Watercolor Universe and Illustration | Elisa Ang | Skillshare
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8 Lessons (1h 1m)
    • 1. Welcome to Class

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Watercolor Galaxy Techniques

    • 4. Milky Way

    • 5. Nebula

    • 6. Northern Lights

    • 7. Galaxy Inspired Illustration

    • 8. Enjoy the Process


About This Class


Watercolor Universe and Illustration is a class that inspires you to explore the wonders of the galaxy through watercolor painting.

Through this class, you will learn some interesting facts about galaxies, materials that you will use to get started, basic techniques to build your confidence in painting galaxies; and explore painting the Milky Way, nebula and the Northern Lights. Finally, you will use the galaxy painting techniques to create cool galaxy illustrations that will make your artwork interesting.

By the end of this class, paint a galaxy inspired by the techniques you have learned and turn it into a postcard, a bookmark, a paper brooch, or any items that you can use or send to someone and make his or her day special.


1. Welcome to Class: I am in all off the vastness and the mystery of the galaxy. Those seeing it with my naked eye is difficult. I am inspired to explore the wonders of the galaxy through watercolor painting. Hello, my name is ELISA and welcome toe watercolor universe and illustrations. In this class, you will learn some interesting facts about Galaxies. Materials will be used basic techniques. The builder confidence in painting Galaxies step by step guide on how to paint the Milky Way Nebula in the Northern lights. Finally, you will incorporate the basic galaxy painting techniques to create some cool galaxy illustrations. Make your artwork interesting for your project. Paint the galaxy, inspired by the techniques learning this class and turn it into a postcard, a bookmark, a paper brush. Are any craft or items that you can use our send someone and make him or her day special? I look forward to seeing you in class and let's paint Galaxies together 2. Materials: Let's talk about the materials that you will need for this class. First is the watercolor paints. You can use watercolor sets where the corners are already chosen for you, or choose your own colors from what the color troops and squeeze them in pants or palates. All you need to do is to activate the pigments by spraying them with water. Some brands off watercolor paints that are good for beginners are Winsor and Newton, Cotman and Van Gogh. For artists, great pains. There's a lot of good ones, like winter in Utah. They know Smith hold buying similiar and many others. The color said You will need in this class are any kind off bright greens and yellows like the greenish yellow submarine and gambo shoe. Any kind off cool reds like permanent rose and magenta warm blues like copper through for ultra marine blue, cool blues like Fellow or Approach and Blue. Finally, black and white pain. Most Chinese whites in watercolor is made of zinc white with a bit of titanium. For good capacity, you can also use acrylic white. You will need 300 g S m. What's a color paper? It needs to be thick enough so that water can stay on the surface without being absorbed quickly make sure the paper is acid free. Here are some off the good student quality watercolor paper that you can try, and here are the artists. Great. What a color paper. If you're using watercolor block where the paper is glued on all four sides, you need to use any small life like a palette knife, for example, and inserted into the opening. Then gently run the knife around the edges toward him off the paper. Theo. Advantage of this kind of paper that it won't warp. Joining paintings. For brushes, get a round brush size eight or 12 which is good for painting large areas. Brushes are made of kolinsky hair mix hair, an imitation hair. Here are some recommended brushes. According toe hair types mix an imitation. Brushes are good for beginners. Brush size will depend on the brand that they're looking for. Make a comparison before you buy. You also need masking tape or painter state to put around the corners of her watercolor paper to prevent it from warping. Also, a toothbrush or a paintbrush to create the stars. In the next video, I will demonstrate to you the basic watercolor galaxy techniques. See you there 3. Watercolor Galaxy Techniques: before we dive into painting Galaxies, let's learn more about what galaxy is. NASA defines Galaxy as a huge collection off gas dust and billions of stars and their solar systems. It is held together by gravity. Earth is part of the Milky Way galaxy. It was called Milky Way because the people from the old times so a wide strip off whites that resemble the milk path. This line of flight is the center of our galaxy. Milky Way Galaxy is barred spiral, but the universe is far bigger than we can ever imagine because it houses more Galaxies off many kinds. It is helpful togather galaxy images that inspires you. This will help you to observe how it looks like, but don't forget