Drawing in Black + White 1.0 | Nora Connolly | Skillshare
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7 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Introduction to Drawing in Black + White

    • 2. Project

    • 3. Supplies for Black + White Drawing

    • 4. Black + White Sketches

    • 5. Warm-up lesson

    • 6. Rendering a Black + White Drawing

    • 7. Conclusion

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About This Class

In this class you will be shown how to, warm-up, sketch, crosshatch, render a great drawing in white on a black paper.  Coming next week, a class on using colored pencils and gouache on black paper! The class will also be called "Drawing in Black + White 2.0".


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Nora Connolly

Illustrator + Pattern Designer + Artist + Teacher


About Me:    Hello, and welcome, I'm Nora. I'm an Illustrator, Surface Pattern Designer + Artist. I studied at Columbia University and obtained a Masters. My thesis was on "MURAL ART: FAD OR ART?"  I decided after a number of years of work as a French Translator to go to FIT - Fashion Institute of Technology to learn digital design.  I also speak French fluently and have lived in Paris, France.  I am native New Yorker and still live in NYC presently with my husband and two kitties!   I have written and illustrated three Children's books so far.  I love art and what I do!  This is the best feeling in the world and would like to share that creativity with everyone.

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1. Introduction to Drawing in Black + White: Hello, my name is Nora Connolly from pixie arts studio. In my class here on skill share, we're going to cover how to draw in black and write in this class the lessons we'll cover how to warm up some examples of sketches in black and white. Have to do mark making. And as well as how to do the drawing that I showed you on the cover, which is a tea pot on black paper using white markers. Join me in this simple as straightforward class. Learn how your lines and squid OS can turn into an awesome drawing. Thank you very much. 2. Project: Welcome. Your project won't be to draw either a tree or the teapot and attach it to the description down below. I would love to see your drawings and feel free to be very creative. 3. Supplies for Black + White Drawing: In this lesson, we're going to go over the supplies needed to make this little teapot. And it's very cute, and it needs a few items. And some of them armory on my desk. And I'm going to show you one is card stock. So this type of paper we're gonna be using block. And it just needs to have a surface that is little thicker than paper. So that would be card star. And in walk, then I'm using this Crayola, paints it and it needs to have whites. So if you have one with a smaller, smaller version, which is half of this one is eight. It will have the White, I don't think, but in the little larger one, the 16 paints, it has the white. And that's what we're going to be using to make some of the Teapot, as well as a Sharpie, which is a permanent marker. And this one is fine point as you can see here. And as well as a gel pen. And this one I ordered online. Or you can get it at a craft store or an art store. And it's 0.8, that is the size of the nib. And if these are just extras, but I wanted to show them. This is a type of brush pen and it comes, it has a white ink in it. So that's always useful. And this is useful as well. It's also a brush pen and its block. And we will need a little bit of Bounty paper towel, some water for the paints. And if you want a little towel to clean your hands on and just the dusk surface, which is kind of flat. And that's all we need. 4. Black + White Sketches: In this section, I just want to go over what black and white drawing is all about. So you don't necessarily need to only draw on black paper. Like here, we have an image of an owl on a tree and the background is black. And I did use white, but I also embellished the drawing with another marker, such as this type of marking from big hits, a marker made of copper. And there's also these other two which I use. A little bit of, bluish green by favourite cause cell. And another sharp B, which is made of silver metallic. And it, it shows through rather well once you have a little bit of white background on there. So that's one way of utilizing the markers on black paper. And another image I want to show you is this tree. So it's kind of a Weeping willow type tree, but it's more of fantasy creation of an illustration. And another way to draw in black and white is also on different types of paper, so it doesn't always have to be black paper. It can also be this type of paper which is ten. And this type of paper is actually in about book. So for instance, you can draw black and use weight on a ten surface. And one other painting, illustration I want to show you sorry about that. One other illustration I want to show you as on a gray toned paper. And this paper is, is also type of card stock type paper. And I use my sharpie on the background. And the foreground. I used on in front of that black Sharpie foundation, I use white marker and I made marks on that sharpie. 5. Warm-up lesson: For our warm-up exercise, I recommend you play some music, anything that relaxes you. And we're going to take one of our pencils pens here. And we're gonna take our sketch paper in block, an extra one that we have lying around. And we're going to use, for instance, this white gel pen. And I'm just going to make things like squiggles, for instance, just to loosen up my hand. And that should be the hand that you use to write on or draw width. And this is just one way of relaxing me before I start drawing. And it doesn't have to be anything in particular or just something that makes you feel good and something you want to do or relax with. You could also make circles, you know, like this little circle lines. Or, you know, you can make also some lines on there. Anything that makes you feel relaxed and Lucinda, and just drawing freehand. You know, something that makes you give you some flow. And you can also do the squiggles like we started off with. You could also make angles in your squiggles. And I recommend you do this for a minute or two. And we're going to move on to something else, which is actually drawing our teapot. 