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Watercolors :: Using Value To Create Content

teacher avatar M Peterson, Art Inspired By Everyday Things

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10 Lessons (26m)
    • 1. Using Value To Create Content Introduction

    • 2. Supplies

    • 3. The Value of Value

    • 4. Perspective & Space

    • 5. Composition

    • 6. Lines

    • 7. Shape

    • 8. Balance & Rule Of Thirds

    • 9. Rhythm

    • 10. Content Value Board

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In this class, you will take a look at how value affects how we perceive the world and how you can harness value theory to make creating content a little easier. For the final project you will create a Content Value Board. This board is a value study cheat sheet for creating your images with the most impact.

This class  will cover - composition, perspective, space, and value. Instead of applying these to a painting you will apply them to creating imagery. With all the noise that surrounds most people on a daily basis you only have a few seconds to convey your message. What you learn during this course is applicable to product lifestyle pictures, blog posts, or shareable social media.

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M Peterson

Art Inspired By Everyday Things



Mychelle is the designing artist behind Watercolors By Design. She has been painting for the past 25 years and her artworks can be found in collections throughust the Southeast.

Watercolors By Design was started on the premise to help others be inspired by their surroundings by exploiting the nature and properties of water-based mediums, fibers, and metals. This was accomplished by creating modern art that captured the little moments in life. The art was explicitly expressed to make one pause, ponder, and wonder at the small things often overlooked in a busy day. In those few precious seconds we can to see the bigger picture and remember the reason why life is precious.

