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Inking and Watercoloring an Original Character in Etchr Inks & Watercolors

Ipaintcreatures . poet painter illustrator and storyteller, drawing and painting from the poetic imagination

Inking and Watercoloring an Original Character in Etchr Inks & Watercolors

Ipaintcreatures . poet painter illustrator and storyteller, drawing and painting from the poetic imagination

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3 Lessons (25m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Inking

    • 3. Coloring and Finishing

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In this class I show you my process of inking and watercoloring an original character from my imagination - I use Etchr Lab ink sets and 24 half pan watercolors - as I tell you all the ins and outs - and how I use these fantastic art tools to render traditionally a original female water goblin character

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Ipaintcreatures . poet painter illustrator and storyteller

drawing and painting from the poetic imagination


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1. Intro: Well, let's have this skill share. I am I paying creatures and welcome to another Skillshare class. And today I was going to show you how I ink and watercolor original character from my story book series model zoo. And today I'm working on a water Goblin. And that seems to be one of my most favorite Yochai tout creatures are fantastical creatures that I work on. This one was taken out of what I call the creature pedia. And so I basically did this live. And I did it for a viewer in, so it was all kind of like collaborative art in that sense. But I've recently got the, recently got the incredible opportunity to work with your products. And they're a company out of Australia that makes all kinds of artistic tools of mass creation, like the calm instruments of mass creation. And they have an incredible set of ink pens, brush ink pens, and fine liners. Basically, in this class, I'm gonna talk to you a lot about the ins and outs of these tools and how I apply them and how I use them to paint and draw from my imagination. They also have a 24 pan set of watercolors. And I got to try those two and so on. Basically to take you through the whole process of how I did this water goblin with ink in watercolors. And of course I'm going to talk about my process and what I think about when I do paintings and drawings from my imagination like this. And what I discovered in, you know, what? You basically can get going with your creative doo-doo in our show you everything to do with these inks in the water colors. So come along and thanks again for taking this Skillshare class. Of course, leave some comments at the end. And if there's anything you'd like to see, and I'll see you over in the next video. 2. Inking: How the Skillshare, welcome to video two in this class all about using inks in watercolor to render an original character. And like I said in the intro, we are working today on a character that I drew from my imagination, and it's a water Goblin and its powers look like it has water power. And the power of the crystalline earth. In this video in the class is all about inking. And I'm using this incredible set of etre black ink pens. And these are water-based pens. They have pigment ink, which makes them waterproof and fade proof, which is basically another term for that is light fast. So if you do professional work like me, basically you can use these pens first of all, to have archival, lasting inclines. You know, if you're doing art for clients that they hang on their house and they getting direct sunlight, it will last their lifetime and probably beyond. And also they are waterproof, which means basically as soon as the ink dries and it draws pretty quickly. You can apply water mediums like acrylics in water-based inks and watercolors. And these are also so versatile that they're also alcohol. Proof, which means you can use kopecks are alcohol-based markers, Prismacolor, and some of the brands. But in this set, you get 16 pairs. And it's pretty amazing because they, they have a whole eight pins on one side. That is a brush pen line. And they're brush pens. If you can see this. So if you see my face, you can see it. And it has a beautiful synthetic brush tip, which is it's shaped like a brush. But it has synthetic hair. Okay. So it pretty much snaps back to a nice point. And they have a one millimeter, a large and medium, a three millimeter, two millimeters 000, five, a small, extra small and small size. And if you've worked with brush pens before, you know that they're very flexible and allow you to thick, thin lines real easy. And also shade in a lot of the dark parts. And they're just full of artistic control. So you can control these in and make this beautiful marks. On the other side is eight pans. That basically our fine liners. So they come in a O2 and O3 and 0, 1 and 0, 6, 0, 5, 0, 8, and 10. And basically I'm think I'm using a fine line right now. And it basically find layers work really great for watercolor because watercolor, you want to leave a lot of room for the color to show, show form and also for the color to come through. Very vibrant, beautiful. And so I'm using, are usually used in 1 or somewhere in there. And you see I've just laid out outlines. I'm getting a little bit in the values, a little bit of cross hatching and a little bit of hatching. And hatching and crosshatching is basically making lines that are parallel, that are side-by-side. And the closer you pull them together, the darker the image gets on, the value starts to communicate the form. And so I'm also just doing some real clean straight outlines best on the crystals if you see right there, I doing inking technique right where I'm breaking the liner. That means the light is shimmering right there. You know. And later that will come into play just like circling your highlight, the watercolor. But most of all, you know, like I said, these pens have incredible control. A lot of other brands make pens like these ones. But Escher has done an incredible job to basically give you a whole box that gives you all your art galleries when I call artillery barrage, Right? And so you can