Creative Lifestyle: Make Abstract Art in Your Spare Time! | Gyasi Ottley | Skillshare

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Creative Lifestyle: Make Abstract Art in Your Spare Time!

teacher avatar Gyasi Ottley, Forever the art student that teaches.

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6 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Doode Your Foundation/ What are Gestures?

    • 3. Make a 3x3 Grid/ Rule of Thirds

    • 4. Make a Color Harmony

    • 5. Follow Along

    • 6. Final Thoughts and Feedback

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Here's a simple way you can experiment with making abstract art. I recommend trying it out a couple times to see how many different kinds of abstracts you can make. Maybe you're trying to perfect one way. Its up you! :) The whole point is to use this process to experiment with different colors, shapes and drawing movements.

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Gyasi Ottley

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1. Introduction: for the word Tell a friend Yo, I'm Josse. Oh, this is the skill share course on how to create an abstract piece of artwork. I am an artist that had studied how to create visuals so that they can clearly communicate an idea. I have since gone away from that, and I use my design training as a way to create guidelines for me to create abstract, expressionistic artwork. But I'm gonna teach you today is how to use some of the same guidelines that I set up so that I can create an experiment and communicate with you visually. By the end of this course, you're gonna have your own art piece created and designed by yourself using the design choices that makes sure that the art piece turns out to be appealing. Teoh General Human perspective. If you're brand new to art, making the discussions of art or even looking at our this is the perfect class for you. This exercise, this process of creating art, is going to help you understand. Developed the psychology of expressing yourself and sharing yourself by using these tools. You're gonna keep your viewer interested in your piece no matter what All right, so the materials that you're gonna need a pretty easy to find, easy to get. If you want to spruce up your materials, you can do things like using a marker instead of a pencil. All you need to do is have a mark making tool that is, uniforms. You need colors. Night. You can use crayons colored pencil paint. If you want to make sure you know how to use those materials, though I'm just using crowns because they're very easy. I want to make this very easy for you. I in this process will be using a piece of paper, 10 crayons and 18 measure. So gather your materials and let us begin on this journey of abstract art making and learning at the same time. 2. Doode Your Foundation/ What are Gestures?: All right, So grab your mark making tool in paper or your pen and paper in my case and I just want you to draw is doing along that surface for about 10 seconds at a time. If you want to take it a step further, you can do along the gesture. Do longer movements. But I really want you to just do a free scribbles. Just be very free and loose. It just draw for a little while. This is one of the foundational elements for your piece. Let's talk about the gesture and now that's used with artists with creators in general gestures or just a visual way for you to summarise your art piece. Ever had to, like, summarize a book that you read, summarize it in a paragraph with the sort of broad and general movements you get to create the line of action of a piece or even create the general mass of a body part for a character. So you can really get to summarize the idea of what you're about to do when you get into the details of your illustration or you're drawing or what have you Tons of artists used a gesture as a way to just quickly you, John idea down before they invest fully, invest in a long piece with all of its details. Remember, we're not being to super serious with this is supposed to be fun, to have a lot of fun trying out different gestures. You can even try it out on smaller little posted notes. I had a time and kind of feel out the motion. If you will do the same motion on a bigger piece, I want you to try keeping your mark making tool. Your pencil pen brush would have you keep it on the surface and just keep moving right along that surface and try and move using your elbow. This is a way that makes your gestures more organic. It allows you have more flow, and it makes it so that you have to continue along a single idea. You have to guide one thing along 3. Make a 3x3 Grid/ Rule of Thirds: All right, So now that you've done your doodle paper, now we're ready to divide the area by three or nine. Really unusual thirds. But that does is that it gives your viewer a focal point That's comfortable and easy to get to because they have the rest of the space to can explore and look around with it. You can play around with the colors with doodling and whatever you want to do. But make sure that the outcome the end result of your piece is gonna look good is gonna be appealing. It would be interesting to somebody, even if it's not their tastes. Whatever they're gonna look around, you're gonna take. You're to die. Mentions, lengthen with length and height, and you're going to divide the distances between point a point by three. I want you to see where the lines cross. I want you to pick pick 2 to 3 of those areas and choose those as your focal points. What we're gonna do at the next step is decide on one thing that we're gonna do consistently in those three areas. All right, Once you do that, you commit to that. You're going to see the magic of your artwork kind of unfold. This is like the planning stage. We're using these specific design tools these guidelines as a way for you to create artwork . 