Painting and Coloring with Paint Pens | Ipaintcreatures . poet painter illustrator and storyteller | Skillshare

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3 Lessons (25m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Inking - Outlining - First Layer Paint Pens

    • 3. Finalizing - Watercolor Background

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In this class I show you how I use paint pens and a few other tools to make a original character from your imagination. I take you through my thought process from getting a refined sketch to ink and colorize with Paint Pens. I talk about all the application methods I use and the specific art tools I employ to do color this original character. I share all the other tools that you could possibly use and provide tips and tricks in using paint pens in general. 

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Ipaintcreatures . poet painter illustrator and storyteller

drawing and painting from the poetic imagination


Hello, I'm Ipaintcreatures.

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1. Introduction: Hi folks and welcome back to another I pay increases class here on Today's class is all about using pen. And I'm going to use a particular type of paint pen. But you can use any of the major brands. I'll go through a lot of the major brands that I have in my library. Today, we're going to use a special kind that I'll talk to you about in definitely going to show you the process of using mixed media. So I use the paint pens and do a lot of the colony. And what's usually in pain, pansies, acrylic paint, I'll go through the consistency of that. Definitely affects you can do with that. And most of all my videos are always about painting and drawing for your imagination. So supplied a reference of this, what I call Medicine creature. Its original drawing and illustration from our imagination in these series of characters are all for the pandemic to which people wellness. Either if they make it on a canvas or a sticker or like right here on some watercolor paper. So definitely go through the techniques, the tools, lot of my artistic thinking and definitely always empowering, inspiring you to do your own creations and give you enough of the insider tips and tricks to get everything or dial then. So you can have a more pleasurable process and those you watch the videos before I always talk about an art ventures. So most of my videos are narrated by me and encouraged give you all the information on the technical and the craft side. But most of all inspire you to tell the stories you have in visually communicate with friends and family and even get to a level where you're professional and could do it for a living. I'm an independent, award-winning poet and storytelling visual storyteller. Worked for companies like Lucasfilm and Apple, and Microsoft and Intel, and a slew of other independent creators that make games and educational software and movies and films. And I work in the educational and the artistic space, and I love to empower people on what I call art ventures. So most of the classes are Ventures. And this one is definitely all about the magical paint pen that usually like I said, holds acrylic paint, different consistency. There's little challenges with them in maintaining them, and I'll talk all about that in the maintenance, the different types of pens in the different tips, and how I apply it to coloring this in the US, certain effects. And then at the end of the process, I use watercolor to basically finish off the background and punch in more of the saturation, the color. So it punches more and, and bring it to a whole nother state of success in this art venture. And a lot of these medicine creatures are basically, you know, they combine elements of different past cultures to communicate the wellness and how we can use lot of the elements on this earth, even from music and art and how this character is holding some advanced instruments are what I call mass creation. And basically, yeah, So the first video we're going to ink and I'm going to tell you about the set I'm using the ink and recommend some other sets that are available to ink the way I do and prepare it to be the container for the paint pens. Then the last video is all about the paint pens and the watercolor finishing of it and kinda exit strategies to have a finalized drawing. And a lot of these I do. This one became a sticker that I sell often at art fairs that I participate in and share my art. When I send out any packages or commissions or, or any my products, I throw a lot of these stickers and so it's a good way to make stickers. And you could even make a little guy like this to represent your business or represent you and communicate. But most of all, the medicine creatures are made to share with everyone. And that's why I like showing you guys different mediums that are used to render it in and get it into the final form. Because art is most powerful. The end process is to share with everyone. So definitely thank you very much for coming to the course. And there is the acrylic markers that I'm going to use in their go more into the company and the different types that come in. And like I