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Sketch to Watercolor: Quick & Easy Methods for Transferring Your Drawing

teacher avatar Ann Marie Drury, Whimsical Illustrations

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8 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Tools

    • 3. Search & Sketch

    • 4. Sketching Tips

    • 5. Tracing and Transferring

    • 6. Painting Tips

    • 7. Painting

    • 8. Closing

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Starting with sketches and ending with a finished piece, discover two of my favorite methods for moving sketches I love to a piece of final watercolor paper.  In the process, we will create playful animals!

Follow along with Illustrator Ann Marie Drury, as she creates a playful animal from start to finish.  Start with sketching from reference and learn how to move those sketches onto your final paper. Adding playful elements will bring your animal to life.  Learn a couple quick and easy methods for transferring your drawings. This class is for anyone who enjoys being creative. Prior knowledge or experience is not required.

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1. Intro: Hi Emery here, illustrator and lover of all things Cuban, whimsical In this class, we're going to create playful animals, will begin our sketchbooks, creating beautiful sketches using reference photos. And then we'll go over various methods of how to get those sketches on to the final paper. After that, we'll add a pop of color. I can't wait to see what you create. 2. Tools: 3. Search & Sketch: The first thing we're gonna do is bring up your Web browser. I like Google and type in elephants. Then go to images and school around. See what you find. These are all big elephants. Adults. We're open for some cute. So I'm gonna put in, baby, Here we go. It's and little guys que tal Alvin's. I want to get a little bit more specific. I might be not. Be fine, exactly what I'm looking for. You can get really specific in your searches. Sometimes there's some great images that come up security a little more energy, so we'll type in running baby elephants running. Here we go. Scroll down a bit, find a couple. That's a cute one. This one's a good one. So I'm going to right click on it, open the image in a new tab so that I can see it larger. And I can also save it in a different tab if I want to keep searching and from here we're going to do some sketching from the reference photos we found. Let's get out our paper and do some sketching. I'm gonna be using the Strathmore sketchbook. It's nothing. Fancy nice paper to drawn. I look my point of my pencil to be nice and sharp. And I'm using a paper mate. Um, war your pencil. I find they work nice. They're not too expensive. Now we'll get your reference photos that you found of your animal. Doesn't have to be an elephant, remember? Do some quick sketches. Don't spend too much time trying to get everything perfect. Your district gesturing. You're getting a new idea of the shape of the animal. Maybe how it's moving. Get some personality in there. I'll do a few different sketches. Maybe Philip the page. Try to get one that I really like. Different years. Smart front. Get those big ears in there. You can exaggerate some other features to make them look a little bit more illustrated. Typically, when you're drawing little baby characters, you exaggerate their eyes. Maybe the eyes were big. Maybe the heads were big elephants. You can definitely make those ears nice and big. Flip up the tail, make it look like it's running. Start getting idea of some cute features you can add to it. So my elephant will be carrying some flowers in his drunk to a special friend. His Mom. I liked that one. But I'm just gonna do it one more time. A couple of changes, See if I can get it more Exactly how I want it to look short him up a little bit. And I gotta erase some of this trump because it was a little too long being a little more careful on this one because I'm getting a better idea of how I want the animal to be. Make a couple notes to myself. A smaller trunk. We'll have some flowers flying by. Next up, tracing getting that sketch onto a final piece of paper. 4. Sketching Tips: 5. Tracing and Transferring: Now that we have a sketch we love, we want to get that drawing out of the sketchbook or piece of paper and on to our final paper that will be painting on. There are a couple different methods that will go over, but they both begin with tracing. So I'm going to get my big role of tracing paper. I use this all the time. I can just rip off little pieces. I don't have to use a whole page just what I need and place it over the drawing with enough room around it to add in the details that weren't there on on this sketchbook. I'll tape it down with some washi tape just to keep it from moving around and go in and start drawing over my sketch. My lines here will be a little cleaner, more more precise. I don't make any final changes. You can see I