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Sketch Your Life 2: Infuse Your Art with Creativity and Imagination

teacher avatar Elisa Ang, empower you to make art inspired by your stories

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14 Lessons (1h 6m)
    • 1. SKYl02 Introduction resolve2

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Notes on Creativity and Imagination

    • 4. Sketching Marina Bay

    • 5. Warm and Cool Colors

    • 6. Loosen Up with Initial Washes

    • 7. Watercolor Pencil

    • 8. Oil Pastel Resist

    • 9. Pointilism

    • 10. Adding Darks and Finishing Touches

    • 11. Splatter

    • 12. SKYL02 Sketching Telunas resolve

    • 13. Bringing It All Together

    • 14. Nourish Your Creativity and Imagination

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About This Class

Following the first Sketch Your Life, this second class inspires you to make your artworks engaging and personal to who you are as an artist.

You will be exploring the techniques in this class using your creativity, imagination and artistic style. You will learn more tips on sketching from life, warm and cool colors, how to loosen up with initial washes, add interesting effects and textures using watercolor pencil, oil pastel, pointillism and splatter. This class is for everyone who wants to discover interesting ways in making artworks that matters.

By the end of this class, you are encouraged to infuse your life sketches and paintings with your creativity and imagination, and inspire others with your story.


Image: Telunas Beach Indonesia (watercolor and pen on paper)

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Elisa Ang

empower you to make art inspired by your stories


Elisa Ang sketches and paints her life using pen and watercolour.

She believes that everyone is creative and that creativity is not only limited to the artist. Her desire is to empower others to make art inspired by their stories.

She teaches drawing and painting to children and adults. When she's not working, she likes to read, watch cooking/family shows, go to nature trips and take photos. She currently resides in Singapore with her husband.

