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Line Art using Live Botanical Reference for Beginners

Supritha Shet, Illustrator

Line Art using Live Botanical Reference for Beginners

Supritha Shet, Illustrator

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7 Lessons (1h 26m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Art Materials

    • 3. Sketching

    • 4. Transferring the sketch

    • 5. Line art process 1

    • 6. Line Art Process 2

    • 7. Project and Conclusion

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About This Class


The Class is designed for Beginners to take Line Art one step further. In this class, we will be focussing on Finding Botanical reference for Sketching and Line Art. I have picked a branch from an Umbrella plant. This class helps you in finding a reference that is both symmetric and asymmetric in nature. Observe the object and render through sketching line art. 

Lessons covered

  • Introduction to the class
  • Finding minimal Art Materials
  • Sketching from the reference
  • How to Transfer the Sketch on the final paper
  • Giving Outline to the drawing
  • Line Art procedure
  • Project and Conclusion 

Art Materials Required:

  • Photocopy Paper (50 gsm)
  • Drawing paper (150 to 200gsm)
  • Pencil, Eraser, Sharpener (Sketching essentials)
  • Fineliners/ Microns/ Black Gel Pen

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1. Introduction: Hello and welcome back and split them a name. And I'm going to illustrate them in this class. We'll be learning line art using this branch of a plant as a reference. This glass is designed for beginners Whedon, but go through step-by-step the ski jump right from scratch. Offence, transmitting the sketch onto I'd find paper, outline and adding things to it. And this gas is an extension from a forced and previous basic line art in us. In our next lesson, we'll be discussing the minimum art materials required to see you there. 2. Art Materials: Hello and welcome back. In this lesson, we'll learn the basic art materials needed for the sketch. This is a photocopy paper which is less than 50 GSM. We'll do all those sketches corrections hill, so that we don't ruin. Finally people. It's a really thin and good for all the sketches. So any amount of connections will be done. Here. It's easy to purchase. You can find it in your local stores. Or it's a very good paper to practice sketching as ready. So this is our final ping-pong. It's not necessary that you buy a certain brand of papers, but make sure the thickness of the paper is 200 years and more than that, in case you want to add bygone colors or light washes, then this is a good paper for you. In case you don't, you, in case you don't want to add any colors of beans, we want to keep the same as line out, then you can go for 150 years or more than that. So this is a sample paper. It's a quite thick paper you can use like Washington's when not that heavy gripping. Ok, we will need some scattering essentials like pencils, sharp nerve, and it is using find lanes will be using three sizes that the Gawande will be used for. Outlined this 0.5 m m, which is thicker than the other two. This is 0.2 m m and 0.05 nm. The 0.05 nm, the dinner one will be used for lines. So these are something about the odd nutrients you in the next class. 3. Sketching: Okay, we'll begin with the rough sketches first. So I am bringing a photocopy paper and my cartoon might to have a grip over the Papal. So I'll be taping it to keep the people form and be taping using a paper. Sketches. And this is QT botanical reference. It's a nice branch of planned with around ten leaps, like 123456. Yes. So we'll begin with drawing the stems of each leave. Let's start with God, and let's start with a beagles stem. As you can see that we go on is what up. And we'll show next anxious and stems, which is closer to Belfast one. So this will be our first stem. And a second one, which is a little shorter than the first because of it's perspective. And this is a third one. And next comes the other two stems which are parallel to each other. And closer to the second third. This will be affordance will be affect one which you chair the same size of the line. Okay. This is 450. And coming to the next one. This is the sixth, seventh 1, which is a straight line and perpendicular to the first one. The seventh and the sixth and the seventh line is 90 degree each do the first lane. So we're going to draw a perpendicular one, which is 180 degree. Now comes the eighth and the ninth. So since we're going to draw an adult view, the eighth and the ninth line looks a little shorter than though rest underlined line are opposite to second and told, as you can see, I'm, I'm going to draw a straight line from the second. And from the data I'm going to draw a straight line to get the ninth line, which is opposite and street to woad leaves. This is basic and most important step for sketching. You can do it any way you want. First again, draw the whole, the whole branch as one. Or again draw leaf by succumbing to the ten to leave. Between the eighth, ninth, it, which is the shortest one, will be our final stamp. Coming to join the leaf first, we'll draw the foreground leaves first and then the background ones for Rwanda, the ones too rich, covering the rest of the leaves, or the ones which are not covered by any other leaves. So the foreground Lee field is third one. This is our third leaf. Going to foreground leaves. It's, it's quite easy when you begin with a foregone leaf. And this is a quite oval-shaped beginning with a Sharpie H. So this we are going to keep it as a sharp H and slightly moving the other way round. I don't know