and flow in the design
  • Adding text to the illustration 
  • Adding simple line variation when inking
  • Adding color to the illustration with watercolors

 

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Materials You Will Need

Here's a general list of supplies I’ll be using in this class however please feel free to use whatever materials you have at home. I like to work traditionally but you could also use your digital tablet and a drawing app if you preferred. 

  • Pilot Graphite Mechanical Sketching Pencil – 0.5 lead
  • Sketchbook (for thumbnails and rough sketches)
  • Watercolour Paper – 300gm
  • Derwent Graphik Line Marker – Sepia 0.3
  • Winsor and Newton Watercolours
  • Pentel Waterbrush (normal paintbrushes and water would work fine as well)
  • Posca White Paint Pen

I hope you’ll join me for this class and create your own monthly favourites illustration. If you have any questions or comments then feel free to reach out and let me know, I’m here to help and make sure you share your project photos with the rest of the class and now let’s get started.

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Transcripts

1. Welcome: everyone. Today, we're going to be working on an illustration project and creating a design called monthly favorites. The registration is based around a group off objects that represent your favorite things from a given month. This is a lovely way to document various memories and pull them together to create a finished design. It's also completely customizable. You can include anything you like. Events, trips, you've taken clothes, food. You've enjoyed a new purchase, a TV show or movie. The idea is to bring together a group of elements that really celebrates that month on the things you enjoy it. They can be milestones, like a wedding or graduation. Or they could be really simple, like a new scarf. You bought a recipe tried for the first time. Sometimes it's so easy to forget all the little things that we enjoyed in the moment on. This is a really visual way off recording these small parts of our lives. I've been using a monthly favorites page in my sketchbook to document some of the things that I've been enjoying over the last year, and it's a perfect way for me to preserve memories and Aiken back through the year and see what I was into at a certain point or what I was liking. I could have just made a list in my journal. But as an illustrator, I love having this visual on. This project is also a great chance to practice and exercise your drawing skills. So even if you're not someone who draws a lot, then doodling some simple objects and putting together this illustration will hopefully be a fun and rewarding exercise in the class. I'm going to take you through my whole process, starting with brainstorming ideas and coming up with the objects to use in the design on will also cover how I approach representing more complex ideas like an event in object form . I'll also talk about layout flow and the design of the illustration, and then we'll move on to sketching in King. In giving the illustration a wash of color with water colors, I'll share my decision making process and give you some hopefully helpful tips and tricks along the way. Your project for this class is to create your own monthly favorites illustration and post a picture of your design to the student gallery. There. You can also get feedback and ask any questions you may have. By the end of this class, you'll have your own monthly favorites illustration that you could not back on in for years to come. So now let's get started. 2. Supplies: you can really use any materials you like for this class. I've chosen to draw my illustration on a single sheet of paper. But if you'd prefer to work in your sketchbook, or maybe you want to include the illustration as part of your bullet journal, lay out the nets. Perfect to you can use just the pen and paper colored pencils, graphite pencils, paints, market or even your digital tablet. Anything you have at home is going to work perfectly fine for this class. Now I'm going to be using a graphite mechanical pencil, my sketchbook for the planning phase, and I'm also going to be using a notebook to brainstorm ideas on. And then when I'm working on the final illustration, I'll move on to a 300 gram canceled sheet on watercolor paper, Derwent Waterproof Fine liner and a set of Windsor and Newton Cotman water colors. I would definitely recommend having a couple of pieces of scrap paper on hand or a notebook for you to do the planning, brainstorming and thumbnail phase of this project. But for the final piece, any coloring medium, any supplies that you you have on hand and that you're comfortable with working or work absolutely great 3. Brainstorming Ideas: first step for this illustration is to start to think about the memories and the objects you want to incorporate. I like to include 10 objects in my designs. I feel like it's a good number because you can get a variety of different memories onto one page, and there's plenty to look at. But it's not too overwhelming that the page just looks over filled on a mess. So to start with, I recommend you set yourself 10 objects as well. Now it's time to do a little bit of brainstorming. What I like to do is to sit down with a notebook and think back over the months that I'm illustrating and gather together the different memories and things that have happened on things