You can see more of her works at her website, Youtube, Instagram




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1. SKYl02 Introduction resolve2: - Hi , everyone. Welcome to sketch her life. After learning about the foundation of sketching and Pam and painting in watercolor, now you'll be learning about how to infuse your art, creativity and imagination. Now, if you haven't started sketching and paintings, I recommend you take that first sketcher life last to begin their drinks. My name is Lisa and the my watercolor artists, and they love to empower you make art inspired by your stories. When I was just starting out, I didn't have a personal style. But as I continued to sketch and paint, I've begun to develop a style that people can identify with in making arts. I desire to stay inspired rather than industry. The use of our creativity, imagination and experimentation can help make our arts unique. The whole we are in this class, we will not only be sketching our lives, but we will also be bringing our works to the next level. You will be learning exciting ways on how to do watercolor. Wash is how to create interesting FX and textures and techniques like pointillism and splatter. I was inspired to make this class because I noticed how often we just copy what we see and create sketches for the sake of sketching without trying to make our artworks personal and engaging. So these classes for everyone who wants to learn interesting ways in making their artworks that matters. The class project is called posters to inspire. You will be sketching her life and feeling it with your creativity and imagination. Then you will turn it into a serious off postcards in an if ice and spread the love and inspiration for your loved ones. I live it outside so bright and someone thing, or even joined a postcard swept. I look forward for you to join the class and let's turn together. 2. Materials: in the previous last Sketch Your life one. Recover the basics on how to choose your sketchbook, pen, watercolor and brushes. I suggest you go over and watch the material part. No more. In summary, pick a sketchbook, that is, as in three. It's easy to hold and can fit inside your bag. The papers should be thinking us around 140 GSM and above to take in water color and other experiments you wish to try. You may also wish to find your own sketchbook. You'll see water corner paper or a variety of your favorite papers. Or you can use a water corner pad like this that I'm using, which is size A five it It's portable, and the paper is 220 GSM for Penn, just the one which contains archival ink and this waterproof. So the one that I'm using is support upping my Micra for watercolor paints. There are good student great pains like Windsor and Newton, Cotman, van Gogh brown. Or you can also use artist great pains like winter in your tone, whole buying, and they used me for brushes by good quality sable brush. That comes to a point when whipped, and it must be springing. I recommend you to buy at least two brushes, size six for good, all around painting and the rigour size zero that is very useful for details. A new material that I'm going to introduce to you is the watercolor pencils They looked and worked my color pencils, except that when I went the applied color, it becomes like water corner paint, where you can create softening and blending, just like when you do watercolor painting. The one that I am using is the Irwins watercolor pencil. There are a variety off brands like personal color. Faber Castell. I suggest you to try pick a brand and experiments using them and nothing. The smoothness of the watercolor pencil on the paper, the east off, blending the intensity of colors and the quality of the pencil like the lead, and ensure that it doesn't easily break. Finally, the oil Pasto. Because it is made up off non drying oil, it doesn't mix well with water so that when watercolor is supplied, the oil pastel acts as a received. Therefore you can paint over it or a pastel creates wonderful highlights and texture. Their artworks the one that I am using is the only pastoral. There are many brands in the markets, like pen fell prey pass. 3. Notes on Creativity and Imagination: there is a difference between creativity and imagination. According to Sir Can Robinson. Imagination is when we visualize things that are not present as of the moment, while creativity is when we do something meaningful with our imagination. When I think about those two terms, I always go back. The childhood when we were kids, No one taught us how to be creative and imaginative. Yet I believe we were fearless to create and imagine. The reason that I can think off is that kids see the world as full of possibilities to explore and learn about life. The pictures that you are seeing here are the artworks off my students ages for the five years old. I did Children how to draw and paint, but the whole creative process are their own. I don't teach creativity and imagination, but I nerdish it. However, I also have kids who think they were not creative enough. Creativity and imagination can slowly diminished by consuming too much media being often pulled how to do something lacking support and shutting down of ideas. This class is not about teaching you how to be creative or imaginative, but rather encouraging you to be one the techniques shown here are different ways for you. The stretch your creativity, I believe. As you sketch and paint 1,000,000,000 often you're nourishing your creativity and imagination, making your artwork personal and unique. 4. Sketching Marina Bay: Hello class. Welcome back. I am here at the Marina Barrage in Singapore, where I am going to sketch the bar, use interesting architecture before I start to sketch. I have decided to put the focus on the three hotel buildings and include other elements. As I work, it is essential to determine one important elements as a reference point that will connect the rest off the elements. I start with a few buildings on the far left as my focus point, then connect the size and position off the dome structure and the super tree from there. Eventually, I create the curve line for the first hotel building and continue the sketch, the other neighbouring hotels being able to see the relationship of objects, how and where they begin and end. It's important. As we sketched from life. I hold my pen in a relaxed manner and let my small finger as a guide to sketch the lines. I continue to look more on the subject and less on the paper by doing the alternative blind Kanpur. At this moment, the wind is quite strong and it made me realize that I need to bring some clips. The put on my sketchbook next time, - strengthen the lines of the buildings to define its condor. I darken the shady area off the hotel building. Using hatching. I enjoyed sketching outside. Though I dislike hit, I hope you learn some additional tips and sketching. In the next lesson, I will discuss about the temperature of colors that will create within our paintings. See you in the next video. 