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Trendy Tropical Trio - Draw, Paint, Illustrate

teacher avatar Yvette St. Amant, Published Artist

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8 Lessons (1h)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Drawing the Flamingo

    • 4. Flamingo Painting

    • 5. Drawing the Hibiscus

    • 6. Hibiscus Painting

    • 7. Drawing the Foliage

    • 8. Foliage Painting

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After 16 years of creating fine art within the home décor industry, I’ve learn how to maximize my exposure and profits with my art.  The secret is creating small collections of art that can work cohesively together.  Because you can’t have one without the other, right?

If you joined me in my “Paint Like a Published Artist” class then you are going to get very excited about this class.  You will learn to create a small collection and at the same time will gain some great drawing, paintings, and illustration techniques.  The wonderful thing about this class is I’ve selected a really fun theme and you are going to learn how to paint three amazing creations within the theme.  In the end you will have a collection of your very own.

After this class I’ll provide a special project for you to help you get inspired to create your own collection.

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1. Introduction : everyone even cinema here I'm an international selling and published Curtis. I've created numerous collections for retailers across the globe, including art dot com and all posters dot com. And I'm really excited and I'm feeling inspired because summer's coming up. I wanted to do a class where I could teach you how to create your very own collection. So in this class you will be creating a trendy tropical trio inspired by summer and all that cool. But so in the scores, I'm gonna be teaching you a variety of techniques we are going to be doing painting. But I also want to show you some very simple drawing skills to get that first layer down and help guide you with your paintings as well as we will be topping it off with some amazing illustration techniques which you will be able to use in your very own elections. So it's very exciting. I can't wait to get started, and the great thing is, we will be using minimal supplies and even better news. But you did take the class like publish artist. You already have the materials, so no need to buy any more. I'm happy to say that I have taken Pynchon's that I have shown here and turn them into my very own tropical trio. Product line class gives you some inspiration, and maybe you can create your very own product line as well. I'm teaching you all the timings that you need to create some amazing art. So I encourage you explorer and go check out some various sites. I will be having some classes coming up where I got you through the process of creating your very own product line as well. So you sure to follow me so you don't miss out on these amazing classes? 2. Supplies: in this lesson, I will be going over all the supplies needed for this class in creating this trendy tropical trio. First and foremost, you're gonna need a large sketchbook. Nine by 12 is perfect for this. Let's talk about brushes. Bamboo brushes are gonna work best in this class, and you'll also need a size two or three flat brush. F W acrylic ink with I drop tip if you don't have any on hand or you can't get your hands on. Some have a black Sharpie marker containers for your paint and water craft paint. Any brand will do, and I'll get right into the colors. Crushed coral I use Folkerts, tangerine, orange. I use Martha Stewart Navy Blue. I use the Wild Berry by Martha Stewart and then Moss Green, and I use home decor, chalk and then white. I just have the folk art brand. If you guys joined in on my last class pain like a published artist, you will have all these colors already on hand and all these tools remember, you don't have to use the brands that I'm using. Just go to your local craft store and select colors closest to what I've described in this video. Now we're all set. Let's start painting 3. Drawing the Flamingo: I'm gonna be teaching you how to paint this amazing flamingo as part of our trendy tropical trio. But before we begin, we need to start out with a Flamingo drawing. In this lesson, I'm going to teach you a simple way to draw off Flamingo. And you can use this as a guide for your painting. Open up your sketchbooks and I recommend using a to H pencil. This way, you have really light settle lines cause we will be creating a painting on top for the demonstration. In this video, I'm gonna be using a four age just so you can see where my lines are. I want you to be able to follow. We're gonna begin by making some simple shapes. You're going to start off with a little oval for the head and a bigger oval shape for the body. Once you've done that, you're going to make a little curved line going from the smaller ovo to the bigger oval of the body. These are just acting as a guide. Then you're gonna put a line straight down from the large oval all the way down to the bottom of your page. This is going to be one of the legs, and then you'll have another like starting a few centimetres over to the left and you'll make a right angle just going off the page. I'm going to draw a little circle world. The joints are of the knee just as a guide. Once you're done that, we're gonna create the beak. You're just gonna make a triangular shape off the smaller oval that is representing the head. Now all our guides, Aaron's, we're going to start forming our flamingo. Start with the beak, follow that triangle down, but you're just gonna curve it. This where you refine the lines, then you'll go over the oval. Further had followed that line you made all the way down the neck until it makes the big oval. Then you can start tracing the body. When you get a halfway through that oval, just bring it off the page. Those are gonna be the feathers and the tail heading off the page. Then you can double up the neck again, meet