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Find Your Creative Voice: Different Art Techniques for Beginners

Brenda Zurita, Artist & Graphic Design Student

Find Your Creative Voice: Different Art Techniques for Beginners

Brenda Zurita, Artist & Graphic Design Student

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22 Lessons (1h 41m)
    • 1. Welcome!

    • 2. Project of the Class

    • 3. Why Is Experimentation Important?

    • 4. New Technique: Know GRAPHITE

    • 5. Experiment GRAPHITE

    • 6. Practice GRAPHITE

    • 7. New Technique: Know BALLPOINT PENS

    • 8. Experiment BALLPOINT PENS

    • 9. Practice BALLPOINT PENS

    • 10. New technique: Know COLOR PENCILS

    • 11. Experiment COLOR PENCILS

    • 12. Practice COLOR PENCILS

    • 13. New Technique: Know WATERCOLORS

    • 14. Experiment WATERCOLORS

    • 15. Practice WATERCOLORS

    • 16. New Technique: Know ACRYLIC

    • 17. Experiment ACRYLIC

    • 18. Practice ACRYLIC

    • 19. MEGA Review

    • 20. CLASS PROJECT (a demo)

    • 21. You finished!

    • 22. Bonus Knowledge!

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About This Class

Do you want to be an artist but you can’t seem to find the way to do it? Are you desperate and overwhelmed by all the possibilities to create art? Well, I’m here to help you out!

In this class I will guide you to a straight-forward and easy path to become an artist once and for all. Whether you are curious about graphite pencils or watercolor, we have it all!

Materials (they don’t have to be super fancy):

  • Graphite Pencils
  • Ballpoint Pens (you can have many colors or just a black one!)
  • Color Pencils
  • Watercolors
  • Acrylic Paint 
  • Brushes
  • Paper! Preferably Mix Media Paper or some thick cardboard. Avoid using printer paper for watercolor and acrylic!

After taking this class you will be able to:

- Use Graphite, Ballpoint Pens, Color Pencils, Watercolor AND Acrylic to create beginner’s artwork.

- Be fearless when it comes to experimenting with new mediums.

- Understand the essence of each art technique.

- Find your favorite medium (and explore a lot more!)

- Start your new life as an artist!

You don’t have to have ANY experience in art. It’s open FOR EVERYONE, really.

In this course, you’ll find lots of small exercises for you to familiarize with each technique along with templates for you to keep practicing at home, so I assure you won’t leave this class empty handed! 

As an artist myself, experimenting with various techniques has helped me find myself through art and it has also helped me to apply the knowledge I gain from it to many areas such as Lettering, Illustration and Graphic Design! 

Are you into becoming an artist?

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Brenda Zurita

Artist & Graphic Design Student


Hi! My name is Brenda Zurita and I am an artist and a Graphic Design Student based in Mexico. I am always looking for something new to learn and I love to share my knowledge with others! I strongly believe that in order to find ourselves we must keep learning from others.

I also consider myself an entrepreneur and a leader. I have used my artistic skills and combined it with my design knowledge. I have made DIY merch for my local people like stickers, handmade clay pins and some custom illustrations. I found out that my passion is to share and to spread art.

Here are some examples of the clay pins and stickers I have made:

