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Embellishments for Illustration

teacher avatar Chris V, Artist, Designer, Maker

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.

      Tools & Materials


    • 3.



    • 4.

      Lines, Curves & Florals


    • 5.

      Dots, Lines & Curves


    • 6.



    • 7.

      Art Deco


    • 8.

      Vintage Banners


    • 9.

      Mini Objects


    • 10.

      Adding Color


    • 11.

      Lettering & Frames


    • 12.

      Project #1- Floral Pattern w/ Watercolor & Micron


    • 13.

      Project #2- Art Deco Illustration w/Micron & Sharpie


    • 14.

      Project #3- Pineapple Chalkboard Art


    • 15.

      Project #4- Bird in Watercolor, Acrylic & Sharpie


    • 16.

      Bonus Video- Holiday Ornaments


    • 17.



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Welcome!  Illustration in itself is so much fun.  What happens, though, when you add the element of embellishment?  In other words, small designs made to enhance the illustration.  When executed well, embellishment can take your illustration to the next level.  

This class is a challenge in adding embellishment to your work.  I'll show you some inspiration for adding several types of accents to different styles of art.  Then I'll show you some of my projects and how I chose how to enhance them with special marks, design, and paint strokes.  If you want to try something new, hone your existing skills I look forward to seeing you in the class! 

Happy Embellishing!!!

Chris  : )