it down to the oval, incomplete underneath the body, and then we're gonna stick a wing in just from a little bit over from the middle will draw the wing coming down. Do the same thing with the legs. Just follow that line. You're going to go over the little circle we did for the joint in the knee and do the same thing on the other leg and go ahead and put an eyeball in just a little half circle with the circle in between. And that's it. Our flamingos done. Now, when you're creating this in your sketchbook, getting ready to do the painting, just make sure it's a really light cop. You don't want it. Us darkens mine here because we're going to be creating a painting on top of it, and we don't want those lines to be seen in behind. What you can do after is like I've done here on the screen. I just went in and I erased all the circles from underneath, but that's it. We're ready to start our flamingo painting, so I'll see when the next lesson 4. Flamingo Painting: I hope you guys are excited to get started on this trendy tropical peacock painting using acrylic paints. I've selected four pains for this entire series, and the colors we will be using is orange, tangerine, white, navy blue and my favorite crushed coral. In addition, we will be topping this painting with some illustration using F w acrylic ink. Or you can use a Sharpie marker as a substitute. You'll also need a couple of paint brushes off course. My favorite are these bamboo brushes. When we're working with acrylic washes and a few brushes in size two and three, you'll also need a pencil, some water and container to make washes in. And, of course, some disposable plates. Something to be mixing paint in. The first step in creating this painting is to do a quick illustration off our peacock. I provided a complete tutorial on that on the last lessons will be sure you go back and watch that I know it's hard to see, but my illustration is actually on the pad in front of you, and this is why I did a separate tutorial and you want to make sure you have really light lines like this because the first thing we're gonna do is create a wash using our navy blue paint. So add a little bit of paint to your container and then add a little water. If you've taken my last class on how to paint like a published artist, you'll be very familiar with this technique. Were diluting our acrylic paint so that we can use it like a watercolor. Be sure to makes your paint very well, and I like to just rinse my brush off to start so there's no excess plumps. We are going to start at the bottom of our page, and we're just going to do a watery wash. There is no need to dip your brush back into the pain as we want it really watery. Once you've got some color down, you'll want to wet your brush and just add a little more water to it to start kind of blending it into the white. I'm also using a paper towel here to dab the excess. Now dip your brush into the wash and you're going to start doing some really neat little splatters on your page. This is going to add some texture to the background and a really surprise component to our painting. Sometimes I like to take a paper towel and just dab up some of those spots so I can get a variety of textures. I don't necessarily want a whole bunch of polka dots, so I'm just pressing down gently on these little dabs so that I get a variety of shapes and it kind of mimics the water. So if you imagine the peacock standing in some water doing some fishing for lunch, he's got little splutters of water coming up from beneath him. Now I'm dipping my brush into water and then the paint again and water to dilute it a bit more. And I just want to add a little more texture to this. So I'll put a little more spotters and that's it. The background is done. Now we've done all this on top of our drawing. Now we're going to get our paint ready so that we can start painting are pink flamingo. So you want to get some crushed coral on your plate. Also, some of that tangerine orange as we're gonna be mixing them together to get nice tones. You're also gonna want to add a little bit of white to your palate as well as will be using us to do a little bit of lightning and some highlighting. Now we're gonna begin by mixing a little bit of that. Crushed coral was a little bit of the tangerine to get a nice coral tone. I am using my bamboo brush. We're gonna get a nice watery consistency and have a smaller bamboo brush here so I can get into, like, the thin areas of the neck. We're going to create a little bit of a wash, but we don't need to do a whole bucket of it. So just water down your paint on your pie plate and we're going to start by just kind of outlining and filling in the illustration that we drew on our paper. Now when we're working in washes, the more layers we do on top of each other, the deeper the color is. So what I like to do is just outline all the sections, and here you can see under the wing. I'm not dipping my brush into more paint because I want a very Asian in those tones. Once I've done some of the feathers on the wing. I will dip my brush into the paint, and then I'll do the underside off the Flamingo and just keep using my brush until the paint gets diluted and watered down. Now I'm leaving a white space with in the body of the Flamingo, and I'm going to start mixing some more paint. This time it's going to be a little thicker, and I'm adding some more coral because I want to get some more of those tones, and I want to start getting some shading areas, so I'm using a thicker paint so that, as I apply yet it's darker. This is just a technique that I've used over the years instead of having to create numerous different shades of paint using a variety of colors by thinning down your paint, you can get those different tones so you don't have to add white. You don't have to add other tones of the complementary to deepen it. Another tip is when your creed trying to get that three dimension, you want to make sure that you have shades and highlights so you don't want to put the color that you're using all over you want to keep a focal light