to ask permission on copyright images. What's a color is a great medium, the paint galaxy, because off its ability, the pain itself thanks the water, use masking tape, tape the sites of the paper to prevent it from warping. I suggest to test out the tape on scraps of watercolor paper to ensure there's no pair been removed. The first step on painting watercolor galaxy is the use wet on wet technique dumping the whole paper with water. Make sure that you can see the shine as light is reflected on the water. If there's any pull off water, spread it by brushing it across. The paper galaxy usually has the brightest part where the band off. Thus clouds are cosmic. Dust can be seen. Choose one bright color. I use fellow blue. You can use any bright greens, yellows, pinks or blues. Paint a circle without painting the inside. The unpainted inside would be the brightest part, using the whites off the paper. I built the colors by adding magenta and permanent rose, followed by ultramarine, cobalt improved and blue As I paint outward. Observe how the pain slowly spreads and blends use darker corner like Copa blue for the night sky. You can alternate it with a low blue or ultramarine blue and paint around the sky at the bit off. Permanent rules on top off the blues for some purple. Or you can also add orange on the side to create interest. Have fun with it now. Not this how the center has lose the white of the paper because of too much pain. To avoid this, don't put too much colors near the center. I use a tissue paper to bring back the white. You can also use the brush together software effect. Lastly, load the brush with black and paint around the edges off the sky. The black gives a nice contrast on the sky. He can also drop in cobalt blue or failure blue on top of the black. Make sure the work quickly where the paper is still wept. Allow the painting for dry naturally, and you can also start another galaxy painting while you're waiting, I think some of the optional things that you can do while the paint is still wet is to add a few salt for texture. You can also try to put some alcohol on cotton bud and paint a circle on top off the Web. Paint the Crate Planet. Once the painting is fully dried, it's timeto at the stars. Spray that took brush with a bit of water, then brush it against the white paint. It helps create fine stars. You can also spatter stars by tapping one brush against the other. Whatever method the truce, make sure that the concentration of the stars should be on the dark night. sky. The stars bring the galaxy to life. Practice painting a simple galaxy and share your efforts in the project gallery. When you're ready, hop onto the next video and learn how to paint the Milky Way. See you there. 4. Milky Way: as you gain confidence by practicing painting a simple galaxy, you will be able to apply the same techniques as you learn how to paint the Milky Way. Use the tip off the brush and slowly paint the strip off the Milky Way. Using a mix off magenta and ultra marine blue, make sure your brush it's not too wet and it's not loaded with so much paint. You can darken the strip off the paint by adding ultramarine blue or couple. Keep using the tip off the brush to create some based on the edges For a more natural look . I use fellow blue paint the sky then dropped the ultra marine blue on top. I also use magenta and ultramarine blue and mixed them on paper. I darkened some off the colors, then proceed to add more Kongers like halo blue and greenish yellow. I also added Dumbo shoe and bright orange at the base of the Milky Way to draw the eye on the horizon. - To darken the sky, I use Prussian blue mixed with black. I also use the same mix of colors, the dark in some parts of the booth. I use the edge off the tissue paper to gently dab on some parts of the Milky Way. This creates a nice cloud. The effect I wanted to darken the sky a little bit for a nice contrast with the milky weak. I used a bit off water with black paint, then soften it with water to create a blended effect. Then I acted more black on the Web background and soften again with water tow. Avoid any hard edges. Make sure painting is dry before glazing it with another color. - I like the contrast of the dark sky against the lights off the milky weak. If you're happy, picture painting, stop and don't overwork on it. But if not, never be afraid to edit your paintings and learn from every moment you paint. 