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Expressive Painting Techniques - Smudging

Robert Joyner, Making Art Fun

Expressive Painting Techniques - Smudging

Robert Joyner, Making Art Fun

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2 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Smudging Demo

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About This Class

Learn the art of smudging and how it can impact your creative approach. In this class I'll share three different versions of smudging to help you understand the process. It's easy and fun. But the best part is it will add another tool to your arsenal which is what every artist needs.

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Robert Joyner

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1. Introduction: Hi there, Robert. Joining here with paint loose. Now I want to talk about a really interesting technique for you to explore, and that is called smudge technique. The smudge technique is a great way to showcase lines in your artwork can also showcase brushwork or where have you see it? Fitting in to your creative process. Okay, You're the artist. You make those decisions, I'm going to illustrate it by showcasing lines. Now, if you know me at all, you know, I love adding linear interest to my paintings. I'm constantly looking at my art, evaluating the things I do, evaluating what's been done, and so that I can better infuse the things I love and the things I do well sold. But I will demonstrate here is the concept. Now I will just use charcoal to kind of break down the overall view and what I want you to get out of these lessons and then I'll show you a technique or the same technique using acrylics, and then I'll show you how you can apply it using mixed media. In this case, I will use acrylic and crayon. So again, this is a fantastic technique. I know you'll be excited when you see it, and I'm sure we'll impact your art in a very positive way. Let's get learning. 2. Smudging Demo: smudge technique on this much technique is a great way to showcase lines in your artwork can also showcase brushwork or where have you see it fitting in to your creative process? What I will demonstrate here is the concept. Now I will just use charcoal to kind of break down the overall view. And what I want you to get out of these lessons and then I'll show you a technique using acrylics and then I'll show you how you can apply it using mixed media. In this case, I will use acrylic and crayon. So the idea, But on this much technique is we want to put down a block of color or charcoal smudge a little bit. Rough it up. Right. So we get soft edges so I'll go ahead and demonstrate that wrap that up. I think I'll go a little bit more here. Okay, way Got all this space This Excuse up all this Wana get a bigger motor line here now that I've got mainly the soft edges. I mean, appears baby got little bit of linear interest going on. There were lime work, but I use that to showcase line. This is a good technique. And you can even kind of come in here if you want a smudge, a few edges there to make it blend a little bit more when I'm using really bold lines, I really want to put, like this sort of energy into my work. I tend to not want it to jump out and smack the viewer in the face. Now, over here, a bull give you more of a subject so you can kind of put this in context and see how that can work when you're actually using painting. OK, All right. So I've taken the liberty just to add a little kind of a base here. I did that using Gilo iron oxide. Now I've got a little lizard crimson here. I'm a mix that with my yellow iron oxide, maybe a little touch of blue for fun and just going to quickly put down my wine bottle here . A lot of division there. So we got this kind of Ah, a lighter yellow background. We got this kind of darker burgundy color. There's not much opportunity to do this, so we're going to create the opportunity, right? So I'm gonna take the same burgundy color or the same two colors The yellow Eliza Rin, maybe a touch of the blue. And we're going to just kind of work that around a little bit. I'm going, you know, obviously focus over here. In this case, I'll use a napkin because I want to continue to paint. I don't want to get to dirty here, and we can even make that a little bit darker so we can kind of coming here, play with some blues, and it's really go outside those lines a little bit, I think, to make a really big impact. I want to allow that to dry. Okay, cause if I start to go over it now, your chances are it's going to blend into that layer dry to the touch. I'm now I am going to use a number six out liner brush these air a lot of fun to work with . So I'm gonna go in here. I'll go into that background color, their throws, some biting there, really get some nice clean pops of yellow. I'm just adding a little bit of water to this mixture. Okay? And that kind of soups it up a little bit. You know, Just come off the brush a little bit easier, Okay? So loaded up. I'm gonna work from this background color. So the idea here is I'm kind of using this smudgy area to showcase Why, Okay, Yeah, I can just kind of balance that our I'm going to