KIDS WATERCOLOR ART: LET'S PAINT A CAT! | Nora Connolly | Skillshare

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7 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Supplies needed

    • 3. Color relationships

    • 4. Draw out your outlines

    • 5. Watercoloring time

    • 6. Project

    • 7. Bonus Cat Art Video!

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In this class, you will learn the basics of watercolor painting.  You will come out of this class with watercolor skills.  You will first draw out then paint a cute cat in watercolors.


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Nora Connolly

Illustrator + Pattern Designer + Artist + Teacher


About Me:    Hello, and welcome, I'm Nora. I'm an Illustrator, Surface Pattern Designer + Artist. I studied at Columbia University and obtained a Masters. My thesis was on "MURAL ART: FAD OR ART?"  I decided after a number of years of work as a French Translator to go to FIT - Fashion Institute of Technology to learn digital design.  I also speak French fluently and have lived in Paris, France.  I am native New Yorker and still live in NYC presently with my husband and two kitties!   I have written and illustrated three Children's books so far.  I love art and what I do!  This is the best feeling in the world and would like to share that creativity with everyone.

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1. Introduction: Welcome to, Let's draw cat with additional bonus video, we are going to be drawing a cat and then painting it with watercolors. Watercolors are medium that flow rather well. By the end of this class, you should achieve a better knowledge of the mediums of watercolors and how to illustrate in them. You'll also get an additional bonus video in Adobe fresco. To pique your interests in digital design, your project will be to draw the cat and then paint it in watercolors. Feel free to link one of your images at the end in the description down below. 2. Supplies needed: Hi everyone. This is going to be a drawing and painting of a cat. And I wanted to show you the supplies that we need for our class today. One of the things we're going to use is a Crayola, crayon, a pencil. If you need to erase, you can use an eraser. Any kind that erases pencil is good. If you want a sharp, it can always use a pencil sharpener. This kind is pretty good because the Crayola does not get stuck inside there. Some water for the watercolors, some watercolor paints. It comes with a paint brush, which is good. Or you can do like me and get some of your own, which you may have some Bounty, which is useful. And, or a paper, a little towel to blot down the, the paint from the watercolors on here after you wash it for water colors, it's useful to have watercolor paper or any type of paper that absorbs paints that are based, water-based. So we're going to need some paper that's 11 by 15 inches or slightly bigger. It depends what you want to draw on, but bigger than the other. And we need to activate or paints with water. 3. Color relationships: These pure colors on the color wheel are red, yellow, and blue. They are basic colors and they're considered primary colors which cannot be made from mixing other colors. These are the complimentary colors of the pure basic colors. For red, green for yellow, violet, or purple, And then for blue, orange. Now on the back of the color wheel, we have another illustration which would be color relationships. And you would read this in another way. You wouldn't say orange compliments blue, you'd say a pure colors such as blue compliments orange. 4. Draw out your outlines: First and foremost, let's start out by drawing the outline in pencil of our cat. Now the first third of the paper is going to be for the head and ears, then a skinny neck over here. And then the rest of the paper will be for the body and the tail on the side. So let's get going. Now we're going to draw the crown of the head and the ears, which stick out nice and point D, but rounded at the top. And then we're going to start making the curls on the cat. I always make the inside of the ears in this type of shape. And then start with the curls. Now if you prefer to draw a little more lightly than I draw, that's fine. It's actually tends to be better to draw a little bit lighter because then you can't see the outlines of the pencil. We're not going to join the bottom of the head. We're actually going to draw a pencil neck. So that's a thin pencil neck. I'm going to extend it a little more because I want him to look kind of unique. This cat. And then for the fur on the chests were gonna go around. And then up little bit for the curls. That is, you can go any way, you like, as long as they come out looking kind of different. Now for the pause, we're going to draw a straight down. And we're going to stop about here. And then add some pause on this cat. And we're gonna go over here and at other Paul. And we're gonna go down the middle, back, up towards the top and then add another line on the bottom. And these legs are very, very skin. And we had the body and we other, we add the other sides of the body, but we stop about here. Because what we're gonna do is add a tail. And this tail is going to be Curly and curving. You don't want it to be too skinny. So there you go. Now for the eyes of this cat, we're going to make an omen shape. And you join either side. And then we're gonna make the hood of the eyes. 5. Watercoloring time: In order to use these watercolor paints, we're going to add some water to them and try and start them and get them to be a little more voice. Because otherwise, it's really hard to paint with them. So we're not going to use all the colors. So there's really no need to put paint and every single one, but it did just to show you how it is. So we're going to start off by painting the inside of the cat. We're going to start by using the purple. And once these are nice and wet, we're going to just add some paint and it doesn't have to be very thick. The paint that you use, it can be a wash. Or if you want it slightly darker, you can add a little more paint. And it depends what kind of effect you want to have on the paper. Here. We're just going to go for a very light paint. And we're not going to let it dry too much. We're going to try and get this on the first go. Now it depends how much paint you put on your brush. And I just dab it a little bit and do a nice stroke. And I don't want to go over the same part that I went over because then it'll leave a darker mark of paints on that area. So I put a dab of water on my paint brush and I just go in different places slowly and build up the the effect that I want. There's a wet on wet effect. And there's a wet and dry effect. Watercolors tend to buckle the paper. And that's when you're adding too much water to one area. But if you push the paper, if you push the paint properly, it looks really nice. And there are different types of paper for watercolor. But the two most popular are cold press. At hot press. Now this paper is cold press paper. It depends what kind of an effect you want your watercolors to have. And the type of paper that you use has an effect also on the types of paints. On the way that the paints will, have, will spread out on the paper. So now this cat is just about done with the purple. So we're going to next move on to something else. We're going to add some red. And then we're going to try and do the heart's next. Now the hearts don't need to too much paint or water. We want a light shade of, light shade of red. A lot of people who use watercolors tend to draw flowers, floral designs, pattern designs, and children's illustrations for children's books. It's a very popular medium. There's Yusuke wash paintings, which is the other paint that's very similar to watercolors. It's also necessary sometimes to change out the water because it may take a different type of, you know, more clean water. If you feel that you've put too much paint on your paper, you can dab it little bit with paper towel. And that will take off the excess. Now, the outside part of the cat, we are going to make the exterior of the cat yellow. And the reason for this is because I want this cat the pop out. Now we're going to lay a light yellow wash and add more water because the wash needs a lot of water and mix. And then I'm going to apply this on a light, in a light way with a kind of a brush feel. And I'm gonna do the exterior of the cat first because it'll make it easier to just apply the paint on the rest of the paper more quickly. See we've done the outlines and now we can do the filler part, which is everything on the outside part of the paper. And it's good to lay a little bit of a piece of paper when you do the edges so that it doesn't ruin your dusk or whatever surface you may be working on because you don't want it to get all over the place. Now one more corner, we're going to know her a little paper and little bounty. And do the corners here. And there you are. A beautiful cat made by you and me. 6. Project: I'm really happy that you join me in this class to learn about the mediums of watercolors. I hope that you also learn something about color and color relationships and how to draw a wonderful cat. Feel free to link one of your projects in the description down below. Thank you. 7. Bonus Cat Art Video!: Okay.