made the trunk slightly smaller after my note that I had written to myself earlier to go through and sketch it out. And that little tail Now I'm gonna add in the flowers. The flowers weren't on the sketch, but I'm gonna draw them right onto the tracing paper. And if I mess up, I'll just go back and drawing on another piece or use my handy. Very sir, you don't have a light box. That's okay. On our next step, we're going to go over a process where you don't need a light box. Place the paper over the tracing paper and line it up. How I want it to look and I'm gonna tape it down so it doesn't move around. Makes it a little easier. Get out your pencil. You want a nice sharp pencil and really light lines. We're gonna be going over this with pain, so we want to be able to see our drawing, but it doesn't need to be dark. These are just guidelines showing us where we're gonna put our pain. If you don't have a light box, that's okay. You can still transfer your drawing from the tracing paper onto your final paper or canvas very easily. This is another method I like to use. That is easy. You could do it anywhere that you are, and you don't need any heavy equipment. So I have my tracing paper with my drawing of my elephant in my final paper. Nice pencil. Does need to be sharp at this point. Just a lot of lead showing. I'm gonna flip the tracing paper over, and I'm going to shade over the drawing with the pencil. You don't need to press down too hard, but you want to make sure that there's a little bit of graphite over each pencil line. We're pretty much making our own carbon paper here. Perfect. Now flip it back over. Get that pencil nice and sharp, cause for when we traced it over, we want to get a nice, sharp line. Gonna take my final paper this time placing the tracing paper right on top of the paper. Make sure that is facing direction that you wanted, Teoh. And again, you can tape it down to make sure it doesn't move around too much on you. Get out your pencil. This may take a little bit of time. You want to move a little slower, make sure you get every line and press down hard enough so that you can see the line come through on the paper again. These are guidelines for a paint, so they don't need to be perfect. We want to get him pretty close. See how nice and light that is. 6. Painting Tips: Before we get started with our painting, I'm gonna go over a few basic watercolor techniques. The 1st 1 we're gonna dio is wet on wet. First step is I'm going to take just some clean water and put that right on the paper. You can barely see it, but it's there. But I'm gonna take some wet paint, going to go with a nice blue and I'm gonna paint that right into the water that I put on the paper. You can see the paint moving around at a little bit more to make it darker, wet on wet. Next, I'm gonna show you the same technique, but this time I'm going to start with wet paint. It's a little less wet in the water that I put on there, and I'm gonna put some paint on top of the pain. You can see the pain moves around a little bit less. This is less wet, wet on wet. Next up, I'm gonna show you how I use the wet paint. Start with a lot of water and then I'm going to move over and I'm going to use not adding any more water or paint. It's gonna become dry until the last one, where we get a nice dry brush effect wet to dry. Next up, we're gonna do wet on dry. You can see I painted the paper there beforehand, and it dried. Now I'm painting wet paint right on top of that dry paint wet on dry. Last up. For managers in color, mixing this one is a lot of fun. It's similar to what? Unwed? I'm mixing the colors right on the paper. So I'm gonna take blue and I'm gonna add some yellow and get a nice green. This is a lot of fun. When you're painting to mix the colors right out of the paper, we'll do one more just for fun. Owner do a red, and we'll add some yellow into that. Make a nice orange color mixing. And here all of the techniques we went over. Take some time to play with your pains and get used to them, and I'll see you in the next lesson. 7. Painting: now for the paint. I've got my set up. I've got my brushes, my watercolor paints, my final paper and a piece of test papers so I can see what colors I'm using. I'm gonna go ahead and start mixing. Getting a nice purple e gray for the elephant. I think she use lots of water. If you're using watercolor along with May, I'm going to start painting. I'm using quick watercolor strokes. I'm gonna use a little bit of wet on wet where I'm gonna add more water or colors right into the wet paint. This allows me to work a little quicker, and I don't really have to wait for anything to dry. 8. Closing: All right, That's it. We're done with the class. I can't wait to see all the projects. Coast, your sketches. Reference photos that you use, maybe. And your final pieces. I can't wait to see all the cute animals. And if you have any questions, post those and discussion below. I will be happy to hear from everybody. Thank you.