said, the challenges I'm showing you the nibs, extra names you can put in and what happens with these? And it's just a wonderous tool because acrylic flows through them and, you know, acrylic easy dries up. And so definitely give you all the tips and tricks. So let's get on with it. I'll see you in the opening video where we're going to take. 2. Inking - Outlining - First Layer Paint Pens: Welcome to video two in this course about painting in coloring with paint pen. And in this video, we're going to talk about the inking and the first layers and starting to apply the paint pens. So what I usually do, of course, is I do a rough sketch just like a lot of my other classes here on Skillshare. And I do a rough sketch and I work out all the definite shapes and the communication or what I want to be in this original character. And usually what I do is I don't recommend drawing from reference because you want to create something that is dynamic and original and never had been seen before. So a lot of it as I do use reference, but I will do the traditional method of what's called an art board. And our boards are used in a lot of production studios and the old school way of how Disney did stuff and a lot of, uh, franchises and production studios that have created original characters and creatures from movies, entertainment, games and films. And and so an artboard is real easy to do. You can, of course use Google or Pinterest or any of the Unsplash, any of the platforms that have a lot of imagery arm. And usually what I start out with is our start out with just writing a list of all the things I want to communicate. And this is why it's a good example to do with these medicine. Original creature characters because they're all about wellness and healing and communicating the people. That everything's gonna be okay during this pandemic. And so use the I will like for this character array here, I typed in Egyptian motifs and symbols, Native Americans symbols and not necessarily healing, but the whole kinda organic path of doing before modern medicine. And so I wanted to see all the different types of masks and clothing and how they represent the communication of healing or using a natural way of healing using the earth. So definitely when I pulled it up, I start grabbing images that really appeal. And one of the things I found is the Egyptian type mask where they have kind of the slit as kind of eye placement more than two sludge is one big slit opened. So that's why this character has the one slit. Also the leaves or the feather type things on head dresses of Native American. And so I just find a whole bunch of different references and I throw them all up, you know, either just in digital file or, you know, there's, there's acts or art boards or Google. I think it does it where you can actually just, I know Pinterest you can make your own board and then just pull them all up. And then I'll spend time just do lean in and scratching and my sketchbook and look at certain elements I might want to incorporate. Like this guy is holding these real fantastical instruments, a mass creations. They look like a paintbrush and it looks like a musical instrument. But I'm combining a higher level because those are tools to heal, right? Using music and arts and painting and color and sound. Kinda of a traditional natural way of healing. And so I'll put up a bunch of trumpets and paint brushes. And I'll spend all the time just scribbling around and do them in my sketchbook. And most of the time I'm just looking at the shapes and the proportions of the shapes. So when I draw it, a represents any communicates that kind of feeling or the actual symbolic nature of the object. So like the paintbrush in the horn and the earrings and type of dress and the beads he has on his head dress and how its face looks. And and so I'll just do that in, After I have kinda refined in my head, I'll give it a little time and then I'll go shopping and do some normal stuff in life and just keep seeing the images in my head and break it down into basic shapes. Like what makes up that shape and what parts do you gotta kinda nailed down. So it communicates that when you draw that is that type of object. And so I'll do that and then do a bunch of sketches, then start to find the look of I like and the certain ornaments and textures on the character. And then I'll sit down and do a couple of refining real quick sketches. And then I'll break out the watercolor paper or the medium that I'm gonna do it on a canvas and usually a ballpoint pen or just use some graphite. And I'll just sketch it out and really know where I'm headed. So I get the shapes completely write-off the way I wanted to communicate it. And then while I got the little creature character and I included in the attachments in this, in this class so you can download that and participate. And then we get to this part I've been doing for a little while and I'm using the edge set at your lab brands. And they have a color ink set, wire like sets that are professional life that coping make some PRISMA color and make some whole slew companies. You can even find some generic brands that are even cheaper. But the key is that their pigment ink. Pigment