6. Rendering a Black + White Drawing: Now that I've loosen my hand up and I've gotten into the flow of things. I'm going to draw the kettle. And for the kettle, I'm going to use an upside down U for the base. And I'm going to make a little circular, a line at the bottom to connect the two ends. So that's the base of the tea kettle. And we are going to embellish this anyway, we want to on the inside. But for me, I already have a certain way and wanting to make it look, which is what I'm going to show you. So over here we have the Spout and we're going to attach the arm part of here. And you have to be careful because sometimes this white ink does not dry right away. So you have to be careful and not smudge it with your hand. So this is the base of the kettle, the Spout, and then the arm part where you grab your tea kettle. And I'm going to make a little lid over here. And I'm going to make sure that the lids things on like that. And I'm going to put a little top part here. So that that's the part that you grab the top of the lid with. And I think I'm going to break it up this part, the base, into a couple of sections. So the way I'm going to do that is I'm going to connect this one and draw a line through. And I'm going to put a stripe through here because in that stripe is what I'm going to put some declarations and declarations here and here, but mainly here. So what we can do now is add some flowers, or we can just paint this white and then add the flowers. But it depends. You can just decide what you want to do first. And so what we're going to do is draw some flowers. Now these flowers have a lot of petals. So I'm going to work one way, that way that the ink has time to dry. So I'm gonna be going left to right. And I'm going to put four flowers down here because there's enough space to do so. That's three. And there's the fourth with some adults. Now these are daisies and I am going to draw some hearts. So I'm gonna make them bigger than in the last image. And I'm going to draw three hearts. And I'm gonna draw them also on top. 123. Now I went right to left, but that's okay as long as you know that it's dry there. So now for our mark making. That is very interesting because this is the part that you can start to do, crosshatching and learn how to do that a little bit because it gives a little bit of texture to your drawing. And what you do is you make some lines one way all across the interior of the CAP part of the teapot. And then you go with the lines the other way. Now that's called crosshatching because they cross each other the lines. And it looks like hatch mark. So it's kind of like the hash mark that we use on our cell phones. So there you go. Now we have that. And it's always very useful to add texture, this song type of crosshatching. These lines are going to be very important because people use them a lot for shading, for instance. Now we have that going on there. And then on the bottom, I'm going to do something that I did in the other design so that it looks very similar. And that is these little types of oval with points on them. So they're crisp looking. And I don't want them to be tough to many, but I want them to come across the whole stripe of the, of the tea pot. And then on the top here we have extra space now so we're can make extra lines, for instance, left to right, that may fill up some of the space. And we can do that on the top as well to show a definition of where the teapots top is. And we could also go here on the bottom. I can add one stripe here and another one underneath. So another place that we're going to add some lines is over here. Because this is the handle and I want it to show through as being the handle. So I'm going to add another one line here. That doesn't have to be exact, but it just needs to be within the lines of what you've just drawn. And on the top, I'm going to do something similar to the bottom. And we're gonna put those little ovals on the top as well. And they're kind of Allman shape ovals. And there we go. So in order to embellish this little further, I can do something a little better over here. For instance, I can add low lines to the spout. And I think I'm going to add something called scallops. And the scallops are gonna run along the spout all along. And that is that. So now what I'm going to do is activate my Paint. Also with my paintbrush. You can have your own paintbrush and you add a little paint to the white couple of droplets. And you let it sit a little, little tiny bit because you want the white paint to absorb the water a little bit. And here we're going to decide where on our painting we're going to add like a mystique cloud of white. So it can be anywhere you would like. But you want it to look like some of it's coming through as some of the blacks coming through, some of the whites coming through. So the first place I'm going to add it is on the spout because I know I want the texture of the scallops to come through. So I'm just gonna put a little bit and let it dry. Now, the other place that I want to put this is on the bottom here. And I want to make sure that I spread my water and I can go over it if I need to, but I'm not going to go within the actual almonds that I made. Almond shapes. I'm just gonna go around it because I want that to be another space that's negative space. And there is whatever's not filled is negative space. So that's this part. And this is going to try rather quickly because I'm not applying too much of a layer. And I just wanna make sure that I cover most of the space that I want covered inside the teapot. So that is why I am doing that. And I made it all the way across here so far. And I'm gonna do the same on the top here. Because I want to embellish this T BOD and make it look great. And wanna tell it better than the first one I made to show you how the teapot is going to look on the inside. You can feel free to draw your own shapes that you would like to see inside your teapot. It, they don't have to be omen shapes, they can be something else, maybe stars, you know, whatever you can think of that you want to look good. You can draw triangle shapes. Anything that you feel that should be on the inside of your teapot and that will embellish it. So that's this part. We can do a second layer if we wish to. So far we've got one layer of paint. I want to coat of paint on here. But if you want to apply another code, you need to wait till it dries a little bit. That way you can see how much you need to place there in instead of just thumb applying another cope that doesn't seem to be dry. At least here you know that you can make it a little darker, the white. That way it shows through a little better. I'm going to add a little bit more of white paint on the teapots lid. So that's the parts I wanted to add. And the other parts I want to add our flowers and want to make it the petals of the flowers come out, stand out. So that's another way to play with negative space. And the negative space will show through because I'm adding a cloudy mist of white paint here. And this is how my teapot is going to be embellished. So for the second layer, I can just go over it slowly like this and make it look even better and more filled in. 7. Conclusion: Thank you so much and joining me today to complete this great little drawing. So in this lesson, we covered quite a few things. We covered how to warm up and flow and use your drawing hand to loosen up with some music and honest sketch paper. We covered our supplies for this drawing. And we covered how to draw this pretty little teapot. And using black and white drawing skills and negative space and creating mark making patterns. As well as we went over some of my sketchbooks. You can use different color paths to draw on and sketch on using black and white drawing. I hope these lessons in mark making and negative space have turned you into an awesome expert in how to draw in black and white. Please feel free to leave your project in the description down below. Thank you for your time.