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1. Using Value To Create Content Introduction: Hi, I'm Michelle and welcome to using value to create content. The purpose of this class is to learn how to use water colors as a tool for creating quality content. After you've created your wonderful product, you have to promote it tweeted, pin it and all the other. It's out there. There's not enough time in the day to stay on top of it all. There are basically three ways to deliver content to your arms. You can buy it. You can pass along existing content or you can make your own. What you can expect from this class is an artistic, foundational understanding of composition in value. We will then take this knowledge to stream your on your content creation process together. Using watercolors, we will visually plan out your content before photography takes place, So get your paintbrush ready. There's someone waiting to see what you have to show 2. Supplies: you do not need any previous pregnant knowledge to take this class, but there are a few supplies that you will. First, you'll need some watercolor paper. It comes in several different weights, but for the purpose of this class, any student great paper will work fine. Then the paper will be sold. Is either a bound take book or sparrow notebook or you can get a single sheets. You also need some sketch paper and printer paper. Work fun. Next, you'll need to water color paint. Any color will suffice, however, since this is a class demonstrating value, dearie choose a darker shade, such as blue, purple or black for illustration purposes. It does not matter if the two to student grade a professional grade. Next up for brushes, Russia's we either come naturalists and Betty. Any small brush will do for this class. You will need a pencil eraser and lower. Miscellaneous items include some type of container to hold water, paper towels to remove extra water from the brushes, and you will need some type palette to store makes the pain 3. The Value of Value: why use watercolors to teach value Watercolors is a simple, beautiful me that lends itself well to study in value. It literally defines the just at water mentality. The pigment values can be quickly attained and repeated, with little strain on the user. This is important because quick studies can be made in a few strokes, versus the constant back and forth of pencils chalks. Why use value to teach country value Simplifies country. When you strip away the filters and the collars, you're left with an emotional connection. Your content has to work hard. When it works hard, you work lis. What happens when you stumble across an old black and white? If you don't turn the channel, you actually become engaged in the content. Your mind fills in the blanks, you start seeing green trees. More importantly, the content made you stop and pay attention. What we want to do is develop of value strategy that increases engagement. Once you find the most pleasing layout, then it's just a matter of insert product here, so let's go over the notes and bolts of value. Value is the light and dark of a color. We used these subtle tonal changes to show objects on a flat plane. Color values are created by adding white or in the caves of watercolors, adding water. In some cases, the value of colors will determine the success of the image itself. It's important to know that value is independent of color value goals from dark to light. Think of it as a shadow sketch underneath the pain. Values should also not be confused with the intensity of a coward. Color intensity is strictly related to the huge. Just to illustrate, here are three colors red, yellow, blue primaries. This shows them at the highest intensity. The pure issue, the colors. Intensity is the sum of how much gray is added to the pure huge. This highlights the new color value it just now. Here are those same use with their new kala values. So, to sum up color intensity is that Hugh plus gray and the color value is the hue plus white . So let's grab a sheet, a watercolor paper and make value skill. Make sure the paint is wet. Start with pure pigment. Pull it across the paper and Atwater until the pigment is gone, then let it dry. Label it by divided into five sections 4. Perspective & Space: we perceive the world in patterns, colors. It is how our mind shifts the three D into a two D space. This perception happened so quickly, we generally unaware that any processing has taken place our eyes, strip away the clutter and help us focus on the main point individual story. Our perception is influenced by our perspective. So let's discuss color, respect, perspective, as to find in life is our point of view. Basically, we interpret the world through the rose colored glasses of our own human experiences. Perspective and art, however, is bringing three D objects into a two D plane in order to relate the relative position of the objects. Specifically, color perspective relates to defining the atmosphere composition of the peace. For example, you take a picture with your phone, you go posted to say instagram all those little filters you use to make your picture pretty . Our atmosphere, perspective overlays. So what we're going to learn about is the marriage of these two definitions. For painters, get the right perspective is important as it's the first noticeable fault the anyone will see. Perspective is all about the groundwork. In the simplest terms, foreground is closed to you. Background is far away and middle grounds in the middle. The closer an object is in the foreground. The darker is the background. She have the lighter tone, while the middle ground goes for mid range values. For the purpose of this class, we will put our attention. What I like to call story ground story ground is the perception of the message you're trying to convey. This is a big story. Ground is more than just the one spot of your content you won't notice. It consists of the item, the emotional impact of the item, your intention or the importance of the item. And it's perspective. Let's break this into an exam. The story ground is a box inside the box contains a gift. The IRS. The gift is for your sister's birthday, emotional impact and importance. The box sits in the foreground perspective. The story ground creates the foundation for the continent, but space makes the difference. Here the ends announce about space positive space with the object. While negative space is the space that surrounds a notch. Both of space and the object are equally important as each bills a symbiotic relationship with how the object is viewed. Changing the space weight of an object changes the story being told, You can have balanced space way most negative space weight or mostly positive space weight . So grab some paper. We'll go through an exercise in value in space. Refer back to your value scale. You may lightly draw some squares, change the value of the negative space versus positive space. Even change the perspective. The goal of this is just to get comfortable with the concepts, so see next lesson. 