point and as you can see on the top head of my flamingo, I've left at washy and I've just done under the neck with the thick color. Now I'm going to get a thin brush and I'm going to use mostly coral as I paint in the beak and we're just gonna color the whole speak that pinky coral. We're going to take that coral, and we're gonna bring a little bit of that color underneath the chin there and up towards the I. You just want to make sure you leave a little bit of the white of the eye showing. We're going to use a little bit more of this pinky coral that we mixed. And we're going to try to get a little more pink into this flamingo, just focusing on the darker areas, like under the neck under the body. I'm just mixing a little more pink, and then we're going to start getting the legs painted in. I'm using my crushed coral for this, so just fill in the lines, then you can work on the other leg. This is where a really thin brush comes in the handy, and I'm using a number two. Okay, so we're going to go back in with the pink and finish what we started and get a little more pink in here. So start with underneath the eye and just kind of working again in the under, where the shades are part of the flamingo. And then you can bring some of that pink in under the wing, and we're going to start deepening the color. You don't want to touch the top of the head or the back right now, as we want those areas to remain lighter as if the sun is shining down on him and we want to keep that three dimensional look. So we have to keep our shadows and highlights in there. Now I'm just going in and I'm deepening the tone, burning a little bit of pink. And as you can see, I'm not touching the top of the body. It's just underneath where that wing is now. I'm going to get just a little bit of pink over here, where the back of the neck needs the body just to get a little more shading. And I'm just burning a few pink strokes here. We don't want to cover everything that's underneath. We're just creating textures, so a couple strokes will do the trick. And I'm gonna wet my brush so that it is almost like a little pink wash that I have on my brush. So the pain is very diluted. We're just adding lots of water and pink. So we're doing a really light pink wash, and then we're gonna be able to go over the entire flamingo with this wash because as it dries, it won't dry. So a page. You'll see all the detail in all your struck brushstrokes beneath that. So just go ahead and do a nice light washing coat on the body and up near the head. I know you guys are doing great. We're just gonna keep at this here, adding a little more of that wash just to start kind of blending those colors. And then in a minute here, we're just going to mix a little bit of the coral with some white, and we're going to start putting a few highlights. And so mix your crush quarrel with a little bit of white until you get a really nice light pink tone Add a little more white here because I want the coral to be nice and pink like a light pink, and then we're gonna dilute it down. So now I'm just going over the highlighted areas now. So the top of the head and we'll get, you know, areas behind the back. So this is where the sun is hitting, and I'm going to get a little bit of white, and we're gonna add a few little strokes in there to show as highlights. So now we are done. Painting are pink flamingo, and I want to add some more interest to the bottom of the composition. And we're going to do this by diluting our crushed coral with a fair bit of water so that we have a wash, and we're just gonna add a couple little speckles and flecks of drip paint on the bottom. This is gonna pull a little bit of that beautiful coral that's in the pink from and go down into the blue water. It's going to create a great visual component to your composition, So we're gonna make sure we leave the top portion of the painting white. You don't want to get any flex up there. Just get it on the bottom. Now that we're done with that, we want to make sure our painting dries completely. You can let it air dry. Or if you want to speed up the process, you can use a hair dryer. I am just taking my eraser now, and I'm going to go across the surface and make sure that I erase any pencil marks that I have. And this is why I stressed it was so important making sure it's light. And now we're ready for the illustration. You can take a Sharpie to do this and were simply going to get really sketchy and start kind of outlining this flamingo. But I'm gonna be using my f w acrylic ink. I love this thing for that. It's got a little I dropped too old. If you took my last class, you'll see. I use it a lot in my paintings. You can use it like a drawing tool, but you can get really sketchy, and when you're working with it, you don't really know how much ink is coming out so you could have brakes on the surface where you can have some really strict streaky areas, and it makes for a really sketchy finish, which is what I love. So you're just going to gently go around the whole outline off this flamingo, and once we do, the outline were just, you know, put some little suggestive lines of feathers, um, over the body of it, and you'll see in a minute, be sure that if you haven't used this ink before, you do a practice in my class how to paint like a published artist. I go over the techniques using this ink so you can certainly go back and watch that class and get some more experience on using this acrylic ink. Otherwise, I suggest you get a scrap piece of paper and just do a little bit of practicing. Once you're done with the body, just go down and you want him to do a little line down the both legs of the pink flamingo. And I like to kind of do like some really sketchy, suggestive lines, you know, in the gap and then around the knees. I just do little scribbles and everybody's gonna have their own way of doing this. You're just really drawing with this tool. It's super neat. And we are now finished with are beautiful, trendy tropical pink flamingo. Here is our completed painting. I hope you guys had fun, and I can't wait to see the flamingos you created. So please post, um, as a project for myself and the rest of the class to see Now we're gonna move on to our tropical high viscous. 