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Fun and Easy Watercolour Galaxies - Step by Step (Polaroid Style)

teacher avatar Zaneena Nabeel, Top Teacher | Artist

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Lessons in This Class

11 Lessons (1h 28m)
    • 1. Welcome to my Class

    • 2. Art Supplies

    • 3. Prepping the Paint & Paper

    • 4. Painting 1 - A Starry night in the Desert

    • 5. Painting 2 - Galaxy Desertscape

    • 6. Painting 3 - Galaxy Cityscape

    • 7. Painting 4 - Night by the Lake

    • 8. Painting 5 - Galaxy Landscape

    • 9. Painting 6 - Driving through the Night

    • 10. Taking Photographs & Editing

    • 11. Thank you for Watching

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About This Class

Hey! Hey! Join me to paint simple Polaroid Galaxies with watercolours. Each and every step is explained at a beginner level makes it easy to follow for everyone. 

In this class you will learn to paint 6 different Polaroid galaxies with unique colour combinations and subjects.

At the end of the class, do post your final project to the Project Gallery so I can see your amazing artwork! If you post this class's output on Instagram, make sure to tag me- @aurorabyz and  I'll mention you in my Stories :) 

Happy Painting!


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1. Welcome to my Class: Hello everyone. My name's Zaneena Nabbed. I'm back with a super exciting class on painting some cute little galaxies. The class is composed in a timeline of nearly two hours, and each painting is explained in about 10 to 15 minutes, so that means if you invest at 10 minutes you can paint one Polaroid galaxy. Right from the pencil sketch, I will be taking you through each and every step, and by end of the class you all will be having six unique mini galaxies. I am somebody who loves watching the stars and the moon, I love gazing at the night sky, and maybe that is the same reason why I love painting galaxies. For some reason it gave me that connection to my dreams. In this class, I'm going to take you through a series of dreamy night skies. I have chosen different subjects for each of these polaroid galaxies, and each of them have unique color combinations as well, so once you take my class, you all will be confident and choosing your own favorite color combinations and you can mix and match the colors and the subjects as per your wish. I have also added a bonus lesson on how to take photographs of your painting and how to edit them after that. All right guys, I cannot wait to take you through all my tips and techniques, let's go together and explore the night sky. Come with me, let's fly into the night sky and catch some stars. 2. Art Supplies: In this session, I'm going to talk about all the supplies that you'll need throughout this class. It is absolutely okay if you don't have the exact same material that I'm using. You can go with any of the brand which you have and initiate what's similar. Starting with a paint, I'm going to use video sheets from the brand Sennelier and Arteza. I'll be talking about the sheets in detail when we move on to the next session. Next under the watercolor paper, I'm going to use my Arches rough paper, which is 300 gram per meter square and 140 lb. This is a 100 percent cotton watercolor paper. You can go with any of the brand which has a minimum of 300 gram per meter square. These are the three brushes that I'll be using throughout this class. This is silver black velvet brush size number 12, and Princeton heritage size number 6, which is a round brush, and my Princeton elite wash brush. You will need a mixing palette to mix in all your colors. You will need two jars of water, one has to stay clean and the other one is to wash off the paint from your brush. To create the stars, I'm going to use my white gouache by Royal Talens. You can go with any of the white gouache paint have. If you don't have one, you could go with your white acrylic or even your white watercolor woodwork. Last but not least, you'll also need a pencil, a masking tape, an eraser, and a paper towel. That summarize all the materials that you'll require in this class, grab all the materials and join me in my next video. 3. Prepping the Paint & Paper: All right, so I have squeezed in all my favorite sheets into this travel tin palette. So throughout the class, I will be taking paint directly from this palette. In the same order, I have scratched each of the colors in the travel tin palette. So this palette holds the colors which I use mostly. So I just take them wherever I go so that it is easy to paint while I travel. I will be explaining about the shape in detail while we paint each of our mini galaxies. I have cut my paper into 10 by 11.5. So that's the size I'm using for all of my Polaroid galaxies here. You can go with any of the size of your choice. You can even do the same thing in a bigger size. It doesn't necessarily need to be a Polaroid galaxy. All right, so why I choose a 10 by 11.5 size as this, because my water color bag is at the size 23 by 30. I cut them into six equal pieces and I got the 10 by 11.5. That's how I arrived at the size. So the next task, while we start with each of these paintings is to apply masking tape on all the four sides formally. This one is a