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1. Welcome!: Hi. My name is Brenda Zurita. I'm an artist and a graphic designer student based in Mexico. I've been taking art seriously for over six years now and honestly, it's been a very joyful journey filled with knowledge, lots of trial and error, and self-discovery. My work is filled with experimentation. That's why I've been able to take commissions on an international scale, as well as creating my own paintings. Over the years, I found out that my very favorite mediums to work with are charcoal, watercolor, and oil paint. But I have worked with endless techniques. But don't be fooled, my creative journey wasn't that simple. I've been meaning to become an artist many years ago, but I just didn't know where to start because there was so many information out there, and so many mediums for me to choose from. That's why I wanted to create my very first class here on Skillshare, on how to become an artist once and for all. If you're afraid to waste your art materials or try something new, I assure you that by taking this class, you won't feel the same again. I want people to stop being afraid of experimenting and start understanding the essence of every technique. In this class, you will learn the basics of the most common techniques for you to start your creative journey, such as graphite, ballpoint pens, colored pencils, watercolor, and acrylic. You will discover the many possibilities of mark-making of each medium by following the exercises I will be providing you in class. You will then use these new skills to choose one still-life photo for my Unsplash collection to create an illustration based on it. But not only that, you will acquire skills that will be very useful for you on a long-term to start your journey as an artist of all kinds. As an artist, experimenting has always been a part of who I am. That has opened many doors for me in terms of how I see the world that surrounds me, but also allowing me to be a versatile artist, which we all know it's quite important in today's society. In this class, you don't need to know how to draw, you only need to have that curiosity and eagerness to learn a whole new world. You can relax now. This is a place where you will awaken your inner artist because we all have one. See you in class. 2. Project of the Class: Hello again. Before you start becoming an artist, let me talk about the artwork that we'll be making by the end of this course. For this class project, you'll be able to choose from a vast gallery of still-life photos to illustrate with the technique or techniques that you found most interesting during the class. The main objective here is for you to loosen up and experiment freely without any judgment. For example, if you're particularly curious about watercolor, you can create your project with it, but I encourage you to mix the techniques as you please. This will help your mind to start thinking as an artist by analyzing what mediums work together and what others don't. This project is perfect to start becoming an artist because by illustrating everyday objects, you become more familiar about the shape, the highlights, and the shadows, which are basic concepts in art. Throughout the course, I will give you some small exercises for you to follow and practice. Be sure to do them and keep them near you since they will come in handy when creating your project. Be sure to watch the last lesson of the course to figure out how to start your project. But for now, I will recommend setting a specific time and place for you to start, as well as setting the mood by lighting a candle, drinking some tea, or listening to music. This will really help your mind to prepare and start. You can have access to the Unsplash collection by clicking the link in the class description. Also, don't forget to share your project in the project section below and read the tips that I have for you. I can't wait to see what you create and give you more feedback and tips. So shall we begin? 3. Why Is Experimentation Important?: Do you recognize these masterpieces, did you know that these artists went through a whole process of experimentation to get to be the artist we know now? Before diving into the most exciting part of this course, I want to talk about why is it important for you to experiment, not only to become an artist, but to learn any skill in life. As I said before, experimentation has been a key part of my creative journey because it has allowed me to know the possibilities of mark making on a canvas, as well as creating new perspectives and opening my mind when creating a new piece. The process of experimentation isn't linear, and by that I mean that it takes time. Even if you only want to be a graphite artists, it is crucial for you to experiment. That way, you get to know more and more possibilities of using the same technique. Sure, it is great to focus on that one technique and master it, but in this class, we are focusing on experimenting with different techniques as a kick-starter to finding your voice and also allow yourself to know the range of tools to create art. Essentially, experimentation is learning. Not to mention it is also a process for you to discover new things about yourselves, maybe you love how color pencils work, or you love how graphite and watercolor work together, or maybe you just don't like either of them. Now, for a very quick art history lesson, here you can see the works of Pablo Picasso. Sound familiar? He's considered one of the greatest and most influential artists in the 20th century. He actually created the Cubism movement in art, which looked something like this. Pablo Picasso was a Spanish painter, sculptor, print maker, ceramicist, and a staged designer. Yeah, he did all that. Now you know where I'm going. He was basically the definition of experimentation. As you can see in these images he did from sculptor to ceramic, he even painted with light. Experimentation allowed him to become a versatile artist and his curiosity made him learn new things and know about all the possibilities to express himself through the mediums he worked with. Do you think he would have created a whole artistic movement without experimentation? I don't think so. Now up to the next big artists of today. They will love it, Gustav Klimt. Very well known by his painting, The Kiss. He was an Austrian revolutionary artist who included many techniques in his work. He learned how to handle wood, gold, and metal from his father. Then he combined that knowledge with his artistic education, resulting in many great artworks that made him a relevant artists up to this day. He used gold leaf, plasters, textures, tempera, oil, graphite, and he even incorporated mosaics to his pieces. That's why he became so famous because he combined the techniques that no one thought they would work together. He was a mixed media artist. To wrap up this lesson, the reason why experimentation is so important is because it gives you many points of view, extends your creative vocabulary, it encourages the self-discovery as an artist, you can find your passion, it makes you a versatile artist, you keep up to date with art making, and your mark making becomes boundless. With this in mind, now you are ready to start learning about the first technique in this course, graphite. See you in the next lesson. 4. New Technique: Know GRAPHITE: Welcome to the first lesson of graphite. In this lesson, we will review what is graphite, its origins, a little history of its use throughout history, and the main characteristics of this medium. So sit back and pay attention. First of all, what really is graphite? According to the dictionary, graphite is a soft, dark gray form of carbon, which is used in the center of pencils, which creates a mark when pressed against something. Basically, graphite is a mineral and it's also considered a dry media and it's one of the most common art tool ever. Graphite pencil was discovered in the 1500s, when a deposit of graphite was discovered around Borrowdale in Cumbria, England. It was originally used for marking sheep and later, a niche industry developed. Eventually, the graphite was encased in wooden layers for use in carpentry. This medium was mainly used to sketch before doing a final piece. It was actually consider a tool to get to the final works because of its monochromatic character and its tendency for smudging. So it wasn't taken very seriously. But the truth is that the most famous artist we know now started creating with a pencil. Nowadays, graphite isn't only used for sketches, it's considered an autonomous work of art. There are many artists out there who just master in graphite and create awesome masterpieces. Isn't it great? Basically, graphite's essence is dry, smudgy, monochromatic, and very old, and very common. Get ready to start using graphite once and for all, grab your pencils and see you in the next lesson. 