what it is, but I'm going to extend the line, the lines of the leaf. And to get a much clearer picture. Holding my reference very urgently. Because I loved this plant. I hope it's visible. Is. So giving it a round H at the end of a leaf and sunny as a Sharpie end in the beginning. So I'm going to extend. The line really struggled with the botanical sketches post. But then, but then we get to learn a lot from botanical. So if you're a beginner to any form of art, what n equals i, a best friend, trust me. I'm going to give it down round H at the end. And it just light a slight bend. As you can see. Light bend. I hope I get that right. I think it's beta. Any corrections will be doing one's Iraq sketches finished. So this will be our rough sketch. If the other leaves are not in a good shape, we're going to give a proper H28 since this also has a Sharpie N. But why would draw another top view? So we are going to cover the end on the other side. So it's going to look as if it is a round shaped key. So we're quite done with the second one. So since we're going to draw it non dope, you know, the end is we're going to look like around one, since even if retells a Sharpie end. So after the third leaf, draw the first one, which is quite a partially hidden. The first leaf is partially hidden back of the third one. So you can draw basic shapes. Forest, Lake. We have uploaded the basic sketches. The basic, the most basic one with a drawing, a few shapes and all that. If you, if you're available that class, then I think you might find this easier one, because I haven't drawn anything basic. She pill. I've simply drawn from the reference will however it pays. So it's all relative and not getting at the first one. But please don't stop practicing. And you can also, you can also start with most basic shapes, like in this case, we can draw shapes to all the leaves. Yeah, I think that will be okay. And if you want to consider the whole leaf branch, if you want to consider the whole branch as one, then it looks like a rhombus. It quite looks like around us. And the bottom of the rhombus will be a little Kirby, Kirby21 young. So if you want to draw the branch has a hole, then the first half will be a triangle, and the other end will be a Coke or a semicircle. So you can get started that we are not doing the same hilt. Okay, coming to the first, leave the Sharpie end. And I'm going to draw though the leaf as it is. The science is kind of reading. But let's just draw that. It's roughly first and then we'll do any amount of corrections we want to continue with who can also draw the leaves? Leaf by bi-partisan object like in this case we incomes turtles and all will for sure, because there's a round shaped leaves and all kinds of goals we evaluated. Not drawing anything Basic because that might consume a lot of time. So I am just drawing Hollywood. The LNB reference is Sudan when we're going through the fifth leaf. As you can see, it's quite violin. The lines come under the same line or tangent. So I am going to extend the line of a fifth. And I'm going to start with a Sharpie end and hassle with a slightly sharp and the adult side. Because though the end of the leaves is quite visible, in this case, I am going to get this leaf or Lizzie leet. Stay with me. And we have this nice beautiful code and we're going to draw that. Okay, I think I'm trying a little smaller version of this botanical branch. I don't know what this plant is calling. The seed is an umbrella plant, so you can go check it online. It's one of my favorite plant from whom I'm very sorry for blocking it. But I can't bring the whole plant to keep it as it appeals to record the drawing. So I just I just got to pluck one branch of it. So yeah, we're getting a curve. This is your digital sketching people you can draw in eating or practice however you want before you draw it. And you can also erase because this won't go to our final paper at all, is the best thing about showing God sketching on the initial rough Paypal, rather rough sketch. It says a Sharpie and so I'm going to give it here. And it's quite visibly coming to 70 leaf. So this right side of the leaf, I've given it as odd number. Even number. So this will be our seventh leaf. And the shortest stem is the leaf. The longest one is the first leaf. Were to extend the line to get a perfect leaf. Also, the worksheet will be available under the description of this class. You can download anytime and get them printed and start practicing the lines. If you find the drawing a little difficult. Not only an issue. When you get a venule conference about drawing order, when you actually feel like drawing lines on your perfect sketch, then you can go for it. But in case you find this little difficult, then I have a copy of the string for you. So you can get downloaded. It has a blue outline. It can start tracing. You can give our claim to reducing a black pen and then stopped and trying the lengths. The west part of this, I'm drawing on graph paper is in number of times until you get effect. And the most important thing in sketching is to take your own time. Because this class is dedicated for beginners and for 14-year the proficiency level of clause, but this classes designed for beginners. So please take it on time. So I'm going to draw like as big, lonely too to kind of connect with. So it doesn't matter even further big node or any other proficiency level you put yourself in book. But when it comes to drawing or learning something new or Forza bigness. So let's just learn new techniques with more energy and more passion. Okay, I got this leaf completely wrong. And again, please take your own time to draw the sketch. Because any