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1. Intro: hi and welcome to embellishments for illustration. I'm Chris and I can't wait to show you my process for adding gorgeous embellishments to enhance your work, whether it's lettering, frames many objects vintage in color or in black and white. And then I'll take you through my own project so you could get inspired. I'll show you my tools and materials, and then we'll go over processes to enhance your own illustrations, whether it's chalkboard painting, repeat patterns, flammable art, greeting cards or whatever else you can dream up. So what are you waiting for seeing class? 2. Tools & Materials: I want to go over my tools and materials used in the projects within the class to give you an idea of what you'll need. So a pencil on a good eraser. Ah, watercolor set. But you can use acrylics. I'm using a Windsor Newton Cotman student grade, and it works great. The colors are really rich and beautiful. I have a pen tell water brush, but I also use a regular paintbrush, a cup for water and some paper towels. I have two sizes of my Cron's because sometimes I want a thunder one and sometimes I want a thicker one. And then I'm also using a metallic gold Ah, acrylic paint by folk art, which is create some great effects. Ah, gold gel pen is is fun to have handy and a gold Sharpie that I've used on two of these projects. Ah, chalkboard. If you want to do a chalkboard design and I have this really handy chalk marker that keeps your hands clean is very easy to use, but you can use regular chalk. Uh, the paper is a can seuin cold press £140 weight, and it just has a really nice texture and a really nice weight. It holds lots and lots of water. You can see the texture is really quite nice. Eso gather your tools and I'll see you in the next video to get inspired. 3. Inspiration : Here are a few ideas for you on how I get inspired. This is my Pinterest page, where I've created a board called Embellishments for illustration the same name as the class. And I have loaded it with ideas on all types of things. Birds, um, typography, chalkboard design. So you'll see lots and lots of ideas in this board for you. I also, um I have, uh, find a lot of inspiration on instagram. This is my illustration page on instagram. But I would encourage you to look up lots of other artists and see what they're doing just to shake loose some ideas. Google is obviously an obvious choice. Um, and you can try different searches. I found illustration embellishment to be a good one. Then I click on the images tab and it will bring up lots and lots of ideas. You can see in village letters, embellished animals. Um, some fashion illustrations that are embellished, So lots of fun things, patterns, um, lots of lots of options Here is Well, um, And then, of course, magazines are a great source. You can look up at your favorite magazine to find ideas. Their skill share has tons and tons of inspiration that I find. So I look forward to see what you come up with, and I will see you in the next video to start some embellishment. 4. Lines, Curves & Florals: So with my brush pen and Cem Inc I am. I just dip the tip in the ink and I'm just doing a little bit of weren't line warm up just to get myself ready for. So that's thick. And I'm sorry that was thin and these air thicker ones kind of getting my hand ready to dio some fun shapes with the pen in ink or brush in ink. I'd like to start up with a very simple little moral. So, in other words, branches with little leaves on the sides on. I'm going to go in a circular motion or semi circle, and I'm continuing the leaves going in the same direction. But you can go the opposite direction. That's done a lot. It's fun. And then here's a curved version. So the same thing. But you can. There are so many things you could do with laurel shape. You can add flowers. Um, you can add big dots, uh, which would look floral just practicing a curve. There curves a really fun and you know, the way your hand moves. Everyone's hand moves a little differently so you can experiment to see what's easy and fun for you and what catches your eye to this is just a just a Siris of scrolls. I'm just playing with my brush and you could see how the dark, the thick and thin strokes really add character to these movements. So that's why I wanted to show you some of these exercise with, um, the water brush or it doesn't have to be a water brush. It could be a regular brush you can experience with a tiny one. You can experiment with the medium one. Ah, you can even even experience with some spare met with some marks on a big chunky brush to see what kind of fun things you can come up with their There's really no limit to this. These air, some front scrolls that, um, I discovered when researching chalkboard painting, um, they just sort of go on and on. They can go, is long and is, uh, as wide as you'd like. You can fill spaces with, um, or you could make them the main attraction there. Just lovely. And then I'm just replicating the leaf, but on its own now, and you can do lines you could do circles. The leaf is just so classic, and this is kind of fun. This is the, um, arrows Air really on trend right now. Um, air is going in the same direction Arrows crossed. They're kind of everywhere right now, and they're so easy to make. I'm just gonna add a fund. Once took a little hard in the center like it's Cupid's