5. Experiment GRAPHITE: We are finally here. This is the time you've been waiting for, the time to experiment graphite. In this lesson, we will finally be doing some exercises for you to get used to your pencils and get to know them closely. Before we jump right into the exercises, I want to give a quick lecture on the types of pencils they are. H pencils are hard and they live less graphite on paper. This means that they are lighter. The B pencils are softer and leave more graphite on the paper, meaning that they are darker. The more H the pencil has, the harder it will be. The more Bs, the softer the pencil. An HB pencil falls in the middle of the scale, and therefore, it's the most common one. Let's begin with the exercises, shall we? The materials we'll be using are a 2H, HB, and a 2B pencil, a sharpener and an eraser. A smudger, it's not necessary, but if you have one, please use it, and of course your experiment graphite templates. First of all, we're going to practice pressure. Pressure is key for you to get different tones when creating a piece. It is important for you to really concentrate and be mindful of your pressure control. The objective here is to achieve light to dark tones with the same pencil, so we're going to start. As you get closer to the darker tone here, you apply more pressure, but little by little. For the next exercise, you will need your three pencils. It's very recommended that you have the pencils I ask because this will help you switch the pencils as you go and also understand how the different kinds of pencils work. I really recommend having these three, the 2H, HB, and 2B. What we're going to do first is basically the whole concept is the same as the first one, but switching the pencils to get the darker and the lighter tone with the hard and soft pencils. You're going to grab your 2H pencil and begin creating this lighter tone. Remember to grab your pencil very far away from the lead. Then once you are about in the middle, just stop and switch with your HB pencil. Remember this is the middle scale pencil, so this will be perfect for the middle values here in the rectangle. Once you are about here, you stop and switch to the 2B pencil. Remember this side is darker value, so you have to really push your pencil to create that darker value. Now we are going to talk about this section of the exercises. This is a little more fun because we get to experiment the different strokes. They started with the first one, this is hatching. The hatching technique is very simple. You just do some lines, vertical lines, or horizontal lines. Always straight, but they don't ever intersect each other. They respect their space. So you want to feel this circle with lines. Believe it or not, this is a technique that many artists used to create tone. You can experiment by spacing them. The next circle is called crosshatching. It's very similar to hatching, but in this circle, we are going to intersect the lines. You can do it any direction you want as long as they cross. You can also experiment with the spacing of each one to create different tones. The next circle we'll be doing is scribbling. As the name says, just scribble. Scribbling is very fun. This is perfect to create texture. You don't really have control over the scribbles other than to press harder or to scribble very close together to create tones, but they're basically random strokes, so it's real fun. In this one, as the title says, is dots. You want to create dots. For our last circle, this is called smudging. I love this technique because it's so messy. You want to grab your 2B pencil maybe, or you can also do it with an HB, it doesn't matter, but I recommend doing with a 2B because the softer pencils tend to release more graphite, which makes it really fun to smudge. What I'm doing here is just apply lots of pressure over here and lighter pressure over here. I'm not going all the way through here because you will see. This is a stick made of paper basically and it's really helpful when you want to smudge some things. As you do it like this, you use it as a pencil, and you can smudge really evenly. We completed the very first exercises in graphite. I hope you had a really good time and you got to familiarize with this medium. It's really easy to work with. I will upload this finished exercise in the resources section of the class so you can see more clearly what your exercises would look like. Welcome to the tips section. A good way to achieve the amount of pressure you want is to grab the Pencil at different lengths. The farther your hand off the lead, the less pressure you will achieve. To achieve fairly straight lines, be sure to move your whole arm, not just your wrist. To avoid smudges on your paper, you can have some other piece of paper underneath your hand. This will keep your drawing safe and clean, and your hand too. Layering is a great way to create darker tones. For that you need to keep the pressure low. Don't rush and apply a lot of pressure to the paper. This will cause the graphic to shine more than necessary. Switching pencils is very important to achieve a darker tone too. If you have you have more pencils with different hardness and softness, be sure to switch between them and not use just one to create a darker tones. I hope you've been enjoying graphite so far. Please take your time to do the exercises alongside me. Remember you can always pause and play as you wish. Now, off to the next and last lesson of graphite. Let's go. 6. Practice GRAPHITE: Welcome to the last lesson of graphite. So far, we've learned that graphite is a dry media, probably one of the most common tools in art. It's used mainly to sketch, but it can also be used to create cool pieces, and that there are different types of pencils categorized by their hardness and softness. We finally did some exercises where we apply different techniques such as hatching, cross hatching, scribbling, smudging, layering, and some pressure exercises. Now it's time for you to keep practicing at home, at your own pace. For that, please download the practice graphite exercises in the resources section of the class. Print it out and begin reinforcing the techniques that you already learned. All the exercises that you will be doing from now on will be very important to create your final project at the end of the class. So please be sure to do them and keep them near you. Think of it as an assignment. If you have any doubt on how to do any exercise, go to the resources section of the class, and please feel free to check out the photos of the finished exercises done by me, just as a reference of how your exercises should look like. I'll be very pleased to see your exercises in the project section below. So please take a picture and don't be afraid to show them to the world, because that way, you can motivate other students to work, and also, I will give everyone feedback and more tips. So be sure to do that. It's time to learn a new technique. Are you ready? 7. New Technique: Know BALLPOINT PENS: Welcome to the ballpoint lessons. In this lesson, we will learn the components of ballpoint pens, its history, and what to expect when drawing with them. We all have seen ballpoint pens. We use them to take notes in school, to write in our diaries. We even doodle with them when we are in our phone call. We associate ballpoint pens with writing mostly, but not in this class. Forget about writing and ballpoint pens being one together. No, no, no. We are using ballpoint pens as an art tool. In other words, we will see the ballpoint pens with artists eyes. As its name says, the ballpoint pen has a little metal ball which is in charge to let the ink flow evenly when pressed into paper. The ink is made with a mixture of dye, solvents, and fatty acids. This creates a paste that dries very, very quickly. It will take almost 60 years of attempts for the pens to catch on and become popular. It was all about the ink. The structure of a ballpoint pen worked, but it would leak when the wrong ink was used. It was not until 1888, when John Loud, invented the first ballpoint pen ever. Since then, many artists of the time immediately experimented with it resulting in many great works. It was very popular amongst artists because of its availability, low cost, and portability, not to mention that even the cheapest pen could create awesome lines. As you have guessed, the ballpoint pens are permanent. There is no erasing this one, although there are some erasable pens that exists, but we're not using them in class. In summary, ballpoint pens are cheap, portable, a very versatile medium, and permanent. Now, you have what it takes to start experimenting with your pens. So grab them, and let's go to the next lesson. 8. Experiment BALLPOINT PENS: The fun part is here. Now that you know that ballpoint pens are permanent, versatile and extremely common, you are ready to begin using them as an art tool. The materials you'll be needing for this lesson are any ballpoint pen you have, I recommend using at least two or three colors, and the printed experiment ballpoint pen exercises template that you can find in the Resources section of the class and that's it. Gather your materials and let's do some exercises. Hi again. Since you did the graphite exercises, these ones will be a lot more straightforward and familiar to you. With the ballpoint pens, we use the same strokes as graphite to create textures and value, but don't be fooled, the graphite and ballpoint pens are very different. Now we're going to start with the first circle hatching. Believe it or not, these strokes are basic to use ballpoint pens as an art tool. It's really interesting how people use hatching for example to do some textures of plants or even a whole drawing in hatching, so challenge yourself. Now, off to the next circle, crosshatching. Remember the crosshatching we did in graphite? Well, this is very similar. Remember that you can use layers to make a darker tone, so keep that in mind and also experiment with the spacing of the lines of crosshatching. You can do whatever you want as long as it is crosshatching. Now to the layering. In this one, you actually want to have two different colors. I recommend using red and blue because you will see why, but please, if you have red and blue use it. This will really enhance the way you understand color and layering in general. Now we have our layer of blue and now we're going to do another crosshatching with red. Try rotating your paper to get another angle, then do the same as you did with your blue pen, but now with your red pen. These color turned out to be purple because you use two primary colors, because red and blue creates