kind of effect to give to your drawing, painting or line art or anything, any form of effect will be visible completely and judged. Just on the basis of the trying. But, you know, none of the drawings are perfect. So just keep it. So as simple as you want or if you want to keep it realistic than you do anywhere to practice a lot. But if you're doing it for fun or Boulogne something, then you don't have to stress a lot of water. You just have to enjoy the process of drying. But please take ten. Always find time and draw something perfect that is not Buffett gear, but I'm willing to draw the next one and then find a proper shape to it, then give a proper shape to it. And to make this leaf a little bigger one because I'm losing the Kobe guess. We'll draw this leap first and then give it a proper shape to area that leaves us with is roughly first and then give a proper size and cheap to relieve withdrawn. Okay, for a reference, you don't need to go searching for a plant like this one. You can pick any, any kind of a botanical planned, sorry, I mean, botanical English. Keep it very simple. Limit. If you pick a single leaf, then it will be more than enough. This little complicated, but tools will move one step forward from a first glance. So this will be our ten with a shorter stem, which is covering behind the ninth one. So this is the line extension. And we're going to give it a nice curve to it to look like a leaf. Okay, there's a spatially, the half of the leaf is being covered by the nii_T1 and the leaf quite equally to the nii_T1 when even less than that. So done with 10,901 o'clock ways. Ten to the 17. Still not perfect. Went into character load. We're going to draw the leaf. Also. If you have mins to cool back and show the same thing if you want, starting from the first one. You can draw exactly same as this reference. And I'll be also putting out the reference picture in the description so that you can practice the same. Okay, and let us say there is a nice clove in this leaf with the Sharpie and, and it's, the belief is quite twisted at the end. So we have got a lovely and you can see that we have a twist. This is six. This is quite easy one because it looks like a triangle. With a sharpness. I'm going to extend the fourth, which is quite hidden. 20% of the leavers oh, hidden. And they resist light bend due, it will have a lot of corrections coming away. So there is a fourth leaf and the second one is hidden behind the 40 and covering of forced leaves. So we need to erase every part of the flawlessly I'm just going to draw on top of the first one so that I can get a clear picture. And then it is unnecessarily. We have a few corrections to make. Start from the age only. Any connections you're making start from start point when you begin your leaf width so that you can get a perfect cone and a perfect picture of the sleeve. Also extend the third leaf. So remember in this class I've used the right side of the leaves as ordered ones and the left side to be though, even once and starting to draw in clockwise. But I just number the stems was supposed to leave it is the unwanted lanes and go into forward, fast forward this stem of this branch. I'm going to redraw the final lines quickly. Just keep it. 4. Transferring the sketch: So I'm going to use this final paper, and this is our final sketch. We are going to transform this sketch on finite paper. So before we do that, we're going to flip the papal upside down and to share this part using a graphite pencil. So make sure you are graphite pencils, tickle, and much darker. Shade this completely. Always turn the paper and check if it is completely shaded. If it does not, then you can simply shade the leftover part and covered completely. Okay, so I'm going to rotate this paper onto my cutting mat along with though sketched paper. So make sure you're aligning the sketching paper and your final of people properly. If both are in the same direction and same alignment checked, check, double-check your alignment. And then the two sheets together. This is just my way of drying. You can use any way around. And we're going to simply trees the drawing. I'm going to simply redraw it on top of the drawing using a pencil with this, whatever we have drawn will be transported to our find sketching paper. Because we have shaded though on paper upside down. So whatever we draw here will be projected on a final paper. So I'm going to simply draw this. Want to simply trees the drawing so that the same thing has been projected on a final paper. And it's easy for us to continue with. Don't leave any species. Draw it completely, trees, everything completely. And it's still very beautiful technique and the best the technique for any beginner to get started. Oh, this have, you have to practice with is sketch a lot, correct. How much ever you want and then go for final piece of work. So what I'm going to do, as you can see, there are two shades, the yellow and the green one. The green one I'm going to simply draw. As you can see, the tent leaf is completely green. So what I want to draw water we're going to do is draw the green outline or draw the green part using the pencil dust on top of this leaf so that the same Li, so that the same lines projecting on final paper. So simply grow. However days or you can have a word you want it to be. So in a, using a reference, it doesn't mean you have drawn the same thing or whatever your drawing should be, should be, should look like your reference doesn't do it. It may not be that way. It's just you're getting an idea of a certain land or sold an alignment of certain reference. So just draw any way you want. Or you can simply dig few ideas from the reference and draw though. The green part. What we're going to do is the water wash, barbed wire drawing right now. In the green part, we are going to shade it black, willing to blacken it using a brush pen. And the yellow part of the leaf will be for the liner. So yes, we are done and see you in the inking session of this class. 