arrows. This one is a gonna be a circle with designs kind of going in that you know, that natural floral leafy look going in a circle, just turning war into an oval. But that's OK. Ovals air. Cool. Yeah, so that's very lovely and doable, as in a nice embellishment for something. And I'm loving these straight lines that intersect and look like a star pattern or snowflake pattern. They are everywhere, and I'm really enjoying the look of them as embellishment for all kinds of designs. And you can see I'm making them small, making in larger. You can make them even bigger than that. They're super fun. There's a flower sort of comes out of that same working that same shape just with a little more detail. And then, ah, we can move on to adding stems to our flowers. So here's another version, and I'm just going to draw a long, squiggly line, so stems can be very, very simple and easy to dio. There's a different flower rose and then a very quick tulip, two triangles on each side when the big one in the middle Very, very simple to Dio and then you can do straight stems. It's going to do the same types of flowers you can see. It changes it up. Um, you can really play around some fund scrolls. I love to dio the Trouble club for music. There's another version, kind of stylized, and then you can do a dot in the center with a bunch of lines around the outside for another type of floral look do smaller ones, and then you could do a little bouquet to, which is really a nice option. In certain instances, finish that off of the little bow and I'll see you in the next video 5. Dots, Lines & Curves: I'm going to start by showing you some dots because I use them a lot. They're just so applicable to so many things. I'm just starting out with some basic round black dots with my micron. And of course, with different size microns, you could make a lot of different kinds of looks. Um, now just drawing a circle around my dots. Just a lot of design can so easily be themed around a dot I'm just adding some geometric shape, some squares just building it around that dot so it can be a great starting point. Open circles or open dots can be really fun. You could turn them into objects like flower, uh, with the brush pin. It changes the whole, um application and look so large dots, tiny dots and you could see the big can be done quite quickly. So just like you keeping my touch light, I've made the smaller dots, and then you can you know that was a random pattern, but with a regular pattern, you get a completely different look, and then you can make shapes just by forming your dots in a certain way, like this diamond shape and again, it's so quick and easy, depending on what your shape is. I'm keeping these simple, so I'm starting with a dog. So again, a dot is a great starting point and I ah, lot of times I start with the circle and then blended to a curve. It's just is a great guide for a thicker edge and then leading into a tapered, and you can draw out your circles and then fill them in and turn him into a frame for some kind of border. Add curves to him. So now we're combining dots and curves in different ways. Turn them into a flower, Really. The possibilities are so endless, and I'm just throwing ideas out there. There's a larger dot with a circle around it dot with the geometric straight lines back to the micron. I want to start with a line now as a starting point, cause that's also a wonderful starting point, and I'm adding dots. It also makes a great border new line. Now we're gonna move literally, just throwing a figure eight on here and adding lines. Uh huh. Now, I think I will be able to turn this into a bow, so sometimes I start with something I don't even expect and end up with a surprise. And there's our bow. Here's another line and I'm gonna do arrows on each end. That is a real trend. Arrows are a big deal right now. That's another idea. It's simple, but it's it's lovely. And, uh, people are loving them right now. So again, line dot line dot super easy and simple. I added a diamond shape. You can add a circle. Um, in fact, I'm gonna start new line and we're gonna do spirals this time. Another wonderful effect and super easy and simple to dio. So hopefully this inspires you. And I look forward to see you in the next video. 6. Chalkboard : So I have taken some chalkboard paint that I have and painted a small area on my paper. And I am just illustrating over it with a white gel pen to, uh, I want to include chalkboard illustration in this, because embellishment within chalkboard illustration is so lovely and there's so much you could do with it. And, yeah, I'm working with a tiny gel pen right now. Ah, eso. You might think the chalk might be a little constricting since it's thicker, but really, it depends on the area, the sized area that you're working in there could be. And there's all kinds sort of chalkboard, um, equipment. Now that's much thinner and easier to paint with. Ah, but I want to show you a traditional floral vine that I did earlier on how well it translates into a possible chalkboard painting. And then I'm going to just go ahead and do a quick, um, not exact copy, but a quick, very a likeness of it. Within the, um, traditional illustration paper and micron medium, you can see you can really take traditional embellishment and apply it to chalkboard painting quite quite easily. So we'll be doing more chalkboard painting stuff later on, and