Unlock Your Creativity! Relaxing Splotch Doodles | Diana McDermott | Skillshare

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Unlock Your Creativity! Relaxing Splotch Doodles

teacher avatar Diana McDermott, Digital Designs + Tools: mymcdoodles.com

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. Splotches

    • 4. Take Five

    • 5. Details

    • 6. Texture

    • 7. Project

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About This Class

This class is all about unlocking your creativity with messy splotches and doodles!

This exercise is particularly helpful for those times when you're feeling a bit blocked or in a slump. No prior knowledge or experience is necessary and there's absolutely no wrong way to do this exercise!

We'll paint, draw, or splatter some splotches, then add fun details to create unique and whimsical objects, animals, or characters. 

You can work with whatever supplies you have on hand - or digitally! It's up to you! Be sure to check the resources tab for my favorite traditional art supplies and to download your exclusive Procreate brushes!

See you in the class! 



(P.S. Need even more fun brushes for this project? Head to dianamcdermott.com to snag 'em!)


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"Fireflies and Stardust" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Diana McDermott

Digital Designs + Tools: mymcdoodles.com


Hey, there! I’m Diana of MyMcDoodles. Boymom, artist, & craft addict - living in Austin, TX. I love creating whimsical digital art and am excited to help you level up your skills!

Join the free Doodle Squad at dianamcdermott.com or come say hi on You Tube to check out more tutorials, artist tips, and fun art inspo! 

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1. Intro: Hi, I'm Diana, the artists behind my materials. And today's class we'll be pushing our creative limits to create fun illustrations from simple paint swatches. Doing exercises like this from time to time can really help to unlock your creativity as an illustrator and get you thinking differently. Shapes and objects will create simple paint spotters and turn them into something magnificent. Now a fancy supplies are necessary for this class, but I'll share my favorites with you. And I even included some exclusive procreate brushes. But feel free to use whatever medium you choose and whatever you have on hand. There's no wrong way to do this project. So if you're ready to jump in and have some fun creating scratchy digitally art with me. Let's go. I'll meet you in the next lesson. 2. Supplies: For this class, you can use whatever art supplies you have on hand, markers, crayons, pencils, or you could work digitally, is totally appeal. Working with watercolor is really fun and satisfying for your project like this. I have linked my favorite watercolor pans, brushes, and paints in the PDF document, which you can find on the resources tab. Currently you need to be using the desktop version of Skillshare to access this tab in the guide, I've also given you a link to download some free digital brushes for Procreate. There are some fun swatches, watercolor brushes and detailing pens. So if you'd like to work digitally, like I will be sure to go check those out to gather up your supplies and let's make our swatches. 3. Splotches: I planted my color palette into Procreate brushes. There are a few different brushes to where clip. There's one that will change color with every single stroke that you may see. You don't have to worry about switching out your colors. You can just John and in omega different color every time, which is kinda fun. And then there's one that won't change colors is going to be the same color each time, but then you can choose different colors from the palette. And then there's a few squashes, so you can just stamp these on and see what you can create out of them. After you go back in with your detailing panel and create something cool. If there's a particular object or animal that you would like to focus on for your whole page of sketches. You might want to create them with that in mind. Thank you. If you want to make a bunch of cats or something like that, then you probably went to paint your swatches. Then they barely resembles a cat. And then you can go back in with your details and adding the whiskers and the fees and everything like that. Or you can just make a totally random shapes and swatches and then come back in and see what you think they look like. And I think that is really a fun way to unblock your creativity if you're feeling kind of stuck. I like to do this sometimes because it forces your brain to kinda link, see things differently and go back in and just make something really crazy and unusual that you normally wouldn't think to chow or you wouldn't draw it that way. So I think I'm going to fill my page with a bunch of random splotches. And then we can go back in and add some details and stuff. And I'll show you some tips for adding more texture, shading and things like that. But you can go ahead and fill your page with all kinds of different colorful shapes and random objects anyway you wish. So I'll go ahead and fill mine if you want to take like five minutes to do this. In the next lesson, will be like a five-minute timer for you with some nice music so you don't have to worry about keeping track of where. You want to just see how many you can fit on a page 15 minutes. Then just relax and listen to the music and the next lesson, and I'll meet you back here in five minutes. 4. Take Five: Last fall. Good day. Okay. Okay. Hey, what's up? This is Professor. Hello. Okay. 5. Details: Full of swatches. Hey, made some something like loosely in mind. And others are totally random. That will make me have to think a little harder about what to make that into a, for example. So I hope you have a lot of fun ones on your page. And then we can just go through little details. Make it look like cute little characters or objects or whatever you wish. So I'll go through and add the details to mine. I'm using the pen, this sketchy pin in a black square to add my details. If you're working digitally, then I suggest making a new layer. On top. Colorful splotches just in case you don't like how it came out. You can always see recent or whatever. Or if you want to simulate working that he wearing your real sketchbook with, that, you can certainly just draw right on top of it. And then you kind of have to be more deliberate with what you choose to draw because it is not possible. But I am not ready to work like that. I'm working on an iPad, which I'm just going to take advantage of the reversibility and destructive nature of digital art. So I'm just going to go through and add details. So this one was kinda, Bobby is going to be some sort of a cat. Just start with the outline because it's going to make this one. My cafe heading a few little details like you would with a micron pen or colored pencil or something like that. If you're doing getting your sketchbook or really whatever you have on hand. There may be, could be like a snake. So we can go back and add in extra details and shading with colored pencil. And then there's kinda look at the page and see, but it could be like a turtle. Spend a ton of come up with a friend for each line and it's okay if you don't have the whole shape, Shani and link, you can always draw the feet in width, your pencil or whatever. You just kinda step back and take a look at what's the first thing that comes to your mind. You could just decorate it. They could stop objects. And there's really no wrong way to do many there, which is fun. So maybe there's different angles or something. I think this looks like a bird. So why don't we just put a beacon and feel like a lot of times a lot of shapes come out, think you can make them into a bird. I'm just going to go through film. And then I'll meet you back in the next lesson where we had even more details and stuff. I'll see you in the next lesson. 6. Texture: I've got all my integrals finished here. Some of these subjects from Rick challenging than others, but you can see that you can go beyond the border of this much into secrete extra details and make it whatever you wish. Some of them take a little more thinking that that's kind of like the whole point of this exercise. Now I want to add some texture. So if I were doing this in real life, in my sketchbook kilogram, some colored pencils or like a white gel pen. And go back in and add more details and texture and shading and stuff like that. Since I'm working digitally, I need an alternate within. So what I'm going to do is make a new layer on top of my colorful swatches. And I'm going to use this pastel texture brush and just come back in and add a little bit here in the air. You can either do it in the same color to add little bit of shading and stuff. Or you can use a contrasting color to really make it fun and just really keep exploring. There's really no wrong way to do this project. So Quebec in and add some fun details throughout your piece. And then we will talk about the class project with to share. 7. Project: He showed a posterior splashes in the class projects. If you work digitally, you can just export your file and upload it into the project. If you did it in your sketchbook, just take a photo and upload it. We'd love to see what you created. If you show your work on social media, feel free to tag me at my McDaniels. If you've enjoyed this class, be sure to leave me a review. I would love to hear your feedback. Thanks so much for joining me and I'll see you for the next class. Happy doodling.