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Gouache for Illustrators - BONUS CONTENT: Feathers, Scales and Eyes

teacher avatar Romica Jones, draws - Illustration / Meditation

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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (25m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. How to paint feathers - Mixing and Basic Shape

    • 3. How to paint feathers - Creating a Pattern

    • 4. How to paint feathers - Details

    • 5. How to paint feathers - Time Savers

    • 6. How to paint feathers - Super Time Savers

    • 7. How to paint scales - Details and Application

    • 8. How to paint scales - Basic Shape

    • 9. How to paint eyes - Shapes and Highlights

    • 10. Conclusion

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About This Class


Dear Lovers and Learners of Gouache,

I'm very happy to announce a new class "Gouache for Illustrators - Bonus Content". This will be a supporting class to "Gouache for Illustrators - How to paint a cute animal portrait".

Level is Beginners to Intermediate

Topics that will be covered are

  • How to paint feathers - and 2 ways to save time
  • How to paint scales and
  • a quick look at eyes and highlights.

Verbal Instructions?

Many of you pointed out that they would like a voice over. And your wishes have been answered. The video lessons in this class all come with verbal instructions. Yey!

Please note that materials like paper or paints are all mentioned in my other Gouache for Illustrators class

If you haven't already, sign up for "Gouache for Illustrators" to learn how to paint a cute animal portrait and then you are ready to watch the bonus content.

Have a wonderful day,

Romica :)


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Romica Jones

draws - Illustration / Meditation


Romica Spiegl-Jones is a passionate creative business owner, illustrator, and designer based in Manchester. She loves to create things that stay in people's minds, hearts and homes. She believes that design can help to make this world a better place and that there's beauty in the small things.

