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Fashion Sketchbook: Benefits of Keeping an Art Journal

teacher avatar Elena Fay, Watercolor Artist & Fashion Illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (27m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Art Materials

    • 3. Fear of the Blank Page

    • 4. Exercise 1 / Watercolor Wash

    • 5. Exercise 2 / Paint Swatch

    • 6. Exercise 3 / Playing with Colors

    • 7. Exercise 4 / Fun Fashion Sketches

    • 8. Final Thoughts and Giveaway!!!

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About This Class


Getting stated in a new sketchbook can be really overwhelming. In this class, I share very simple exercises that will help you to get your hands warmed up and your creative juices flowing. I'll show you some fun techniques that will help you to overcome the fear of the blank page and shows you colorful examples to get you inspired. 

Whether you have five minutes or 2 hours for creating art in your sketchbook, I hope this class will inspire you to make time each date to be creative.

At the end of the class I will announce a giveaway where you have a chance to win prizes by sharing your projects.

Winners will be announced at the end of September

Art materials that I use in this class:

Watercolor Sketchbook

da Vinci Watercolor Brush

Mijello Mission Gold Watercolors

Winsor & Newton Watercolor Travel Set

Pentel Brush Pen

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Elena Fay

Watercolor Artist & Fashion Illustrator


Hi everyone, welcome to my creative playground:)

I'm a self-taught fashion illustrator, dreamer and explorer.

I started my blog in March, 2012 to share my passion for art and fashion. Over the years this space evolved and became a creative outlet to share things I love, my inspiration and everything creative.

Creating art for individual clients and big brands is a dream come true because every day I can play with my favorite paints and call it a job!

Creating is my biggest passion and I'm so excited that I can share and inspire you to create as well! I hope you enjoy my classes and have fun making some colorful mess!