4. Make a Color Harmony: grab a color wheel. Look it up in your phone. Pull up another tab. Right now you're on the Internet Google Color Wheel. You're gonna need it for this step. Pick a color and color. Your favorite color or one that fits a certain move and go directly across to the other side of the cold will draw a line color you land on will be. It's compliment picking the one of those colors and go either left or right two colors down and you will get an analogous. Now you have a three color harmony. You're gonna use these three close to fill in the spaces of your doodles. Remember, how did you pick 2 to 3 areas of interest in the previous step? But I suggest you do with that is keep either your contrast ing or your analogous colors very close to each other in those regions. This is going to give you a guide, and this is how we're using durable goods to make sure that one, we have a piece of work that is engaging from a color perspective but also from a compositional perspective, we're making sure it's sound, and it's gonna work visually. for someone who's looking at it. There are some colors, like, for instance, yellow, green or brown, or things like that that you might consider those still fit on the color wheel. Think of it from a value perspective. Yellow green is a lighter green brown as a darker orange, so there are some pros when it comes to value. If you that advance and you can think about lights and darks as it relates to colors, keep that in mind and use that if you want to as well. The three color harmony keeps it simple for you to just run through this process in the next video. I'm just going to run through a couple of things that I do when I'm going through this process, working with it and you'll see a couple of subtleties of my work throughs when I'm doing this, creating a piece of artwork from myself or other people 5. Follow Along: I didn't draw to full online's going this way because I wanted to just put a little indicator in past versions of these pieces. I did draw the full on lines, and I even used them in some cases. But for this one, I just wanted to try just indicating right you see it with this piece. I didn't have a full online right, But I definitely just indicated, and that kind of had a different effect on my piece. So, you know, these are some choices that you can make with your own piece for yours. You know, I told you to draw a grid, and that's totally fine. Let's go with I want to challenge myself because it did a couple of these already. So I'm gonna go with I won two purple. Those purple is the color of that, like is comprised of others, but obviously it has yellow on the other side of the color wheel. So that's pretty easy, Teoh pick. That's why I told you about color harmonies. I feel like I'm feeling like putting brown here. I don't know. I did that on one of my last pieces, but, um, let me just do something different. I'm going with this red violet because Violet is what we think the best Purple red is closer to it. Any way you can feel stifled with using the three colors after, you know, filling in the spaces and whatnot. So with yellow, I don't really have anything that you know is in the value scale for yellow. Oh, wait a minute. I do have something I have this This is Ah, green yellow. It still works as a value. Use it. As you can see, I chose to keep the contrast in color is very close to each other in those areas where the lines intersected. And I'm gonna stay working with my value choices in these areas and keep purple and Red Violet away from that area. Pretty much so. What I'm experiencing here is that I'm filling out this shape and it's gonna get really close to that yellow. But luckily, I could just block it out, using this line. All right, but I got to be careful because this is really close to where those lines intersect. It's pretty close to this area, so I'm gonna make sure and keep the purple away from that, make sure that yellow close to the area. I'm definitely gonna add so a little bit more value of a little bit of a darker color by adding in this red. And I'm definitely still keeping the purple away you see here like I just put some white over here and that added this screen yellow. During this section, I feel the majority of this area with this yellow, the stronger yellow meaning. If I dock in the explosion of my camera, you can see it better. What I plan to do later on is actually accentuate the difference in these to buy thickening some of the lines around those areas. So you can It will heavily influence your perception of these two colors. Take a look at the fact that I have this red over here and it's not fighting right. It's not really fighting with what I did over here. If I threw some purple somewhere in in in these small area, they will start to fight and create the same tension that created in these areas. I made sure and made it clear that, like in this area, keep things kind of really analogous. Where like here. I have more analogous colors, whereas I have greens kind of dancing around in these three points. See greens or close to the Reds that a quick note on finishing your piece like at times like these, it can get. Really, This looks really messy, like what the heck. But like their points in this process where you're going to get really likes frustrated, it's taken a long time to finish it out. You can already have decided your fate pretty much by putting putting these guidelines in place. But, like really, spend some time like going through the process. This is just the first time