ink, basically what it does is if you're doing this professionally or you want it to last, the dried pigment ink will not fade in the light. Like firstly, direct sunlight, that's called light fastness. And so I always like to use pigment ink because I'm a professional and most of my drawings that I do are either going to a client or and I want to last for a long time because I'm at the point where I really communicate something profound and it is what I do for an occupation. So it's very important to have pigment ink. But if you're just starting out, you can use pretty much any fine liners or what I'm using is these brush pens. Because in the etera said it comes on one side. It has like eight colors and one side is a 0.05, which is a pretty much a fine point. And kind of a bullet nib, really small to get the details right. And then on the other side are these great brush tips. And that's mainly what I'm using here. I also choose to, um, use the purple color, the dark violet, right? Because I know that this character is going to be super creative and super colorful. And so sometimes when you use black, it gives a different look. And so I use a purple pen and I use this synthetic brush tip. And like I said, you can get many, many different brands of that. But a really nice kind of synthetic brush tip. It's not totally synthetic one because it actually has actually hairs, but they are synthetic hairs and just works great because I can outline it and swish it around and get that real painter feeling as I'm doing it. But now we're moving on to the paint pans. And I'm using a bank brand called artistry. Artistry. I think that's pretty much how you name and they're available on all the major stores online. And I really liked this set because they market it more towards crafters then the painters and illustrators like me. And one advantage of that is I noticed in this set is also a little bit cheaper. And it also includes a lot of tones and earth tones and colors that I really like to use it and can accomplish things like landscapes and skin tones and, and kinda that neutral color of like a yellow ocher. I use a lot in my paintings, right? When you need a neutral color to bounce off the real bright and pigmented colors. And so this is a set of 481 thing you have to do with all paint pens. And like I said in the intro, definitely we'll talk a lot about all the different brands. I collect very much the real programs and allow these pens came out of the graffiti movement of thing because it allows you to use acrylic paint with a lot of precision, right? Because it's a marker, it's an ink pen. And instead of brushing on where you got to really learn how much paint to put on your brush and so on and so on. And so what I was doing is when you first get any of these paint markers that they're pretty much called Pump markers. And so that the pain is in there and then if you rattled it, it has this little ball inside no metal ball and that keeps the paint fluid inside the container, right? And acrylic paint pretty much works really well if it's concealed from, from air, air and light. So it won't dry up as fast because that's a thing that acrylics does the nature of chrysalis. It adds a polymer base, which is a plastic base, and so it draws pretty quick. So it's not too malleable to move around. But for doing illustration and things like this, I kinda like how it dries really fast. And so what I was doing is you gotta shake them. And then you push down on the nib and you pump it. You pump it and then was showing earlier you can go back and watch a video of how you see the paint start to get into the tip. And these are pretty much like medium-size point, nibs, nib points. And they're kind of blunted so you can't get really fine, fine lines, but it's really powerful unit. So what I'm doing right here is I'm pumping it now and you can see the pink start to get into the kind of the fabric driven nib. And then when it's in there, it starts to flow. One challenge with paint pens as they dry up a lot. So you gotta maintain them a lot and constantly use them. And when you're not using them, not exactly how you should storm to keep him going. It's just the nature of the paint pen. Acrylic sometimes sticks. So I'll see you over in the next video. And we're going to talk about the final pen, inking and coloring and go over some more tips about all the all the different brands of paint pans and how I use it, and how you can get certain effects. So I'll see you over there. 