purple. With scribbling you know how it is, scribbles. You can also think you're in a phone call. I do this all the time when I'm nervous. I'm talking to someone in the phone, I still get nervous and I scribble a lot depending on my mood, but I sometimes do scribbles all over the pages. Don't forget what you learned about pressure in graphite because it's really important here in ballpoint pens. With that said, let's go to the next one. Don't feel the need to do huge three dots and that's it, no. The objective here is not for you to finish the exercises or deliver the assignment. The point here is that you learn the different strokes that you can do with the different mediums that we've seen. We finished the first part of the exercises. Now off to the next part of the exercises. These ones will be fun because we will combine the strokes to create gradients as the first exercises we did in graphite. Let's go. What you're going to do is basically doing the same as this exercise but with a gradient. The more layers you do, the darker and the most saturated color you will get. The next one, this I will give you a full freedom to choose any strokes. It can be dots, it can be scribbling, it can be hatching. You can do crosshatching again, but I don't really recommend it. I recommend using another stroke for you to practice other strokes. I'm going to use scribbling and hatching for example. You don't have to do the same as me. I actually encourage you to pick the strokes that you like most or you want to experiment. Congratulations, we finished the ballpoint pen exercises. This was really fun. Try to use different colors to make your exercises more pleasing to the eye. Remember it doesn't have to be perfect. I will also scan these finished exercise for you to use it as a guide if you feel lost or stuck in any part of the process. You can download it in the resources section of the class. Tips section time. To achieve the pressure I want, it has helped me to grab the pen firmly and be aware of my wrist. The pressure sensitivity of the pen also depends on the kind of pen you have. Some don't really use any ink when low pressure is applied and some others even leak when high pressure is applied. I recommend trying different brands of pens to see what works best for you. Pens also tend to smudge a little, so you can also use a scrap piece of paper to protect your piece from smudges. The angle of the pen when you're holding it matters. If your pen is very inclined, the ink won't reach the paper, so be sure to hold it fairly straight. But again, experiment with different angles too. How did you feel using ballpoint pens as an art tool? Don't forget to take a picture of your exercises for me to see and give you tons of feedback. Now it's time for you to practice on your own. Are you ready? 9. Practice BALLPOINT PENS: I hope you're having a blast with your pens. Now the assignment for this lesson is for you to print out the practice ballpoint pen exercises and do it at home. In these new exercises, you will apply the skills that you learned in the previous lesson. To download the file of your practice ballpoint pen exercises for you to print out, be sure to go to the resources section of the class. There you will see a document named as Exercise Templates. If you have any doubt on how to do any exercise, you can also check out the finished exercises document. That way, you can clear any possible doubts and use those photos to get yourself and finish the exercises correctly. Remember that these exercises are crucial to create your final project. I want to show you some sketches I've made with ballpoint pens for you to see what a ballpoint pen is capable of. It's not just strokes, it's what you can do with them. If you're feeling stuck or you just want to show your exercises, please feel free to take a photo of your exercises and post it in the project section below of this class. Once you're ready, let's go to the third technique of this course. See you there. 10. New technique: Know COLOR PENCILS: Let's talk about color pencils now. Color pencils are pencils with a color lead. I know it sounds obvious, but I have to explain this to you. Then it's components are wax, pigment, binders, additives, and water, essentially. The history of color pencils is not well-known, but the first professional set of color pencils was developed in the 20th century, being the blue color pencil, the most used and popular one. There are also many types of color pencils. They are artist-grade, student-grade, mechanical color pencils, watercolor pencils, and pastel pencils, all with different qualities and prices, of course. Nowadays, many artists use them as their medium of choice, exploring many ways of use. Color pencil's essence is dry, permanent, harder to work with compared to graphite, colorful, and they need patience for them to shine. For the next lesson, you don't have to buy any artist-grade, fancy color pencils. The student ones are okay, don't worry about it. But without further ado, let's jump right into the exercises. 11. Experiment COLOR PENCILS: Congrats on reaching the middle of the course. Oh my god, you've been experimenting with graphite, ballpoint pens. What do you like most? Graphite or ballpoint pens or neither? It's okay. For today's lesson, we are going to grab our color pencils and explore color. The materials we'll be using in this lesson are, of course, color pencils. No need to get fancy, get the ones you find around your house. We will use red, blue, and yellow, a sharpener, and of course, your printed experiment color pencils exercise that you can find in the resources section of the class. Because they're color pencils, we're going to talk about some color theory. I know it sounds fancy, but don't let that intimidate you. Now that you have your material ready, you have your exercise is printed, your three primary colors, and your sharpener, we are going to begin. But first, let me tell you something. It's really important for you to do some color samples in a loose piece of paper to get to know what tone do you like most or what works for you basically. For this exercise, you want to reach something like this. It says that you need a magenta or red, but I really encourage you to be closer to this tone. You don't need fancy color pencils or anything. Sure, they will work better, but for the purpose of this class, you only need these three pencils. The 1st thing that we're going to do is grab our magenta or red and create a very light pressure layer. The right way to use color pencils is by layering. Again, layering is such a very important concept in this class. Now we are going to do the yellow color. We go and we do the exact same thing. We don't want to touch these sections yet. Since yellow is a very light color, you will have to maybe apply a little more pressure, but not a lot and maybe do some more layers depending on your color pencils. Now we're off to the blue circle. Again, not touching these areas. When applying another layer is really important for you to do in a different direction, so that way the pores of the paper will be filled with the pigment. You can rotate your paper as you wish to have another angle when creating your layers. We completed the 1st three circles and these colors are called the primary colors because these ones are the ones that create the different colors we see. Now that we have these colors, we're going to create another colors with the same three color pencils. We're going to start with this one, which is yellow plus red. Something very important for you to know is that the order of the layers really matters. We always start with lighter tone that we are working with. We start with yellow. Now that we have our 1st layer of yellow, we are going to do a very, very light layer of red or magenta. Now we're going to do the next circle. We choose red and blue. You guessed it, we are going to make a purple. We're going to start with red this time and then we switch to the blue color. Basically, the thing about color pencils is that you need to experiment with it, kind of color pencils that you have because all of them are different. Don't rush it, don't apply a lot of pressure, just be gentle with your pencils until you reach the purple that you want. Now we are going to make another color. Remember, the order of the layers, which one goes first? The yellow one because is the lighter tone. Is just a matter of layering until reaching a balance. Now off to the center of the circles. This one says all three colors, so we're going to apply the three colors beginning with yellow because is the lighter color of them all. These should look like very muddy color. What we're doing here is to create an even balance of the three colors. Congratulations, now you've applied a color theory. This is actually called a chromatic circle. I'm going to give you like a very quick lecture about colors because is very important for you to learn the basics of color theory in terms of the primary color combinations. First, the pure colors as we call them, are the primary colors. The mixture of the two primary colors makes a secondary color. These ones, the orange, purple, and green, are secondary colors. I hope you really like exploring colors. This is a very fundamental concept for you to start creating with your color pencils. Remember that color pencils are always about layers. It's time for some tips. I know that when using color pencils, it is difficult to have the patience to make light pressure layers, but I assure you that is the key of the color pencils. Try to avoid the need to press harder when you become impatient. Instead, give yourself a break and return to it later. The order of layers matters. I know it sounds strange, but it's not the same if you apply a red layer before