5. Drawing the Hibiscus: in this lesson, we will be learning how to draw the guidelines for our high biscuits painting. I'm going to drive the guides on my tablet. So you guys conf all along easily. Get new page in your sketchbook, ready and have your age be handy. Make sure you're drawing lightly as we will be painting over this. You're going to begin by doing two circles on your paper and then we're gonna put a focal point in each circle. This is gonna be the center of the flower, and it's going to show the direction the flowers in. So once you're done with the circles and the focal point, you're going to draw five lines going out from the focal point to the outer edge of the circle. Be sure that when you get to the bottom of the flowers, the lines air little wider, apart. This is going to give the appearance that that part of the flower is closer to you and give a lot more dimension toothy image. Once you're done drawing your five segments, you can start connecting the segments by just creating little squiggly organic lines connecting the segments. This is creating the pedals off the flower, and you're going to want to do this to both flowers. I just want to stress not pressing too hard on your pencil because you will be doing light washes over top, and it'll make it more difficult to remove those lines. I'm just using a darker pencil here to show you so that you can see if I did it lighter on the page. You would not be able to see my image, but that's it, guys, you've created the guides to your hibiscus flower, and now we can get to the next lesson where we painted. 6. Hibiscus Painting: in today's lesson we will be painting are high, viscous. Here are the paint colors we will be using for our painting crushed coral, orange, white ma screen and navy blue. And you'll also need a Sharpie or some black acrylic ink. Of course, a selection of brushes. I love using my bamboo brushes, but if you don't have any handy, you can have a selection on hand and let's get to it. Have your sketchbook open to your high Biscoe strong that you did in the last lesson, you will have to complete the last listen before moving forward to this lesson. We're going to begin by mixing our paint using the same technique we did with the Flamingo painting. So we're gonna put a little bit of green in a container and navy blue in a separate container. We're just gonna begin with these two colors, so at a little bit of water to your paint, and we're going to dilute it to create a wash. I love using bamboo brushes because you can get a really nice watercolor effect with, um and they tend to hold the paint longer, giving you a nice flow when you're working Now that you're paints are mixed, let's begin. We're going to start off with green here, and we're going to be adding a little bit of green on the outside edge of the flowers kind of in the creases where the two flowers meat. And I'm just gonna follow a little bit up along one of the flowers there. And this is a very loose and washy background. And then we'll add a little bit of paint at the bottom of the bottom flour as well. But you can see how light the paint is on our page, and this is going to be suggestive of the leaves. This is supposed to be a really loose process, so don't go in there and try to get leaf shapes. We're going to create that later with the illustration. Now we're going to dip our brush into the blue wash, and we're going to start speckle ing our page, and you can do this by simply just tapping on your brush. It's okay if the little blue speckles go over the green and onto the white. Once the blue hits the green, you'll see it kind of spread, and this just gives a nice effect, so don't worry about it. Okay, so now that we've got a little bit of blue on there, we're gonna go ahead and do the same thing with the green. But I'm just gonna try and get a couple bigger drops of the green in various areas. And as you can see, I just put a couple down. So you're gonna let that dry once it's dry. We're going to start doing our hype discus, so make sure you have a disposable played or whatever you use to keep your paint on. And we're going to be using the crush squirrel and the orange here before we begin painting the flower. Let's just go ahead and create the center of the flower using a little bit of our green wash just out of drop a paint to the center, and then you can pull a couple brushstrokes up from the center. This is just going to be about a dime size area. Don't go too much larger than that. Once you're done with the green, go ahead and dip your brush in the blue and we're just gonna touch the center with our blue paint and you'll see it start to spread, and you can go ahead and repeat this process. If you want a little more blue in the center, it's a really neat effect. Okay, so the centers of our flowers air ready. Let's start painting our flower. You're going to get a little bit of that crushed coral and just make sure your brush is, ah, wet. We're not creating a very washy wash, but we want the paint to be fluid, and you're going to start from the center of the flower and just start bringing strokes up the pedals. So in each segment, just out a couple strokes. And the nice thing is that you'll notice the paint running out on your brush, so you're going to get a variety in the colors Now. What you can dio now that your pain is diluted is start moving along the oder petals of the flower, just like I'm doing. This is why it's important to have a nice bamboo brush. It holds the paint for a long time. That way you can maximize the use of your pain. Now rinse your brush and we'll get a little bit of that orange in there we're going to do the same thing. So at a little bit of water so that you're creating a little bit of a wash, and we're going to do the same thing with the flower at the bottom. But this time we're starting with the orange, so you're just starting in the center of the flower