that I've enjoyed so you might start out. We're thinking about any big events or special occasions that happened. Things like this would be weddings, trips you've taken parties, graduations, anything. That's a largest special occasion. I've put those at the very start of the list. Then I would think about any milestones that you could include So any work related goals or fitness related goals, projects that you've completed during that month for projects that you've started during that month, but they don't have to be completed goals, but any of milestone or goal related thing that you could put onto illustration. So perhaps you've completed a routine off during yoga every morning for that month, or you've just finished redecorating your bedroom or you've just wrapped up a creative project. Those sorts of things. Now all of those things are larger on. You may not have many of them in one month, so once you've got them written down, you can now think about smaller things that you've been enjoying. So examples of things that you could include in your notes are food. Have you been enjoying a certain meal a lot, or have you tried a strange new flavor of ice cream that month? I personally like to write down any new recipes that I've tried. Cloves are another useful topic that sometimes we can go through a period of wearing a certain coat or jumper all the time, and so that's something fun to record as well. Any TV shows that you've been binge watching over that month or movies, you've been watching music and podcasts. These also things that you can write down. I also like to include the plants, that of flowering or growing in the garden at the time on. If you don't have a garden, then maybe you remember any plants that ah growing in your neighborhood or that you see when you walk to and from work, you can just sort of begin to draw together things like that on whether as well if we're. If you're having periods of lots of rain or lots of sun, these are all things that you couldn't record on your illustration. You can't really include anything you like, and the more you think, and the more you brainstorm, the more you'll come up with. New purchases are also good to record art supplies and make up books. You've been reading things you've done with other people with friends or family, even if it's just visiting a coffee shop or going for a walk with a friend, the list can just go on and on. If you end up making a monthly Favorites illustration every month, then you could always make notes as you go. But I don't tend to do that, and it doesn't take too long to sit down and think back over the month and brainstorm a load off ideas and memories and things that you want to put in the illustration. If you end up with far more than 10 ideas, then you'll need to narrow the list down. I think it's helpful to think about what you want to record for that month on what is most important to you on really focus on what stands out on what things you want to celebrate, no matter how large or small they are. Now that you have this list off memories in front of you, you can now start to translate those memories into objects. 4. Doodling Objects: Now you can start to design the objects you want to include in your illustration. Some of the memories you've written down in your notes were likely to be straightforward. What others may need a bit more work, So to start with events and trips, these are the sorts of memories that could be a little bit more complicated to condense into a single object or small group of objects. On my list, I have a trip to the botanical Gardens. I could go ahead and draw out one of thes sculptures from the garden that I saw that day or one of the little pavilions that they had or some of the plants. Now, in this case today, I'm going to draw out a couple of the different leaves from the plants that I saw to represent that trip. The next thing on my list is star watching or watching the shooting stars, and this is something that's very enjoyable to do. In the summer. I could draw a pair of binoculars to represent this, or I could draw, telescope and draw a shooting star next to it. You can also group objects together to tell a little story You don't have to just draw one object if you're trying to represent an idea that's a little bit more complex, particularly like a trip on activity than you might need to group several different objects together to make it really recognizable. Now, in this case here, I'm just going to draw a little portion of the night sky en draw some little shapes and some stars inside that shaped to represent the sky. Now most in most of the details are going to put in after coloring. But that's how I'm going to represent watching the stars at night. The idea is to find objects within your memory within your theme. So if you are going to illustrate a wedding, you might draw the wedding cake. You might draw two rings, the wedding dress or bouquet of flowers. If it's a themed wedding, you might draw something from that day that you saw if you went somewhere on a trip or a vacation than you could draw a well known landmark from the place you visited or just something sums are up the place that you went. The illustration we're working on today is going to include text as part of its final design. But it is a good idea to have the objects fairly self explanatory, especially to you as you're working on to us. You're looking back. I'm going to