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Figures in Action for Scribblers

teacher avatar Paige Byrne, Pencil, Pen and Paint with Paige

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Figures in Action for Scribblers is a class designed to capture the motion and illustrate the place.  You will learn in just a few quick scribbles how to gesture figures and bring them to life in their environment. 

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Paige Byrne

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1. Introfig: Hey, you guys, My name is Paige Burn. I'm an art teacher, and I hope you're doing well on this rainy day. Well, it leaves. It's raining here. I'll be teaching classes focused on drawing and painting and printmaking. And this first class I'd like to talk about figures in action for scribblers. So will generate at least three figures that you can use in a landscape of your choice or a scene of your choice. And then we'll do some color application. So I look forward to sharing my first slight share that will go over materials and basic steps. Thank you for joining. 2. Class 1: Hi, everybody. My name is Paige Burn. Welcome to the figures in action Class four scribblers. We are going to be using little shapes to connect and put together to form figures in action. And the inspiration comes from this winter season and the Olympics coming up. And then also this artist named Grandmother Moses, who did not start making art until the age of 78. And she put them in beautiful scenes that we could find in upstate New York or as far west as the Grand Canyon. Here are some materials that you could use or that you would need a pencil. I've got one without an eraser here, but it doesn't even matter cause we're gonna be scribbling one of my favorite drawing tools , the Le Pen. And it comes in different colors. Besides back Scharping markers that we know and love colored pencils. I've got some water color pencils to that I'd love to share with you, but these are just a solid kind that don't really react toe water and then last. I have some Prisma markers here, and the thin band means that there's a thin tip and the wide band of color means that there's a nice, bold tip that you probably remember from Crayola markers. So is getting started today. Let's go ahead and generate three different things. There's so the 1st 1 that I want to do is very similar to the skier. So what? I'm fiddlesticks. Um, So what I would do first is just kind of feeling where the head was going to go and connecting it to the body and imagine the skier haven't skied and four ever like 20 years. Kind of a bent knee there, another bit leg connecting all of these shapes and then balancing themselves, which I would need completely. And then we can't see that other arm on the other side, but just probably it coming across here. All right. And then once you have your scribble marks, then you would go in and and put more of the details that you're looking for. Um, maybe puff that jacket out, kind of going around what you've already done. And I probably will need an eraser because I want to get rid of these scribble marks in just a moment, even using part of your your shape that you originally did. Okay, just a general little hands are impossible. So I just kind of do a quick mark, that nice pole to keep the skier balanced when can go ahead and put the boots in? Oops. Really sure that, um And then laying that foot down on the props. So a nice ski here and then the other one just to help your figure come toe life, and we can get to the color and the filling in part later. Um, let's go for that ballet dancer. But instead of being a on stage, I'm thinking of a similar motion which might be on ice skates. Um, it just kind of, ah, similar triangular form here for the the tour. So maybe some arms out. So she's balance on the eyes and the legs guys going out, and maybe one leg is just up off the ice, okay? And then feet there, and then you can go in and fill in as we did with the skier putting in that closer and just , you know, adjusting the body is you need it. Okay, Figures in action adding color there. And then I do the last one. I love thinking about, um, going to New York City and all the walking that you do in all the fun places to observe people, which is, like, you know, Central Park down in Greenwich Village. Always wonder, like, what do they do for a living? It just seems like there's so many different opportunities. Teoh have free time. Maybe it's just me. I don't know. All right, so, um, just again bending those lines down towards, you know, for the legs just to create that movement in an action that you want. All right. And I'll add a little string, little back tail, scribbling, scribbling for the little head and then our little dog here. All right, so just kind of warming up with those lines. And then we'll take thes further in the next class. Thank you for joining me. 3. Class 2: Hey, everybody, It's Page burn here. And I'm just starting class two of figures in action for scribbler. So welcome back and in class two will take the figures that we generated in start thinking about lines that we want to put them in, Um, Partney thinking about lines in the spaces that we'd like to put our figures in. So, last class, we generated the three figures, and today I'll be sharing larger examples of what you see here. So I don't know about you, but I just remembered when I was checking out what we did in the last class. I do remember, you know, working with the's general shapes of the sphere and kind of a triangular figure in these little scribbles and all but moving on to by the third figure, I was doing more outlining of shape. So perhaps you got to that part too, in your in your work. All right, So for the space is I've just took and I'm practicing all of this. I'm really small paper. So by the time we get tarred finished piece, you know, I would recommend, like, a nine by 12 or 12 by 16. That kind of size paper. But what I did just Teoh warm up was I just traced a business card three times. So the beginning