I'll see in the next video 7. Art Deco: so using two microns and number 005003 so one larger than the other. I'm going to be working on some Art Deco style embellishment and that they to remember with Art Deco is it's just really all geometry, um, lines, curves, and a combination of them kind of assembled in a very geometric way. So, um, those two little designs I just did were an example of page corners that you could designed to put on the corners of stationary or to frame a design with, um, the one on the right could be a page centerpiece, top and bottom. And then this one is sort of a series of angles, almost like a stair case. Um, and then I'm just adding to it. I'm just doubling it here, leaving it single there, um, making it thicker on the top, matching the horizontal angles. It's just a really fun exercise. And, um, bringing together these, um, angles and curves to make some really fun combinations. That's a great page. Um, corner as this with a centerpiece would be really fun with it so they could work together. So right now, I primarily spoke about, um making this stationary elements, But this would be fantastic all around an illustration. If it was sort of clean and geometric, it would really look good together. So that fund diamond really dresses up this design and I'm just gonna add I just decided to add two more on each end, but smaller. And you could do that angle the same way with those diamonds in the corner. Eso Now I'm going to move over to scalloping, Um, so almost like a drapery sort of hanging, um, at different intervals layers or just a lot of fun to add on this because they just make it look more intricate. But it's not that hard to do. It's really quite simple and just adding another tier. That's really fun. Um, here's an example of a circle and some angles. And this one, um, just very clean. Very almost. Bell house aren't looking. Um, would could make a great logo design. It could make us great centerpiece with some illustrations around it. There's lots of options. Um, an emblem. I'm just encasing it in the square just to give it a whole different look. And then I'm going to try another stepped design if you well, and I'm gonna double it. It's fun, because once you have the original shapes down, you could sort of use, um use it as a guide. Now I'm going to do a side piece almost like a seashell. Um, almost like a brush. And I'm going to extend it out a little more. Gonna make a little more complicated, but not hard, really quite easy to Dio. And I could easily duplicate this on the other side to make it a closed shape. And, uh, once I duplicated on the bottom, Then it's really easy to dio, but I'm going to keep it going with a different design here. This is going to be a very stylized in geometric seashell. Almost. It's gonna look a little bit like a light sconce. You can picture that, um, and if you could picture a normal shape and try and make it square or make a square shape round than Art Deco is going Teoh start making a lot of sense on this next one. I'm just going to do a row or line of diamond shapes, but large and small, and then we'll see what fun things we could do inside so against super simple. But it looks intricate. Once you have it done, it's it's it looks complicated. So that's the cool thing about this whole article concept. And I'm just gonna do one more corner designed but with a circle, because I haven't done that yet. I think you kind of make a bull's eye in the center, so I look for to see ah, what kind of fun you can have with this Art Deco theme seeing next video. 8. Vintage Banners: so I wanted to show you some vintage banners because they're such a great way. Teoh Accent illustration. Um, and I'm showing one that's sort of folding behind itself. It's a pretty common that looks like a ribbon or a very long flag, and then you can actually write something in the middle. Um, but you, uh, kind of show the fold in the back. You can see the fold in the back, um, which I will shade later. And, um, it's a process of layering one banner ribbon over another just like that and putting it at a different position. So it looks like it's three dimensional and once covering the other, um, it like a fold. So, um, they could do fun things with, like, little tapered ends or little, um, clipped ends. But now you can see I'm shading the backsides to give it some dimension. And on this next one, I'm going to do a very simple flag shaped banner, and it looks like it's kind of waving in the wind, so it's kind of curving. And then I've got this, um, pointy two point end. I've got a little bit of detail. Looks like the exit edges a little ragged. Um, I'm gonna do a circle, and I'm gonna create, like, a little bit of rope detail around the outside, and then we'll do something fun on the inside. So if you do a circle or square, you have a large area. You could really do some fun illustrations stuff in the center. We're going to keep it really simple. Um, gonna do a heart with a banner going through it, and I'm just going to keep it pretty simple on this one. Um, there's a lot lot going on in this little mini illustration here. Uh, we're gonna create a little bit of a fold right in the center there. And, uh, so they'll just be one fold too little forked ends. And, uh, once that's done, you can kind of complete your heart shape right up to the banner. This one's going to be sort of a, um, straight up and