and you're going to Britain some strokes up each flower petal, and then repeat the same process we did with the pink one. You're just going to follow the outer edges almost like you're tracing at to get a little bit of that light, watery orange in there. Now we're gonna move up to the pink brush. We have not put any more paint on our brush yet. And we're just gonna run that wash over some areas of the flower petals, all these little white areas to get a little bit of wash in. When your paint really starts to run out, you can dip a little bit into the wash and get a little more color on there. When you dip your brush into the pain, start with the outside so it's a little bit darker on the outside and then just press your brush so it's flat and move it in towards the center and just continue doing that throat. The whole flower at the top here. Okay, we're gonna leave some little white areas on the flower. Once you're done with the pink one, let's go down to the orange one, and we'll do the same thing. I'm just adding a few brushstrokes in to get a little bit of that pink color. You can also go over some of the orange areas, and that will deepen the color. We're just creating a variety of washes, and then we'll go over with a little bit of a thicker paint after so fill in some of those white areas. But it's always nice to just leave a couple areas that are left white, and then when we do, our last layer will see a lot more variation. So now what I'm gonna do is just try to get the excess paint off my brush. I haven't added more. I'm just going over the white areas and you'll see it's just a really light wash. Now we're going to go in with some thicker paint, and I'm mixing a little bit of the crushed coral with the orange to get the deeper coral color. And they were just going to repeat that process that we're going to start in the middle of our flour, and we're just gonna bring some brush strokes to the odor pedal, and I'm doing this over the orange flower. We just want to deepen a little bit of the color now, but we're doing it in numerous layers by adding washes. This is gonna give your painting a water color Look. Now we are using acrylics. But this is just a technique that I love to use with my acrylic paints, since I have a number of them on hand. So this is just It's another way that you can use your acrylic paint and still get that watercolor effect, which is really nice in illustration. So now let's go on to our pink flower, and you can dip your brush in the same color that coral color. When you're done with the pink flower, you could move down to the orange flower and just repeat this process, adding some additional strokes. So I'm getting a smaller brush here, and I'm gonna mix a little bit of white, and we'll get a little bit little bit heavier paint and start creating some highlights. So once you get a light coral color, you're gonna begin to start seeing a pattern as we're just repeating the process again, starting from the center of the flower and just moving some brush strokes out towards the outer pedal. Now what? This type of brush And because we're using a little bit thicker pain, you will want to add a little bit of water just to make the paint more, um, pliable. And then don't be afraid to go over some of the darker areas as we're creating. Some highlight and you'll have a little brush stroke showing, too. So repeat this process on the bottom flour as well. Now, one thing to keep in mind is try to stay within the odor edges of the pedal and not go into the center. We don't want to create an all overlook on the flower. We're just creating some highlights. As you can see, I'm just putting little brush strokes in the center, and the rest of the pedal will remain a little bit of a deeper color. What I want you to keep in mind is this is not a typical painting where we're going in and doing shading. It's going to be almost like a flat watercolor painting when you're done, as we will be adding illustration on top. So don't get carried away thinking that you have to go back with some darker paint to, you know, deep in the dimension off it, as we will be doing this with the illustration portion adding some black. And so it's OK if you're painting even looks a little lighter than mine. The great thing about this technique is everybody's is gonna look completely different and you're just developing your own style. We're going to get a really cool component on top of it that's gonna bring this painting to life. So once you're done with all your highlighting with their white and you're happy with it, then you'll know when to stop just kind of gauge it. I'm just touching up and going around the edges to bring some of that lightness and clean up the edges where they were left white, and you can do the same. Just use a fine brush and make sure that you've added water to your white so that it's nice and pliable. So once you're done, just let that dry and we're gonna move to the illustration portion of it for the illustration. You're going to need a some acrylic ink. I used the f w acrylic ink, or you can use a Sharpie if you don't have acrylic ink on hand. If you've done my last lesson, you'll know what stage were at. And I find using theocratic. Thank you. Just have a lot more freedom. But I'm just demonstrating here how you can do the same thing with a Sharpie. Just make sure if you're using a Sharpie, you're breaking up the lines. My demonstration here is using acrylic ink, and I'm just starting by adding a little dab. And I'm going to loosely start following the edges of my painting or my floral here in this case. And, um, just have fun with that. If you haven't used acrylic ink before, be sure to do a practice on a piece of paper. As you know, it takes a ball to adjust the control of the ink coming out. But with this illustration, I'm going to add the center of the hibiscus by just drawing a line up and adding some scribbles. And what I love about acrylic ink is just the looseness and freedom of it. It is a little bit more unexpected than using a Sharpie. You have a little less control