3. Finalizing - Watercolor Background: So welcome back to video 3. In the final video of this course about coloring and painting with paint pens. This one's a little sped up because it's just going into the final, final thing and allow me enough time that just give you enough tips and in turn you into what I'm doing. And so I pretty much use them a lot like markers and the sense how you see me, I'm, I'm just kinda dab in them in a little bit. I'm using that hot pink, a violet purple, right? And then starting to use, like I was talking and more orangey yellow, which is like a yellow ocher. That's why I love this artist SRO set is it has a lot of ink tones and skin tones and earth tones that are really good to creating the contrast you need an illustration in. So you can see using lot of the pain pair, they're not really filling in a lot, leaving a lot of open spaces. So that's, that's a watercolor technique to leave your highlights open in so you can see sheep and form certain happen. And right there I employed a technique that is acrylic and watercolor technique. I laid down some acrylic paint and before it gave it a chance to dry, I bring up my water brush and I'm using pretty much who, who who are heavy, say their name, but you can use any water brush. I use a user penta aqua brush, but they're a little more expensive, but I think they deliver higher quality. But I also have around the studio a lot of just generic water brushes. And so what you do is It's just like watercolor or using acrylics. I laid down and enough of the paint in an area and then I spread it, can get different values, lighter and darker with using the water. And then now I'm pretty much using a darker kind of an ox red oxides red. And that's the thing with paint pens. They don't usually name it, you know, traditional colors of acrylic that would probably help. So you just got to experiment with them, get to know. And then I'm laying this down and then using a water brush to spread it, which adds a little more of the darker values in the shadows, right, allows me to shade so his head starts looking three-dimensional. And then see have enough of that kind of red oxide is read on the corners that I can sample a little bit what the water brush and then blend it really easy and shade really easy like cell shading, what's called Celsius. And then at this point, I think I've brought in the watercolor, kinda my extra tip and my secret weapon in advice, finishing a drawing. So I'm using watercolor on top of the acrylic. That's already pretty much dry, but I'm punching in a lot more saturation and making it come alive it, and bringing the form forward and making the blends more beautiful like right there. Definitely brought in, in some traditional red and oranges from my watercolor palette. And I'm just laying it on top and it works really, really well, right? Because I'm not really trying to fix anything or be opaque, which is not transparent, means not transparent. I'm more just punching anymore the colors and you can see somebody starting to glow that magic of watercolor could the contrast I'm laying in there. And then just really punching in the plans. You know, what really makes a character come forward is definitely make sure you have enough of the shadows and darker colors and make the highlights punch more. And now, using very much watercolor to do the background, it's just much easier and I'm doing the technique of negative painting right here. So I'm laying it in and doing that technique that I was using earlier talking about with the acrylics, I laid down a really thick section of the water column, make sure the water still laid up. And then I can move around to certain areas that I want lighter. And then right there using the classic watercolor technique are the Han, I wanted it to look like some smoke or some that were missed or something is coming out of the steam or vapor is coming out of his horn. And so basically you just kinda circle around the white news, the wide as your highlight, and then just keep dabbing on a little bit allo texture. And basically you're shaping the sheep on white. And now I'm pretty much finishing up and I'm bringing forth my gel pen. You can use any type of gel pens that I'm using the signal gel pen because they flow and they don't clog up as much as the other brands fully basically the highlight back in and bring it back to the surface. I brought myself on up. There might be using a little bit of a reference like looking at a cloudy sky. Just not really copy it, but just get the feeling of two, I have enough contrast in my blue behind it. And it's pretty much finished at this point. So that was the journey with the paint pans, like I said, you can use all the major brands, the paint pens. There's many, many different plans. I'm not gonna go through them all, but just generic sense. A paint pen, a holds acrylic paint and allows you to have more precision. And then you saw how I do the spreading and get more coverage by using the water brush and using acrylic technique of turning acrylics in the watercolor. And I left a lot of the shine, lot of my whites. You some nice circle and go back, watch the video and practice yourself this, the whole circling method of being able to circle all your highlights and keep they're all pointing. But look, it's a came out very beautiful. I can bring it in the computer now, make stickers or I can sell this piece as it is or give as a gift her friend. And it's a pretty amazing to put in a little frame. Right. So I'd like to thank you all for watching the video. Go out and get you paint pans in. Good at painting and draw from your imagination. Thank you for Washington read at least some comments down below. I saw one comment about doing a video of how I bring it into the digital world. So I'll take that in consideration and I'll see you in the next. I paint features, skill share, class, peace and blessing.