down banner being held up with a little string. Maybe hanging on a nail. Kind of envisioned that, uh, you've seen these hanging off of people's flagpoles or two front doors and you could do something really fun on the inside of that or leave it blank. Ah, and then this is like a plaque style like award style shape, with the banner running through the center of it. And you can see that there are so many options of what you can do with this vintage banner style. Um, it's really open, so there's a lot of room for creative license here. I'm just gonna curve around the bottom. It's almost like looking like a crest family crest. And then you can keep it really simple geometric shape. That's an oval. But you can do, you know, square with the little, um, shading on it to to get a little three dimensionality, a circle like a did above diamond shapes. A really fun Ah, this So I'm just gonna put a little vine detail in the center. You could do flowers. You could dio geometric shapes. I mean, it is really all over the place 9. Mini Objects: So the next idea I want to share with you is using little, many objects that are essentially many illustrations to complement your larger illustration . Um, here is a little mini jar that I'm drawing. I mean, I'm just gonna draw a bunch of random stuff just so you can see how cute it could be, depending on what project you're gonna be doing. Um, this could be a really fun option. Um, this is like a little lollypop. Candies are really fun to use in a borderline borders of, um, illustrations or around the pages stationary. Could do your tools, no matter what. What you dio, you're You're an artist or what? The writer is a little pencil seashell, and you can keep it really basic. I mean, it doesn't have to be intricate to be really fun and engaging and to look really good. This just a stylized seashell. And this is like a gem stone. That's really on trend right now. People drawing gems. Um, so this is like a faceted stone, and I'm not going to go into great detail, but I'm just gonna use geometric shapes to kind of show that, um he's that kind of zigzagging to show the top of the stone, and you can kind of imagine it sparkling in the light. That's a fun theme. Um, little birds against Super simple, but very cute. Very charming. So this one is a mini Ferris wheel at a circus, if you will, or carnival and again keeping it very simple, just drawing the very basics so that it's recognizable to the I B. You don't have to go into really great detail, including Little Big Top down below and then showing the scale of how large that Ferris wheel is with all its little pods around it. Um, and then we'll be doing the spokes, and you'll see how quickly these little many illustrations go to when you keep them simple . You could outline things a little more. Justo accent them. There's spokes being careful not to overpower a little big top at the bottom and then just accenting the support beams of the Ferris wheel. That's a really fun little, a little many illustration for a circus or carnival theme. This one's going to be a little mini globe, like a vintage globe. Um, so I'm just gonna draw the circle and then the grid going through it and then just draw a bunch of little many continents again, being careful not to get too detailed. I mean, you can if you like. Um, but I find this simpler. These are more charming. They are. And I love that. Look. Just fun whimsy. Again. Just taking a few moments shading text. You can put any kind of texture like in there. And then, um, the last little illustration I want to show you is a little mini house again, keeping it really simple. Um, little windows and doors will rough. I didn't make this a straight as I could have, but you could get more detail with it. It's really just for inspiration. And then just to give a little extra charm, just showing some hillsides with Cem greenery growing on it kind of one of our buying designs and bind would look really cute with a house kind of accentuating a garden theme. So I hope you find this helpful and I will see you in the next video 10. Adding Color: So I just want to show you what you can do with color regarding these marks. And I'm just gonna randomly just drop some color in some of these shapes that we've created and dots and ribbons and things like that. The sky is the limit with this, and honestly, you can make marks in color. I chose to do them in black because I wanted them to be super visible and easy to see. But, um, there's all kinds of fun things you can dio with color gel pens, sharpies and things like that. I'm just accenting the ones I've done in black with some different washes. That was a gray one. Um, and then I'm just filling these dots. I mean, just just all kinds of things you could do, And I can't wait to see what you dio 11. Lettering & Frames: another delightful example of some embellishment that works really well with. Illustration is lettering. So what I'm doing is I'm creating um, a block letter and just putting some illustration on the inside, as you can see, curves and dots that we just worked on. Ah, but inside the letter, it takes on a whole new dimension. Had some interest in some texture and some whimsy. And I can even go a little further by adding some squiggles on either side. You could make it quite intricate or complicated with very, very simple elements. And I'm going to do another letter C k again, a scrolling