you're doing this. If you hit a little point, if you little wall it's OK, take a break. Come back to it. You know it's cool. It's supposed to be fun. Therapeutic. What have you So don't rush yourself. Don't like, uh, freak out. What I will say, though, is that there's some ways for you to finish off your pieces is what I definitely did was clean up the lines, go back over it with pen or your mark making tool and go over those edges. Clean up those shapes sometimes we color out the lines. That's cool, but you can go back and clean the mufti. You know, unlike graffiti letter and you get your shadows to make things popping. Look, three D basically did that for a couple of the shapes. If you got pencil marks, erase some of those pencil marks to clean it up. If you got a pen, go ahead and play with some of those extra marks and feel like they're kind of annoying. Is play with, um, maybe make another shape with him and co. That in a swell go over some of the areas with the color again. If it's what color would have you finish it off, just go back through. If you have an idea of your own, go ahead and do it. Not going to stop. How can I stop you? I'm inside of a computer screen also like, you know, we just finished the piece. You can make another one. There's a bunch websites like these, and they will help you print a piece. You get it framed. I've done canvas prints of some of my digital work, so go ahead and scan in the picture. Do it and get a pin it up. You know, if you want a deal, I actually just get it framed. You can do that to go toe. You know, I would say, Go to a frame shop, being a bias and frames at Wal Mart or something. Frame your piece. Put up in your place. Talk people about what you did. Don't get too caught up in making it perfect. You have time for that. You can make another piece is not about perfection. Okay, this is about having fun, making something trying a little bit harder than you might have without this course, but definitely not being perfect. There's no such thing as perfect. 6. Final Thoughts and Feedback: All right, all right, all right. You have made it to the and let me see your piece. No, seriously, let me see your piece. Upload your projects. You're finished projects. This is my brother's doodle. That I did. I haven't used some of the lines like from the grid like that, I think. Is that line from the grid. Until I create a shape and stuff. I created a bunch of different pieces, like take a selfie with it. You scan it in, put a link up to it. Whatever you want to do up, close your piece and share it with the group. Some questions. I have some questions I got for you to answer. This is going to help us get some insight into life. What you were thinking about how you felt going through this Because I really want to know how. How How was it for you? Which that put the process. Do you think was the most influential in making your peace? Look the way it does? Was it the colors? Was it shapes that you drew was the fact that you picked your focal point? Which part do you think was like the most like influential portion. Which part of the process would step in the process view was the most challenging. Which one was that? We're part of the process. Did you enjoy the most? What is the most fun? Which part did you really like? Sing and save, man. This is great because each one kind of, uh, like each part of the process really attacks a different part of the brain and really forces you to kind of flex your muscles in different ways. Your mental muscles. I recommend going through this course a couple times trying new pieces. As as I showed you. I did a bunch of different variations, right? Each one is definitely not the same. You can even do something very communal. I have someone else do it. Do you draw bread over it? Maybe have someone else picks and colors and use those colors, Or maybe have someone else color. You do right so you can switch it out. Here. My recommendations for experiments you can use going back for this court draw grade before you draw doodle. Think about that. You can challenge yourself with a new color scheme. Try another three color harmony pick another random car on the we'll go across the color wheel, then going out and get any one of those. And maybe you want to play around with value. This time, try drawing with different thickness. Somebody might have used a brush today, but someone who didn't use the pin like me might want to try using a martyr that's thicker . They go shopping, Mark and do that and see what happens there. Since I use crayons this time around, you can try using water clothes next time. Maybe, if you like acrylic paint, you know those work. Try that out. I even tried doing one on the iPad using auto desk sketchbook. That was really cool. And I can show you some of the pieces that did with that piece of technology and course with their You know, you don't have to use any materials other than the iPad itself. It has all the Martin making tools, all the sicknesses and all that. So you know there's different ways feed, experiment and try things out and have a lot of fun doing it again, again and again. Each time you do upload a picture and let me see what you've done. Also, you can contact me directly at G Y a s i o at gmail dot com You can also tag me on instagram if you uploaded on instagram and tag me at G Y s i o on Twitter at Mr De y A s. I vote fun. I had a lot of fun making it doing all these new pieces. I'm gonna experiment and do some, like, higher level my artwork using different materials and stuff using this process because I find it to be very therapeutic, very fun. And I'm glad that you know this. I'm happy. Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you.