a yellow one. It is very important to layer color pencils from light to dark. Trust me. There are many ways for you to use color pencils, but the most common one is by doing circular strokes. This way you can cover most of the paper. It is extremely important to have a pointed lead. Although you can achieve good things with a flat tip, a pointed tip will make your life so much easier. As you could notice, color pencils are all about layering. Before you start any drawing, be sure to take your time to think about the colors and the order of layers. Now off to do practice exercises. Let's go. 12. Practice COLOR PENCILS: Now that you've become more familiar with color pencils, it's time for you to do some practice exercises at your own pace. So go ahead and print the practice color pencil exercises. You can find them in the Resources section below. This time, I'm going to make a demonstration of the exercises to clear some possible doubts you may have about them. You can make these exercises alongside me, or you can just watch this lesson as a guidance and use it to make your exercises at home and at peace. Also, if you still feel stuck, don't forget to write to me or to check out the photos of the scan finished exercises that you can find also in the Resources section of the class. I made these exercises as a sequel of the first ones we did. This time, we are playing with secondary colors. As you may remember, the secondary colors are orange, purple, and green because they are made from the primary colors called yellow, blue, and red. In this exercise, I wanted to make a demonstration so you don't get confused by anything. I'm going to make this quick. I'm going to make a time-lapse for you. But essentially, the first exercise here is about layering, as always. First, you put the purple and then the green, then the green and the orange, and then the orange and the purple. You can create as many layers as you want. I'm going to do about two for each color. For example, here I'm going to do one purple, one green, one purple, and one green, maybe more, I don't know. But you will see that these colors create a very muddy color, like some brown, some grays, maybe. So let's do this. Remember to grab your color pencil far away from the lead so you can have a light pressure. Remember the layers are always light pressure. Okay, so that was the first section of the exercises. Now I'm going to do the second section of the exercise, but basically you want to create shadows with the secondary colors. We are going to have a base for each circle. For example, the base color of this circle will be blue, the base color of this circle will be yellow, and the base color of this circle will be red. So we're going to cover all the surface of blue, yellow, and red. Then as you can see here, I put out the light source. So if the light source is here, the lighter tones will be next to it, like right here, right here, and right here. The darker tones will be here because of the shadow of the light. The shadows, we'll make them with orange, purple, and green. Remember, layers are very important for this exercise. If you want to get darker tones, you have to press harder and do more layers. Let's see how it's made. I can't wait to see what your exercises look like. So take a photo and post it on the Project section below for me to give you feedback, some tips, answer some doubts, and also this will help other students to stay motivated. Are you ready to learn about some watercolor? Jump with me in the next lesson. 13. New Technique: Know WATERCOLORS: Welcome to the four technique of these course. This time we're going to learn what is watercolor, how artists use them, and of course, its essence for you to understand the word colors before using them. Watercolors are probably one of the most common wet medium ever and I say wet medium because they need an external liquid in order to work. In this case, that liquid is water. The history of watercolors comes a very long way. The very first use of them was when prehistoric humans made mixtures of different natural pigments. They were also used in Egypt and China a long, long time ago. Since then, watercolors have had drastic changes to become what we know now. These amazing medium is made of pigments held together by water-soluble binders, along with additives, and solvents. Because watercolors are soluble, the main characteristic is that they are transparent and are very hard to control at first. Watercolors are actually known to be very versatile in spite of their transparency, with enough layers, watercolors can have great vivid colors. But for that, you need a lot of patience and understanding of the medium, not to mention to have a good quality brand to work with. To work with watercolors, we need to use natural hair brushes because they tend to retain more water, but they are expensive. Don't worry, with synthetic brushes, it's fine. You can work with them with no problem. The overall essence of watercolor is that they are transparent, although they can reach very vivid colors if layered. They are versatile and uncontrollable, but very fun to work with. Don't be scared, don't be intimidated, grab your watercolors and let's start painting. 14. Experiment WATERCOLORS: Welcome to the fun part of learning, experimenting. In this lesson, I'm going to explain how to do the exercises and teach you some tricks and tips I've learned over the past few years. Let's begin. For today's lesson, we are going to need a lot of materials, starting with our watercolors. You can use the pan presentation or the tube presentation. We're going to need also some synthetic brushes, some watercolor or mixed media paper, a 2H or HB pencil, some paper towels or anything to wipe your wet brush in, some masking tape, water containers, grain salt. I know it sounds strange but you will need it. Some alcohol, I know it sounds strange too but you will made it. A straw and, finally, some plastic wrap. Yep, you heard it. We're going to have lots of fun with this technique. Now, that you've gathered all of your materials, please open the file of Experiment Watercolor exercises. You don't have to print it out. These exercises are meant to be a guide for you only because the exercises will be made in the mixed media or water paper that you have. Talking about paper, watercolor works best when you use very thick paper like this one that is only meant for watercolor. There are many brands out there and it's a matter of trying out very different ones to get to know what works best for you. If you use a very thin paper like printer paper, watercolor will make the paper wrinkled and even break. We need to have a paper that absorbs the water of watercolors. Some paper is actually made of cotton, like this one. These are your exercises. You don't really have to print any of these. I just print it because I wanted you to see it physically, but you don't have to print it. These exercises are meant for you to use them as a guide only because we are actually doing these exercises in this piece of paper. The first thing you want to do is tape your paper. I forgot to tell you at first, but please tape your paper as I do in the video so your paper will stay flat when applying watercolor. The very first thing we need to do is just with our HB or 2H pencil, just draw the rectangles as shown in the exercise template. Now, that you have your rectangles, let's follow the instructions in here. The first technique that we're going to experiment is wet on wet. Basically, the technique wet on wet is, as the name says, is wet paper and wet paint. The first thing we're going to do is dip our brush in water and then wet the paper, the first rectangle that you draw. Very wet. You don't want the water to dry so you have to do this quickly. Then, choose a color you want and start painting over the width rectangle. You have to do a zigzag movement. It's really, really important. Then, you will choose a second color, the color of your choosing just for fun, and let the paint drop. It's a really, really nice effect. You can experiment with many colors. Remember, you always need to wet your paper first and then add the paint. The next one it's wet on dry. As you may have guessed, the paper has to be dry. In this case, you only apply the paint directly to the dry paper. Again, choose a color that you want. Maybe it can be orange. I don't recommend using yellow because you won't see very well the color. I'd recommend using, I don't know, a green maybe, but definitely not yellow because yellow is not very pigmented. We wet our brush, dip it in the color of your choosing, and then just do the same zigzag movements. Remember, the zigzag is really important because that way, you are moving the paint around evenly. This technique is very different from the wet on wet. With this technique, you can control the color better because you are applying the paint on a dry surface, unlike the wet on wet technique that you are applying paint on a wet surface. That is more difficult to control. Now, off to the next one. This will be a gradient. Be sure to clean your brush very, very good in your paper towel. This will be a gradient with water. As the exercises said, apply the color just on the left side of the rectangle and then use just water to move the color to the right. I recommend dipping your brush in a very vivid color like red or purple, the color that you see that is most pigmented. We are going to apply the color. If you see that you need more color, feel free to just dip again your brush to see it more clearly. Then, you are going to stop right here. Clean your brush a little bit and begin doing the same zigzag that you did. This is because you don't want to have the same pigment in your brush when you're doing your gradient with water. You