keep going on, sketch out objects from my list off themes and memories. Most of these are quite simple to draw, so a sketchbook is quite self explanatory. I got a new sketch book, I m drawing the sketchbook. I would read a novel. I'm during the novel that I read ice cream, a pair of earrings that I had these air more quite self explanatory. They're quite easy to draw out. I wanted to draw something that represented the summer heat, so I chose a ceiling fan, which is really important in July. Summer is also a time for parties and vacations, so I chose to include a pair of tassel party earrings to sort of sum up that as well. I like to not only include objects that I loved and enjoyed using, but also that some of the season and some up a broad range of things that I was doing during that month when you're making your list and picking the objects to draw. You can often apply more than one meaning to some of the objects in that, and so you couldn't really sum up a lot of different things in that one illustration that really represented your month. If you're new to drawing or you're unsure about drawing any of the objects that I would gather them all around you if you can. On that way, you can look at them as you draw or take some reference images. If that's easier and just have them on your phone on, have your phone next to you. You went on a trip or went to a wedding on a special event. You're quite likely to have some photos from that occasion that you can refer to. I try to simplify the shakes as much as possible. My empathy illustration is to look great at the end, but I'm not aiming for realism with any of these objects. It's a visual memory log, and I want to record everything in a cute and appealing way, but it doesn't need to have to be anything like a photograph. So when looking at your objects, try to identify the main shape or form first so for example, with these cinnamon and covent buns that I made there basically round. So I drew the round shapes and then added in the swirl and then added in a few dots to indicate whether covenants on the sugar clumps were on them. Often, you just want to suggest details are not go too crazy with them now. This does come down to stylistic choices, but focusing on the general shake first, breaking down the objects into sections, general shapes first and then work on the inside details. This really helps when drawing the objects. You'll also see that I'm clustering some of the objects. So for the cinnamon buns here, I haven't just run one. I've drawn three and scattered the crumbs. I did this because it helps to give the overall illustration a little bit. More. Visual interest are going to more detail about flow and visual interest in the later lessons, but it is a good idea to cluster some of your objects when you're practicing. So instead of drawing every one of the objects on their own, it's good to mix things up. Andi, draw some of them in in a group or draw certain things together. You can also think about adding little embellishments like hearts or circles or exclamation points, anything that you can add to your illustration, to tell your story better or to help convey an emotion. So for an example, I'm going to place little hearts around the ceiling fan, and that really instantly conveys how much that fan is needed and loved. In the summer. Because of the heat, you could experiments and different ideas on your practice page. Normally, I find that less is more when it comes to these embellishments, so you want. If you're going to add some exclamation points, often hearts, you don't want to add them to everything. You just want to add them toe one or two things that you really want to pop and that you really want to highlight that particular emotion around that object. 5. Layout and Thumbnails: the last phase off the process before I start working on the final illustration is to create a few thumbnails and to look at the layout off the whole piece. So we have the 10 objects were going to draw, and we've practiced drawing them out. So I'm going to start by drawing some very rough little rectangles. And I've chosen to do this illustration in landscape mode. If you were drawing yours in portrait mode, which is the paper turned the other way around, then you were draw your little rectangles accordingly on. The idea here is to draw a very rough little thumbnail sketch off the entire illustration. Andi roughly draw a small circle to represent each object into place inside the rectangle. This way I can see how the overall layout is going to feel on. Look with the text. I like to write the name of the month in larger letters and then the word favorites underneath in much smaller letters. This is a personal design choice. I also like to keep my letters very simple and easy to read. But if you love the look off modern hand lettering or you're great with a brush pen, then feel free to go ahead and experiment with letters on different ways off. Writing your month on this page. There also some great hand lettering classes. Hyland Skill share so you could combined some skills here. I normally try out four or five different layouts Andi, just play around with where I'm going to place the text on the page. I like to always place the text first and then arrange the objects afterwards. For the 1st 1 I placed the text in the middle and then the objects evenly around the outside on. Then I tried next, plating the text in the bottom right hand corner and then gridded the objects. I also tried scattering the objects a bit more randomly. The main decision you need to consider here are Are you going to griddle objects or scatter them on? You also need to consider the size and design off the text on. If you don't want to put any text on your illustration, you can always cut that out completely. If you like. This will be up to personal preference, and I recommend you play around with the layout on the design on fill out at least four thumbnails and just kind of see what you like and what works best for you. And then once you've picked a layout that you like, we can move on to the next stage and start working on the final illustration. 