do some seriously equina, I've seen some other artists do for penalty pieces with these pans. And they're not refillable. But I guarantee that they'll sustained for a long time. In basically on the box. This is the idea of a drawn illustration, technical drawing, outlining. And in general, they have combined a lot of my favorite brush type pens because they include the pretty much kind of traditional brush pen. But they also include kind of more hard tip brush pen where it doesn't really look like a brush. But it has all the flexibility of a brush. And you can do what is known as WIP shading. I love to do a lot of hatching, cross hatching. The worksheet is kinda like just whipping, whipping, right? And starting where it's really dark and kinda going back and forth, back and forth and then whipping it forward and then making sure the lines, the parallel lines start to have more space in between as it comes out more towards where the light is. And so it creates the illusion of giving you value in a gradient, right? And so here I break out the second set, which had the incredible opportunity to experience and I put him in my artillery or creation of mass creation tools is the color brush pens. And. Color brush pens come in 16 colors. On one side of the box is basically the brush pens in all the different colors. And these brush pens, I think are more in the medium range right there you can see cone is really pointed. They go and they basically have a red or magenta or gray, green or yellow or violet, brown, yellow, and like a sky blue or a process blue. And I'm using right here on the water, because water is very soft. And I could make a very illustrated in and use black ink on it. But I decided to use the brush pen so I can keep it real fluid and then it'll melt right into the water column and give it a nice hold the space for the color. And so you can see I had tons of control when I did the water droplets and, and I employed a lot of this techniques and broken lines and got real expressive the breast pain and also allows you to be rules expressive. You know, the more you get used to it, you can still have a lot of control, but you can whip in and kinda swoosh The depend and the tip on the surface and get some really exciting, you know, interests of lines. And that's important to a lot of fantastical illustrations. And especially when you're drawing and painting from the imagination like I do. You know, it's, it's such a delight to have that control and being able to shape and form what you're doing. And I think the little water god blow AECOM, God knows, goblin is looking pretty happy. She's, she looked like she had and finds he's read the splash into something. And so what I'm doing, I think I got a 2 now. And this is the versatility. Versatility, saying that we're wrong. Versatility, there is versatility in using these ink pens. Is the set right and friendly. You can tap into, you know, the tiny hairs point of a 0.005 all the way up to a large brush pen. On the large brush pen ruler you put in LA the values in at this point, I'm, you see me, I'm pausing because I'm doing the thing that you should do is you should step back and evaluate where the shadows would be in. I'm not really working with the light source. I'm more just doing it like character, cartoon type shading we're based, I'm just making the character pop. And so I'm finding all the areas where I can take them, the blackness. And then it makes it turn the phone when I jump into the water color because then I can get expressive. So I'll see you over in the last video where we're going to break out the air to water colors and color up this water goblet. 3. Coloring and Finishing: Welcome back to video 3 in this Skillshare class, all about 0x01 in water choline and original character from your imagination using at your inks and at your watercolors. So right there I kind of showed you the final piece just to show where we're headed. And this is the portion of the class that has the class project. And I've included the drawing of this, this lovely water god low goblin creature, original creature I did for my imagination. And here's where I break out the pen, tail aqua brush. And for those you've watched videos before. It's my go-to watercolor type tool now for especially creative illustration that this size, and I'm basically working on very cheap watercolor paper. I love expensive watercolor paper like Arches, Fabriano costal, or how received. And I use them often for professional projects. But I always turn to this. Canson, the cheapest watercolor you can paper you can buy in the BOP formats. And I just work in a very saturated, fantastical way of doing watercolor. So I get the effects that I'm looking for, I guess be the downfall of using real cheap watercolor. And this is cold pressed, which means it has a lot of texture and I love the texture personally in pieces like this. And so it's kind of advantage for my work. But you can see that these at your watercolors are very, very saturated. Saturated means, you know, laid down lots and lots of beautiful bright color. And you can see I used a layering technique on the first one. So if you're painting along with me, this is a little sped up video. But basically I laid down kind of a color I want to shine through. Because remember, watercolors, you know, when you work with them, especially with a water brush, you can really take advantage of the, the transparent call these watercolor. And so I laid down kind of a magenta, you know. And then I also starts and lay down my deep purples. And then adding a little bit orange and magenta is on top of the deep purples. Kinda gives a real interesting shade of color that, you know, I don't have right in my half pans of this at your watercolor set. And one thing I loved to do with the awkward penta aqua brush, which once again, I use the medium size because I found that the tip snaps to a very, very fine point, just like the fine Pentel aqua brush version. And then you can take advantage of the thicker part of the brush for larger swoosh shoes and larger fill-ins. And so you can see, right, especially on the parents, I just dipped writing that that orange color and I got it just really saturated and I didn't have to do what's layer and I just nailed it