very basic masking tape I got from a supermarket. You can even go with your Washi tapes, but I feel like it's too cute to spoil them. Always run your fingers across the masking tape three or four times to make sure that they are very strongly fixed. Because if there are gaps in between, the paint or the water can seep in through and you won't get a clean, nice line. I'm fixing my paper directly onto a piece of plywood which is white in color. You can use a cardboard piece or even you can fix a torn tool, or book or anything because the size is too tiny. I'm leaving a little extra space at the bottom to make it look like a Polaroid photograph. Also you can utilize this area if you want to write a quote or the date, or any other information. Alright, fix your paper and join me in my next video. Let's start painting. 4. Painting 1 - A Starry night in the Desert: Let's begin the fun with a desert night sky. I have tapped on my paper, and I'm drawing the mount of sand. One taller and one shorter one. We'll be doing a video on red sky here. So now, I am going ahead with applying a wet, colder water on the sky. Now, I'm starting to apply my paint, I'm going with the darkest value of Prussian blue. To apply the paint, I'm using my flat brush. It doesn't necessarily need to be a flat brush, you can even go with your bigger sized round brush. So I apply the darkest value possible on the top, while I come down, I'm making it lighter. Now, from this line, I'm adding in two guys blue. You can go with any of the dark blue and light blue which you have got, it doesn't necessarily need to be the same colors, that is, a Prussian blue and the turquoise, which I'm using here. If you do not have a light blue, don't worry, just take your same dark blue to lightest value while you come down. It will still give you a great result. I blended the Prussian blue and turquoise, now I'm adding a little of water and making the turquoise blue even more light while I come down. So the only idea here is to get your sky dark at the top, and make it light too while you come down, no matter which brush you use or which color you use, it is totally up to you. I got a nicely blended smooth guy. I'm going to add in a little more darker Prussian blue on the top to make it even more darker. That is sky. Now, let's add in the stars. So I'm going to splatter the stars using my white gouache paint. If you don't have a white gouache, you can go with your white acrylic or even your white water color work. So this one here is a white gouache by oil talents. So I'm going to load my brush with white gouache paint. I always take a little from the bottle and mix them on the lead. Now, with another brush, I'm tapping on the brush where I took the white paint on. So by tapping you could see how I'm getting those tiny little stars. You just need to get the consistency of the paint right. It shouldn't be too loose or too thick. If it's too loose, you might end up getting big splatters of white, you won't get these tiny ones. I'm adding in some more stars. So whenever you feel like you have got enough, stop it there. All right, looks like I have got enough. Now, I'm going to add in the bigger stars using my white gouache and with my same brush. So instead of a brush, you could also go with your wide sharpen. I'm going to add a cute little moon. I'm not changing the brush as this has already white gouache in it. So with the same white gouache, I'm adding a little moon. With that, the sky is done. Now, let's go ahead and ping the sand dunes. For the sand dunes, primarily, I'm using the color yellow ocher. I would also need little of burnt sienna and little of paints gray to finish the sand dunes. I'll just test the shade before I apply on a real painting. The color looks perfect. It has that sandy feel to it. For the one behind, I'm going with the literal bolder version of yellow ocher. Fill in the mountain in yellow ocher. Now, using burnt sienna, I'm adding little of highlights here and there to enhance the mountain. I'm applying little of burnt sienna over this line, later on the top as well. Now, let's paint the one in the full crown, which is the bigger one. So this is going to be a more lighter version of yellow ocher. I'm going in with the lighter tone of yellow ocher. Over this line, I'll make it even more lighter as the light from the moon is directly hitting over this side. Now, let's fill in the entire mountain in yellow ocher leaving the right side little lighter. We'll need to add a bit of detail into this one and the full ground. So the sand dunes, the shape are formed due to the wind moment. So if you have ever observed a sand dune, you could see one side are these covered with the shadow, and the other side looks lighter than the shadow front face. The shadow front face is called a slip face, and the other lighter side is called a wind face. I'll just illustrate it for you. So this is how a slip looks like. In reality, this means, the slope is going to either side. So the curvy line is where the division of that slope to either side happens. This shape keeps changing every now and then according to the wind's movement. So I have my moon there and this is where the light is hitting, and I'll make this area lighter. So I will begin with adding a curvy line, and I'll