5. Warm and Cool Colors: Hi, everyone, Welcome back. Who would have thought that even Congress have temperature as we are painting would Inspired by total value, it is vital to understand this. The color temperature is categorized as warm and cool colors. Warm colors stimulate the senses because off its high saturation, when I think off them, I am reminded of sunny days and athm. The warm colors are the red, yellow, orange, brown and even pink. On the other hand, cool colors made me think off winter and cloudy days. They give the feeling off come because the colors tend to fall back there the blue, green, purple and agree. Now that you understand about color temperature, let us apply what we have learned in the next lesson, which is loosening up with initial washes. 6. Loosen Up with Initial Washes: Hello, class. Welcome back, they. I am going to show you different ways to experiment and get creative by loosening up your painting with an initial wash before we start. Let's define what is watercolor wash. It is a mix off paint and water. It gives a diluted color. The advantage off doing an initial wash or under painting is that you are starting with life tones first and gradually build up in layers as you go and this water color is transparent. It allows the initial wash for shine through the amount off water and paint is important here. I load the brush with lots off water to create the Pargo. Then I put a little amount off paint. The result is a soft diluted color. This is what we want for the initial wash on the other side. If I load the brush with a little water over its strong amount of paint, the results will be in in pence and saturated color. The first technique that I am going to share with you is the spontaneous wash, which means we are going to directly apply the wash on paper. I jump in the brush but not tripping get a bit of paint and apply the wash on paper, using the belly off the brush, living some whites basis for light for the far buildings. I use fellow blue, which is a cool color. You know the strength off the color. I test it first on the pallets in spontaneous wash. We don't wet the paper first or prepare the wash on the palate. So, to me, this is a great warm up as we progress in painting our sketches. Second technique, which is a great way to mix colors on paper, is dropped paint. It means dropping another corner on the wet wash and allow the two colors to spread and mixed together. So I am choosing a cobalt blue. Then I dropped it on the shadow side of the building. But since the initial wash has dried, the blood off paint just stayed there. So what I can do is wash my brush, remove a bit off the excess water, then softened the paint. You can see how it merges softly, creating a misty effect. Another way is to just re wet the dry area and do the drop paint for the last building. I first do the spontaneous wash off the taylor blue and use the water on the brush. The softened the paint and pull it down. Next, I dropped in cobalt blue and observe how the paint slowly spread on the wet wash, then softened the right side with clean water to allow some off. The paint faded for the shrubs. I used a mix off yellow and fellow blue prayed a spontaneous wash, and I dropped in the darker color off mixed burnt sienna and fellow blue and soften a bit water to spread the colors below. Then I dropped in lemon yellow for the light area and just allow the colors. Domingo. Usually I like to liven up the greens with a variety of color tones to make it more exciting. Since the light is coming from the right side, I start with a spontaneous wash off fellow blue on the left, then use water to paint and soften it towards the right. Don't be scared to use water in watercolor because it is the secret to enjoying watercolor painting. So I'm dropping in some cobalt blue on the shaded side and two other bit of interest I dropped in permanent roasts. Then I softened a bit of water and pull some off the colors down. The third technique is called paint dripped with your brush and paint along the area with water. You can also filter paper to see if there is a shine to indicate that the paper is swept. I use rigger brush so that there is more control on the amount of water. Now here comes the exciting part. Drop a color on, pop off the water line and watch the paint slowly go down. Encouraged the flow by adding a bit more paint on upped. - You can also drip more than one color. The reality is that the lines on the super trees has only one color, but because of the light and shadow, it became colorful. Tomi Paint Drip is so much fun to do, and the creative possibilities are no mirrors. You can drip the different colors wherever you like, and don't worry about the puggle farming below. Just enjoy the process. - Another way to do the pain trip is to do a spontaneous wash and make sure it is watery. Then I like to use the rigor to just pull down the beard. off paints, then start dripping and colors and watch how they flow down, holding the sketchbook, our paper in a slanted possession. And they was the paint the drip easily. The last technique iss watercolor blossoms. It is another interesting way to create textures. It usually happens when water are a lighter. Connor is dropped on pop off a previous wash, thereby pushing the first color and creating like a blossom effect. I painted a wash off lemon yellow with a touch off a low blue, then dropped in, some darker mixed off the same colors. I used to rigor filled with water and dab on the initial wash. And you see how the water pushes the dark pigment away, creating this blossom watermarks effects. I dropped in some light yellow and red washes. When it dries, it will leave a watermark from the pigment. We can use watercolor blossom store advantage because of the extra you can give on our artworks. In the next lesson, I will discuss to you the different ways to use