use this one. So this is this brush. I know. Something like this is more common. You guys probably have something like this as part of your tools or brushes. All right, so I'm going back into that Elizabeth Crimson mixing a little bit of this sap green in there and again loaded up. Look at this smudgy area. How can I introduce this line? I want to create this sort of energy and bring it up. So look how that gave that feeling of these lines. And, uh, and this is no different than when If I were doing that. So if I picked up my charcoal and I did that kind of what I did there, that's using lines. I'm not thinking I'm gonna block in the painting or, you know, draw or paint up shape or anything. I'm thinking I'm gonna showcase these lines. Of course, it's a little more obvious here cause you're dealing with a thinner brush, but both circumstances as lines and we're using the smudge technique. So if I wanted to know develop this painting mawr, I mean, I could make it more believable. I mean, I could go in here, you know, add that feeling of a label you can kind of getting here and add some more body, you know, to this sort of thing. But, you know, as I work it forward, I want to try to keep in mind that those lines are part of the art. I don't want to disturb it too much. Let's say like, for example, you have we had the smudgy color. Maybe it's still getting lost over here. Um, the shape of the bottle. I mean, we can come in here and maybe tone this yellow down with a little bit of this kind of pinkish color, and we can kind of create. They're more shape and chisel, land some of the areas if we feel like but but again, I would try to leave all those interesting lines. There's nice chunky marks and work the painting forward, but protect those as well. So This is one way to think about using the smudge technique. And now I'm going to give you another example of how we can do that, using a slightly different medium taking the liberty again to add the little block of yellow there. I'll do the same idea, so I'll go ahead and Graham a wine bottle color. I'm just gonna be a little bit maybe a little more freedom here with this one. I'm even going to take some of this background color. We're gonna smudge that in a little bit more. All right, so this time I'll use the palm of my hand. It's with the back of my fist, basically, or remember part that is. And now at a little more color, we're going here to my lizard and little touch of the blues, and good. I'm just kind of going to use that now. Use my fingers. And that is how that really kind of creates. Okay, A nice blending. Look, I've kind of set the table right to create these lines. Whatever this dries, that's what I do all come back. And will you? Some artists grade crayon to pop the line drive to the touch, and I want you to say hello to my little friends here. This is a Corin dosh artist grade crayon. So I kind of worked with here. Look at what I have Think about my basic shape. See how much fun that is? We can kind of add a little bottom right there. We have our little triangle, a lot of fun. And because this the smudging kind of set the table for that, it really took those colors that this burgundy, you know, in that yellow and it kind of blended. So it gave us a real soft transition of colors so that the painting wasn't so stiff. So we didn't have a background that was yellow. Ah, wine bottle that was burning and was, like, really, really tight. We had that kind of beginning like this, and then we can come back in and use that line and give it the form just enough form. So people kind of say, Oh, yeah, that's a wine bottle. Kind of Look at what I have there. Maybe I want to start with the shadow area. What do I have? What about looking at here? What does this thing need? to make it a little more believable. Kind of coming here with these. That background color I had originally coming here. Maybe this shape I'm just touched him. I'm not. I'm careful not to cover up a lot of those those marks. Okay, We kind of hit the top there, so just kind of blending, almost smudging that color. With those lines that we get, we get the shape, but, you know, it's not covering it up. Now, I'm gonna go in there and focus on the bottle. Someone really pop that burgundy color. Maybe at some of this so ruling and blue to it. And we have a shadow going on here. And that is how I'm leaving that those yellows in there that that that line that's the key way don't want to put this in there and then covered all up Just indicate a little piece of a label. And I think that will pretty much give you the feeling of the wine bottle. One thing I do a lot in my studio is I doodle, and judo isn't a mindless thing. I'm pushing my creativity. I'm trying to explore how to do things, how to manipulate my crayons how to get the most out of my brushwork. And these little techniques like this have developed for me over time. Anybody can take these ideas and applying. And that's why I'm sharing it with you so that you can enjoy painting working with mixed media. As much as I do hope you enjoy this syriza of lessons. Enjoy working with the smudge technique. If you have any questions, let me know if not enjoy experimenting by.