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Basics of scribble art - A must for Beginner Scribblers!

teacher avatar Varnika Prakash, Delhi based mixed media portrait artist

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      2 Let's prepare!


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      3 cube


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      4 sphere


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      5 cone


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      6 Scribbling away


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In this class, we'll go over some of the very basics of scribbling. I think it's a great tool for warming up your hand and your muscles and your mind to get you moving in flow. Scribbling is a wonderful practice that I do everyday before I start working on a larger painting or even just some longer sketches. It's also really therapeutic and fun to create scribble art and standalone works. It's surprisingly simple and easy to pick up, it's quick, intuitive and all about flow.

But there are a few tips, tricks and techniques that I've picked up over the years that have helped me stand a little more firmly in my zone as a scribbler. In this class, these are the tips that I'll be sharing with you. We'll talk a little bit about how to use different kinds of scribbles to create depth, contrast and interest in your scribbles.

This is not a class where you'll learn to draw a specific thing - rather, we'll focus on scribbling in some very basic shapes so we can better understand how to scribble, so you are better equipped to scribble absolutely anything you see around you. Towards the end of the lesson, I'll scribble some random things in my environment, so you can better understand how to apply these techniques to things you may want to scribble.


You don't need much for this lesson. Only your good self and a pen and a paper would do. I'll be doing this class on procreate, so if you have digital art tools at your disposal - those would work just as well. You can scribble with just about anything!

This class is open to artists of all levels, so put all your worry away, grab your tools of choice, and let's get scribbling.