6. Sketching: to start with. If I'm just taping my watercolor paper down to a board now, I'm not going to be adding much water when I am coloring, so this is not an absolutely necessary step. But I like to do the step with whatever type of paper with whatever type of medium I'm working on. It gives me a nice, smooth surface to work on, and it protects the paper from getting crumpled if I lean across it or anything, so I like to take my paper down. I've placed the practice drawings, the thumbnails on the brainstorming notes that we made in the earlier lessons toe one side . I like to start by writing the letters. I find it much easier to start with the letters as they need to be spaced properly on the illustration On Defy added the letters last and I had to squeeze the men into us into a funny corner. It would really show in the finished illustration. You can always see if someone's tried to squeeze letters in, and they didn't quite have enough space. So it's much easier to start with the text. I've used a ruler to roughly draw to guidelines for the word July on. I'm keeping the word in capital letters, but I am slightly style izing the J to give it a very clear but a slightly stylized look. And then I'm going to draw tomb or lines this time much closer together for the word favorites on. I'm just going to simply draw that down below. Okay, so once you've got that down, we can now add the objects. Now, in order to get the spacing right, I'm going to go in and draw some circles just one very rough circle for each object. Now the circles may not represent the final size of each object, but it is going to give me a very rough guideline on where to place them. I'm going to try and replicate what I did on the thumbnail that I chose on. I'm pressing very lightly with my pencil here, as I want to be able to rub the lines out completely. So when you're drawing out your circles, you want to press very lightly with your pencil. This again is an important step because you don't want to draw in or your objects or most of them, and then find you have to squeeze one into a corner or something. So by just laying out of circles like this roughly, you're going to be able to fit everything on the page nice and easily and not have a awkward situation right at the end of your drawing, where you have to squeeze something into a space that's too small. Now I can go in and add my objects. One thing I do like to do and you'll see me do this as I go forward is to vary the scale. Earlier, we talked about varying the amount off objects, so the cinnamon buns, for example, I drew three instead of just one Andi. I also have two tea bags instead of one. I have two earrings because they're a pair, and then I've drawn four leaves instead of one. This, as I mentioned earlier, adds a bit more visual interest to the page. Another thing you can do to add more visual interest is to vary the scale of it. So nothing here, Mr Scale, realistically, but I don't want to have all my objects that say exactly the same size. I like to bury things on to draw some things a little bit bigger than others. So I've drawn the yellow shirt quite a bit smaller than the tea bags on. Then I have the little the little bit of the night sky that represents star watching. That's quite a bit smaller than the novel on the tassel earrings of much a little bit smaller than the leaves. You don't want to vary the scale too much of what some things will get completely lost in the layout. But having a little bit of variation does help to add a little bit more interest to the layout. I also like to rotate things as well, so nothing here is directly up right except for the seeding found, which would look a bit odd if it was tilted. I want everything to look as if it's slightly floating. I'm not trying to have a gridded uniform line. I want the illustration to have lots of movements. So by varying the amount of objects and son places by varying the scale of the objects and the rotation, you can easily get a good flow and a movement through the design. Andi, you won't. You will want to make sure that you don't have all your objects rotated in one direction as well. So you want to have some going to the right from going to the left on some just sort of flowing in and out. And it's rather nice if you have an object that you can make a little wine D. So, for instance, with the tea bags with the tales of the tea bags, I was able to curve from a bit. And that just helps to create a little bit of flow and the same with the leads in the tassel living's all of those help to flow and to guide your I threw the piece. Another tip that I have here is to make sure you scatter the different shapes. So, for example, here I have a novel and a