fill that in burnt sienna. So this is what gives your sand dunes that really effect, and on the right side, we'll go with a lighter version of your logos similar to this. I'm drawing a curvy line, and now, I'm going to fill in the left side of the line in burnt sienna. You could see how that really effect is starting to come. Always make sure to do this only after your background is dried completely because you have to get that line clean and sharp. I have got the shape right. Now, I am going in with adding a little of darker burnt sienna. My idea is to make the left side even more darker, so I applied a darker burnt sienna towards the left. Now, I'm going in with the little of paints gray. You could see how the lighter side of the sand dune is getting enhanced while you add the darker values on the left. I will do the same thing to the one in the background. I'll add some darker values to it. Now, the final step is to add some texture line to the lighter side of the sand dune. I'll simply add in lines like this, and I'll blend them to the background. That is going to give you the texture for the sand. I'm going in with the lighter burnt sienna, adding some lines like this. Don't make them too dark and bold. Blend them in a way you still can see the line. With that, we are done with our first painting. I'll quickly peel off the masking tape and show you how is it looking While you peel off your masking tape, always remember to do that at an angle. This will prevent your paper from tearing off. That's our night in the desert. I hope you enjoyed it. 5. Painting 2 - Galaxy Desertscape: Onto our second painting, I'm going to begin by wetting my paper. I'm going to apply an even coat of water onto my paper. Before you begin, always make sure your paper is firmly taped. There is no gaps in between, run your fingers across all the sides and make them strong. I have applied a clean coat of water. For this sky we are going with five sheets. We'll begin with black, then we'll go with Prussian blue, and then with purple, then we'll go with crimson and end the sky with gamboge yellow. I'm going in with black. I'm applying the darkest value possible on the top area. After black, I'll go in with my Prussian blue. In your mind, have a rough division of the paper space as you need to add five different sheets for the sky. Because if you don't plan it properly by the time you reach the bottom, there won't be any space left for the yellow. Have a lot of ideas in your mind, how much each color you need for the sky. After the blue, I'm going in with purple. It is this shade that I'm using. You can go with violet, purple, magenta, or any popular shade. Can you see how beautifully the colors are blending? It is because my paper's is still wet. That is what I love about arches paper, they hold water for a very long time. That's it with the purple. Now, I'm going in with some crimson. Oops, looks like I took a lot of crimson. Never mind, I'll take a little water and will blend that with the purple. Those colors have blended properly. Now, I'm going in with gamboge yellow. I'll apply the gamboge yellow closer to the crimson and blend them together. That's our multicolored sky. We started with black and went in with Prussian blue, then added purple, then added crimson, and ended the sky with the yellow. My sky is still wet, so I'm going in with a little of brighter crimson and making it little more bolder. You can keep adding more layers of color if the background is still wet. I'm quite happy with the result. I'm not going in with too many layers. I'll just stop it there. If you doesn't know, I have already published another class on Skillshare on doing a multi-color night sky. This is the final piece of that class. It's a much elaborate version of doing a multi-color galaxy night. If you're interested, do have a look. Let's wait for this sky to dry. Once it is dry we'll splatter in the stars. Our sky has dried completely. Now, I'm going in with the same technique which we used in the previous painting. I have mixed the paint on the lid. Now, with another brush, I'll tap on my smaller brush and create the stars. Work on a rough piece of paper if you are not sure about the consistency. Because if you don't get the consistency right, you will end up spoiling the sky which you have already painted. Try on a sample piece and once you feel like it has come right, then splatter on the bigger one. If you have a different way of splashing stars, you still can use that. You don't need to follow the same method that I'm using here. We just need to have some stars in the sky and that's all we want. The method, really doesn't matter. Looks like I have enough of stars there. Now, I'm going to go in adding the bigger stars using the same brush. As I mentioned earlier, you can also use your white gel pen instead of the brush here to create your bigger stars. The bigger stars are also done. Now, the next step is to fill in the landscape area. I'm going to do a desertscape here, with a lot of cactus plant, and for that I'm only using black shade. Fill the lower line with black. All those paintings that you will be doing along with me in this class, as composed by my favorite subjects and color combinations. You have the absolute freedom to choose your favorite combination