5. Composition: we live. In an age where the attention span is short, Microsoft published a study that stated in 2013 the average attention span was only eight seconds. The fundamental take away is we need every tool in our disposal to grab the viewers attention fast. Now that we have a handle on value perspective in space, we will use this to conquer composition. Composition is less of something you were and more something you unknowingly understand. Unlike perspective, composition is so when the composition is off, the message changes. For this class, we're going to focus on compositional planning of content. Now we're going to delve into some compositional states. We'll go over lightly a few principles of composition, those being lines shape, balance rules, 1/3 and rhythm. 6. Lines: lines do not exist in nature, but rather they're experienced. Our mind connects the dots between objects to create a directed flow. This flow could be vertical diagonal, horizontal, curving, used lines for content impact. Think of those blue lights guiding the airplane to the runway. We want the lines and our image to land on the focal point of the story, Graham. So get a sheet of watercolor paper and get familiar with the brush and make some lines. Noting the position of the line relative to the paper, you will find that you naturally were gravitate towards lines that speak. Find which directed line is comfortable. This will help you in your final project. 7. Shape: shapes do occur in nature. For the purpose of this class, we will talk about shape as it relates more to both inside content as well as outside content. Inside content refers to the use of shapes to create an impact statement. Outside content referred to the shape of the image itself. First up the inside country. How would you describe a bowling pin toe? A. Blankers is kind of round, curvy, smooth, definitely hard. You could get more technical and say the shape isn't completely round or that it's more like two circles put together. This could be good for describing a physical option. How would you describe image that contains a bowling? In this case, it would be less about the object it so and more about the object as it relates to everything else. When you have a painting or an image or content, you can let the physical properties its shape influence the design. Orlando's separate shape be the design shapes can also come with preconceived competition. Way back in kindergarten, you can A grand teacher told you to draw picture your family. You draw a picture rectangle triangle sitting on top, and you called it a house. He drew the big hat circles with little stick legs. That was your family. So from age of four, all the way up. If you put a rectangle little triangle on top, your mind associates that with a house well, you're using shapes to create content. You want that preconceived connotation to help direct the flow of what your message is trying to say for outside shapes. When you're creating content, it's already defined anyone who has used instagram or Pinterest or any of social media. Note. It's a pain to fit what you have to say in a square and then have that same message received in a rectangle or circle whatever shape it's required to be. So here's one of my hard, fast rules for creating content. Don't prop create most of the time when it comes to cropping for content, it takes longer for the editing, then for the creation. So I want you to get your paper and get familiar with playing with shapes. Use color blocking to get a feel of how the inside shapes are related to the outside ships . One of the takeaways from this class is to help you create content using shape as a forefront and not an afterthought. 8. Balance & Rule Of Thirds: balance is always fun. It goes back to one of your earlier lessons in math and science escape. If you put too much on one side, the scale rises too much on the other side, it goes the other way. Balance in creating content means that your story ground must be balanced with the rest of the content in your image. Balance content, though, is not created your story. Ground should be the most important piece. It is the reason why you are, after all, creating the content. It needs to be the odd man out. The soft rule is that odd numbers attract more attention. Picture of three is more interesting than a picture of to. To create this, you must know you're missing. I always go back to the thought of why you're doing this. Why do you need to create its? What is the message that you're trying to say? Because once you have that message than everything you do is under that I'm broke. Once you define that goal, whether it is wanting someone to notice a wonderful Perego hearings or two with his needed hat, you know what message you're trying to convey? Then it's easier for you to make the balance pit. The rule of thirds is another type of balance. It's simply states that there are certain places on agree that would automatically draw your I. If you put two lines horizontal in two lines, vertical evenly spaced, these intersections will draw your attention. You won't use all the points at one time at most, maybe two. But even at to, the composition will remain simple. Playing with balance is more about space or rather, using the space around your story ground. The rule of thirds is just one type of way to do it quickly to create balance. Using one of these four points to always tell your story is a very clean home for your store ground to stay. So this is a simple exercise, taken out a piece of paper instead of like we did before with space. We're gonna divide the paper up with the lines and just play with how to shape and size your object as it relates to the points A, B, C and D 9. Rhythm: From the very beginning, we have learned to use rhythm and music to understand our surrounds. The most earliest form of this is the ABC, so the same mental trick using rhythm is also using composition. Repeating your story ground is one way to get