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1. Introduction: Hi guys. Scribbling for me is like therapy and it's something I'm constantly doing in my sketch book as a way to loosen up my hands and my mind into the legs, all my creative muscles. And it helps me break down all the technicalities of joining into just a few relaxing stroke. In this lesson, we're going to cover all the basics of scribbling. And we're going to show you the things that worked for me and the possibilities of being able to do anything anywhere. We're going to start by understanding the basics through learning how to create depth and simplified shapes like a cube, a sphere, and a cone. We're creating gorgeous gradients with scribbles. We're going to chat a bit about adding highlights and shadows and moving from light to dark to create contrast. And finally, I'm going to apply what we've covered this trouble, everyday things we can find around the house or in our environment. This is a really simple lesson for anyone thinks scribble out is cool. Artists Delight. While we are working on Procreate today, abandon a viva would work just as well. These steps can be practiced. However you recall, I've been excited to do this lesson for a while now because I wanted to branch out into all things tribute. This would be the first and the CDs. I hope you didn't, and I'll see you in the next video. 2. 2 Let's prepare!: So before we get started, I want to talk a little bit in depth about what we're going to cover today and do some swatches for you guys. Now, I do have my iPad here with me and I'm scribbling on Procreate. But you can use your sketch book and a pen or pencil, or literally anything that's pointing. The world is a lobster. I'm going to use my technical pen here on Procreate and I've please watch the limited palette of drowns to get started, my opacity is spiked up to max. For this lesson, I'm going to show you how you can scribble some really simplified shapes. After all these other shapes we use to draw just about anything from a house to a person. We have a cube, a sphere, and a cone. We're going to cover what happens when the light is coming from a particular direction and how to scribble in those shadows and highlights to make the joint pop a bit more. Scribbling is all about layering. More you layers, the more dense the artwork or that portion of that artwork is, the more hours you spend on it, the more intricate it becomes. So simplified shapes first. Now to talk more about open and tighter scribbles. I don't know, That's another more technical word for it, but I'm going to use Open and tighter. You can see the difference between the two right here and how it can help us create a different, help us create different values as well as create a gradient effect. We're then going to use blacks and whites at the very end to add subtle hints of where the darkest part of the objectives as well as the lightest part. These are some really simple sketching tips as well. I find myself using whenever I'm sketching anything at all. And it's really helpful to apply it to scribble out so that you can create the same effect in that drawing without having to sketch it using the sketching techniques. Finally, once you've done all of that, I'm going to proceed, distribute things that pop up in my mind, everyday objects, people as a fun exercise and urge you guys to do the same. I'm going to talk more about this in the final project section of this class. But for now, let's get started next up, we've got a cube. 3. 3 cube: Now I spoke about having loose and tight scribbles in this video with a cube. That's exactly the first thing we're going to aim to understand. Now, scribbling I find is really no different to shading in the sense that I'm going to first cover the entire surface with a mid-tone. So in our case that is just losing open scribbles. And gradually as you progress, I'm going to build on the values and add my darks and my lights and so on. Here. Further cube with the base tone, that's my lightest brown on the far left of my palette. And I'm just doing some really open-end lose scribbles all over the cube, right here. Essentially for the cube with the base tone. Now, let's assume our light source is directly in front of the cube, which means the top portion of the cube should be a midtone and the right section of the cube visible to I should be the shadow. So what I'm gonna do now is I'm gonna take my second Brown from the top. It's just slightly, a little bit darker. And I'm going to do slightly tighter scribbles on the top in the right section of the cube, which would be more in the shadow. I don't want to do darker or lighter in either of the areas. I'm just my aim is just to cover those two sections for now. Once I have done that already adds a little bit of depth to the cute because you can look at it and determine where we have a light source which is directly in the front. One central. With that, I'll use the darkest brown, which is the drown in the middle. I'll tightly scribble in the right section of the cube, which is the darkest area we have. I'll also keep those. The section on the right. I'm just going to keep it even more tighter and compact and let it a little bit more than I would the other two sections because I want to show it as a darkest point of the of the cube. So already you can see how much of a difference that makes, because we can see that as a 3D object already with just scribbles. Now that we have our values and place, the final thing that I would do is I will use the black and the white in the darkest and lightest area of the cube. To add contrast. I'll do that in a little bit as soon as I'm done scribbling this section. And I'll tell you a little bit more about those darkest values in the, in the sphere that we're going to cover next. Because I think the sphere is just, you can actually see how the gradients shift. So here's what I would like for you guys to remember from this one. The tighter the scribbles, the darker that area appears to be. Similarly, you can learn more scribbles on top of existing scribbles to achieve a similar effect. White areas with more open and lose scribbles tend to seem lighter in comparison. Just experiment with this. Just try even like just pick one color and don't change color and just with that color, try and get the same effect using just tight and loose scribbles. 4. 4 sphere: So now we've got our sphere. This would be fun. I really enjoy sketching spheres. To start with a god, my lightest drown there on the left. I'm just using that to fill in the entire surface of the sphere to get us started. In this section of our lesson, I'm going to talk a little bit more about how to create gradients and values. We've got our highlight section just here to the middle left, bottom left of the cube. And that's where we want to keep our scribbled really, really, really, really open. And just keep that section three for for when we add our highlight, which would be the white just towards the very end. Now a top right, top right corner is gonna be our shadow areas so that I'm not too worried about layering. So I'm just going to work more a little bit there, like here now I'm going to take my slightly darker brown and I'm going to cover that who? Top and the bottom right corner of the sphere. And I'm just going to work my way towards the area that's unhighlight. While I'm not gonna touch that section of our lightest area, I am going to make sure that my scribbles are literally come back and I'm going to start creating depth with this color. And just so our eyes are driven towards where our shadows are and where our highlights are. That would help us create more gradients. And