sketchbook on both of them are rectangular shapes, so I want to place them far apart on the piece on make sure they're properly mixed in with all the curvy A elements. That way, I get a nice balance throughout the design. You want to try and avoid placing all your square shapes or all your circulates shapes all together. You want to make sure that there will scattered in mixed. These are just some of the things that I try to keep in mind as I sketch the text that I'm adding. Here are basically little labels you could add in more humorous labels than what I'm adding in here. But I just want to make it clear what everything is for my own record keeping mostly. But also, if I did show this illustration to someone, I would like them to quickly understand what everything is. You could also add a commentary if you wanted, particularly if you were drawing movies or books. You could also add more elaborate journaling as well. Or you could take all the text off. It's up to you. I like to add a small label round each object on. I like to try to curve the writing to match the shape of the object as much as possible. Again, that just kind of helps with the flow off. The illustration 7. Inking: once the sketching YSL complete I then going with my fine liner. Now all the supplies are listed in the class description. If you want to know the brand details off, the more this fine and liner is waterproof, which is important because I'm going to be using watercolors to color. But if you're using colored pencils or markers or anything else, then it's not so important. I'm also using Brown to do the Leinart instead of black, because I personally really like a softer look, and I'm going to be using a softer color palette as well. But again, you can adapt everything here to your own taste on your own style. So you go ahead on Choose the fine line of color black, brown, pink, purple whatever you like. However, you want your piece to look when it comes to lining, I like to take it pretty slow. This is partly because I'm using a textured watercolor paper, and if I draw too quickly, the lines tend to skip over the bumps in the paper. But also taking it slow helps to keep my hands steadier, and I get smoother lines. I also like to rotate the paper a lot on this helps me again get a smoother line and helps me helps my hand to glide better. And so I'm not reaching over and trying to hold my hand in an odd angle. I just simply rotate the paper a lot. My process for lining is to go over all the lines. Once on, just fill in all my pencil lines or with the liner on. Then I rub out along the pencil marks. Then once I've done that, I can go back in and added this online variation to the objects here. I'm just adding another line around the outside of the object or the object cluster on. This gives the illustration to line thickness is one finner inner line for all the inner lines on the object on a picker outer line. Because I've gone over that line twice with the same fine liner the line variation. Just add something extra to the drawing on because I'm not going to be using dark colors or add a lot of shading when I get to the coloring stage. The line work needs to be as nice as possible because you're going to see it quite clearly So take the time. Rotate the paper. I like to rest my wrist on arm on the desk to get a nice move. Flow with the pen. Then, once the objects have done, I worked on the text. My handwriting is by no means perfect, but I like to add it here as opposed to using stickers or stamping just because these are my monthly favorites and I feel like it's extra personal to keep your own handwriting on the designs. So even if you feel like your handwriting is pretty bad, I would encourage you to experiment and try handwriting labels onto your design. The last thing here is to outline the little final embellishments, like the hearts around the fan, the cinnamon bun crumbs of the little dots that I've placed around the leaves. I've only added a few of these because, like I mentioned before, I feel like with embellishments like this, less is more. In most cases, the effect off the little embellishments is really lost if you add too many, particularly with ones like hearts or exclamation points. So once you're done with the lining, we can move on to adding some color 8. Adding Color: so to get started, I'm going to add a flat layer of color to every object. I want to keep the coloring semi realistic so the vanilla ice cream will be a queen color. The cinnamon buns will be a light brown, and on the leaves will be a greeny blue color. But I also want to limit the color palette a bit just because I personally feel that limited color palettes work better at least on my own work. They do, so I like to stick to that. I'm also sticking to lighter, more pastel shades, and I've also chosen the colors to match the different items on my illustration. Now I've got a couple of items that a yellow in reality, the yellow shirt, the the sketchbook that I have his yellow on. Then I have some creams and browns that air for the cinnamon buns and the vanilla ice cream on. Then I have some items I know need to be green or turquoise, so I've picked yellow, blue to turquoise e green on then, that creamy brown for my color palette. Andi, I like to place realistic for semi realistic colors where we need to on the wherever. I don't have to place those colors. I like to incorporate the colors that are on my