and subject. You don't need to follow the exact same thing that I'm doing. Don't restrict, always let your creativity flow. You can see how that black landscape area is enhancing the yellow sky. This is why I always like to end up this guy in yellow. It gives a different glow to the landscape and the sky altogether. Now, I'm adding in some cactus plants at different heights and sizes. If you are not quite confident in using a brush to draw the cactus, you can always go with your black micron pen or any other pen. You can either draw one or two just like that and stop it there, or fill in the entire line with different sizes of cactus plants. I'll quickly fill in the line with some more. Always play with different heights, no matter whether they are trees, or plants, or mountain. Never do them in the same size and same height. Always mix-and-match the height and sizes. I'm done adding in the cactus plants. I'm loving how this cute little painting has turned out. It just takes less than 10 minutes to paint this one. I hope you all enjoyed it. That's our galaxy desertscape. 6. Painting 3 - Galaxy Cityscape: Onto our third one. This one is a Galaxy Skyscape. I'm starting with applying a wet cold water onto my paper. I have chosen three colors for this night sky. Black, Prussian blue, and purple. I'm starting with black and I'm using a flat brush to apply the colors. All these make it darker on the top, and while you come down make it lighter. That was black, now I'm going in with Prussian blue. Again, I'm going with the darker value of Prussian blue and blend the black and the Prussian blue together. It is much easier to blend the colors using a wide flat brush. You just need to move it across the paper left and right. You get a smooth, nice blend of colors. If you can, invest on a good flat brush. That's a black and blue. I'm going go in by adding a little of violet. It is this violet here, and with my flat brush I'm applying the paint. I'm blending that with the blue, and I'm taking the violet down. Blend the colors evenly, and dig the violet to the bottom of the paper. I'm going in with one more layer of the same sheets and making it a little more darker on the top. Again, I'm blending them evenly. That's the base coat of my sky. I'm going to load in white watercolor on my brush, and I'm going create a milky way. To paint the milky way, I'm using my silver black velvet brush, size number 10. I'm taking white watercolor on my brush. My sky is still wet and I am going to apply the white watercolor like this on the sky. As we're working on small piece of paper, I'm not spreading the milky way too much into the sky. My next task is to blend the milky way into the sky. I don't have any paint on my brush. My paper is still wet with my little damp brush. I'm just blending out the color onto the background. Remember to dab your brush on a paper towel every now and then to make your brush clean. I'm just dabbing my brush on the white color and trying to take it out to the blue. It is quite easy as my background is still wet. That is the reason why I always see you have to use a minimum of 300 GSM paper. A 100 percent cotton, 300 GSM paper holds the water for longer time. That helps a lot while you're working with multiple layers of color. I'm adding a little more purple to reduce the intensity of my milky way. I feel like it is a bit too much. So that's my milky way. I'm going to quickly splatter in some stars using my white gouache paint. I'm using the same method which I used in my previous two paintings. Even if your milky way doesn't look perfect, it's absolutely all right. You could see how the stars are covering up the milky way and making it look perfect. With the same brush, I'm adding in some bigger stars. Pick some random [inaudible] add in the bigger ones. It is the combination of the tiny stars and the bigger stars adds beauty to the sky. You could also add some shooting stars if you want to add. With that, the sky is done. I'm going to go in and add the cityscape. I'm going to draw Dubai skyline. One reason is because I live in this city. The second one, it is much easier to create the Dubai skyline. You just need to draw Burj Khalifa. No matter whatever building you draw next to it, you still can create that Dubai [inaudible]. I'm using my brimstone heritage round brush size number 6, and I'm loading my brush with black watercolor. You can use any detailing brush or any brush with a nice tip. Or you can even use your black gel pen. To draw Burj Khalifa, draw a straight line, at the nice tip on the top. Now keep adding little projections to alternate side. When you come down, keep increasing the width of it. I added little projections to right first, now I'm going with left. I'm again going with right, and you could see while I come down, the width of the building is increasing. This is one of the easiest building that you can draw and still everyone can identify. But no pressure, you can go with any of your favorite city, or you can draw some mountain, or pine trees, or any other subject of your choice. That's Burj Khalifa. I'm going to quickly fill in the entire skyline with some real and some fake buildings. If you don't know, I'm an architect by profession and I observe buildings a lot, and I love traveling. Everyone