clean it again and continue the zigzag until you can't see any color. This type of gradients are difficult to master but with practice you can do it very, very easily. Remember, just keep dipping your brush in water and making that pigment go away so that you have the dark and the lighter tone. We are going to do the brush control. This one is very easy. You want to have a thinner brush for this one. The first thing we're going to do, just dip your brush in some water and choose a color. Now that you have your paintbrush with paint, you're going to do some horizontal lines. First with very, very light pressure that your hairs in your brush barely touch your paper. The second one will be a very high-pressure line. As you can see here, the thickness of the lines really, really change depending on the pressure you apply to the brush. This is very handy when you are doing some details in your painting or you are doing some line work with watercolor. This is very, very helpful and as I said before, pressure is always very important in any medium that you are learning. Now we're going to combine the two of them. We are going to start with a light-pressure line and then as we go, we're going to apply more and more pressure. Now we are going to do very light pressure. In the middle, we're going to be doing a very high-pressure line, and then we're going to end with a low-pressure line. The next exercise is layers, layers, layers and yeah, you guessed it, we are going to do layers. For this exercise, we are going to use one color. First, we will do a zig-zag to fill the rectangle. This will be our first layer and then we are going to let it dry completely. Don't be impatient. Just let it really, really dry because if you don't wait for it to dry, this exercise won't turn out great. Now that we have our dried layer, we are going to apply the second layer. This time we're going to make some mountains or something like that, so we are going to apply our second layer like this. After that, we're going to let it dry completely. Don't forget about it. Layering is super key to create cool colors in watercolor, so please be patient and let it dry. Once our second layer is dry, we're going to do a third layer. We are going to make some mountains too so apply the layer as you see in the video. Once again, we'll let it dry completely. For you to be busy in this time of waiting, let's do some other exercise while we wait. Now we're going to see the cool effects of watercolor. These are the last exercises you can see in the template. First, we're going to make the first square, watercolor and salt. You're going to need to make your rectangle really, really pigmented and don't let the watercolor dry. This is very important. Now that you have your rectangle, you put in the salt and let it there to sit and dry. Now the next rectangle, we're going to, again, use a very pigmented color. Make it as pigmented as you want. We are going to make the square of watercolor and alcohol, so grab your alcohol. Again, don't let the color dry; it's really, really important. Then with a small brush, apply the alcohol to the wet paint. You can see it creates a repulsion. The alcohol repels the paint, so it creates this very cool dots. Honestly, this effect is one of my favorites. It's really, really fun. Now I think the layer has dried. Do a fourth layer, shall we? Remember, it's with the same color you did. See how the landscape is coming together? This is really, really handy when you want to create depth. The farther the objects, the most transparent they are, so this is really helpful. Now we're going to do the two missing squares. We are going to start with this drop. You want to charge your brush with lots of water for this to work. Choose the colors you want and just put some droplets full of paint. This is the fun part. We're going to grab a straw and blow. Blow the droplets like this. When trying this out, just experiment with different angles and have fun. Moving on to the last square, we're going to make a rectangle full of pigment and without letting it dry, we're going to grab our plastic wrap, wrinkle it a little bit and put it on top of the wet paint and let it dry. Please don't move the plastic wrap, it's really important. Once we let it dry completely, we're going to remove the plastic wrap and see the effect that it had in our paint. This should make wrinkles and something like that, and we are also going to remove the grain salt. The grain salt absorbs the paint, so it creates a really, really cool effect. We've basically finished the whole exercises. I hope you had fun doing this and make you realize that watercolor is very versatile. It's a very versatile medium, so have fun with this. Please tell me in the Project section below, what was your favorite exercise, your cool effect. I must say that my very favorite ones were the layering exercise and the alcohol in watercolor exercise. I just love how the dots form. It's just really, really cool. But please don't forget to take a picture of your exercises and tell me what exercise you like most and what things were difficult to make and the struggles that you had, so I can give you more tips and feedback on your exercises. Welcome to the tips section of watercolor. To have an even stroke and an even finished piece in watercolor, it is very important for you to do some zig-zag movements with your brush. This way, you are literally moving the droplet of paint all over the area you want to cover. Change your water when it gets very dirty because dirty water can cause your colors to change. Whenever you see that your water is opaque, change it right away. When representing highlights on a piece, use the white of the paper. For example, if you want to paint an apple with a strong highlight, don't paint the highlight. Leave it intact to take the white of the paper itself as a highlight. To use this method, you really need to plan your painting ahead, which I strongly recommend you do. If you're an impatient person or you just don't have the time to wait for the layers of watercolor to dry, you can use a hairdryer to speed the process. This is a super effective method. Even the most professional artists use this. For the next lesson, you'll be making some practice exercises on your own for you to keep practicing and learning about watercolors. See you there. 15. Practice WATERCOLORS: As a tradition of the class, it's time for you to practice on your own and for that, please open the file of practice watercolor exercises. You don't have to print them out because the exercises will be made in the mixed media paper that you have. The template I made is just for you to guide yourself. If during the process you feel stuck or have doubts on how your exercises need to look like, please open the file in the resources section of the class called finish exercises. That way you will have some physical and visual guidance for you to make your exercises and don't feel stuck. But if your doubts persist, feel free to write to me anytime and I will be very happy to answer your doubts. Watercolors are honestly one of my favorite mediums to work with, but now it's time to learn about acrylic. Are you ready to learn? 16. New Technique: Know ACRYLIC: Welcome to the last technique of the course. This is honestly a bittersweet moment because I want to still teach you some very cool techniques, but I'm very, very proud that you've come all the way here. So thank you so much for your engagement in the class and for wanting to find your creative voice with me. It really means a lot. Well, back to the lesson of today, we are going to talk about what is watercolor, a little bit of history, and its essence, just for you to get ready to start painting once and for all. Not to mention that all of the knowledge that you've acquired will be very useful for your final project so pay attention. Acrylic is the mixture of the properties of oil paint and watercolor. It is water-based and water-soluble, but it has great viscosity and great vivid colors due to its components. Believe it or not, acrylic is a fairly new art medium. The history of it can be traced back in the 1930s when a German chemist called Otto Rohm developed an acrylic resin that was quickly transformed into paint. The first acrylic ever made was actually used to paint military cars. It was not until the 1950s when acrylic became a little more recognized by artists to be useable medium to do awesome pieces. Nowadays, artists use acrylic paint a lot for its fast drying properties. You can basically say it's an immediate medium. To sum it up, the essence of acrylic paint is that it is water-based. It is a fast-drying medium. It is opaque. They have vivid colors, and they are quite new to the art world. With that said, see you in the next lesson to paint together. 