your point across. There's a movie, my fair lady from the sixties. I love this movie. There's a line in that movie where character says, I'm willing to tell you I'm wanting to tell you I'm waiting to tell you it is a very rhythmic speech because it makes you stand up and listen. You start thinking, OK, this is very important. He's told me this time and time again, he's willing. He's waiting, he's wanting. So what is it you want to convey? That same message? Let's look at this from a real world example. Let's say you're be designer and you're working on a You pick one of your beads and show them in a repeating group. Having them all in one image grabs attention by playing a rhythm is a repetitive rhythmic flow. That direction story. Graham. You want your story ground to be repetitive, but you also want to apply some symmetry and for good measure, throw in a little chaos. Chaos is a disruption, and when you throw in that disruption, it's like nails on a chalkboard. You will grab attention. Okay, so we're going to work on a ridden exercise. I want you to find a pattern that you love that also fits your product. Focus and create a symmetrical rhythmic pattern with your water comes. 10. Content Value Board: The first thing you learn when you get ready to do a pain is to save yourself some time instead of honey, that $85 piece of pristine white watercolor paper you make sketches, toe workout, your composition and your color for this project. What we're going to do is learn how to apply the same principles of value sketches to creating content. If done right, we should not only save some time but save you a little money because you came up with your own content to deliver to the world. There is a growing trend to use images not completely related to the article content. I call this the romance novel approach simply because those colors seldom match the character descriptions. This directly relates back to shortened attention spans. On the other end of the spectrum, you have the overuse. INGE. I did a quick search for project management. Almost the entire first section is the same image across different your rails. Uniqueness is one of the reasons why it's important to create your own content for this project. We're going to produce a cheat sheet for image content. We can then refer to this cheat sheet when we have to produce product pitches or images for block posts or social media with such a limited amount of time, using value is a great shortcut to making an emotional connection to your viewer. We will take our value scale of 1 to 5 and pain out thumbnail sketches, then post your finished product and sketches to the project file. So let's begin. A good rule of thumb for this class is Follow the white. Think about the white rabbit and Alison wondering. The story happens after Alice follows the white rabbit down the hole. White or light makes you pause. What happens when you first step out into the blinding sun You put up your hand to shield your eyes? The white of an image makes you stop and wonder why it's there. Remember, we're trying to accomplish a few things with this content. First introducing the item, the emotional impact of the item and our intention for that item all in less than eight seconds. Think of it like this. Why would you go to the store and buy a magazine by the magazine means that you are committing yourself to reading it or at the very least slipping through to look at the pictures. That commitment automatically guarantees you will spend more than eight seconds on the article or the picture. Now ask yourself, Why did you skip over all the other magazines on the shop to buy just that one? When you flip through the other magazines, nothing. Grab your attention. Content falls into three categories. The peruse, the use and the for gotten in just a hit. We want to always fall into the 1st 2 buckets. The Peru's category is attention grabbing content. Hook the viewer to invest their time further. The use category allows the viewer to take the time with the content it grows on. The for gotten category means your content did not even get the eight seconds it deserves attached to the classes. A file with the most common shapes used online. We're now going to take that file and build a content value board. The goal of this board is to work out value sketches that will best align our content to always fall into the Peru's. Okay, The second goal is to develop a content creation strategy that reduces the time you require on the backing The easiest way to get started is to print out your guy. We're focusing on the container shape, the product and the vat. Keep in mind all the compositional elements you have learned so far. Perspective. Space line, shape, balance, thirds rhythm. You can either use simple shapes to represent your product. I'll get there detail with Just keep your story ground readily accessible. Having it as your focus helps to minimize distractions. These value studies are constructs of minimalism. They're just the stop side. A minimal design, with contrast, works very well. Let's don't be making notes. Defined the product you'll be working with. Answer the questions. What's the end goal for this image? Social media is it? Adds etcetera. What emotion are you trying to convey? For my example, the end goal is for advertising. The emotion I want to tap into is curiosity. I'm using some pain Maidens now take your value skill. Make an impact by varying the values represented all while keeping that variance three or less involving all five values doesn't generate. That stops on effect. Gather your supplies and digging this she represents the motions, shapes across social media, lightly draws your product use the containers that represents the platforms you use. I have used balance rules of thirds in lines. My rings already have a dark value, so they will act as the darkest value with my sketches. So you see here I created a balance with a number of regional. The value varies with three shades. There's a little chaos at it by not being equally spaced all while using white to make an impact. This is a study of how close values can also make it. I would say the composition layout is equal to the. This study also has only two values, but they are further apart on the scale. The line dominates the story, but the contrast in value creates a pause. There are endless combinations that can be created with up front planning. In the beginning, you will be able to save time and produce some dynamic content. Create don't cry happy painting