than you would a pen or marker or Sharpie, but there's just a nice loose effect to it. And it looks lovely over this watercolor effect using the acrylics. So just continue doing both flowers. And once you're done doing the outline of the second flower, just be sure to put the center of the hibiscus in by drawing a straight line up and try to put it in the direction that your flower is facing with little squiggle. And you can add a couple little additional lines, just suggesting you know those beans of your pedals. And once we're done, the flower here, we're going to do some suggestive high biscuits leaves in the green area, so let's start creating the leaves. You should have some green patches on the outside of your hibiscus, and we're just going to do some loose suggestions of leave, so I like to start with a little wien going in one direction and then you conduce scribbling and Jaggi lines. It doesn't have to be a perfect leave. Just have fun with it. You're creating a visual here, and it is, in a sense, a form of abstract art. You just want to get some creative lines in there suggesting that there's some high pyszka sleeves. And sometimes I'll even just kind of do lose non objective scribbles, suggesting there's something there. But it doesn't have to look exactly like the leaf. And that set we're done are high biscuits painting Congratulations, everybody, for completing the second painting in our trendy tropical trio. I hope you enjoyed this lesson. Next will be moving on to our foil Egx painting. Be sure to post a project with the class so we can support one another in our journey towards creating this trendy tropical trio. 7. Drawing the Foliage: in this US in I will be showing you how to draw your foliage. And this is in preparation for our tropical for alleged painting. Get a blank piece paper ready in your sketchbook. Make sure you have your HB or your to H pencil on hand and we're gonna get right into it. Remember, to drove lightly. As this is just a guideline, we will be painting on top this guideline and we are using washes. So you want to make sure their lights so they don't come through the pain. We're going to begin by drawing three ovals on your paper to larger ovals are going to be in line with the bottom left on the upper right hand corner. Then we're going to create a smaller oval pointing down towards the bottom right hand corner, just below the larger bottom of all. Next, I want you to draw a line through the middle of each oboe. Then we're gonna put a triangle on the end of each line, and this is gonna be the tip of the leaf. Now I'm going to use a darker pencil so you can see what I'm doing. But I'm beginning at one tip of the leaf and I'm going right up through the middle of the leaf and then I'm gonna come back down and I'm going to start doing a weekly line right to the tip, and then we're gonna go back up to where we started. And Lupin. We're going to repeat this process. So we're drawing straight up the line, going down the little peak, and we're just gonna kind of legal that line all the way back to our beginning spot, which is going to go under the other leaf. And then we're going to come right back up to the tip. We're going to repeat the same process with this little leaf. Now, when you're drawing the lines in the leaf, try to make it go a little bit off center. So you're seeing the front of the leave a larger portion, so you're not dividing the leaves directly in half. You may be doing about 2/3 and then 1/3 of each leaf with the little leaf at the bottom. I divided it pretty much in half, and this is going to make the appearance look like it's coming more at you. So once you're done with all the leaves, you can draw the stem coming down. And now I'm just putting some little slits in the leaf, and this is gonna give the appearance that it's a tropical village. So depending on how big your leaf is, is going to depend on how maney of thes little elongated, almost like greens of rice, if you were to magnify them, depending on the size of your leaf is going to depend on how many of these you put into your leaf. And I'm putting anywhere between four and five when you're doing the back portion of the leaf. You just want to make a little triangular shape because essentially, we're gonna eliminate that line, and it'll look as if the leaf is folding backwards. So just follow along with me in this video and continue creating your leaves and all the little slits within the leaves. And if you have to watch the video a couple times just to see how I'm creating this before you go on attempted on your own, you can certainly do that. Sometimes it's easier just to visually see how it's created, and then you can go in and create at now. That's pretty much it. We are done, are drawing. And if you're creating this on your sketchbook, it's going to be a very, very light image on your sketchbook, and we're going to use thes as a guide to get our paint on there. Now, we're gonna move right on to the next lesson, and we're going to start painting are Tropical Fly College. 8. Foliage Painting: in this lesson, we will be creating our tropical for lige painting. Make sure you followed the last lesson. So you have your guidelines ready and you have your drawing in front of you in your sketchbook. Let's begin. We're gonna start off by creating a couple washes here. So get a little container and make sure you have some moss green in one and then create your wash by adding a little bit of water. And this is the exact same technique that we've been doing. Threw out all these lessons in another container. Put your wild blueberry or your navy blue, whichever navy blue color you have at a little bit of water and we will create a navy blue wash as well. Make sure you mix your paints very well so that all the pigment gets mixed in with the water and you have a nice whitewash. Grab your pie plate or would ever palette you're using to mix paint in. And we are going to add a little bit of crushed coral to the pie plate as we will be creating a light wash on her pie plate. But we don't need a lot of