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Painting the Universe- The Stars

teacher avatar Chris V, Artist, Designer, Maker

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5 Lessons (10m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Tools & Materials

    • 3. Let's Paint!

    • 4. Navigating Skillshare Classes

    • 5. The Next Step

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As an artist, I am constantly challenged as to how to continue creating while holding down a full time job, maintaining 2 websites and donating my time to charity.  We all have so much going on, but creating art is so important too.  It's therapeutic and helps to keep me centered.  Thank goodness for technology!  My tablet is always with me so it's been aid in keeping me going with many of my art projects.  

I have recently discovered a new experience in painting the universe.  In depicting the stars, moons, planets and nebulae, I feel as though I am floating out there somewhere away from all of the hustle of daily life.  In this class, I'll share with you, my process and how I portray the universe on my digital art app Art Studio by Lucky Clan.  Feel free to follow along with me on your own app, with a fine art medium or download Art Studio for yourself.  

This class is for beginners or advanced artists.  I can't wait to see your projects and your take on representing the universe.  Project details are in the My Project section of the class.  Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you might have in the Community section.  I would also be grateful if you would leave me a review so I know how I am doing.  

Happy trails!


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Chris V

Artist, Designer, Maker



I'm Chris V., the creative behind, the online wonderland, where I've brought together all my art, collaborations, and other fun projects.  Art and illustration have been a life long passions for me, and I'm so excited to be sharing my knowledge, tips and tricks with you in my classes.

I have a no pressure learning environment, so share any project, question or comment without the threat of feeling like it's not good enough.  We all have to start somewhere.  I did! You might be surprised what you can do. I can't wait to see what you create!  : )

Want a a safe space for us to share ideas, challenge one another, and ask questions? Join my student Facebook Group.

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1. Intro : thank you for joining me in Penny the Universe, Part one. A step by step Siris in paintings, stars, planets and Nebula. I'll be using an iPad two and a regular stylist as I take you through my process for creating realistic, re dimensional looking paintings of the universe. Using my favorite program, Art studio by Lucky clan dot com, you're welcome to use whatever program you're comfortable with, or even a fine art medium. There are no rules out here, so come split with me a while while we create beauty and relax ation Lesson one stars Just click the enroll button and I'll see you in the next video. 2. Tools & Materials: as faras tools and materials. I will be using my iPad to an irregular stylists, but I encourage you to follow along in any medium that you prefer. If you're going to be doing this in a fine art medium, you're welcome to grab a piece of construction paper, some white chalk or some white crayons paid even. Um, if you're going to be doing this on a canvas, you might wanna prepared by painting it black first and then grabbing Cem acrylic or oil paints and follow Lord mentally, let's get started. 3. Let's Paint!: So the first thing I'm going to do is launch my art studio app, and I'm going to open up a new document. I don't need this old ones. I'm going to go ahead on Click New Don't save and create. Now I'm going to click on the fill tool and select the color black, and I'm going to click on my Kansas to fill it with black. I'm going to next select my pen tool and the color white, and now I'm going to adjust the size of my pen dots and start diving in with the larger dots that were going to be creating for our universe. Now I won't be able to see where the tools are, so I'm going to just make those disappear with the little button there and just keep going now that I can see my whole canvas. Uh, I don't go too crazy with larger stars because they're the closest ones, and we want this to look like it's going very far into the distance. So I'm going to select a bit smaller star right off the bat and start filling in some of the black areas with the slightly smaller dot pattern notice. I'm just making these random dots. I'm really just making it up as I go, Um, and I'm starting to select clusters here and there to start creating a more realistic, natural looking pattern. Okay, time to make the dots aloo. A couple points smaller yet and keep filling in the black areas again. Very random sort of patterns. The more random they look, the more natural they're going toe. Look, it's good to sort of look at your campus every few minutes and kind of look to see where you might need to fill in and where you might want to created cluster. You can see most of the dots now are much smaller, and we're starting to get that effective depth. So time to go even smaller yet to us just a bit smaller dot and now we're going to really go out filling in some of that black space. Obviously, you don't want it two packed with stars, but you just want it to look like a sky full of stars and that they're going on and off into the distance. Just a little bit of a game of patients. But it's also super relaxing If you just sort of imagine yourself out there, you just want to keep going until you are satisfied with the way your universe looks in your star patterns. You've done something you don't like. You can always erase, covered over with black paint. If you're doing it from a fine art perspective, Um, or better yet, hit the back button. If you're doing it digitally. When you're all satisfied and happy with where your stars look, I will join you in the next video. 4. Navigating Skillshare Classes: if you are new to skill share going to show you how to navigate the screens. This is a class have been taking. And after I've taken a few of the videos, uh, this pops up, would you recommend this class to other students? And if you like the class, please hit Yes. Which will take you to this window so you can leave your feedback. Um, I definitely recommend this class, so I'm going to click the yes thumbs up button and I'm going Teoh, write a review. But that's optional and submit the review, and that is how you leave a review. Um, if you have gotten past that point, you don't see that message up there. You quit the three dots at the bottom of your screen where, and there will be a little message here to leave a review down here. I've already left to review, so it's not there. Um, but there's also an option here to start your project, uh, so you can click that another way to get to that screen is to hit your project button outright, which is down here under the video screen. From there, you'll give your project a title, whatever that might be. You can upload a cover image from your photos air from your desktop. Er, or however, I'm not gonna do that at this time because I don't have a cover image just yet, but that's how you do that. And then to upload the photos for your project you hit, upload a photo down here and do the same kinds of things. If you're on your phone, I don't know if it'll work on mobile. So I think you believe you have to be on here on your, um, on your computer for this. But as an example, I'm just going to upload a photo of but project I might have done for this class. Um, which would have been leaving this graphic I created, Um, And then you can also upload text, which actually has nothing to do with this class. But I'm just showing you this as an example. And then you can continue to upload photos, put explanations as you please, and then hit the create button. And that's how you create your project. If you'd like to post a question, you simply hit the community, but and start typing your question here you can upload a photo if you need to include an example of something. Ah, and hit post. And then it will join all the other comments in the community. That's the perfect place to ask questions and make comments and engage with the rest of the community in the class. I would like to see all the projects. Uh, just kind of gauger your project and see what you'd like to do with it. You hit the all projects button and this tells you more about the class, gives you a description and so forth. So hope that helped you navigate skill, share a little bit better and look forward to see you in the next video. 5. The Next Step: thank you for joining me in painting the universe. Part one. Painting the stars no matter what medium you selected. I hope you really enjoy the process. I'm looking forward to seeing your version of the universe in the project gallery when you post your projects and stay tuned for the second class in this series, which would be about painting moons. And I would so appreciate you leaving me review. So I know how I'm doing CIA.