17. Experiment ACRYLIC: Hi. Taking in consideration the information that we learned in the previous lesson, let's make some cool exercises, shall we? The materials you will be needing for this lesson are, of course, acrylic paint, we'll be only using yellow, red, and blue. Some synthetic brushes, paper towels, a plastic palette, or ceramic plate to pour your paint in, the experiment acrylic file which you can find in the Resources section below, some water containers, masking tape, and your mixed media paper. For this technique, you don't have to print the exercises, you only need to use them as a guide. Now, off to the demonstration of the exercises. Before you do the exercises or before you do anything else, please tape your paper as shown in the video. Now that you have your paper taped, go ahead and open the file of the experiment acrylic exercises. Remember you don't have to print these exercises because we are going to do this in the paper, so it's just meant to use them as a guide. Off to a good start, we are going to do a gradient with water. Whatever kind of acrylic you have, go ahead and pour some paint in your ceramic plate or in your palette if you have one. Now we are going to paint the gradient. We are going to start with a very pigmented brush like this one and just do the first stroke. Because acrylic is a fast-drying medium, we have to act quickly because in order to do this gradient, we don't need the paint too dry. Remember the gradient we did in watercolor? This is kind of the same. Dab your brush in water so you have less and less pigment. Off to the next exercise, we are going to do this gradient with layering of tone. I know it sounds fancy but don't let it intimidate you. We are going to do the exact same thing but with the layers. Grab your pencil and draw the rectangle as shown in the exercise template, just for you to use it as a guide when you do this exercise. You're going to create a diluted layer, and what is this about? Basically, a diluted layer is acrylic with water. Our first layer needs to be very even. Now, to the diluted layer that you had in your palette, you're going to add a little bit more of paint so it's more saturated. We're going to do the second layer but leaving one square without painting. The objective here is for you to make a more saturated color as you go by adding more and more paint to your mixture. This will help your color to be more and more saturated as you go to the darker tone. This is creating a gradient with the visible divisions of tone. For this exercise, you do need each layer to be completely dry. For the next gradient, we are going to use white paint. In order to do this gradient, we are going to begin with a darker tone. This is the paint without any white, and then as we go to the lighter tone, we gradually increase the amount of white we have in our mixture. In this exercise, it's really important for you to clean your brush whenever you add white to your mixture in order to create an even gradient. Now for the last section of these exercises, we're going to draw three cubes with our pencil. Then we're going to paint the first cube with blue, the second cube with yellow paint, and the third cube with red paint. We are going to shade with complementary colors. This exercise is very useful for you to create realistic shadows without using black. Not to mention that this will allow you to experiment with color mixing, as well as understanding the opacity of acrylic. Now that you have your three cubes painted with the primary colors, we're going to do some shading. Remember, the exercises of color pencil, we're doing the same but not quite. First, we are going to make an orange. This orange, we're going to mix it with some blue. Again, really small quantity of blue. You want the color to be blue, not orange but dark blue. Now we're going to apply the new color that we mixed and use it as a shadow following the light source given in the exercise template. Basically, the shadow is on the right side of the cube. As you can see, this color really pops out the three-dimensionality of the cube and creates a natural-looking shadow. Then for the second cube, we're going to make some yellow, well, a lot of yellow, and a little bit of purple, creating this dark yellowish color and use it as a shadow of the second cube. Then you will paint the shadows as you did with the first cube. Now you can see it creates a really good-looking shadow. Unlike if you use black paint, the black paint will totally ruin your painting. So don't ever use black paint, please. Finally, for the third cube, we're going to mix some red with green paint. Remember, we're going to look for a dark reddish color, and once you have your paint, please apply the paint in your paper in order to create the shadows of this cube. Essentially, the complementary colors are used to create natural-looking shadows, as I mentioned before. Yeah, you guessed it, the complementary color of blue is orange, the complementary color of yellow is purple, and the complementary color of red is green. With that said, you are absolutely ready to create a piece with acrylic. We have now finished the whole exercises. I hope you have a great time doing this and of course, if you have any doubt at all, please feel free to comment your doubt and take a picture of your exercises for me to give you feedback and give you some more tips for you to improve or answer your depth because this is a difficult technique in compared to graphite, for example. Please be mindful about that. Don't forget to take the photo and post it in the Project section below. I will love to see everyone's exercises. Also, this will help other students to be motivated and inspired by others students. Let's keep the words and the movement going in this class because it's very useful for me as an artist and as a teacher and for you as students. So I hope you had lots of fun doing these exercises. Welcome to the last tips section of the whole class. To avoid your paint from drying in your plastic palette, try pouring smaller portions of paint. It is better to pour more paint than to waste it. Don't leave your brushes in the water container for long periods of time. This will make your hairs to deform and the brush itself to become difficult to work with. Instead, dip and shake your brushes in the water to get rid of the excess of paint and dry it very well in the paper towel. When you finish painting, it is very important for you to wash your brushes with soap and lots of water. This will preserve your brushes and will prevent the hairs to get hard because of the paint left on them. Don't worry about possible mistakes you may make when painting. Remember that acrylic is an opaque medium, so you can easily cover whatever undesirable strokes you may have. Most of the time, acrylic needs at least two layers to shine. In any work you do, do at least two layers for it to look vivid and cool. Don't ever use black paint to do shadows. Many people tend to use it to make shadows but black is so strong that it can ruin your piece very easily. Not to mention that black can steal all of the attention from what really matters in your artwork. For the sake of the beginners' practice stay away from black paint and instead use complementary colors. 18. Practice ACRYLIC: Are you having fun? I really hope so, but now it's time for you to practice on your own, one last time. Download the exercise templates file in the resources section of the class and go to the very last page of it. There you will find the practice acrylic exercises for you to have fun at home. Once again, if you have any doubts about how your exercises have to look like, check out the finished exercises file in the resources section as well. Don't forget to upload the photos of your exercises. I will love to see the progress that you've made in every technique and don't be shy, please tell me what memes do you like most. Have fun practicing and see you in the next lesson. We will sum up all the knowledge that we've collected over the whole course. Bye. 19. MEGA Review: Wow! I can't believe that you reviewed the five techniques of this course to begin your creative journey. I know it's a lot to process and a lot of information, but I made this specific lesson for you to remember the essential characteristics of each technique that we reviewed in class. First, we learned about graphite, a tool that we used since we were little kids, but we really never use it as an art tool. We established that graphite is monochromatic, a dry media, smudgy, and one of the oldest art medium of art history. Secondly, we'll learned to see ballpoint pens with artist eyes. We pulled them out of the writing section. With that accomplished, we learned that ballpoint pens are cheap, permanent, versatile, and portable. Thirdly, we got to know color pencils and a little bit of color theory. We also said that they were dry medium, permanent, harder to work with compared to graphite, and really colorful. We then jumped to the wet mediums, starting with watercolors. Through the lessons, we learned that watercolors are spontaneous, vivid when layered, and transparent. Last but not least, we learned about acrylic, and we talked about its opacity, that it is water-based, water-soluble, and it's a fast-drying medium. That's it. We reviewed the five techniques of this course. Now it's time for you to keep practicing with the techniques that you found most interesting or that speak to you. Are you more of a monochromatic person or a colorful person? Are you more of a dry medium person or a wet medium person? Or maybe both. Now it's time for you to apply all the skills that you'll learned in this course to make an actual artwork. Discover how in the next lesson. See you there. 