landscape that I'd like to share with you is very similar to a marshy landscape where you've got the great beach and then the marsh along the way. So just creating this horizon line and then using a wavy line going out and back in go out and back in, almost looks like a giant oven mitt and then one on the other side coming, coming out, back in, out. But not that far. And then going all the way back and you can put a little drop in there in case I didn't want to apply the color as the muddy edge of the marsh. All right, in a any tall grasses, just to give your drawing a little texture and some down in front for the figures toe walk through and they've even the edge of a dock or a fence kind of that 1 to 1 to 1 to 1 to just take it to the edge. And that should be enough for now. Another landscape that is similar to the marsh is two cliffs. So putting in that horizon line again and a similar large oven management tried to Jagan the edge. I was thinking of the walk along Newport, Rhode Island. Um, and how? When you're walking along the beach, you see, and then you're gonna drop lines. Pardon me? There's a break. And there's this really steep um, cliff, but it's it's just gorgeous, and you can see the water rushing in and rushing out. So, um, dropping your lines right straight down, picking an edge. And then we can put our figures in later. And I had mentioned Grandma Moses and the Olympics in the last class in. So now let's do a ski slope. So some tall kind of peaked mountains in the back, um, up and then back down, Really? And then we can go ahead and put kind of some long, angular lines for my mind is escaping me. The ski lift. Yeah, um, one of my favorite parts of skiing, even though it's been forever, was getting on that ski left. That was incredible, all right. And then putting your figures in action, maybe just a little hut at the top and just a little suggestion of tree here. So we have space that we can put our figures in really close, and we have space where we can put our figures in that air far away. All right, so just kind of practice with those different lines and landscapes that you would like to use. And again for when we do our color application in in practice and classes three and four will be moving on to larger paper. So once you get these lines or figure out which landscape you like to use, then we can put your figures in action. And there's definitely room, especially in this one. Like that would be, This would be a nice place for a little iced over ponds or something like that. Maybe I could take out the tree and put in a frozen pond for our figures here. And then. Of course, people walking along that don't want to put on ice skates. Anyway, thank you for joining me today in class, too, and I look forward to seeing what you've been working on and then exploring color in class tree. But I 4. Class 3: Hi, everybody. Welcome to Class three of figures in action for scribblers. So so far we can just review from in it. So far, what we've done is generate at least three figures in action. We did that in class one. So we've got a skier here, the dancer or could be a figure skater and then a dog walker that could be right there in nature or on the street. And then we practiced lines in space. So different scenarios for us to choose from. Kind of a marshy scene where you've got the horizon line and then coming up in the middle ground, some sort of fins or doc and then the marshes, a nice cliff walk and then the skier, all of these inspired just being outside, being active. And then, um, tonight we were don't going to do the color application. So I've got some materials here that I wanted to share with you the Prisma markers, and then these watercolor pencils and I went ahead and took the skier. I kind of did a nice, larger version of him, and it's on the slick paper very similar to a poster board. So if you're using a heavier stock paper. That would be really good for the Prisma markers and then for the landscape. I wanted to use the watercolor pencils, so I went ahead and got some water color paper. And if you're using sketchbook paper, anything like £90 is really good if you're using drawing paper. But if anything, like 50 and 80 and and we're just practicing and we're just beginning. So those would be weights of paper that I would recommend. Xerox paper gets a little bit thin, especially if you're gonna choose to use these water colored pencils. All right, so we're just practicing color tonight. So what I did for the, um pardon me what I did for the landscape. Waas just kind of select the colors and different shades of green with all these pine trees coming up and just starting to lay it down Nice and solid. Don't be afraid, Teoh. Press down hard and then a lighter color underneath. And though these air Reeves, by the way, Reeves watercolor pencils. I like them a lot because they're different from the colored pencils that don't react toe water. So this one has, like, the solid taint and then the watercolor pencils have the natural wood showing and have this nice blue band. So you can remember which is which. And then once you're using them all the time, you just know. Anyway, all right, So laying these colors down together and then for painting, I'll share with you some of my favorite brushes that I like to use, um, flats and then these little detail brushes. So these flats air cool. They they come in different sizes large, medium, self, small, etcetera and then each side only has. So I've got the medium here, and then the medium is always purple. It's nice when things are color coded and I also have these nice, tall, long brushes, for it's called a filbert brush. And this is the same thing, different sizes and then, like a little detail brush. So but just to kind of play around, um, I'm gonna push the pain. And when I want to push the paint around or push the colored pencil, I like to use a flat brush because it has really strong rushes. So oh, there we go. There's that nice kind of pine tree green. Let's say the sunshine is hitting and got a little bit of brightness to