in there. And I did the watercolor technique of circling the highlight. And that's why her knees or pop in like that. And I learned a lot of stuff from working with alcohol markers, which I always kinda give the joke that watercolors the real kopecks and the real alcohol markers, because basically, you know, a lot of coppice get a lot of the same effects that watercolor gets. But watercolor, you have a little bit more control over it. And, and so you just got to practice a lot because I think that's why watercolors so much food is because, you know, the process of how you use and I use it are totally two different ways of doing it. And you gotta find the way you work with it. You know, some people like a lot of very pale and faint colors to lay down first and use the traditional ways of doing just straight washes are graded washes, which is basically, you know, just laying in what is known as like a flat color or local color before you add any shading or highlights to, to make the form come forward. So I'm basically going into this water goblin in. And how I work a lot with color theory is since I'm painting, drawing from imagination, I'm not using any reference or anything. Is, first of all, I just want to make her read, you know, and I've talked about this before in some other classes of how I'm a visual storyteller. So a lot of my rendering is to make sure she reads in your fantastical way. So she tells a story. And of course, this Water Gardens telling your story her pose, very happy and she's jumping around and, and she's admitting water right from her right hand. And then she has crystals in your head and they shared that kinda squinted look nice because it gives her that expression of being super happy. And, and I think any of us, as, you know, water-based creatures, as humans, we would have a lot of fun. You know, if we can get direct crystal insight into our heads and, and be able to leap and admit our water right of our hand. Because water is symbolic, a very flowing. And so the extra water colors, they have a great cool colors and the blues and they're all in a row. And, you know, there's, if those of you that know a lot about standard colors they have like the aquamarine blue and the brilliant blue, right? And from different spectrums. And so I love using this set because it just, you know, Escher thought, really thought about, you know, artists like me in the sense that I loved doing fantastical art from your imagination because it allows you to use every color in your palette. So you can buy sets of art tools and be able to use them in. I have a lot of fun, you know, by combining colors and just choosing your own colors. And going back to the color theme, you choose a lot of colors for this is, you know, I've been painting and joy and most of my life. And so I kinda have the color wheels and fed in my head so I know what colors are next to each other. I know we're at the primaries are and the secondaries are. And, you know, it just takes a lot experience and then also, you know, venturing out to do fantastic corn original art like I'm doing for my imagination in so I can experiment and find what works and doesn't work. And of course I go back to, I want her to read as this fantastical crystal based watercolour creature, right? And so I used to love them. More darker colors, right where the shadows are and honor garments. And so of course, her expression with pop more and, and the crystals embedded in her, in her head, what I call storage stones. It really pops. And I'm using a myriad of watercolor techniques here. I'm using lifting, which lifting is basically laid down it. And this is where the penta aqua brush works really well, is you just squeeze a little more water in it, the pigment or the color off your brush and then go back into that one area was still kinda wet and activate it more and then just mop up the color, the pigment. And you can see I get those cool, cool fades and blends on her head from that kind of like teal, this green, yellow, green to that thrilling type, the LU, I'm also implying the main technique of watercolor, which is saving your highlights and the best way to do that personally on a lot of like creature forms are human type. Painting forms is fine where the highlight is and circle it and circle. And then of course, step back and see what it did. And, and then you go back and you saturate more. So at this point I'm bringing the water color brush pens back. And I think I got to either a black or dark purple. And I'm outlining it. And this is a real pleasurable part of the process because you're not just outlining and you don't know what you're going to get at this point, I'm outlining and doing some hatching. And it worked really well with the painting that's there because the brush pen makes a lot of expressive marks the same way using the penta aqua brush nose. And so you can see, I'm working pretty fast and efficient in the sense of really finding where the shadows are in the eyes and the mouth and under her dress and the back of the fin here. And it really makes everything come forward and parch, right? And then this is the fun is part of the drawings personally when you're painting and drawing from your imagination. Because you really see realized, you know, what it was you are drawing and makes it a lot of fun. And try to get it at this level, kinda like in a sticker call the mode. In the last touches, I'm using my my white gel pen, right? And you can use any of these brands. I seem to always come to using, switching it up using all the different graph, different type gel pens. But a lot of them, I'm pretty sure a lot of the job based medium is pigment based in the sense that it's probably acrylic type based pen ink inside of it. And yeah, this is this where, you know, I go back kind of story format and makes sure everything's reading and use that to just pop the highlights on it and make it come forth. And then I go back to what the watercolor just doing a little bit of touches in these last touches art and make sure it reads as a story form. So there you go. Thanks for attending and watching this class. Make some comments down below and request anything you'd like to see in. Thank you once again for participating in my Skillshare class right here on