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Fineliner Doodling: Draw a Holiday Destination Postcard

SP Van der Merwe, Illustrator & Cartoonist

Fineliner Doodling: Draw a Holiday Destination Postcard

SP Van der Merwe, Illustrator & Cartoonist

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9 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Reference

    • 4. Paper Sizing

    • 5. Wording

    • 6. Undersketch

    • 7. Inking

    • 8. Final Thoughts

    • 9. Bonus (Scanning)

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About This Class

If you love travel, architecture, and drawing, this class is for you!

When we travel, we cannot possibly take in all the sights and scenes around us as we wander, but what if we stop and take a closer look? In this class we will be using a photo from one of your recent travels to create an inked postcard illustration, and by doing this, we will dive in deep into the details and rediscover places we have almost forgotten.

This is what we will be doing! 


If you feel you might need to warm up your drawing arm before heading into this class, I suggest your check out my FREE class on Improving Your Drawing Accuracy!

So grab your pen, and join me in class!

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SP Van der Merwe

Illustrator & Cartoonist



Hello! My name is SP, and welcome to my home here on Skillshare!

I like being silly and drawing pictures, and even though I'm a bit camera shy, I love sharing my knowledge with people.

If you'd like to see what I draw on a more regular basis, you can follow me over at Instagram! 