watercolor pencils. See you in the next video 7. Watercolor Pencil: I think it's interesting how watercolor can be in different forms from paints, color pencils, sticks and even crayons. If you haven't used watercolor pencils before, you should try it. It works like color pencil, but it it's water soluble, easy to use and parts of all. Here are some off the different ways you can use watercolor pencils. I draw lines using purple color, then layer the Prussian blue on top Off it. I dump in the brush and start to paint over the lines. You can see the merging off two colors and how water makes the color look. Start. I used the purple color to draw details, then with the dump brush pain over the lines. The create color value contrast. Start with a light color. I use cadmium, yellow grass, green, the mineral green. I add brown and blue to create contrast with a wet brush. I paint the colors and observe how it blends from light to dark. You can also change the color value if you are using only one color by varying the pressure off her coloring. To add charm to a painting or sketch, you can use watercolor pencil to outline areas you wish to highlight. I want that some of the shrubs to stand out by outlining it with mineral green. Give embassies on your artwork. You can dip the color pencil in the water and outline over your sketches. Lines look barker because off the added water, watercolor pencils can serve as a great portable palette, which you can use the painter sketches wherever you are. Choose the colors you need and fill it on your sketchbook. Are watercolor paper in any shape you like? Make sure the colors are dark by pressing a bit on the watercolor pencil to get the most out of the colors when you paint later on to show you how it works, I first observed and sketch a dried couples plant on the people. Begin I went the brush yet some off the brown color and start painting. This is just like painting using watercolor from a pallet, except the colors are another sprite. But this set up is great for those who want to do a quick paintings or value study on location. Remember that you need water to activate the colors. You can also dab the wet brush on the watercolor pencil to get its color. I start with a light blue color first, then layer it with a dark blue color. You can do splatter by flicking a dump and brush against the watercolor pencil in a quick manner. The splatter is vivid on dry paper to create a diluted splatter with a paper with water, you can see the softness of the color as it slowly spreads. In the next lesson, we will explore my favorite way of using oil Pastel, See you in the next video. 8. Oil Pastel Resist: Hello, CASS. Welcome back because oil pastel is made up off none drying oil it doesn't makes with water . Therefore, it acts as a resist the watercolor. It is like covering an area you don't want to be painted oil. Pastel is useful to create highlight or texture on your sketches. White is an ideal color for doing resist because off the great contrast when you paint it with a darker color, as you can see, there are white checkered lines on the buildings that separates the windows. The first way to use the oil pastoral is the resist technique. I apply a white oil pastoral on the lines. E. Make sure the press a bit hard so that the oil pastel sticks on the paper. I painted cobalt blue on the building, and you can see how the paint and the oil pastoral the nut mix also observe how the windows have slowly emerge. I talk in the cobalt blue for the shadow area. I used fatal blue for the middle building with a touch off cobalt blue for the last building. I used fellow blue and dark and the value using the same color. There are many possibilities to use the resist technique, and it is such a cool way to make our art works great. But what eight extra using or the past will make sure the artwork is dry, then lightly color over an area that you want to have texture. You can see how the past ill will pick up the foods off the paper. I added the yellow color to add interest. In the next lesson, you will learn how to make pointillism using watercolor. See you in the next video. 9. Pointilism: by pointillism is a technique where you paint thoughts and lots off them, creating contrast by using different owns off colors. It's a great way to create extra and add interest in your artwork. For the shrubs, I get some off the yellow for the bright area that the excess moisture on tissue paper I paint that's using the tip off the brush. Make sure your brush is not to wept or full of paint so you can get clear, small guts. Next, I create a light mix off yellow and fellow blue and pain thoughts below the first color. It is okay, the touch some off the colors above. I gradually darkened the green as I continue. - I like how pointillism brings out the texture of the shrubs and how the merge off warm and cool colors stimulate the census. - In the next lesson, I will do the finishing. Patrick's off the painting by adding marks. See you there 10. Adding Darks and Finishing Touches: Hello class. Welcome back. I hope you enjoyed exploring the different techniques to make your artworks creative. The who you are. In the first sketch, her life class, I emphasize the importance off value contrast, which is the difference in lightness and darkness of colors. For today's lesson, we will focus on layering the darks and adding finishing touches to the sketch. Really, I mixed in some cool colors using permanent rose and Kabul do then painted on the left side , then soften aid with water. Be mindful of the consistency off water to paint. If there is more paint than water, it will be a challenge to soften it and get a misty effect, because some off the pains will stick on the paper while the wash is still wet. I dropped in the same mix on the left side. For greater contrast, I use a tissue paper toe blot on some areas that are dark so I can still see the whites off the paper. I use pointillism for the plans on the upper decks, making sure the vary the phones colors. I use a white oil pastoral for the corner lis window and painted a mix of cobalt blue and burnt sienna over it. I continue to build up the darks using a mix off the Kabul blue and burnt sienna. You can see how the initial purple wash is visible underneath. I started paints the reflection off the structure. I don't mind starting with Mark because I am not layering any light color over it. - I thought that some darks along the