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1. Introduction: fashion illustration is a beautiful imaginary world, and you can easily create it in your little sketchbook. My name is Elena Fe. I'm a self taught artist and fashion illustrator. Behind the block seemed stale that come my fashion sketchbook is the perfect place where I can record my thoughts and memories, express my feelings and create characters in any style I want. There is no fear of being judged or criticised. Your sketch book is not about the final result. It's about the process learning and finding the ways to improve your skills and make your heart even better. Working in your sketchbook should be fun and relaxing. It's something that you really enjoy and excited toe open and put a personal touch on every single page In this class. We're going to do some very fun and simple projects that will help you to see beauty and benefits off keeping a sketchbook. I will also share some tips on how to overcome the fear off blank page. This the class that you can just jump in China techniques experiment with watercolors and the most important thing. Enjoy the class. You will learn how to keep up with your sketchbook and create an artwork on a daily basis, even if it requires on the 10 minutes a day. I also have a surprise for you guys at the end of the class. I will now take your way. We're a few students who received somewhere fun gifts from me. I'm looking forward to seeing all your projects, so let's get started. 2. Art Materials : one of the questions I'm asked most on Instagram and other social media is what art supplies dry used for me illustrations. Over the years, I tried a lot of different brands of paper and pains, and today I will show you some of my favorites. But please keep in mind as you practice your own style and technique. He will find your favorite art materials that work best for you. Let's start with paper for costume projects and illustrations. I prefer hot pressed watercolor blocks. These three brands I love and trust and fluid is my absolute favorite blocks. A great If you used a lot of water, you can see that all pages are glued on each side, and this glue layer protects the paper from buckling so your artwork stays nice and flat when the painting is dry, are you Just take a palette, knife or credit card and separate the page from the block. When it comes to my personal projects, I love working in sketchbooks. I keep several sketchbooks in different size and paper type. It's nice to have a small one that you can just feed in your bag and use for rough notes. lists ideas and quick sketches when you are on the goal. For example, while waiting in the line or sitting at the doctors office, try not to spend too much money on your sketchbook. He doesn't mean that you can't create something nice on the cheap paper, and this cage book is a great example. It has about 100 pages and was under $7. When I saw this cage book at our store, I thought it would be nice to get it for pencil markers. Our pens catches, but then I was curious to try my watercolors. And honestly, I love the result. So my point is, if you can't afford expensive art supplies, don't let it stop you from creating art. Just keep experimenting and you will find something that works for you. If I plan to work in my sketchbook and Hughes a lot of water this to are my favorite because the paper is very thick. It has very nice texture. So are the pages. Not gonna Barco. The artwork will stay flat when the paint dries. The watercolor paints that I use a Magellan mission Gold. They are a little bit pricey, but if you are on professional level and you want to invest in your pains. I'm sure the sad will really impress you. The pain is very big mounted, and the artwork always turns out bright and vibrant. Another set that I love and use when I travel is Windsor and Newton Travel set. This set is very popular. The pains are beautiful and it's affordable, so I will show you how I use it. You can feel this little container of his Warner makes your pains over here, and when you done, just wipe the paint with this tiny sponge so convenient. I love it and always use it on the plane or while I travel. When it comes to choosing a brush, think of the style you enjoy the most. For example, if you create big washes or nice six chokes round brush with the perfect. But if you enjoy fashion illustrations or paintings with ah, a lot off tiny details pointed brush would be about a choice. I also recommend to get a twist bond Water brush pan. It's very easy to use and convenient with handle comes apart and he can refill it with water. And when you paint with his brush. You just don't have to worry about the water char. And for this particular class, I'm gonna use my work colors, cage, book pains and two brushes. One is big round brush and another is pointed brush. And for some text, I will use airbrush pen. You can use any a liner or gel pens you have. 3. Fear of the Blank Page: Have you ever had a feeling off Really urgency to buy a new sketchbook or art supplies In order to create new artwork, you go to the art store, find the sketchbook you like, touch the paper and even picture yourself sitting in the coast each year and painting. So you get new sketchbook, nice brush of Spain's markers, pencils, and you just can't wait to get home and start creating. But the moment he opened the sketchbook, you look at this fresh new Chris pickling page and freeze. You don't know where to start and don't want to make a mess. The first page can be really intimidating. Trust me, I've been there. I remember how I would tell myself that the sketchbook is too nice or too expensive, and I just didn't want to ruin it. I would tell myself that first I have to learn how to draw and paint and under. Then I have a permission. Teoh, create something in the sketchbook, and this was my biggest mistake. Don't be intimidated by this boring blank page. It's waiting for you to bring it to life and put a personal touch into it. But there is no rules are limited to your sketchbook. It can be small, a big, massive, clean, colorful or black and white, expensive or less and affordable. And here is my advice. If you're just starting out and you want to get into the habit of keeping a sketchbook, try with something less expensive, so it's less pressure on you. Don't get caught up in perfection. Just keep going and you'll see big improvements. Sketchbook is a great way to build your confidence as an artist, so that's get started. 4. Exercise 1 / Watercolor Wash: in this video, I will show you very fun exercise that always helps me to overcome the fear of blank page. So instead of being intimidated by this nice, crispy white page, we're going to explore it. Have fun, are try some techniques and see how our paper reacts to our pains. I call this exercise an icebreaker because as soon as you make the colorful mass on the first page and you get familiar with our stuff, you get your creative juices flowing and ready to fill out more pages. We're going to create colorful pains. Plesch, in other words, wet on wet watercolor, wash with the text or sketch in the middle. What color wash is a technique where you add some water, different pigments and see how they all play together? I'm going to use my big brush, zip it in clean water and apply a layer off water somewhere in the middle. I am not going to cover the whole page, and in some spots I barely touched the paper. So when it's try, it will have this very nice look. If you added too much water, don't worry, it's very easy to fix. You can take it out with paper towel. Well, the papers wet. I'm gonna take orange and just their browned make very lose chokes Now I'm gonna add different colors are feel free to use the colors you like I will take some pink Let purple maybe a little