loves traveling. Maybe most of you have been to Dubai and maybe some of you can recognize the buildings that I'm drawing. If you want to draw any other city, you can google for the skyline sellout. In Google, you could find the skyline for most of the cities. Actually, you don't even need to copy any skyline. You could just play with rectangles of different heights. That could symbolize a beautiful skyline. Easy, see the one I'm drawing now. This is what I meant by different height rectangles. You could play with varying size, like two tiny ones, two tall ones. That can easily symbolize the skyline. I'm going draw these two buildings. These are called Emirates Towers. These are one of the oldest towers in Dubai. These are two symmetrical towers with different heights. By the end of the class, you all will be having six unique Polaroid galaxies. We are at the third one, there are three more to go. These little galaxies are a beautiful home decor. You could tie a string from one end to the other, or you can put an LED lights strip and hang the Polaroid galaxies with the clip. It is also the best to give as the handmade gift. Because the size is manageable, It is always easier to get it right. Then add more building where I have little space left on the right. With that, I'm finishing my galaxy cityscape, I'll quickly peel off the masking tape. I got a clean line. It feels so good when the masking tape come off right. That's it. Choose your favorite color combination and your favorite city, and create the magic. 7. Painting 4 - Night by the Lake: Onto our fourth painting, I'm mainly using two shades for this painting, indigo and cobalt green from sennelier. As I mentioned in the description, you can go with any of the dark blue and the light blue you have. If you don't have the same sheets I'm using don't worry, it's absolutely okay. Now, I'm drawing a line somewhere in the center, so the upper part is my sky and the lower part is my lake. Also add mountains from either side making the center low. That's all the sketch you need to start this painting. We will be doing a baton wet sky for this painting, I'm going to quickly apply an even go to water onto my sky. Apply water only on the sky, leave the lake as it is. I'm applying indigo on the top, I'm directly taking it from my palette. I'll apply the darkest value on the top, and I'll take it to the outer corners. I am using a flat brush to paint my sky. Again, it doesn't necessarily need to be a flat brush, you can also use your bigger sized round brush. Now I'm munching the pins from the outer corners towards the inside. Now I will add in the cobalt green, I'll apply them closer to where I have stopped indigo. Apply them and blend them together. This cobalt green here as one of my favorite sheets from sennelier. It's a cool, soothing color and also allow indigo as well, especially when you do those monochrome, misty, forest, and mountains indigo is one of the perfect shade to do that. Obviously this line little lighter. Now I'll add little more darker indigo on the top, before I go in adding the milky way. I'm blending my colors by just pushing the color towards the inside. I'm not taking it an either motion, I'm just taking it inside. Because my sky is still wet, the indigo is directly blending into the cobalt green. The next step is to add a Milky Way, so I'm loading my round brush with little of white water color and I'm applying it onto the sky like that. This needs to be done when the sky is still a little bit so that the white can nicely blend into the background. As we did in the previous painting, I'm just dabbing my brush on the white and trying to blend that out into the blue. I'll go in with little more white, I'll just apply it on top of the white which I applied earlier, just to make the white look little more bolder. Keep cleaning your brushes using a paper towel, otherwise the dark colors will get mixed with the white, and spoil the milky way. Next, I'm going to fill the lake in cobalt green, leaving this area a little lighter. I'm applying a lighter version of cobalt green where I had the Milky Way closer to it, and by like come down, I will make it bit more darker. So that's a first layer of our lake. The paint hasn't dried, now with the same brush, I'm going to create the reflection of the mountain. To create the reflection, I'm using indigo and I'll be taking them towards this edges, I'm loading my brush a bit little of indigo, and I will be applying them towards the edges. Along with the reflection, I'm also adding go darker value of the league. Both of them get done together, so I'm just taking my brush in a one-way motion, I'm just taking it from the outer side to the inward. You could see how those lines which I applied are blending by itself as a background is still wet. Now I'm going to do the same thing over by right side. Draw the lines from the outer corner towards the inside. I'll apply little more darker tones on either side, where it is so close to the mountain. That's one of my favorite companies when I paint lake, see or any waterbodies, so that's the sky, the Milky Way, the league, and the reflection of the mountain. Now my next task is to splatter into stars. I'm using white to brush paint and I'm taking a little on my brush and I'm