limited color palette. So for the tub of vanilla ice cream, for example, the ice cream itself should be the color it needs to be. Otherwise, it wouldn't be very recognizable. I wouldn't want to pate the ice cream part of it in the blue or the yellow, because then it wouldn't be recognisable as a vanilla ice cream. But the top off the ice cream could be any color. It doesn't have to be any particular color, so I've picked the blue color that's from my color palette on pretty much throughout the drawing. Whenever I can pick a color, I'm going to choose either a teal color that turquoise e green color or the blue or the yellow. On that way, I can keep to a limited color palette while keeping a semi realistic vibe. Going with the colors on, I can have a cohesive look to the drawing. If you were drawing this illustration as part of your bullet journal set up, then you could stick to your chosen colors for that month and tie the illustration into your layout. I'm also trying to spread the colors evenly throughout the design as much as possible. This may not work in all cases, but as much as possible. You can try to evenly distribute your colors. You could try to limit your colors to four or five different ones, or stick to a warm or cool palette. Thes air. Just coloring general coloring tips that I keep in mind when I'm approaching. Coloring my illustration. Once everywhere has a flat layer of color, I'm going to let it dry and then come back in and out a few tiny shadows to the images. I normally like to add a shadow line to one side of the object, and that just gives it a little bit more dimension. In most cases, I'm just using a more saturated version off the base color. So for the green for the teal tuck queasy green. I'm just using a darker version of that turquoise, the same for the blue, the same for the the brown creamy color for the yellow. I was using the yellow pretty saturated, So I went and dipped my brush into the brown to create the shadows. I'm just sort of adding it mostly on one side of the pieces, and in some cases I'm sort of to stabbing it around. I've placed a few darker streaks of blue within the tassels on on one side of the fan, and then I'm just dabbing it into the little night sky portion. Now the night sky portion should really be black, but I didn't want to ruin the limited color palette. But I feel like in this case, I could get away of it on the label really helps to identify what that is, so I think if you're using a limited color palette, it's actually often quite important. Toe have labels, particularly if your item is not very self explanatory. Most of these are quite self explanatory. I particularly like the leaves and the yellow shirts and the novel that has the title on it . But for the star watching portion and even the tassel earrings, those sorts of things. If you didn't see the label, you may not know what they are, so I feel like if you're going to use a limited color palette, incorporating the text is very useful on def. If you decided on having no text on your illustration. You might just want to stick with going for completely realistic colors so that it's very obvious what all your objects are. Once the shadows air completed on, everything is dry again. I like to add some finishing touches with the white paint pen. It doesn't show up too well on camera just because the colors are so light. But I like to add some little sparkles from central dots on to the different objects. Again, this is just a stylistic choice based on the illustration style that I like to use. You don't have to use them on. On the whole, I try to put the highlights on the opposite side off the shadow. So, for instance, on the novel I have the shadow on the right hand corner side on. I added some sparkles to the upper left hand corner off that just so that you have a highlight in a shadow. It just adds a little bit more dimension toothy illustration. So once that is finished, I can take up the tape on the illustration is complete 9. Final Thoughts: and that completes the illustration. So now you have your own lovely monthly favorites design. I like to pin mine up on the wall sometimes, but you could frame yours if you want it. Or if you really enjoy this project today, you could make the silliest Roesch in drawing a monthly favorites as part off your monthly routine and make one of these every month. You could make full illustration on a sheet of paper you could draw paid in your sketchbook or incorporated into a bullet general spread on. Then, at the end of the year, you would have them all to look back on Andi. If you do incorporate this once a month into your schedule, it's an excellent drawing and illustration exercise. Not only are you practicing drawing the different objects you can practice, um, hand lettering or some calligraphy to incorporate the text you're practicing layout and design your practicing, coloring or painting. Working of a limited color palette. It's an overall fun exercise that helps you to practice quite a few different illustrations skills. Make sure you post a picture off your finished illustration to the class page so we could all see what you've created on, make sure you ask any questions that you have. I have several more classes available on my school shirt page. If you haven't checked that out already on, I hope you've enjoyed this illustration exercise today on Have had fun creating your own monthly favorites drawing.