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1. Introduction: Welcome to goulash for illustrators. Bonus content. I'm Romick, a speaker Jones, a graphic designer and illustrator based in Manchester. I love to create cute animal illustrations with squash and this class office bonus content . Former other course where you can learn how to paint a cute animal project, so be sure to check it out. And this class I will show you how I pain feathers with two ways to save you time. We will also learn how to be scales of details, and we will have a quick look at eyes and different kinds of highlights and roll today to get instant access to self paced videos, feedback on your progress friendly classmates and more. See you soon. 2. How to paint feathers - Mixing and Basic Shape: welcome to the bonus content. Now we will start of painting feathers. The only thing you need for this. Ah, a darker color and a lighter color. Here I will use permanent green, middle and primary red for my darker color, all mixed in together, as you can see. And mixing those two colors together creates a nice deep brown that has actually very purple undertone, which you will see when we start to mix it with the white so you don't need to use those colors. You can use any cars you like, as long as you have a darker on the lighter shade. I'll show you later bye. So as you can see how to mix quite a few times, a bit more read into the paint because it turned out to green. This is something you just have to figure out as you go until you have your color you want to achieve. That makes a dog grown, which is actually purple dark purple into the white, and I achieved this light of color. So now we start with painting our basic shape. Andi. This is a teardrop shape, so it's easiest to start painting an outline and done to fill it in. I'll show you the same process a few times so you can follow along. The most important thing is that they connect at the lower heart. As you can see on again, I'm drawing the outlines of teardrop shape, and then I feel it in. I'm just going to repeat this process a few times, ends speed this process up. If your pain gets a bit dry, then depew paintbrush a little bit into water and continue or go back into your paint and done. Continue painting goods. Now it's your turn. Practice the basic shape off that. 3. How to paint feathers - Creating a Pattern: wonderful. Let's continue. So I'm just testing. If it's dry, you can do that with your finger, and you can also test by color. Now we go back into a lighter color, and cedar is a variation with my color swatches. Oneness, slightest. So I go back and mix it, and then it's much closer to what I originally had. I just show you now how to create the pattern, using the same teardrop shape. If this wasa bit too fast, I'm going to show you the whole process and live it later, very slowly. Step by step. This is just a show you how it would look like. The key to creating this pattern is starting to layer the shapes, recited the bottom and then work always to talk. Now we don't believe it into water cleanup brush and take a darker color. If it dry, just use a little more water and try to reactivate a color and just watch issue contest if the color is still the same. So now we go through the top, try to cover the whole area and go to the other top off the previous shape way. Start at appointed top, then we go down through the top off the lower teardrop, try to cover the whole area and go through the other top. Go back toe. Highest point again. Go So domain talk for the left side. Covered the whole area from through the other top of the other basic shape. Go down and connect shapes one more time. I'm just showing you how it looked like, and later we're going to fill it in. And I'm just correcting tops because there were a bit shorter than the rest and always do that. So now I'm going to live in just speed up the process. It in that? Yes, you can see a home kid pattern suds form with just two colors, and if there's any whites so peeking out, just cover it with your brush. Beautiful Now create a basic pattern with our shapes and two different colors light. Enter 4. How to paint feathers - Details: next is an exciting part. The details on a few different shapes you can experiment with. So I just want to show you some examples of what you can do. We start again our basic shape, just good. The petition for you. If you forgot how to do it, I just feel it with short, quick strokes and the painting, the same teacher of shape. And again, I felt with short, quick strokes. As you can see, it's getting a bit drying. So I go back into my water, go back into my pain to not lose capacity. And then I cover the whole area to have a very even in it. Now there's obviously many different shapes off fathers. So you could also try something like this while I can leave shape pointing top and bottom. So just to show you different options you have now we go back. And while this drives will work on details off our pattern so you make a straight line starting from the top and stop a little bit before you reach the edge and then we start. Great little Diagne. Oh, Stripes! I'm sorry blocking the view a little bit here, but you will see what I mean and I'm just repeating this and it doesn't matter how many you do. Just try to keep it consistent throughout your pattern and he of losing a limb fit of my capacities. I'm going back to my paint and go over it again. Wonderful. I'm doing the same of the doctor again. I sat at the top. I don't go through the very end. And then I add my died. You know, strips, This is a very big do style, and this is how I do it. You can also do a more detailed It's up to you next. I'm just trying to show you a few different ways of decoration. I'm trying to create little short strokes at the bottom. You can achieve this in many ways. An easy way is just to draw on outline like here, and then start if it in the short strokes. And then again, I'm trying to add a a vertical line and done some diagonal lines, and then I'm putting dots. It looks quite cute. So have a look at different betters and seeing what you like. There's many different animals, many different feathers. Here's another way. And while this strike be feathers, I'm creating an outline. And then of short strokes, I'm creating horizontal line. Vertical strokes was online. Stokes, You see what I'm I'm repeating this process to keep like a little tiger feather. It's a feather. This strike I really encourage you to happen. If you have a feather collection. Perfect. I do, actually. But if you don't, then just have a look at different books. Go out nature, observe different animals are pictures and see what is possible. I'm just trying different techniques. And I don't know what I was thinking when I was in this one. Buds try an experiment. You might discover a really nice shape that you like. So he is just again different shape of her father. And then I create on mobile and inaccurate, another over. And this time, instead of diagonal lines, I'm using horizontal lines. So as you consider many, many different ways now I'm going back to my painting and I add an outline because I feel it helps distinguished individual feather. You could also create us with just one color. But then I would encourage you to use outlines to separate different feathers. Okay. Wonderful. At some details to your pattern. An experiment with different shapes and decorations 5. How to paint feathers - Time Savers: okay, Not onto some time saving methods. First, I just reactivate my pain to make a little swatch. And now the key to this time saving method is to draw all the outlines first. So how we do this week great little you shapes and then just pile them on top of each other . They almost look like skills. So up and down a little swing. And if you put them on top, make always showed at the top layer the round part always connects to one off the other shapes. Now I'm filling it in, and I just correct a little bit of paint to make it even do. And then I continue Onda leave some parts empty because I'd like to put a little bit of a difference in the pattern off the feathers. Then I clean the brush, dip into the night of pain and do the same thing. See how this creates a really nice pattern? Just a few easy outlines needs to be filled in. I'm going back into my life. The pain. And then I start the same post as we did with details. I paint a vertical line and dinner at little