5. Line art process 1: Okay, so we are done with the transferring our sketch. I'm going to keep the two sheets. Same thing has been rendered on a final paper. So I'm going to keep this aside and we're going to give a proper outline to this trying I'm not too sure this visible. When do you use a 0.2 or 2.5 MM find liner? You can even use a black child benefit or find a find liner. It's not an issue. Always make sure you use a find Leonard, a micron or a black gene and mixture. Does a black cargo. Avoid using Balkans because they don't really give you a proper grip to your lens. So to redraw the sketch, again, just like we traced, simply drawing the outline, Hollywood. It's been sketched. So this is how I'm going to use a much thinner lines inside. So I didn't give it to the tenth leaf because it was completely green. A little part of it will be given black color, and a little part of it will be given four lines. I'm going to ink the greener part or actually I lost the clip. I think they lost that clip. So I couldn't attach dome inking video is to show you how I've used this black brush, pen and shade in the complete or green part. The cowardice in those reference. Every Green Park has been shaded black color. Or only the last leaf that is the tenth leave. Yeah, this leaf is not completely blank because it kind of looks. So I've given a rules-based blames him, and this one is black key, so the remaining part will be used for lines. 6. Line Art Process 2: So we are done with inking the green part of the leaf. I wish I could show you the inking part, but I unfortunately lost the clip. So coming to the final and the most important part of this class, this is lanes. So since we have the, the sharp leaf and curb, we're going to begin with a word because h, So this is our vertex. I'm going to end at the edge of the leaf. So always remember there is a vertex and there is an edge. Vertices, vertex to vertex or vertices two vertices, H2 edge. So here it's always, when it comes to leave, we are going to focus on what line from vertex to the edge. So we're going to begin and always make sure then line is always, the line is always parallel to the previous line. The line is always parallel to the previous line. Always start from the vertex to the edge of the leaf. And as you continue, we are going to start every new Lane from though vertex of the previous line. As you can see, every new line starting from the vertex of the previous Lane and ending at the age of the leaf. I'm going to draw the line. I'm just going to leave it there. Every new line your drone, make sure, oh, it's starting from a vertex. Especially in a case like this one because we have a line and we're forming an angle with an, with an every new line. So we're forming an angle. So make sure you find out what x and start the line through there. And make sure you don't leave too much space between the lines. Because when we are going to give a straight line, always make sure it's the space between the lines is to list. Because when we go to do line art on wavy lines or curved lines, then we can expect some amount of gap in-between the lines. So in this case we are going to keep the lines closer. You're going to draw the same thing on the other side of the leaf. And just highlight the hidden from him. And just stick the thin lens on the other side as well. Always remember not to leave too much space in between the lines and keep the lines violent to each other. And start from a new point just below the previous lane. You can afford more reference on awareness down the lane and where to end. You can go watch my first and the previous class of the skill share. You can go to my profile and find my forced able class may have spoken about the different ways to get started with the length on how to lead us in how to start the line from the beginning till the end. There are different ways to do it. And I have also spoken about lines on the basic objects on how to get, on how to practice though lines. So that it won't be difficult to deal with. Complicated lengths. Get easily go through it. And I'll also merged different kinds of objects to get one particular object. Like for example, I have considered leaf object and I've drawn the lines and then okay, healed. Okay, I have considered a one single object that has one Euler, one Bechdel shape. I'm given the lines to it. A 46 to 86 to eight leaves like that one to make a flat. So it's a very easy class on how to get your liner started. I'm coming with more such glasses like on how to give different kinds of lines like dashed lines or dotted lines. Simply plain lines like these, the guidelines. So please stay tuned, start following on skill share. Do have log mod of bids on the flop coming classes so that it won't miss out on that caveat in VR at the end of this leaf. So just giving it. A nice line two in the sleeve and may end. All these. Make sure the other side is kind, look, looks kind of middle. Just destroyed to give omitted effect. The belief. Even if it is not perfect, not on a problem or not solon issue. And always, always, always start your lane from the left side to the right ST. And I'll show you in the next leaf. Starting from the bottom of the stack. You could also start your lines from the H If you don't. Find it easy because hdl age, people find it a little easier. One. In this, in this