type that you could do plain block letters and this would work. Amazingly, I just like the calligraphy style scrolling. I think it's quite lovely. And so So this letter has three different sections to it, so I can do three different elements within each one. If I'd like to. I mean, I could do the same thing in each section, but I'm just showing you how an example of how changing it up adds interest. And, um, it's just a fun, uh, sort of texture building exercise. I'm just doing a simple grid pattern could see how much interest that simple grid powder just adds to that part of the K. I'm also going to show you frames. So little frames are a wonderful addition. Teoh, Um, illustration of all kinds. Um and I'm just going to do a quick oval within an oval. And then I'm going to start doing the same type of thing, embellishing within the inside of the two oval lines to make it look like a gilded sort of frame. Um, this will look really lovely with gold paint. Ah, within the sections, um, they're silver. But of course, any color would work. Uh, is you can make these quite large to go around your entire illustration, or you could do many ones within the corner. So that is our oval shaped frame. And then I'm also going to show you a square ish shape, my squares a little off. But I'm just doing this for an example, and this was going to be an open frame. In other words, it's not blocked off by a line, so I'm just creating scrolls within scrolls to formed the shape of a frame. And there are so many options on this one as well. Um, just scrolling within scrolling. And this is a lovely motif that works very well on the fly. So you can kind of bet that circles and scrolls within themselves kind of curving around and inside are always going to be a lovely look and just, um, creating a corner to keep the square shape sort of going and on to the next video. 12. Project #1- Floral Pattern w/ Watercolor & Micron: So for this illustration, I it's going to be a just a really quick and rough abstract floral fall tree thing. I mean, I'm just really just kind of doing this as I go, but I really like these colors is burnt orange and pale yellow in the background. And I'm gonna sort of create what would look like a repeat pattern for a textile design. Just to show you how Marx could work on a textile design. And, uh, when it curved that over, uh, and then just add large flowers and small flowers and then these pale tree, um, these dried looking trees in the background. So it has a nice interest. Um, but nothing too detailed when I had a little more colored at that one. So I will add trees at intervals and flowers at intervals of different sizes. I'm just really having some fun with this, just sort of letting it happen, because we're gonna be doing marks on it. I'm not going. Teoh get too crazy with the accuracy. I want it to be fun and light and, uh, interesting to the eye, but not so much detail. I'm really starting to like how this is coming out. I really like the play on color, and I've sped this up so I don't torture you through this because the star of the show or how the marks are used. And I just want the illustration to be, um, just an example of ideas for your project. Okay, great. So now with my micron, I'm literally just going to create accent marks with, um, the black lines that you see Just sort of accentuating this flower. I'm really being very random, very loose and great the stem is gonna need, So oh, I'm gonna do squiggles. Yeah, that's I like the contrast between the squiggles and the straight lines on the top, it really different cheeses stripped the stem from the actual flower. And these simple lines just accent what we've painted now on to the next project 13. Project #2- Art Deco Illustration w/Micron & Sharpie: So I'm going to start this Art Deco project with a basic line sketch of a 19 twenties woman in like a flapper headdress. The feather. I'm just taking my my Coronas you can see and just outlining all my lines and just going to go carefully and just outline everything in the schedule. I'm going to keep it very minimal, very clean and basic. Almost like a lot of the posters you've seen from the 19 twenties on. The profiles were very, very popular in that era, so kind of followed that theme Perfect. So I'm just going to start by adding some of the detail. I'm just gonna make quick work of this black headband with this Sharpie pen, and I'm going to start right into my embellishment so you can see I've got two very simple top and bottom line, uh, kind of borderline for when you want to call it kind of framing border lines, if you will. Ah, it's just basic Art Deco detail, and I'm going to just take my ruler and just follow each line until I have them all inked in. And then we'll do our diamond detail and you can see I really botched up the second line. Oops. You know, sometimes these things happen. You're well into your illustration and something catastrophic comes up. We're gonna do something creative with that for now. I'm just gonna keep going, though, so I can get a basic lay of the land. Um, actually, I'm just gonna add extra lines into these into this sort of stack of rows of lines. I'm just gonna add an extra line. I think that will hide it quite nicely. And that might be the end of it right there. I think that does a nice job. So I'm going to keep going on the lower part of this illustration, and you can see it's a