Diagonal lines. If you paint smaller shapes like you, then you would address and make sure that the pain is completely dry before you do that. Otherwise it will mix. Now I'm going back into my doctor, paint on, do exactly the same thing again, making sure that the paint has tried before, and that's really it. It's very easy in Creates a beautiful little cute patterns of that. Wonderful. Okay, now try to see method and see how outlines can save you time. 6. How to paint feathers - Super Time Savers: now on to our next time saving method. Here we create a base layer with one of our paints. The shape doesn't really matter Here. I'm just showing you a circle ish se. I couldn't really decide at that time, but I decided to make it close to a circle to just fill a shape for practice with one of your colors. And then we combined method we learned previously if the little you shapes. So we put an outline on top off the base layer, make sure that that basically as dry. And here you can see I'm not even so careful. I just fill it with our little new shape outlines. In case you don't remember, I'm going to repeat them now for you. So one new shape can we connect them and we continue connected and always at the top. I'm showing this very slowly. Every layer connects to the layer below at the ground pot. That's a bit hard to explain, but I hope you can see what I mean. And now I'm continuing to paid in. Dorsey has exactly the same way as we did in the previous method. The endless filling it invalid bit of detail. A few dots testing the paint again, doing the swatches. You see, you kind of figure it out along the way and again and leaving a few empty to get a bit more interest. And he I'm just filling in the details the same way as before. Well, it's your turn. Try this new method and see how creating Baisley off color can save you time. 7. How to paint scales - Details and Application: next let's talk about adding details. So I'm going into my lighter shade and I start adding little stripes downward strokes at the top, off each little shell. Shape off each skill and after under is already on the lighter once of a darker shade. And this is entirely up to you. You don't need to do this. I just like adding a little bit of detail. Otherwise, demonstrations seem to be quite flood. Okay, I'm cleaning my brush and then I'm going into my white. And at a few highlights, I just follow along the lower shape off each scale and if a little bit off a distance to the actual outline, and he I'm going back again sometimes to keep the apostle e off my white. So if you see it's translucent, you need to go back. And I'm doing the same for the darker and delight scales. And again, this is really up to you. Depends on your style. This is just how I do it. Okay? And again, I'm adding just a little bit of highlights of downward short strokes with my white and also this is optional. Now, I just want to show you how you could apply those new skills, so I'm trying to draw a little bit like a fish body. And again, you don't need to use the shape. You confuse any shape you like to practice on. He I'm just creating a nice base layer with my lighter color. And so I saved time and don't have to fill in one off the lighter shades. So now we don't cook in it out based shape. This'll is something we will create again, just using outlines by using our little smiles. We covered a whole shape exactly the same way as into previous video. We always leave a little cup and and we draw a little smile and we continue this until we feel the whole shape as we did. Nice how quickly you can create such a beautiful pattern, and that's it. Next we're going to fill it in, use a darker shade and just go step by step. I'm adding little details again. This is really up to you whichever pattern you prefer, which colors? It's just to show you how easy it is to apply those lines. I'm just adding a little indication off a fish. Andi, you don't need to do this again. This is just to show you how you would do it. The main point you need to remember. You always start at the bottom and then work upwards your turn at details to your scales and practice applying the skills to a shape. 8. How to paint scales - Basic Shape: next, let's talk about scales. So again, I'm using three colors to get a light and a darker shade. This is ultramarine blue, permanent green, middle and sink white. But again, you can use any colors you want to create a lighter and a doctor state. The base shape is created through outlines this time, so we create, didn't have circles, are little smiles and always leave about half a space off the shape free and done in the next door, we said, the other shape on top, connecting two lines, a little smile, as you can see, and then it already creates a little shell like shape, and this will be our base shape. But it will be created automatically while just doing our little smiles on one time. Awesome. And I'm just going to continue this as you can see the same post, and now you can already see that the pattern is starting to form and I'm going to show you now. This little shape that we created automatically, it's like a little shelf. The good thing is, you don't need to remember this because it will be created while you do the pattern. This is a bit of a different approach that the only trait outlines. Okay, let's go back into our paint on continue the exact same way always at more lines. Two decides to make it wider, and I'm always going back and forth into my pain to keep the capacity. And while our isn't it beautiful, what's your pain off your brush and now go into other color? I'm just going to mix my old Marine for five to create a really nice green like a C green. And when I tested it, I noticed it was a bit too dark for my likings. I'm extended with more green into it, and then it was okay. It was also a bit sick, so I went back into my water, and then it got a bit better and was a really nice deep green. And then all you do is very similar to a previous pattern. Worse offenders, you just feel in the shapes, and again you can use any color you like. I just think using a light and a darker color just creates a reorganized contrast. Now I dip into the white with my green, and this creates a re denies turquoise shade, and this will be my lighter color. And now I do exactly the same. I feel in the shapes, and you can decide to leave outlines to cover them or not. I try to leave him. So, yeah, it's very simple. Just continue to fill in the shapes, leave some out and continue until you fill it, and that's it. Now it's your turn. Practice that pattern to create scales using two colors, a lighter and adaptable. 9. How to paint eyes - Shapes and Highlights: great. Next, let's talk about ice and highlights, so just show you very quickly. A few different pupil size is so oneness like the medium normal size round shape. Then we have different cat are snake eyes, which is like a leaf shape. Then we could also have bigger, round sized or go chipped pupils, which you can do by painting a small triangle face and downwards, connecting it the sick, a stroke and a small triangle facing upwards, all just one big black pupil. There's only two things you should think about avoiding when trying to paint a cute animal , which are very small pupils, be it around or leaf shaped like for cuts, because this usually signifies alertness and doesn't actually come across a so cute but gives her feeling off. Danger are very intense Attention. Next we talk about highlights, just a very short introduction. You can place your highlights always on the outside corner, and this can be one brown dot or a little window shape. You can also play several highlights, like two dots, one big and one small er next to each other. You could also use different shapes like little stars, Our hearts This is quite comic likes. It depends what you want to achieve with. You are illustration, so that's really it's your turn. Practice different shapes and highlights. 10. Conclusion: well done. I'm so happy that you're part of this class. If you enjoyed it, give it a thumbs up and right of review. This helps other students to find a class. Make sure to give some love to your classmates and comment on their projects. If you need help or have any questions, ask me or the community in the discussions. Have a wonderful day and check out my website, ramic ajones dot com for more information and to sign up to my newsletter. Thank you. Bye bye.