leaf I have considered or not a point but starting from the lane and suddenly from the lining. Okay, the lines here are very thin and I'm going to give lanes, jaws the we are given on the other side. Also. Remember that if the lines on the other side of the leaf don't don't give me the exactly how it was. And the first side, don't worry at all because it's all right. Because you're drawing, reordering it for the first time. And with practice you can is though perfection as well. So it's quite difficult to get the Adobe and the other side to look the same. But with a lot of practice and patients that will that will be achieved. Also goals Lou, when you are at the end of the leaf because you need to kind of change your direction of the lane because it's going to end at 1. So we need to make sure that you don't just blindly drawing their lanes on a particular direction, but also giving it a proper alignment or the proper direction. There will be the line has to go because though lanes are in minute 1. So as you can see, the czar then leave and the half of the leaf is actually covered. We're going to draw the lines state from the age of the vertex of the previous line. And we're willing to end at the other edge of the leave the outrage of the previous leaf. So it's already because we have given the black. We have included all black, so it's not at all a problem. We can end the taboo you want, but make sure if the ink was not present or odd photos not inked. Make sure you consciously endo lines just on the edge of the outgo outer layer of the other object. We're going to begin with hate leaf. Also, also also Also make sure the lines are in the same direction of the leaves. As you can see, the leafs quite slanted or its given o slang. It's literally bent or code survey for lines on that same direction. Because it is on one direction and do a line's going the other way, it doesn't go away but the alignment, so always make sure your lines are in the same direction or shape of the leaf. Having a leaky space. Okay, we are done with so many leaves and we have four more leaves to finish. Slowly absorbed though kind of lift we have because it's, it's a triangle at the end of a leaf and a big socle at the top of the leaf. So. We're going to give you a narrow shaped lines. They're going to give a narrow lines to it at the bottom and it's going to expand a bit on top of the leaf. As you can see, this one. Which one is it? This one? This one. It's very narrow at the bottom of the leaf and it's going to widen up or the top. So you're going to expand, the lines. Extend. And the lines are expanding at the top of the leaf. Also, we need to be really careful on this one because then lanes are starting in a certain size and it's going to expand. So always, always remember that the lines need not be drawn on the basis of science, but always remember, it's all, it's all about the direction. The line has to go in a proper direction, just like the outlay of the leaf. Always follow the outline of the leaf and you'll follow the proper direction of the line. Ok. The same thing on the other side of this, live bands bend because the direction is going to change. Here as you can, as you can consciously see them, outline of the leaf is going to change a bit because the club isn't, isn't taking the change from smaller H2, the bigger one. So always follow the direction, not the size or shape. The size or shape comes along with the line. When you follow the direction. Continue the same way. So we need to please be careful here because the lines I'm going to extend a bit and you might lose the grip. If you're a beginner. But take it slow. Take it slow and tried to end along with the direction. And though the whole circling, the whole shape of the leaf. To continue this, I hope you'll enjoy this. A most unusual way possible, the creating the botanical reference using clean out effect. So this is the end of the lines. Oh, how beautiful it is. So I'm going to take those lanes of the stem and the final step of the branch. And using girl black brush pen to ink the final stem. And we're going to do this scene using the cobe. Finally, find, I know this is 0.5, whatever I'm using. This is a 0.5. MM. Find Leno. I'm going to thicken though lines of the leaps. You can also give a certain watercolor effect of paint, paint using a solid color. You're going to paint the background in a solid color, green or blue, or any color of your choice. You can use wash. You can use acrylic. I know if you want the bag onto the solid. If you want to give a watercolor effect, use watercolors and you can even use cautious Ben. Also go for different variety of effects which I'll be talking about it on the, on the other class. And we discussing about different background ideas. So stay tuned and practice though. Current session. And always give thickness to the final lines at the end. And I hope this class was useful. You can give certain Biden and Biden Azure background or certain wavy lines, a line of colors and background because it kind of looks attractive and this will be a perfect one to display on Yom as well. And if you want to, if you wish to continue such classes, please do write your comments or please don't forget to give your feedback because that keeps me waiting. Okay, this is our final, final. And I'm so happy this has done so good. This is a feeling of AVR. 7. Project and Conclusion: Hi, I hope you enjoyed the class and learned something new for your project or event. Choose anything from your librarians, and please don't forget to share work on skill share in the project description. And do follow me on Instagram and Facebook. And don't forget to tag me on your posts.