20. CLASS PROJECT (a demo): You are this close to finish the course, and now it's time for you to apply every single skill that you'll learn in this course for your final project. I can't wait to see what you make. The very first thing you need to do is go to the link of an UnSplash Collection I made. The link is located in the class description. Once you click it, you will be directed to a gallery filled with still-life photos. You will choose the one that calls you, your favorite or the one that you want to draw or paint. Before you do anything else, start making the first sketches with pencil in some pieces of paper. Note that we're not beginning to do the final piece right away. We're becoming familiar with the image and its elements and of course, warming up. These are called thumbnails. These are very important to plan a piece in general and are very used not only in art but in architecture and design areas as well. The details in the thumbnails are not really important. You can leave it at that or you can have some colors. But honestly, the thumbnails are just for you to get used to the photo and warm-up. You will have the scanned version of my thumbnails in the resources section of the class, if you want to see them more clearly. But I basically did two little thumbnails and one large just to get to know the composition and the size of the objects in the image I choose. Once you feel warmed up and more confident, pick your favorite technique or techniques from the class. I really encourage you to choose at least two of them because then you will think about how to mix them together and that my dearest students is called think as a mixed media artist, like Picasso, remember. Try experimenting how the techniques behave with each other. Remember that experimentation is key to finding your creative voice. Experiment freely and try not to judge your decisions. Then set the mood, Find a space where you're comfortable and establish on a specific time of the day or days you will be creating this cool piece. I follow my own advice and prepare myself some cup of tea to be relaxed and focused. If you chose some wet media to work with, please tape your paper before you start, anything for it to stay flat and be easier to work with. Once you're ready, grab a hard pencil and start doing a very light pressure sketch. It doesn't have to be perfect and exactly like the picture. In fact, I would really like to see your own interpretation of the photo you choose. Let the real you show through this project, make this artwork your own. So just have fun experiment and don't take it too seriously. Don't stress about it in and be free. But first, really start with a very light pressure sketch like I do right here. There in this whole process, you will see that I apply many of the skills that you learn in the class, such as hatching with graphite, using watercolors in a zig-zag movement, layering using acrylic, using color pencils. I try to use most of the techniques that we saw in class just for you to know that they can all mix together. Here you can see that I make a hatching with graphite and then apply watercolor on top of it. So be really careless about what outcome will make. The objective here is for you to experiment the different techniques and just let it flow. It is also very important for you to have a scrap piece of paper to make some color swatches as I do, just to make sure you have the correct mixture and that the colors really correspond to your photo. Again, it doesn't have to be perfect. We are not looking for realism here, but it's really important for you to make some tests. Another tip I can give you is to think about the characteristics of the elements of the photo you choose. For example, if you choose a photo with a flower in it, what are the characteristics? What medium will be easier for you to represent that flower? Don't make your life harder. Just think about it and if you think that graphite is the best option, or watercolor is the best option, go for it. But really be mindful about the elements of the photo you chose. If you are using acrylic in your final project, please be sure to make at least two layers as I do here in the video. Because as you can see, the first layer that I applied with the acrylic is really transparent and it doesn't really fulfill what I want to represent. So be patient and do two layers. Another important thing for you to know is that the process of creating an artwork like this is not linear. It's a roller coaster of emotions but please stick with it. Maybe you don't like what you see or whatever, but please, this is not the class for you to stress. This is a class for you to just express yourself and feel free to just make mistakes because this is our first approach to make an artwork, so don't be hard on yourself and just enjoy the process because the process is wise and will make you grow. Remember, we'll have the scanned version of this artwork in the resources section of the class for you to just see the details and see it more clearly in a very quality photo for you to understand what's happening in the piece in general and for you to just give you an insight of what you can do. Now I'm creating some shade color. Remember what we saw in acrylic shading with complementary colors, well now I'm using that skill to create some depth in my artwork. It's really, really important for you to have your exercises near you so you can use them as a reference to do this project because the exercises are made for you to make this project, so it's really, really essential for you to have them. Also, a very important tip, the shading with complementary colors applies with every single medium that has color. For example, if you're using color pencils, you can also create shadows with the complementary colors and also with watercolors. Don't limit yourself to just use complementary shading with acrylics. Now I'm using color pencils. I tend to use color pencils along with watercolor because I think they give some sort of a cool effect and they complement each other, so I really liked how the color pencils and watercolor work. As you can see, I'm also applying the complimentary color of orange to create shadows. As I said before, the shadowing that we saw in acrylic is also usable in other techniques. I found that color pencils are just a way to tweak your artwork and make it look better because sometimes water colors don't look vivid enough, at least at my taste for me. I really tend to use color pencils to make some things pop and improving what I think needs improvement. I forgot to film how I did the background, but I use this margin technique with graphite. As you can see, everything comes together. You can create awesome things. I don't know if you noticed, but I use hatching with graphite, I use layering with watercolor, smudging again with graphite, I did some complimentary shading with acrylic. So everything that you are learning and you learn in class really helps you to create this final project. Now off to my favorite part of painting, the highlights, these are really, really, really important and really essential in your painting. If you want something to look real and pop, the highlights are your friend. You can see here that I use, you may think it's a white, but not, it's not white. It's white with a little bit of blue. It's really important for you to make the highlights with the color of the object you are drawing. For example, if you're drawing a rose, create your highlights with white and a little bit of red because white highlights only make your painting look really false and not giving that realistic touch. Now you can see that the objects I'm painting are actually glass. If you're painting something or drawing something of glass, it's really, really important to be very mindful and be really an observer of the highlights. I also apply some white acrylic in the oranges and the lemons of the painting, just to make them pop. Remember, in order for you to have a three-dimensional shape, you need to have shadows, highlights, and mid-tones. Now I'm just giving it some final touches, just really making things pop in order for me to just finish the actual project. Another tip I can give you is to just step away from your art work from time to time because sometimes your eyes tend to get tired of seeing the same image for long periods of time and it's really easy for you to make mistakes. So give yourself some breaks from now and then, you don't have to do this in one sitting. Just take your time and just rest your eyes for a minute. You can even just lock or store your painting somewhere else to just rest your eyes. Of course, once you feel like it, please sign your very first artwork as a beginner artist. Now you are done. Finally, please don't forget to take a nice photo of your creation and share it with us. Now, you are ready to start your journey as an artist. 21. You finished!: Congratulations, you've finished this course and now you have begun your journey as an artist. It's incredible the amount of information there is about art mediums. But I really hope that this class really getting you to a less overwhelming path, and I also hope that your curiosity to learn more about them was awakened. It was an absolute honor to be your teacher and to guide you through your whole process of learning these new art techniques. I hope you discover new things about yourself and new ways to express your emotions and your thoughts in general. As I said throughout the course, feel free to post any photo of your exercises and of course your projects for me to exchange kind words and to keep motivating you to become better and better, and also to give you more feedback and tips. Thank you so much for taking this class. I really, really mean it from the bottom of my heart. I hope you did learn what is like to start becoming an artist once and for all. Thank you again and see you next time. 22. Bonus Knowledge!: Just a quick bonus lesson here. I just wanted to say that don't leave this class with the exercises I made for you to practice. Go beyond that. Discover new things about the technique you like most, discover new other techniques. Experiment, make mistakes, keep practicing at home. I will love to share with you some other existing techniques out there. Not to overwhelm you, but to encourage you to keep learning about new things and keep that curiosity going and know that the techniques that we saw in these course are not the only ones. For that, I created a document in the resources section of the class filled with links of the Skillshare classes that I have taken that show new other techniques and some others that may help you experiment and keep practicing the techniques that you already know. Thank you again for taking this class. See you another time.