bit darker purple I will dub around and blend the colors And at the bottom I will apply very deep dark purple Tilt your sketchbook a little bit And the watch How your collars play with each other Creating this very nice effect While the paper is still bet I will add some sold Don't add too much Just a few bigger pieces sold will push away the pigment Creating this very nice effect that looks like stars So now I'm gonna let the paper jury You can use a hair dryer But I prefer just about a train Naturally and I'm gonna push away the sketchbook and brainstorm some ideas in the middle I will write maybe an inspirational quote or quick fashion sketch I want something that really inspires me and makes me feel good about the sketchbook Sometimes at the paper looks dry even if it's not so to be 100% sure Just touch it with the back home off your poem. And if it feels cold, it means you still need a few minutes to let a try. If you try to use your liner on the bed painting, you can ruin the pan. So I will share the paper first. And when it's completely try, I will use my brush pen and write something in the middle. I'm gonna write my happy place because I really enjoy working my sketchbook. And every time I open it, I want to see this sign our first pages done. I hope you enjoy this exercise, and now I want to show you are more ideas that he can use first Cage book. 5. Exercise 2 / Paint Swatch: If you are new to war colors, it's a really good idea to get familiar with your pain to set. And in this video I will show you very easy way to earn your watercolors better. And it's also a great project to include in your sketchbook. So next time when you're ready to create something from you just opened this page and see how your arm pains look on this paper. I remember when I started working with watercolors, I heard a few favorites, and some colors go completely untouched until I decided to learn all of them, see how they play together. And trust me. There's so much potential in your paint set. By mixing all your colors, you discover beautiful shades that you never used before. First, I want you to see how these scholars look with different amount off water, so we'll see a radiant from very bright, too faded colors on this page. I'm not going to mix different colors, just the paint and water. Ah, the pain will be straight from the tubes, all pan set in my set. I have more than 30 collars. It's very time consuming, and for this video, I will use only 10 but he will get that year. So feel free to play with all your colors. My chart Go have 10 equal parts, but feel free to create as many sections as you want based on the number off your colors. First, I'm going to divide the page in half. I believe a little gap here, Um, for the name off the paint brand and some space here so you can write the name off the color. Next. I'm gonna plan. In what order? I will pick my colors if you use a pan said I would recommend to start from beginning and just go one by one without skipping any colors. I will start with the yellow shade, then maybe Iran blue and green. Next, I'm gonna label each section with the name off the color. So now let's take some paint. And at the first stroke will be very saturated, very close to pure color. And then I will dip my brush in the water and dilute the layer. And I will continue adding some water to this color. Teoh, It looks very, very light at the bottom. What he get at the end is nice Grady and from very bright, solid color to very diluted shade. Now let's move on to the next color and repeat the same steps. This will give you an idea how you paint looks like with a different amount of water. So go ahead and play with all your colors, and this chart will be really helpful in the future. This is a great way to learn your pain set and just feel the colors better. Some artists are put this chart on the front page, and every time they plan new projects, they just find the colors that would be perfect for the project, and it makes the work much easier. 6. Exercise 3 / Playing with Colors: in this video, I will show you very fun and easy exercise. We're just gonna player around by mixing different colors. The final page is gonna look like this, but feel free to use different shapes. I just love painting Libs. It's all about experimentation. The point of this exercise is to get used to mixing different colors and not to be afraid to do so. Sometimes I add mobile. Sometimes I use almost dry brush, so don't be afraid to try different. Using the bed brush, I make sure that your water is clean. I will make a shape and then just add colors. They will blend together, creating very beautiful effect. If he makes the colors on the ballot, the color will look kind of flat, but when you add colors directly on the paper, it can add very unexpected and beautiful texture. So go ahead and mix different colors. You can mix two or even three colors. You can also try dry on the technique. You can do it by drying your brush using paper towel, then deep your brush in opinion and make some strokes on the paper while it's still wet. I also like on dry on dry to keep its perfect form baiting hair or different textures when he used different techniques. Your work is gonna look more interesting and intriguing, so don't be afraid to myself. Your sketchbook is the place where you learn and experiment, make a lot of mass in order to get better. I hope you enjoyed this exercise, and now it's let's move onto the next one. 7. Exercise 4 / Fun Fashion Sketches : in this video, I will show you how to create fashion illustrations without pencil, sketch and outline. This exercise will help you to create fresh and fun illustrations. And don't get caught up in perfection. First, I'm gonna makes our color for the skin tone. It will be very light. So if you make any mistakes, it's very easy to fix. I'm gonna paint different poses and he can find all this poses on my Pinterest board. I will have the link in my class description, and now we're gonna pay. Impression illustrations are using this our skin tone mix. In my previous class, you can find step by step tutorials about how to create fashion illustrations and poses. So please check it out. And if you still have any questions, feel free to ask me in the comments or discussion. All right, so let's put alliance for the head, shoulders, hips, peace and feet. - While the paint is still wet, I'm gonna add some shadows on the chin on the arms and legs. Also remember that when the paint is still bad, the color looks brighter than the one is trying. Now I'm gonna add some hair. You will notice that as soon as you paying the hairstyle, your sketch already looks interesting. No, let's dress shoes on and are the details. - Don't get too serious about this kitchen. They get a look silly and childish on the more you practice, the better you get at finding. Interesting poll just gave illustrations. I do this exercise as a warm up almost every day, and I love it because it really helps me to get the creative juices flowing. There are times when you don't know what to paint in your sketchbook, and this exercise is a great way to practice to explore, to learn your watercolors. 8. Final Thoughts and Giveaway!!!: I really hope you enjoyed this class. It was such a joy showing you my sketchbooks and sharing my tips with you. And now I would love to see your work. So please upload your projects and let me know if you have any questions. I know life can get crazy sometimes, and it gets harder to find time for art and any other hobby. For those of you who finished all the projects, I want to reward you for this little surprise. So oh, you need to do is submit your work and I will choose to students. You will receive this cage books and think. I hope this fund surprises will encourage you and motivating a little bit.