it. And I don't want to take too much of your creative time, But I do want to share with you the Prisma markers. So my thought is to give a plaid shirt. So what? I'm gonna dio IHS practice right on this card. You don't have to practice on yours. But let's say if I wanted to practice of plaid, I would use the bold tip pardoning clean, Hear me? Take the lid off. I'm going to get a, um, a little tripod for my iPhone. Some, uh, my both of my hands were free, So just putting in, um, one stripe and then putting in I'll use the lighter tip for that Are the smaller chip. Remember, those Prisma markers have the double sided. So in a small stripe for thin striped, I should say, and planning this out, you're just in slowing down. The process of just playing around really lets you think through of what you want that final result to be. And then on top of that, I would put some black Oh, fiddlesticks. I didn't get my, um I'll have to use gray, but I would put I'm using a dark grey, but I really wanted black. But that's OK. All right, So then I'm going to put my plaid in some pudding using my watercolor pencil and putting a sick and then a thin and then just create that pattern again thick, and then I thin. And then you want to go in both directions so thick and then thick, and then and then you can gently kind of blended in. So it kind of has that solid look rather than a colored pencil look. But I'm choosing plaid. I mean, please go solid if you want our stripe. However, however, you would like to apply color to your figures here. And once you start blending it in, then the fabrica will come together. Well, I've got some work to do to get this skier finished. And then also, um, I'll get the landscape inspired by Grandma Moses. So I'll get my work finished and see you in our last class. The 4th 1 Thank you for joining us tonight. 5. Class 4: Hi, everybody. Welcome to class for the last class. For figures in action for scribblers, I am excited to share some of the color application that we've been doing and getting these figures in their space. So our last class, we were practicing with color, and I went over a little bit of the different greens that you can get in the darks and lights and then blending them using these watercolor pencils. And then you can using the watercolor pencils that have the blue band and then also using the Prisma markers that they have, the different the two sides where you have a thick and the thin line so and then also the different types of paper. So for the larger skier using this poster board, it's nice and slick and similar to, um, kind of like a gift box, actually. And then the watercolor paper for the landscape of the figures which I started working on here, and what I wanted to share with you tonight is how you can take the colored pencil and lay it down, and then go ahead and add the water to give it more of a painterly feel. And then once that water drives and you can go back in. And I brought back the Le Pen for the details. So I don't want to take too much of your time in this last class. But I do want to share how beautiful the colored pencil reacts to water. And then how you can blended around and push it where you want Teoh. So I already have some watercolor pencil laid down the sky, just some gentle shadows along the snowy mountains that are already white, somewhat of a tree line coming in, put a little bit of color on the figures and the now did some le pending at the very end. So once you've got all of your figures in place and I think I might even add a few more as , um, I finished this project, but right now, go ahead and show you, um, how this color will look and you can practice to. So I do want to push it around. So I'm gonna use the fill Burt's brash that I talked about in the last class. He can use a flat brush and then a detail, of course, when you need it in those flat brushes look like this. They have the color coded chips, all right, so I just want to go ahead and just get my paintbrush wet and then wipe off the excess water and come in here and then move that move that color around. It's also nice to rinse off and then just paint with water sometimes, especially with these winter skies. Um, you just get a sense of color, but you don't want to be too heavy. And, um, sometimes you want to hide the line and just have a nice, airy feeling of where you can't see where the color stops and begins, right and blend that. There's so many gorgeous watercolor classes and techniques. So I'm sure you have seen this in other classes, but it always helps just ticket reminders and tips. There's from everywhere. It's what I love about are you can always just keep learning. Probably say that for lots of things, like cooking. Okay, thes trees. Just trying to keep a very loose being up. Maybe there might be even enough color. Yeah, just to put some in the distance that are kind of gently faded away. Okay, Just like that squiggle squiggle similar kind of hand movement just squiggling along. And then I might even could pick up some of the grey if I wanted and add a shadow there. But for future reference, I probably should need Teoh lame or down. Or just take my colored pencil great color pencil and lay that down. What I really love about once it dries is you know, when you're drawling and you want some of those lines is defining lines to show and they might get lost with color is just coming back in with the Le Pen. So this is nice and drive. So now I'm just gonna come in and just bring some extra definition to the ski left practically my favorite part of skiing. Um, putting him in just like that And I was coming around and, um, putting this nice little fence here around the skating rink, and I was just doing my 1212 all right. And I think that is it for now, everybody, I, um, will post my finish work, and I hope you do too. This has been so much fun in producing the first class figures in action for scribblers and I really look forward to seeing what you guys do. And then also the future classes that can create in this school a platform of skill share. Thank you so much.