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1. Intro: to my class on how to draw a holiday. In this clause, we'll be going over how to create a hand drawn postcard based on a holiday destination of your choice. We will choose one of your own photos from a recent holiday and then use them as the base to draw it in an outline. Finest style This close is for people who love to draw while traveling or we love to draw landscapes and architecture. This court is also aimed for all skill levels, the main goal being to get you drawing more and also to see the world from a different perspective, showing off your own personality and style, see you in close. 2. Materials: the materials I will be using to create my purse. Scott will be consisting off a mechanical pencil, any racer, a ruler or measuring type, a thick and thin sized fine liner pain. I'm using a 0.5 year and a 0.3 a 200 Gesine textured paper or anything piece of paper. Please feel free to deviate from these tools, as there are many others that will work just as well. 3. Reference: Before we can start drawing, we need to find a reference image that we can work from. You can either use a photo you took while on vacation or pool on straight from the Internet . I'm going to be using one of the photos I took while on holiday in Europe. But I might also google a few extra images off the locations just to get a better grasp off the area and the volume off the specific thing I'm trying to draw. Remember, the postcard will have the name of the location where you were at the bottom, so pick something you need from the Asia where you've been. If you have no idea what to focus on or you don't have any personal further to choose from , you can go the destination that you have visited or wish to visit in the future and browse through a few of the images that come up. You can also choose a building or site that you've actually bean to in a foreign country, but isn't a popular tourist destination or prominent on a Google search. You can then let your viewers case where in the area of the specific building is like this building, which is very beautiful and is located in Amsterdam. When choosing my image, I tried to stay away from human figures. They're gonna be very far away, like in this photo. But something like this won't work as we can too easily spot eras in drawn humans. Also, try and find an image that will focus on a central area that leave the view's attention to the center of the postcard. Here are a few more images I took while in parts of Europe top, including these high resolution images in the class files for you to download. If you don't feel like searching the Web, we're using one of your own fighters. 4. Paper Sizing: in this class, we will be creating a postcard. So let's make sure we have a piece of paper. There is the great size. I'm going to take an a three piece of textured paper and using my real and mechanical pain . So mark out a piece of the paper that is 105 548 millimeters, or 5.8 by 411 inches. Try and mark out the exact dimensions as I am to ensure the ages over paper or parallel and in the shape of a nice rectangle. Then, even using some scissors or a guillotine, I cut along the pains and lots. Great. Let's move on. 5. Wording: way. Start drawing the image. Let's choose a front for the lettering that will be placing at the top or the bottom off first. There are a lot of places you can find a nice front online, such as the phone call. I'm going to go on the side of search for a few hand written or script funds that I like. After downloading and installing him, I'm going to write out the words off our chosen image in photo shop and place them all next to each other so that I can compare them. All right. I'm going to choose this text every year. We're doing all of this if it because it's really difficult to get a fond looking good by hand. That's why we're going to be using our computer screen as a makeshift light books. You can try this with your actual textured paper that you will be drawing on, but it might be too thick or your screen might not be bright enough. Take a thin for normal piece of paper and trace the lettering exactly trying to make sure that the text will line up parallel to the bottom off the paper. Now that that's done. Color in the back side, off this paper with the flat side off your pencil, trying to cover the entire surface off the phone area. I replaced the actual postcode paper on the cutting head and then using the thinner piece of paper trying, place your front on the right location. I'm going to be using my nails to indicate where the bottom paper is. Now take a pencil or your mechanical pencil and draw over the front that you drew on the Seine. A piece of paper You have to draw quite award for the graphite on the back of your paper to give off, but not so hot that it makes dates in the bottom page. This is a fun cheating and use in future projects with really difficult things to draw great art of the words or done, we can move on to the proper under Skitch 6. Undersketch: Now that our words are in place, we can start with the under skitch, but the reference further or image next to you on your phone or iPad or printed out Please do not do the screen light box technique. Here. You need to put personality into your drawing, and using such a tracing technique will prevent that from happening. Taking a pencil start by drawing a few lines where you think they should be. If you are drawing a building or a structure like I am, you must remember to make use off perspective. Here you can see all the lines on this side of the building that are parallel to each other , converged to a single vanishing point far off in the distance. The same goes for the other side of the building ages of the roofs, balconies and rule sections, everything that's parallel to each other. They all converged to the same vanishing point with all the vertical parallel lines, because the building is quite large and I was pointing my camera upwards while taking the photo. Thes lines will also converge to a point somewhere, far off to the top, the right in which all these lines will converge for this third perspective is much lower than that of the other two perspectives. If you had here to these perspective, rules you're drawing will look realistic and way better. If you want to learn more about perspective, I recommend a book called Perspective made Easy by Ernest are normally when looking at your image, try and squint a little to see where the most important lines should be. Try and keep the design inside the page and above the words, keeping some padding of white space between the border of the paper and the inside of the image. You can always draw over these white spaces with pencil and raise them afterwards. Don't draw slowly in this face, drove fast and soft and scribble a lot. This also serves as the warmer phase over exercise be loose, and if something doesn't look good, erase it and try again. This is the face where you need to make mistakes and refine the image until it looks the way you like it. I often get stuck on the details with images like these, and that can cause problems with the image as all try and move around on the image and don't focus on the details first. Another important thing is to try and use cross referencing when lying out certain points on the under sketch, for instance. Here we can see this section year is a roundabout on the same height as this part of yet. So when we draw this part, you must make sure that they line up quickly. Cross referencing is a powerful skill that needs to develop over time, so don't be discouraged if it is a little difficult at first. Getting your under sketch to look right will take some time, but this is also great practice for developing your artistic eye. So no tracing. Great. Now that our under sketches done, we can move on to inking. 7. Inking: first, I'm going to be using my 0.5 fine line a pain to start with the thinking of the image. I'm starting with the part of the image I'm comfortable with, not bought with long straights and girls. I'm trying to follow the under sketch as best like can. But if something goes wrong with the inking like here, don't go over it again and try to fix it. Doing this will bring attention off the viewer's eye to this air point, and we don't want there. Instead, leave it and move on. Here are a few expletives on what to do and think about while you are in key. Don't get caught up in the details. Try to quickly work through tough sections and then move on. Take breaks. If you feel the image is becoming a little overwhelming, take a break and do something else. Then come back with a fresh mind and try again. Embrace mistakes. Remember, we are doodling. Some steaks are encouraged. They will give the drawing a unique flavor that only you can add. All right, I'm going to talk a little about my image. Specifically, my image has got a lot off crazy detail and a lot of bushes surrounding the building. I'm just going to be doing the bushes in my sort of squiggly style, and these bushes will sort of frame the building. I'm trying to use my thin, fine line of pain to lay out most off the architecture. But there are lots of curves and interlacing parts that I will merge into the same line, keep going until the entire image has been drawn with a thin pointed I'm then going to take my 0.3 fine line a paint and ink in the words, taking care to follow the pencil markings as close as I can. As you can see, when I did my shrubbery here, I might share to avoid touching the font at the bottom to keep them separate from the image . Then, after waiting a few minutes to ensure that angers Dr also making sure your hands are dry and clean as well as your eraser softly erase the pencil under sketch. I'm then going to use this year. 0.3 fine liner again and go over the outer edges of the design. Also go over outlines of any structure or item that would be in front of something. This will help bring some depth into the drawing. Don't go overboard with this low as we still want the thin lines contrasting nicely against the thick lines. This outlining technique is completely a stylistic choice, so you don't have to do it if you don't want to. Finally, I'm going to take my 0.5 pain again and adds some texture in places to increase the contrast, adding soft cross hatching to indicate shadows and details. I'm going to go around the image and add here in the be sure to squint at your image every now and then to ensure you aren't adding too much detail. Well done. You've pushed through and you've completed the drawing. In the next video, I'll be going over some cool ideas for what you can do with your postcard drawing 8. Final Thoughts: well done once again on completing the holiday destination first got. Now that you've got this beautiful piece of art, what will you do with it? Well, you can still use them as purse calls if you want. Or you can give them to friends or family for any kind of celebration or especially bank. Why personally gifted 13 of these, each with different destinations. The couple had bean Teoh, a friend, as a wedding gift. They used them for the table seating chart at their wedding. Another idea is to put it in a nice spring like this and then displayed in your house or in your office so you can remind yourself off the difficult ventures. You are awesome. That about wraps it up for this close. If you found that some parts of this clause was a bit too difficult for you, like drawing straight inclines confidently, go ahead and watch my free clothes and school. She about how to improve your drawing Accuracy. This close will help you build your drawing confidence quickly, and we'll get you drawing more. Thanks again for joining me in this close, and I look forward to seeing you again in one of our other clauses 9. Bonus (Scanning): I thought it would be a good idea to show you out to properly scan and import your drawing into further shop and then exported. Take your drone first court and scan it in at least 300 d. P. I make sure the bed of the scanner is clean and all your pencil markings or arrest. Then off the scanning in the image. Open it with Photoshopped. Go up to image adjustments threshold and move the slider around until you see your inclines are nice and prominent, but there aren't too many other black dots on the image. Click OK and then make a duplicate of the image by dragging it to the layer icon. Make sure the white background is still visible underneath the image, then using the eraser to erase this size of the image as well as any large dots you confined after we are done erasing hit over to file export export as here. Make sure P and G is selected and reduced the scale to 50%. The scaling the pains on what you'll be doing with the image. But if it is for digital use and not printing, this size should be fine. You cannot share image on social media and inspire others to see the world like you