little shorter, little less detail just to kind of echo what's going on in the top, but not repeated. Exactly. Kind of add some interest that way, all right. And now I'm going to start in with the, uh, diamond shapes right in the center, on the end, Rather. And so on the end, I've done smaller diamond shapes, so that will really frame the one in the center. You could see I'm doing diamond shapes within diamond shapes. Having really careful, because this is my final illustration. So trying to keep it anymore mishaps from happening. But you know, when they do, you just turn your art muscle on and see what? What you could do creatively to, uh, keep on going and make it look like part of the illustration as best as you can. And I have decided one a little more. Um, I just want this to stand out a little more, so I'm gonna add more line edge to these diamonds, and I really like that. It really makes it pop. I'm gonna do the same thing on the bottom. In the meantime, I'm gonna take my gold Sharpie, and I'm going to start. Decide? I want to accent this illustration with gold. So black and gold is typical for this era. Ah, and I thought I would do, um, my own representation in a more modern way. So her hair is going to be gold Sharpie, and I'm just going Teoh curve those lines to show the curve of her head, uh, and her hair going right back into the headband at the bottom. Yeah, that's looking good. And now that I've done that, the sharp. The feather looks a little weak, so I'm just gonna add a little bit more. Um, I'm gonna add some black Sharpie detail to the feather just so it doesn't get lost in the illustration. It's a nice detail and it's, ah, a nice era reference to cool. So we have our illustration, we have our embellishment, and they really echo each other nicely. There's a lot more you could do scrolls and things like that, but I'd like it simple and clean and, uh, hope that inspires you in whatever you decide to do. And I'm gonna go ahead and take you into the next project. 14. Project #3- Pineapple Chalkboard Art: I'm going to start the chalkboard project with this chalk marker. It's available online. Just Google truck Mark. Plus, I'm going to use a wet paper towel and a dry paper towel. I'm just gonna start right in with a pineapple illustration. Ah, because I love them and they're a fun trend as well. They're playful and very easy to sketch eso for a project like this. It's quite ideal. Um, so just making the top of my pineapple the foliage part, and I'm going to accent this illustration with a, uh, a banner. So I'm going to go ahead and start the top of the pineapple and then go all the way around . Eventually, I'm gonna have to take out some of the lines, but I want to see where my banner is gonna hit first. And the cool thing about this chalk marker is that it's got a little oil in it. It's not traditional chalk. So it does it come off of your chalkboard with just your fingers you have toe wet it. So, um, it's pretty cool. You don't You can't accidentally take off your your shock by just brushing it by accident or what not So there's my ribbon banner, and now I can see exactly where I want to remove the chalk from the pineapple so that banner looks like it's it is in front of the The man looks like it's in front of the the pineapple, and it's just that easy just takes a few seconds to dry. And, uh, I was just going to give it a little help anyway. And then you're often running, and I'm just going to start by making some very, very basic, simple triangle, uh, detail for the body of the pineapple. Just gonna keep it really clean and simple. And that's more than enough to tell the story of the shape and texture of the pineapple. And then it's very easy to do with the chalk as well. So on this is turning into like scallops. Super easy. I'm alternating them. So the pattern. Uhm, it is interesting to look at its not all in a row. They're kind of alternating rows, and I'm going to start filling in my foliage, and I don't want to fill it in all the way. I kind of want to be darker on the bottom and lighter on the top just to give it some interest, some shading. I'm just gonna let the lines act as the shading, and then I'm gonna just Jackley fill in the tops with a little lighter stroke. Cool. Okay, now I'm ready to start in on my lettering, and I'm just going to keep the message very, very basic. I'm just gonna put some very basic block serif writing, um, in here, and then I'll be detail ing it. So I'm not the best Lederer. So I'm just staying with really basic lettering style, and you can see I have made s weighty large, and I'm gonna have to squeeze in the tea down here, but it's still gonna work. I'm gonna fill in the, um, empty part of the letters to give it a little volume and a little presence. I had just was so basic lines. We have some nice detail and those letters pop a lot more, just darkening some of my lines. Great. They could see how easily you can create a really fun and playful message board. This one sits in my studio and inspires me. So I'm gonna look forward to this one. So for the background. I'm just adding some Asterix style stars again. Nothing fancy, but it'll look really playful and whimsical. An interesting. So I'm just filling the background with Rando. Um, gastric stars gonna fill everything evenly. Most there. And then from now I'm gonna in between the stars. I'm just trying dots So we're back to