mixing that on the lid. I'll just keep a piece of paper on the lake so that the white don't splatter into the lake. Now, I'm going to splatter no whitewash onto my sky, the same method which I used in all my previous paintings. Splattering as many as you want and splatter little more towards the outer edges where you have the darker shade for the sky. Cool, my skies full of stars. Now I'll go in with the bigger ones, I'm using my same brush to create the biggest stars. Splatter the stars and creating the biggest stars is common for all the sea paintings. I think by the time you finish to stick paintings, you should be good enough to get the right consistency for the whitewash to create your stars. Because the method of splattering is very easy, the only thing you need to be little careful is deciding on the consistency of the paint. It shouldn't be too loose and to thick. Give a try, and you can understand how much more, what do you need to add, or how much more thicker you need to make it. So my only task left us to fill in the mountain line in black. Fill the entire mountain line with black water color, I'm using my same Princeton Heritage size number 6 brush. By now your sky could have completely dried, so there is no chance of smarging or anything. You could see how those black mountains are enhancing the sky because it has a great contrast there, that's why I told you to make a bit lighter while you move closer to the mountain so that there is a glow for your sky. As I mentioned in the previous paintings, play with different color combination and subjects. Take your creativity to the next level, come up with great color combinations. We are almost finishing this painting, I'm allowing that tapped which we have got in this cute little painting. Now, I'll quickly peel off the masking tape and show you the final peace. If you are not ready confident to peel off the masking tape, if you are worried about getting a clean line, you can always blow dry on your paper, but bit loosen the glue of the masking tape and you can take it out really easily. It looks like I'm getting a clean line. With that, we have finished our fourth painting, the night by the lake. I hope you enjoyed it, I'll see you in the next one. 8. Painting 5 - Galaxy Landscape: All right guys. We are on the fifth polaroid galaxy painting. We are going to do a simple galaxy landscape in this one. We'll be trying to blue, green and a yellow combination for this landscape. I'm starting with applying a wet coat of water on my paper. Make sure you don't apply a lot of water onto the paper. You just need a very light coat. I'm going to go with a blind paint. I'm starting with ultramarine blue. I'm taking enough on my brush and I'm applying on the paper. Add the darkest value possible on the top. I'm using my flat brush, and you could see with one coat, I could fill a lot of area because the width of my flat brush is quite nice. Now, I'm going in with sap green. I'm taking sap green on my brush, and I'm adding it closer to the blue, and I'm taking it down. I'm going in with lemon yellow. I'm adding nice fresh lemon yellow to the bottom and taking it to the top, and I'm mixing that the blue. Automatically, once the yellow is mixing with the blue, I get a green there. Now I will go but under the layer of the same shades to make it look a bit more brighter. I'm going in with one more layer of ultramarine blue, and I'm going with a bit of green. After that two shades, I'll go in with a bit more lemon yellow. Properly blend in the green and lemon yellow so that you get the nice neon green there. Keep blending them until you get the smooth and evenly blended sky. Looks like my sky is ready. Now, I'll wait for this to dry. My sky has dried completely. Now, I'm going ahead and spattering the stars. Splatter as many as you want. I usually splatter more on the outer edges where I have the darkest color. With the same brush, I'm adding the bigger ones. This is totally random. You can add the bigger ones wherever you feel like. The sky and the stars looks perfect. Now, the next task is to add in the mountain line. To paint the first layer of the mountain, I'm going in with a lighter version of sap green. I really allowed that contrast of the mountain and the sky behind. This contrast is what adds depth to your painting. That is why I always mention to play with different value of colors. That's the first layer of the mountain. This is the one which you are seeing at the background. Now, we will go in with the one and the full ground will just closer to us. That will be a darker value. Make sure your first layer is dried completely before you go in with your next layer. I'm using black is the darkest value here. You can either go in with faint gray or even darker value of green. I will fill this line in black, then I will clean the edges. Looks like my left side hasn't dried completely. Always make sure your background is dried, then you go in with this layer. Otherwise, you won't get that sharp and clean line for the mountain. Now that my background has dried completely, I'll go in and clean the edges and make it sharp. Looks fine. I'm thinking of adding one or two trees as well. If you are happy with the result till here, you can stop it there. I'm going ahead and adding one or two