it This is just for a little bit of texture in the background, so you can put it right on your pie plate and then with your bamboo brush, just add a little bit of water to dilute it and get it. Really, um, a fluid can consistency. Once your care comfortable with the consistency of the wash. And it's nice and runny. We're going to start by adding a little bit of speckle ing. Now. We did this in our last video when we created the hibiscus. So we're going to continue doing this and we're just going to actually put ah little bit of spec cling on one side of the page and a little bit more on the other side. So if you were to draw a line across the middle of your sketchbook horizontally, you would do maybe one a little bit lower than the other, just like I did here. Rentzer brush off and dip it in germ on screen, and we're gonna begin by outlining our leaves. And we're just gonna begin by doing a light wash up thesis enter of the leaf and then pretty much your coloring it in like you would if you were using a pencil or you were doing watercolor, so we just did the bottom half of this leaf, and we're going to go and do the same thing. Repeat that process to the top leaf so you'll go up the center of belief. And then you are simply just coloring in some lines. Now I have left a little bit more white than those slits that air in the tropical leaf, and the reason for this is the same reason that we did it with the last videos. We want to create a very Asian in the tones, and this is how you do it by just leaving some excess white. The next layer that we go over and we do a wash. The parts that are painted will remain a little bit darker. As, um, the areas that are left white will be a little bit lighter, so you'll get a lot of tonal value within the painting without actually having Do you know , change the shades of your paint like you would a typical acrylic painting. This really is a technique using your acrylics like water colors. So as you can see in the video, I'm going along the farther part of the leaf that would be away from us, and you're going to continue doing the same thing. Except I am starting with the far end and are moving towards the center of the leaf, and I'm leaving just a little bit of white down the middle of the leaf and you'll see shortly. You know the effect that happens once you start adding more, wash over that white. That area will remain white, and you'll get, you know, the shadows and the light values that you want to create dimension. Once you're done with the leaves, you can go ahead and do your little stems that come down from the leaf. And now we're going to do our second coat. So we're going to dip our brush into the paint again, and we're going to repeat the same process. So we're going along the center of the leaf, and this time when we go down towards the edge of the leaf, you will just make sure that some of your under painting is still showing through, so you don't want to paint over all of it. And then what I've done here is I did put in a little more green over the white areas that I had. So just to follow along and do this toe all the leaves here I just outlined. I'm going through and outlining the leaf now at the bottom, and you can go ahead and do that if you have to watch this video a couple times or pause it to cut shop, Um, you just work at your own pace. Everybody works differently. Sometimes what I like to do is watch the video first so I can see what's coming. Other people like to do a little bit deposit and then do a little bit. But this is in real time. So and, you know, understand, opened in this for a long time. So even though it may look like it is slower, I might be working a little faster than you, so you just go ahead and work at your own pace. So now I'm going and I am dipping my brush in a little bit more, and we're going to start on our third coat here where we start outlining the leaves. If you haven't already and we'll start filling in some of that white space that we left. Be sure to leave. Um, the little white slits that we left open that, you know, give us that illusion that it is a tropical spoilage. If you paint over this and you're Leavis solid, you're going, Teoh, eliminate the effect that it's tropical. The whole idea is we want to give the representation that this is a tropical image. So now I'm just doing another layer in the back here and it's deepening the tone, and I'm going to color in some of this white area, part of the leaf. You just want to make sure all the Leafs now have green in the white areas, not counting the little slits. So once we're done with that, we're gonna get our Navy blue wash, and we're going to use this to create our shadows. So dip here, paint into the brush, and you're gonna move a long the middle of the leaf, and you're gonna start kind of seeing some of that navy blue blend a bit. And what we're gonna do is we're gently just going to start pulling that color down along one side of the slit and then we're gonna move to the other side of leave, and we're just going to get a little bit of lines and shading in there. Don't add too much. We just like to do a little bit at a time because with this technique and with water color , you can't remove the paint. Um, so it's always good. Just Teoh, you know, do a little bit of the time If you find that you wanted a little deeper and color, you can always add to it later, but you could never remove. So we're going to go, and we're going to continue doing this to all the Leafs and what I would recommend. I know you see me dipping into the pain, but what I would recommend for you, because you're starting off, is just go through every leaf after you've dip your paint ones just so you can get a feel of it. And then at that point, if you feel you want to dip your brush into the paint again and get a little more of that navy blue, you can go ahead and do that. But the great thing about these bamboo brushes is you know that it holds the paint. It holds fluid ity in the paint for a very long time, and you can get the effects of having it deeper and darker. If you want more, you