dots. It's a little round shapes to fill and again add some interest. It really changes the way the background looks. Now the Asterix Pot more. Um, it's more interesting to look at. It gives it a little more dimension and almost depth field. And that is, um, our chalkboard project. I hope it gave you some inspiration, and I'll see you in the next one. 15. Project #4- Bird in Watercolor, Acrylic & Sharpie: So I'm going to be using some gold metallic paint, a Sharpie and possibly a gel pendant to add some gold to this light blue water color shape I made of a dove and you can see I'm just outlining the wing and it's not exact with the paint, because he's a little bit off. But I kind of like the quirkiness of that, um, and creating some scrolls around the wing of the bird. And I didn't count on this, but the scrolls are making the bird. It looks like the wind and coming off of the wing. So it's a ah, very applicability, relevant detail. And I think it's gonna work quite well in the ad, some below as well. And now, with my brush pin and some metallic gold, paint it. This is an acrylic paint. I'm going to just dot the wing and possibly the tail of this stuff to soften the detail. But add, um, more embellishment besides the scrolling to balance out the painting a little bit more. And then I've decided I want to soften thes scrolls by adding a little bit of very light, almost a faded looking stroke around the scrolls it gives it a little dimension and softens it, too. Makes it look a little bit more like wind. And I think I want a few more dots in the bird. So I'm just going to add, uh, a bit more to the wing in the tail. That's looking very nice now to give my illustration a bit more dimension I have sketched in these olive leaves in front of the Dove, and I'm going to just start thinking them in with my cold, metallic sharpie that I used on the other side for the scrolling. And, um, all of leaves are interesting because they have long and short leaves on the branches. Um, they're portrayed a lot of times with even leaves, but I thought, uh, this was a lot more interesting and had a little more character. So, um, going through and just covering my quick sketch with the gold metallic Sharpie, and I'm just going to go through and do the same thing with my other two stems below you can see the the Papers is filling up quite nicely. It's not all the way full, but it's going to be, um, well proportioned, and I'm just gonna go through and erase my pencil line and remove all the eraser dust so I'm free to now add the gold metallic acrylic paint. Um and I'm just going to dab each leaf with some gold metallic paint. I'm just speeding this up so you don't have to sit through the whole process. But in doing this, I've decided to double up on the paint and really accent the gold by creating a darker portion in the center of each branch. So as I'm doing this illustration, I see that I'm really liking this color pop. So I am inspired to, um, go ahead and add more blue to this dove, and I'm going to do it in a glazing process. So on the underbelly and, um, under the wing, I will be adding a little bit. But I'm gonna going to let each layer dry at a little bit more color and then come back and , um, soften it with a little water to blend it all in. Creating little shame or shading under that wing just gives the Doug of more of the dove and more three dimensional look. And with my gold, I've added a bit to the beak as well. And, ah, I'm darkening the gold on my scrolls so that it's incorporated the same look from the, um, the olive leaves and adding more gold to my dove tail and wings. I think in the process, I'm going to be adding some more dots as well, just to ah so they don't get lost in all the extra addition of the gold throughout the illustration. So a lot of this is about keeping it not so much even, but keep it balanced. Now you can see how that illustrations much more balanced. 16. Bonus Video- Holiday Ornaments: We'll start with a simple sketch. You can sketch circles. We can sketch ovals or ovals, put diamonds on top and bottom. Next, we'll paint the ornaments. I'm going to paint each ornament a different color for variety. Pick bright and vibrant colors for interest. Leave your watercolor paints a little bit uneven insight for extra interests. And to draw the eye. Next, we'll embellish the ornaments. I'm going to add stripes in a slightly darker color to this one. I'm going to add polka dots in a completely different color on this one. And for the next two, I'm going to be embellishing them with metallic gel pen. First, I'm going to outline the hooks on the tops of each ornament. Made up of a rectangle, a small circle, and an upside down J. Then I'll embellish both these ornaments with some different patterns. Easy-peasy. Thanks for watching. I can't wait to see your ornaments. Happy holidays. And see you soon. 17. Conclusion: Thank you so much for joining me in embellishments for illustration. I sure had fun. And I really hope you did too. I shared my tools. My process is and four projects with you to get you started. I can't wait to see what you come up with in what you decide to create. That will be perfect for gifts, professional use or just to hang on your wall. I'm here to help. So if you have any questions or want to discuss anything, please reach out to me in the community section. 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