Working with Gouache & Colored Pencils: Let's Draw Some Homes! | Julia Henze | Skillshare

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Working with Gouache & Colored Pencils: Let's Draw Some Homes!

teacher avatar Julia Henze, Artist | Teacher | Urban Sketching Lover

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.

      Tools & Materials


    • 3.

      Painting & Drawing Techniques


    • 4.

      Mixing Colors


    • 5.

      Drawing a Blue House


    • 6.

      Drawing a Black House


    • 7.

      Drawing a Red-Orange House


    • 8.

      Final Thoughts


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About This Class

Let's draw some homes together! In this first class of a series on the most wonderful combinations of art materials (I use it a lot for urban sketching): gouache and colored pencils, we will sketch three very sweet, bright, and beautiful Amsterdam canal houses. This class is about the basics of gouache paint and colored pencils. It's perfect for beginners and fun for more experienced artists who love to draw architecture and want to learn new techniques. I've made this class longer than most of my previous classes to explain and comment on my drawing process as well as possible. In the following classes, we will go more in-depth and build up your drawing skill and your knowledge about the materials.

In this class, you will learn:

  • What are the best materials to use;
  • How to use gouache and how to make brush strokes;
  • How to mix gouache colors; and
  • How to apply colored pencils to create engaging and beautiful drawings.

I hope all your questions will be cleared up in the videos, but if you don't understand something, need any help with your sketches, or have suggestions/feedback, please don't hesitate to ask me anything on the Community page.  

♥ Looking forward to seeing your beautiful artworks in the Project Gallery! ♥

Enjoy and have fun!


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* Read my blog posts "Gouache colors for beginners" and "How to choose colored pencils for sketching" to find out what gouache colors you need as a beginner and what pencils work the best for this technique.

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Julia Henze

Artist | Teacher | Urban Sketching Lover

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Hello, creatives! My name is Julia Henze. I'm a freelance illustrator and urban sketcher living and working in a village with a name that nobody can pronounce, Bergschenhoek, in The Netherlands.

I love to share my passion for drawing and urban sketching with you, and show you how to make the drawing process easier and more fun. All my Skillshare classes are very easy to follow and perfect for beginning artists. But also advanced students can find interesting tips and tricks.


Visit my Instagram for inspiration and drawing tutorials. Tag me (@julia_henze) when you post a sketch made with one of my classes and use a hashtag #JuliaHenze_Skillshare. I'll be very happy to see your artworks! 

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7. Drawing a Red-Orange House: This last house is a little bit more complicated, but also very fun to do. It's a red-orange house with a bell gable. The top of a bell gable has the shape of a church bell. I slightly simplified it to make it easier to paint, so that we can focus on mixing colors. This time, we will use two different mixing techniques on the palette and on the paper. We start with the pencil sketch again, and this time, more than ever, it's important to use the help lines, especially the middle line, to keep everything more less symmetrical. I start with creating orange by mixing yellow and red on my palette, and apply the mixture to the upper-left corner of the house, the lightest part. Then, I add some more red to the mixture and paint the right side of the house. Add some more yellow again, and mix both colors. You can also add the red color more gradually and apply the paint from the top-left corner to the bottom-right. Both methods work well. I like how it looks. The gradient makes the house look so attractive. For the windows, I make a mixture of ultramarine blue and zinc white. Create a little bit of difference between the windows, so they don't look all the same. Mix blue and black together for a very dark blue color, so the white pencil I'm going to use later for the door palettes will stand out more. I use a mixture of blue and white with the decoration elements. Look at this, I smudged the paint on the right side, but no panic at all. There is always a solution about the gouache. I actually like these kinds of accidents. They force you to be more creative. First, I want to remove this paint here. Maybe if we could do ours completely, you won't be able to see anything at all. But since it has already happened, I want to show you how to repair something like this. I'll let it dry for a minute. Use the same paint for the front, but add just a bit of black to the mixture. Now, what can I do to fix it? I think I use a masking tape to protect the edges of my paper and create a frame. Then I make white large area wet, and apply my favorite sky color turquoise, a very thin layer. I'm not touching that. Remove the excess paint here to keep the sky nice and smooth and let it dry again. A lot of old Dutch houses have a dark thing window frame inside a thicker white frame. I want to show it in this picture with the same mixture of blue or black. By the way, I don't add zinc white to this mixture as I did when I painted the black house in the previous video, because this time, I choose the darkness of the color before its beauty. I drip some clean water again before I start to draw a tree. Actually, it's not really about the color of the tree, it's better to use clean water anyway. Of course, not all the time, but especially when you opt to paint with light colors after painting with dark colors, for example. Clean water, let's draw a tree or a bush. The same technique as we did at the previous video. My paint contains too much water, I'm afraid. It has reactivated the red under layer and it starts to get a little bit muddy. I throw in a brush, take some more paint, and it works much better now. I draw some grass in the front of the house and this time, I create the shadow on the bush with gouache. Later, I can add colored pencils too. I blend ultramarine blue with green on the palate and apply to make sure with short strokes on the right side of the bush and on the bottom of the grass. Remember, all the shadows in this glass are on the right and bottom sides. I use a dark blue mixture for the shadows from the vendor frame on the glass with a touch of zinc white this time to make it a bit lighter than the frame itself. I add some shadows to the decoration elements. The painting part is done, lets play with the colored pencils. Add some more decorations. The right one one is in the shadow, so we make it darker. Darken the other shadows a bit more and define the shapes. Add highlights with the white pencil. It looks pretty bright now on the dark door. It is a good idea to make it that dark, I think. Here, I use my darkest blue pencil for the lamp on the corner of the house. It's a harder pencil, which is fine for drawing sharp line sometimes. A softer one will be very nice too by the way, but it just so cool to wear the quality of the lines and textures with different pencils. For the reflection of the windows as we did in the previous part. This time, I want to add highlights to the dark inner frame. These are white corners on the upper end left sides of the frame. I think highlights always make objects shine, so I like to add them to my paintings. Add some textures here and there, the brick decoration above the window. A darker color on the lightest part. Add some shadows. More decorations. Add more shadows. I will also add highlights on the left side of the iron bars. We can choose to draw the fence lower or higher than the bottom of the window, but not on the bottom. It always looks strange, when a lot of different lines come together. I draw a horizontal line first and then the vertical parts. Now, I can add some texture to the bush with the same pencil. I add a tree trunk, make it quite dark because it's in the shadow and finish all this with some darker spots in the sky and textures around the house.