trees onto my right. I'll draw a line, and after that, I will add some tiny branches to it. Along with the branches, do a pressing movements like this and create the leaves. You could see mine is a very shabby tree. I'm not worrying but the if you assess, my paper is too tiny and the tree is even more tinier. Now I'll go with one more tree closer to that, which is a little more taller. In my previous class on turning a photograph into a painting, I'm teaching how to draw a well detailed pine tree. If you want to make your tree look more detailed, you could check out that class. I'll try it. I'm stopping with two trees. As less is more, I'm not adding too much and spoiling it. I'll quickly peel off the masking tape. I hope I have got a clean line. Two of the sides looks fine, and that also looks fine, and that too. That's our final piece. I hope you enjoyed this easy galaxy landscape. We have one more to go. I'll see you in the next one. 9. Painting 6 - Driving through the Night: All right guys, we are on our last and sixth painting. This is going to be a drive through the night. Are you ready? I'm beginning with drawing a rough outline of the road. A curvy, nice road which is going to the mountains. That's the basic sketch of my road. Now, I'm going to quickly apply over it coat of water onto my sky. This sky is going to be a combination of black, red and yellow. It's like a reddish sky. I'm going in with black. That is the darkest value that I'm using in this painting, so I'll fill in the topmost line in black. After black, I'm going in with crimson. I will apply a bright shade of crimson and I'll mix that to the black. In this painting I'm using my round brush. You can use any of your bigger sized round brush. After the crimson I'll go in with this vermilion. With this crudely brush moment, mix those shades together and creativity, vibrant reddish sky. I'm loving that explosion of red on my sky. I'll go in with my final shade, yellow. I'll add in a little of yellow there and mix that to the sky. I will add in a little more of black towards that line to make it a little more darker towards the outer corner. Now, I will add a little of crimson and blend the black and crimson together. That's it with the sky. Now, I'm going ahead painting this little piece of landscape here. I'm painting that and Gamboge yellow and while I come down, I'll end it up with bunt sienna. That's the fourth layer, now I'm going in with a bit more darker burnt sienna and I'm adding that randomly. The colors are blending onto the background because it was still wet. I'm just putting some random dots and tiny lines. Now for the next tone, I'll use a little of beans green and do the same thing. By adding these details, I'm creating an image of the grass there. Along the third, give a proper outline to the road. We have got a nice curvy line to the road. Now the next step is to splatter the stars, I'll wait for this to dry. All right, so that's completely dried. Now I will hide the logo portion with the paper and I'll splatter the stars on the sky. I hope by now you guys are quite confident in splattering the stars. As I mentioned earlier, the only thing is you need to be careful while deciding on the consistency, and if the consistency is right, your splattering can never get wrong. Alright, so I have got inner stars there. Now, I'm going ahead adding the bigger stars using the same brush and using the same quash being tie used to splatter the stars. Next, I'm going to add a mountain in a similar shade of this. This is a lighter version of burnt sienna. With that color, I'm going to draw a mountain line here. This is the mountain in the background. After I'm done with this, I'll come with a darker layer of mountain in the foreground. I applied light burnt sienna to the mountain, and I'm just blending that into the landscape which we already painted. Now I'm filling the entire road in black, starting from a darker tone on the bottom and while I go up to the thinner portion, I'll make it bit lighter. Clean the outline of the road as you paint the road in black, make the boundary of the road sharp and clean as you progress. All right, so we have filled in the entire road line. Now, I'm going to paint the mountain layer and the foreground in black. Now I'll apply little of burnt sienna closer to the black mountains and blend them together. I want to create an effect of the road going in between the mountains. I don't want the other end to be seen. I'm making the road a bit more bolder by applying another coat of black. As I go up, I'll apply little love whitewater color. When I reach to closer to the mountain to make it lighter. I'm doing this to properly differentiate the mountain and the road. You could see how that gave an effect of the road going in between the mountain. That is what I wanted to achieve. Now the last and the final step is to add the details to the road, and I'm using my same white gouache paint and my Princeton heritage round brush number six. You can also use a white gel pen instead of the brush. First, I'm going to the outer continuous line, starting thin and once I come closer, I'll make it a bit more bolder. Now while at the same line on the right side as well. The outer line on the left and the right side, is done. Now, I'm going