as I come towards the highlight area, my scribbles would just get a little bit more open and I would keep them do literally compact on the corners. Now, the next I'm going to use our darkest brown there. Now that's a shadow color. So I want to use that color only on the corners again, but I'm kind of bringing it into our mid-tone section as well to kind of help us create that balance and that shift from light to dark. I'm keeping my scribbles really compact on the corner. This would help, again create that 3D effect and help us add more depth and create that shift of value. Now that all our values are in place, I'm going to take our darkest color, which is the black there. And I'm gonna keep this black only in the corners of our sphere. Using our darkest and lightest values just helps create a lot of contrast. I'm only going to use a little bit of both just on the corner and just where the light hits the sphere. Really added 3D effect of the cube. These are tips that I also use when I am painting portraits all the time or anything that's around or anything where I really need to add contrast. That's where I use the black and the white. Especially when I want to show that gradient shift, I'd move from the light to dark. 5. 5 cone: Now finally, we're just going to put everything we learned together. And we're just going to try and scribble this cone shape, which I think is a really interesting thing to scribble as well because it kind of gives you that hollow bottom ground, um, and it's a bit more complex even though it is simplified. So what have we learned so far? We know that we want to put open scribbles on areas that we want lighter or the areas that's getting the most light on it. And tighter or more layers. In areas where you want to show more shadows or two more darker part of your work. In this cone here, a light source is again at the left. Butt here we would have shadows both on the right of the cone as well as the bottom hollow section. I'm scribbling I find is like shading but a little bit more laid back, a little bit more unfocused and a little bit more fun is what I find. I will love working with ink. Just because you can kind of sit back. I can have a cup of tea and it's something I do before I really get into my day and I start painting. We go projects. It's just something that gets my brain moving and gets my hand moving, and it's an incredible warm-up. So I feel like this lesson is also aimed at helping you understand what it's like to shade and sketch and religious to prepare. Just to kind of let go and have fun. So for now, we're just going to do a little bit of a recap. The few things that we learned today. The first is tight scribbles with more layers to create shadows and less layers and open scribbles to create the highlights. It's just four or five simple steps. First step is the base tone, which is you just fill the whole surface of your project with scribbles. You just take somewhat of a midtone and you cover your whole surface so you have something to start. On. Step two is the mid-tone. So this, you kind of use everywhere except for where the light hits directly. So you just want to leave that area, which is the first layer of scribbles. And other than that, we just wanna get a slightly darker color everywhere else. So I'm creating a gradient. Then step three is you've got your shadows, which means again, tighter and more compact scribbles. But you want to keep this farthest away from your light source or where you get your shadows. That's the only place where I do this darker brown color. Or just the tightest scribbles. And finally, the fourth is just kind of refining what you've sketched and putting everything. I'm just adding scribbles wherever you think it needs and using your darkest and lightest colors that your black and your white or whatever is the darkest color you want to use. And this would just be focused in the small areas that are the darkest and lightest. Which means it helps to create a lot of contrast in which you're painting really helps it pop. With just these four simple steps. You can literally do anything in the world. Everything we see can be broken down into the simplified shapes. And in the next section, we are going to scribble some odd things together. And we're going to use these same tricks and apply it to different objects and things that we see around us. 6. 6 Scribbling away: So now bear with me as we put everything we've learned from the previous sections, working with the simplified shapes. I'm just going to use those same tricks on these, on painting, whatever we can get a hands-on. For now, just watch as I do this tree. I've used this bean color, which is my base tone right now. And they've kind of given everything away. And then gradually working my way towards darker colors to enhance the shadows. And I'm using the yellow for highlight. And already you can see so much depth and it's just like really, really simple open scribbles. And it's really fun to just find things that you can do. Here. Now I'm making a gap, right? I've just sketched it out really simply. And I've just used this, the pennant, the similar grounded people using in the previous sections. And again, just give everything based on Layer and gradually work your way towards darker tones and filling in your shadow areas until eventually you're adding contrast with your black and your white, um, or whatever colors you want to use as you highlight any shadow color. That obviously depends on you. I think scribbling is really, really fun. But there's one thing that I wish that you take away from this lesson. It's not restrict yourself with stress. These are just four simple guidelines. And the more you practice, the more automatic it will become. You just want to experiment with different pens of different thickness and you want to experiment with different objects that you can sketch and scribble, or you can do a portrait, or you can use different colors. It's, uh, it's meant to be something fun and relaxing and therapeutic. At least that's what I find. Because I find that I'm shading takes me a little bit of time, but I really, really do enjoy scribbling. Just try different objects, have a play around with it. This is what I would like for your project to be kinda look around you and see what things you can just sit and do, do or even just ask someone to sit for you as you scribble. If you do have just a sketch book and a pen, which is just a simple black ink pen. Here I'm showing you how I've done this tree, which is that when I'm still kind of creating areas where there's more docs and areas that were there, more lights. Then slowly and move on to slightly more complex shapes like I think plants make an incredible study. Portraits if you want. Here again, I'm using the same techniques where I know like the eyes are under the nose and the lips would be the darker the darkest spots. Have a play around with it. Just sketch whatever you can do. Do, do do the same things I've done here. And I would love to see what you guys create. Here. I'm just showing you how I've laid different layers of scribbles on top of each other to create even more depth. This is simply just gives it the more time you spend on it, the more defined and gorgeous it would look. But even quick, scribble lot I find is just more often than not is really, really cool. I can't wait to see what you guys create. And I would like to do some more lessons and scribbling. Maybe I would really like to do one on just how to paint trees, which just scribbles. I think that would be fun, but please do let me know what you all are looking forward to in the next few lessons and I'll see you then. Thank you.