compress more like press down on the brush so you get more of the flat part of the brush and more color will come through that. So here I've decided I'm going to go in and get a little bit more green in the back area because mine's a little too, um, a light here, and I can just, you know, gently blend it with that blue, and I'm going to go over all these little light areas and start blending that blew in the surface should still be a little bit wet, but it's nice if some areas air what and some areas air dry because you're going to get a variation. And that's what I love about this technique. Everything is just like a little surprise. So now I'm taking a light wash and I'm gently going over the white areas, and as you can see, they're not disappearing because my wash is very diluted. So you want to really make sure your washes are diluted and what I would recommend is just doing a test. Um, you know, brush stroke on a test piece paper just to make sure you've got that right. Consistency. Okay, so now we're done with our green, and we're gonna go in and add a little more texture to the background. Not too much. You're gonna add a little bit of that tangerine or orange to your pie plate, and you're going to do the same thing that you did in the beginning with the coral. Just add some water and make a dilution. We're gonna add some more splattering in the background, But this time we're gonna do, like, thicker drops. Often times I'll go back after I did the main image after I assessed the composition, and I see that it just needs a little bit more of something. And this is a great way to kind of pull in a little bit of that color from the series of paintings without using too much, and it ties everything together. So you may have seen me do this technique before where I just take a piece of paper towel and I start kind of dabbing up the excess water and that will give you a variation in your splatters to you'll have some areas that are very translucent with the color and then, like a little dot of the darker color. And now I'm just adding a few more speckles. So this is really the time where you can play with these techniques and see how you want to incorporate this into your art. Maybe you want to do a little bit more than what I've done, maybe want to do a little bit less. But it's nice to just try these techniques, and I would really love to see all the technique in your projects once you post. Um, so now I'm just gonna tapping up the excess water. I'm trying to give it a little dry here because I'm going to get a little bit of a wash over top of the background in the tangerine. But I want the wet marks to remain, so make sure when you're doing this part that your wash is really diluted, so you want to make sure there's a lot of water in the paint. It's almost like you're giving the paint behind a little tent, so we're adding a little tint of orange. And then I am going to clean my brush off with a paper towel, and we'll just try and blend that orange into the background a bit more. Okay, And the last little bit of color here, we're going to get our coral wash, and we're going to do a little more flickering on top of that orange. Wash me dead and we'll try to get some thicker drops of that quarrel paint. Now what you want to do is just let this dry. Once it's dry, we can now start with the illustration, so I prefer using the ink. But I'm going to just do a quick demonstration how you can use a Sharpie So the same technique throughout this entire course, we will be using the ink too lightly sketch and loosely outline our image. So we're going around and get really lose. Don't be afraid to do some little like squiggles here and there, or go or go over past where the green is. Um, this is just It's really sketchy, so you can have a lot of fun with this, and I can't wait to see everybody's paintings cause they're gonna look completely different . We all use our tools differently. So from the center of the leave, you can start burning a little bit of a ning down. Just try not to get too too much black ink on the paper cause you don't want to start covering your nice green painted leave. Ah, and then you can go down and do the stock of the leaf or the stem, as I shall say, And just make sure you, you know, you're doing some kind of suggestive lining where all those little, um, holes are in the tropical foil edge there. So continue on with all three leaves. And I'm gonna let us go in real time just so you can really follow along and see how this is coming together. And as you can see, I'm going over some areas. Some areas have a little bit of a darker being. Others I haven't been releasing any ink. I'm just trying to pull it through. I'm working on my last leaf here, and if you notice there's lines that are broken up and that's what you want and also on this, Lastly, if you see how I just kind of do like a squiggly sketchy line on the outline. And it's not one consecutive outline. This is how you create a really artistic aesthetic. You want sketchy and broken up lines. I'm just working on the last leaf here at the back, trying to get a couple little mark making in there. And we're done. That's it. We have completed our last painting in the trendy tropical trio. As I just finish up the last touches off this painting. I just want to thank all of you for joining this class. I hope you enjoyed it. You've completed theme three paintings in this amazing collection and congratulations to everybody. I'm so proud of you. You pulled through. I'm excited to see your entire collection. If you composed all your paintings and share them with the class were all here to support one another. If you have any questions, please be sure. Teoh, leave me some questions in the discussions. I'll get back to you. And if he could be so kind as to leave me a review after this class so I know how to improve with these classes and I can get the best knowledge to you moving forward also, if you haven't yet make sure you're following me. I have plenty. Of course is coming up. 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