reflection, then, using a rigger, soften it with water. I decided that the use paint trip on the other shrugs to create the contrast from the space below the wing. Pain tripped is different from just painting a nine, because in pain trip you start with water than paint, which creates all this wonderful watermarks. But then I supposed You can also paint a line and dropped in water. Feel free to experiment. Thank you. I painted some windows on the buildings. - Finally , I used cobalt blue to do a negative painting off the sky and clouds. I paint a wobbly line, then soften it with water. Looking back, I think I should have you stay low blue because it's brighter. But it's OK. There's always another sketch the paint and learn. In the next lesson, I will show you how to do splatter in different directions. See you in the next video 11. Splatter: high class Welcome back Splatter is a technique off splashing or sprinkling pains on the surface to create texture, unify the artwork or give a feeling off excitement. You can do this by loading the brush with the bits off paint and gently tapping it against your finger or against a brush. Try varying the size off the brush and the amount of paint. Try splattering near the paper or far away. I want to splatter on top off the super trees, so I turned the sketchbook around to get the effect that I want. - In the next video, I will be sketching at the beach. This will be the subject that I will use to apply the techniques we have covered in the class. See you there. 12. SKYL02 Sketching Telunas resolve: Hello, class. Welcome back. I am here in the Lunacy Beach in Indonesia. This particular scene captures my interest because it gives a feeling off rest. I am very excited to sketch it that I will begin with hut, but in order to know which part of it the sketch first, we must determine the reference point from which to connect the rest of the elements. I start with a pop off the hat as the reference point and loosely sketch short broken lines along the edges performed the roof. With practice and careful observation, we will be able to see the relationships off the objects and how each elements relate with one another. After sketching the first vertical post, I need to know how far apart the other vertical post from each other. So I focus first on sketching the hardest on the post above before connecting it with the vertical post. Sketching and pen enables us to not only focus on the process of observation but also connection with the subject being sketch. It enables us to make creative decisions with regards the relationship off the objects and what to include in a sketch. Surely there will be mistakes. But there is plenty of opportunities for learning and learning the mistakes into something wonderful. I have enjoyed sketching this scene, Mary. I hope it gets you excited to sketch her life in the next video. I will be applying the techniques under this sketch to summarize what you have been learning so far. See you there. 13. Bringing It All Together: Hello class. Welcome back. Spontaneous wash is a great warm up in painting to just loosen up and enjoy the process. I start with the mix off yellow and yellow Oakar and painted on the right side, since the light is coming from the direction I dropped in Bryn Sienna and allow the colors , the tripped and bingo. Next, I dropped in the mix off cobalt blue and burnt sienna for the darker parts. You know, I softened the beads off water downwards and used that to paint the straw off the hat. I paint a wash off, makes yellow joker and burnt Sienna on the post. Then I trapped in a mix of cocoa blue and Prince Sienna. While the wash, still wet sketchbook is placed on diesel beads. Off paint will usually gather on the bottom. I decided to do a paint drip by pulling down the bit of colors and dropping in colors on top e like the flow of colors and how it creates excitement on my painting. - Make sure the consistency off your wash has more water than paint. If you are doing spontaneous wash, your brush should be dumped but not tripping and contain a little among off paint. I use a white oil pastel for the sea waves, pressing a bit hard asai color. I apply pointillism on the distant shrubs, starting on the lightest color, then gradually darken it as I reach the bottom. Then I softened with water to create some reflection. You I start to build up the dark owns. My favorite is the cobalt blue and burnt sienna. Because the mix is not very black, I like to soften colors to create a soft sensation of stones, then build up the darks by layering it on the wet wash. Good. - I create some wooden texture by painting some splotches off darks, then soften it with water. - Yeah , As I paint the sea, you can observe the resist off the oil, pastel and water that creates a wonderful wave effects. I painted the sky using fellow blue by creating some shapes and softening it with water. There are many ways to paint skies and clouds, and I'm excited to explore more about it. I like how the roof comes alive with a mixed off the warm and cool colors. It looks so much more interesting than just brown and black I use color pencils. The draw for the trees for added contrast. An interest. I covered the areas. I don't want to be splattered for the foreground. I used a round six brush for a vivid splatter. Then I use a wrecker for the middle ground. 14. Nourish Your Creativity and Imagination: Hello class. We have come to the end of sketcher life too. I hope you have enjoyed learning and trying of the techniques in your own style. The key to making our artworks filled with creativity and imagination is toe elevated it beyond what we see. That means we explore ways to make our artworks personal and unique. The who we are as an artist. I encourage you to keep going with nourishing your creativity and imagination. Some quick tips for you. Sketch with the pen. Focus on the process of creating rather than the product. Go out and savor the life around you. Be inspired by the creative journey off. Others join something and be part of a community. Teach what you know to help others do something creative every day and it doesn't even have to be art related. I encourage you to share your life sketches and paintings in the Project gallery filled with your creativity and imagination. And if you're like me who love to receive art in the mail, joined the postcard to inspire swept. Thank you so much for joining this class and I look forward to see your work