5. Nebula: in nebula is a cloud of dust, hydrogen, helium and other gases, and it's where stars are created. They come in different sizes and shapes. Before painting the nebula, I went the paper first. You will not least. The wet on wet is one of the most commonly used technique in painting Galaxies. I paint a dark makes off bright orange and magenta at the centre of the nebula. I kept painting it in small circular motion so that the paint was slowly spread, softened the edge a bit with water, then drop in magenta and ultramarine blue way . The paper seems a bit dry, so I really wet the paper again. I use fellow blue and the liner brush the paint a thin circle. Then I moved the brush the and fourth in the flicking motion, the create race way. I repeat the previous steps by using a mix of failure blue and greenish yellow. Using the tip off the size eight brush, I move back and forth to create thin lines around the circle way. I use Persian Blue to paint the sky and then add black on the edges. - Way , - way , way, - way . - In the next lesson, you will learn about northern lights and helped paint them. See you there, Uh, - way 6. Northern Lights: the northern lights or the aurora borealis is the bright dancing lights They happen when there's a correlation between electrically charged particles from the sun that entered the Earth's atmosphere. They appear in many colors, like red, yellow, green and blue. Pale green and pink are the most common. First, I draw a horizon line to separate the sky from the sea I used wedding with on the sky first , Uh, using a mix off more lemon yellow and a bit of Feillu blue. I painted the first band off Connor, then adding a bit of fellow blue to the mix. I painted another color on the side. I also use greenish yellow and vary its intensity with either touches off lemon yellow or failure blue here. - After that, I painted magenta and bright orange. I used the belly off the brush to paint it in a swirly, slanted manner to create an illusion off lights dancing. Then I dubbed the brush on the tissue paper for a slightly damp brush. Then, using the tip, I flick it in a swift back and forth motion, using light pressure to create a settled disperse off light. - I use Prussian blue with a touch of magenta for the sky. At times, I would also add a bit of water to encourage the flow of colors. I use a mix off black inclusion blue paint, some clouds and because the sky is still wet, the clouds sort of pain itself. Yeah, I used the edge off a tissue paper to create some highlights on the clouds for the reflection off the light on the sea. I went the paper first, then use the colors from the northern lights to paint a reflection in a downward sweeping motion. I also use water to soften some of the colors. - I used a diluted Prussian blue and black toe paint a distant mountain. - I decided to spatter some stars. As I wait for the mountain to dry, I use black toe paint, the silhouettes off the foreground mountain way . - Then , using a diluted black, I create some shadows reflected from the mountain. I also dark in some of the colorful reflections as well. I hope you're enjoying the galaxy painting demonstrations. In the next lesson, we will create some cool illustrations inspired by the colors of the galaxy 7. Galaxy Inspired Illustration: after learning about the basic techniques in painting galaxy and trying your hands in painting Milky Way Nebula and Northern Lights, let's have some fun by creating illustrations inspired by the galaxy, it will be helpful to brainstorm for some ideas. I thought off sketching a huge water droplet. My idea was a draw girl mesmerized by the wonders of the galaxy way, applying basic galaxy techniques. I started with fatal blue for the highlights of the galaxy, then drop in Kabul. Blue impression blue touch off magenta on top off the blue to create some purple. Then finally, I painted the corners with black. That way, now that the painting is dry eye spots or some stars using that took brush, then I use my white pen to create the illustration. That way, I really like the effects off the white pen against the dark of the sky. - For the second illustration, I thought off a bouquet of flowers. I draw the flower wrapping paper first, then paint the whole shape of flowers with the galaxy background, using the same colors. Use previously with touches of green. Yeah, once the painting is trying, I draw different kinds of flowers two illustrations down, and I'm still enjoying the process. So I decided to sketch a simple portrait. I wanted to create like a dual personality, So I painted the right side while leaving the left side and painted. - Finally , I will be drawing a wheel. This majestic mammal fascinates me. - Yeah . I hope you are encouraged to conceptualize and create your own galaxy inspired illustrations. I had so much fun making these. I hope you're excited to make your own too. 8. Enjoy the Process: we have come to the end of the class, but first I wish to encourage you with a quick story. Before making this class. I have done compass practice off painting the different kinds of Galaxies. I have experienced failures, and the satisfaction with my work during them all was frustrating. But what kept me going was a desire to Sherman excitement and learning process with you on how to paint watercolor galaxy practice. Make us better in the work that we do. So keep going no matter what and enjoy the process. E. I hope this class gets you excited to explore painting the beautiful galaxy in what's a color. Let's learn from one another by sharing your galaxy paintings in the Project gallery. I will also be around to answer questions and give it back to your paintings. I think it's so much for learning with me and have fun