to add in the dotted lines in the middle. Draw them following the curve of the road, I'll make the closer ones a bit bolder. All right guys. With that, we have finished our drive through the night. That's the final piece, I hope you all enjoyed this drive with me. 10. Taking Photographs & Editing: All right guys. You are in my balcony now and this is where I usually click my pictures. I have a small table here and I usually place a white mat paper on it. You can place a white paper or a white cloth or any non-reflective surface. The time here is 4:30 in the evening and you could see how bright it is already, there is no any unnecessary shadows falling on my painting. So I will quickly take one of the painting and take a photo for you. Also, I want make to this clear, I am not a professionally trained photographer. I just want to show you the way I capture my photograph. So feel free to skip this session of our class if you are already a skilled photographer. I have gathered a piece of wood, a piece of thread and some clips. So those are the stuffs I'll be using for my flatly. I will quickly arrange them in a way all my props are complementing each other. So that's a piece of wood. I will. Now put a clip there and also well, maybe I'll add a brush, and maybe a [inaudible] From this flat you could see, I haven't chosen anything in green or blue or any random colors. I went in with the colors which are there in the picture. So everything is in a similar tone and that's what you should be careful while clicking your photographs. All right, now you are inside my phone, I'm taking my camera and I'm trying to click a picture of what we have arranged already. So you can see I have all this custom filters, but I always prefer to click the picture without any filter. I don't apply the filter because I have most of my clients through Instagram. So I don't want to convey any wrong image. So I always prefer not to apply any filter. I just go in and correct the shadows in the photograph. I'm going to the original and I am adjusting the brightness a little bit. I'm kind of happy with what I'm seeing on the camera right now. So I'm going click. All right, so I have captured the photograph. Now I'm taking you to the software called Lightroom. Now I'm inside the Lightroom and I'm going to quickly select the picture we clicked. So that's the one. You can get a free version of Adobe Lightroom for your phone and that's enough for the basic editing. All right, so the clarity of the photograph looks okay. Now on the right you can see there are different icons and that on there with a sun symbol is where you could adjust your brightness level. So this is where I correct the white and the black on the photograph. So you could see how interesting the white and making the photograph more and more brighter. The same way you can adjust the black as well. If you move the black to the left, it makes your photograph more darker and if you make the black to the right, it makes your photograph bit more lighter. So I always limit my blacks and white somewhere from 50 to 60. If I go beyond that, that might spoil the originality of the painting. I have saved my photograph after fixing the white and the black. So there is that icon next to the cloud, so that is where you save your photograph and I always choose the maximum available and this is now automatically saved in my camera roll. All right, now I'll show you a quick comparison of the photograph before and after correcting the white and the black. On the left, what you see is the photograph that you clicked on your camera without any edits and on the right what you see is what we corrected in Lightroom. We only fixed the white and the blacks, but there is no filter added to it. Now I will show you how the photograph look if we add a filter to it. So now I'm in my gallery and I'm editing and this is the custom filters which I have in my phone and I am going with vivid. So this is how it looks when I add a filter to it. So when I added the filter, it automatically added more brightness to the color. The filter is added after we corrected the whites and the black. All right, I guess I have given you a small outlook on how I edit my photograph. It is up to you, you can add any filters of your choice after correcting the white and the black. Only when you sell your painting to somebody,be careful about adding a lot of filters because that can spoil the originality of the painting, and you can easily cheat somebody by showing something is not what exactly it is. I think I have made my point clear here and I hope this will help at least some of you. 11. Thank you for Watching: We have made it to the end. Thanks a lot guys. Thanks a lot for joining me. What you see here is my Instagram handle. It is @aurorabyz. You can check out my profile for more inspiring galaxy painting because that is what I mostly do. You literally need to invest 10-20 minutes from your day. You will be able to paint a cute little mini-galaxy, which can be used to decorate your workspace, or it is a great gifting option. I hope it was an easy class. I hope you all will be trying these easy Polaroid galaxies. If you are drawing, please post them in the class gallery and I would love to see them. Thank you for watching and happy painting. Bye.