Painting a Photo Camera: Easy and Fun Watercolor Project | Irina Trzaskos | Skillshare

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Painting a Photo Camera: Easy and Fun Watercolor Project

teacher avatar Irina Trzaskos, Watercolor Artist & Illustrator

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.

      Colors and Supplies


    • 3.

      Drawing a Photo Camera


    • 4.

      Painting a Photo Camera


    • 5.

      Flowers, leaves and finishing details


    • 6.

      Thank you and see you soon!


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In this short summer class, we will be painting a photo camera, a loyal friend which accompanies us in our adventures. This painting can be a great "best moments" card, a logo, an icon for your website or a beautiful print. Also, in the project section you will find the template with 4 different photo camera drawings, so you can create an entire series, for a collection of prints or pattern design. I decided to add some flowers and foliage around it, because you complimented a similar painting of mine on Instagram, so I was happy to share the process in this class. This is the 9th class in the series of fun and short summer classes. These classes are meant to keep you inspired while allowing you to spend more time outdoors enjoying the beautiful sunny days. Below are listed the classes we already published in this series, I will be adding a new short class almost every week during the summer. Also, I have a myriad of other watercolor classes, in case you want to dive deeper into the watercolor painting. Thank you for all the beautiful projects, comments and reviews, you keep me motivated and inspired.

Thank you so much for joining me in my classes. I love seeing your summer artwork.

Happy painting, x Irina.


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1. Introduction: Hi everyone. My name is Irina Trzaskos. I'm a watercolor artist and illustrator. Also, I teach many watercolor classes here at Skillshare. I'm so excited to be able to share my passion and experience with this beautiful medium. This is another fun and short summer class we're filming this summer and today we will be painting a photo camera and for fun we'll be adding some collage and flowers around it. I can't wait to start painting. Let's get started. 2. Colors and Supplies: In today's class, we'll be using the following supplies, watercolor paper, it's a Canson cold press, 140 pounds or 300 grams. You can use any paper you like. Watercolor paint, a paint palette, water, paper towel. In the project section, you can find other drawings for different cameras. We'll be painting this one. But you can pick any camera you like, or you can use your own preference pictures. I cut a piece of paper the size I want. Also we'll need a pencil and eraser. A round watercolor brush number 6, number 4, and number 2 for details. Also we'll need a sharpie fine liner or any fine liner which is waterproof. We'll need white gel pen, white wash or white ink for highlights. Also on the camera there are some areas which are black. We'll want to add some letters or lines to it. Today we will be using polar and colors. Of course, you can use any colors you like. But I will show you the color palette I'll be using today. It's lemon yellow, for gray we'll be mixing cadmium orange, with ultramarine blue. It'll give us a beautiful Grey. Also we'll be using the prussian blue, carmen red, or magenta, whichever you like. For some area, we'll be using black. These are all the colors that we'll be using today. But you can feel free to use any colors you like. 3. Drawing a Photo Camera: What we'll do first, we'll draw our photo camera. It may seem difficult to draw, but it's actually not as difficult as it looks. First we'll draw a rectangle. If you don't feel like drawing, you can just outline any drawing from the project section. Feel free to use them anywhere you want. Then after we have this corners of a rectangle, we need to put a big circle close to the bottom and somewhere in the middle. It doesn't have to be perfect in middle, mine will be like switched a little bit to the right. In this circle we'll have another circle. Also I don't have like highlights here, but they're so tiny and so I will hinder it out when we will be painting. Add another circle which is moved a little bit from the center. Again, it doesn't have to be perfect. It's a hand-drawn thing, so inside of this circle we'll have this shape. Make a small circle here, and half circle here. This is good. Then we'll draw a top part and it looks like. Photographers who are watching me, I'm not sure how accurate this camera will look, but it will look like a camera. It already looks like a camera, but we need to add some details to make it more interesting. Let's add a line here, a line here, and this element here. Another button here, very simple. Finish this rectangle. Another circle here on the top are also some elements we have to draw to make it look as a camera. Also I'll draw something here like this. Our drawing is ready. We need some here. We've got to do something like this, and we have the name of a brand, but they don't want to put it, so I'll just like something, dark spots will do with a watercolor. You can put the name if you want. This is our drawing, and next I will start painting. 4. Painting a Photo Camera: We started painting from the camera and fan. After we're done painting the camera we'll add some foliage and flowers. Next chart just without drawing right away with our brush. First let's mix out gray, which is going to be ultramarine blue with calamine orange, a recipe which always works for a beautiful gray. Let's denote it with a lot of water and for now we can always dampen it later. Our camera has a lot of gray elements. It's a silver color, so it's going to be gray. Splash some water. I hope you are more grateful seeing this project, I won't give any highlights when I'm painting to keep it fan and short. But we always have our draw white gel paint or whitewash. We can add a highlights later. Make sure you have your paper towel, in case you have too much water you can dry your brush and you're going to need. The bottom part is also gray. This part I want to paint with Prussian blue to make it more interesting. But in reality from reference, I was drawing it. It's black. It's not totally up to you. You paint it any color you want, and we have them. This part is also gray and here we have a little highlight who could leave. This one is also similar and I don't the circle, and here you can switch to a smaller brush if you are not comfortable with such a big brush. This part is also, silver and this one. This circle is a darker gray. Let's mix more pigment of blue and orange to get a darker gray add less water. This is not really dry but it's okay because in this part it has to be darker anyway. It'll be an obvious budgets. It's okay. This is our darker gray, we can darken it more later if we want to. When you add all the colors, we'll see if we need to darken it or it's good as it is. Now I'm going to color this part and Prussian blue and paint it dark, shade of Prussian blue. I'll use a lot of pigment, not much water. But it's still beautiful. Don't make it the total dry brush. To go around all this tiny details, we'll need to use a smaller brush. Am taking to number 4. This is a synthetic brush. I covered too much of this gray, but I think we can solve it with a white gel paint. For this part of the camera you can use any color you want. Daylight did was black. [inaudible] it's not perfect, but it's still looking good. Don't be too harsh on yourself. Looking so far, and I didn't like this blue, I think that's more character and interest. You can also add some potter and on your camera to it could be interest wholesome and not be Balkan dot or flowers or geometric pattern, whichever suits your style. This is good. While this part is drying, we can take a small brush. and I mix more ultramarine blue. We've got no orange. To get a darker gray and add for shadows on the gray parts wherever we already painted and it's dry. Wasn't to drive by there but it's okay. Right here this line. When all this part out darker like these and also here. It'll give more three-dimension to our paintings and it's still wet. What we will do next we will take black. Again pretty dark, will make sense of it, of this created one picture to a different color. We'll cover this part. Leaving some, a little bit of highlight if you can. If you can't hit it's okay. We can add them with my jump-in. For this part, tried to use a synthetic or symbol, which you have a good control. You're like, hey, if your hands are not as shakers mine. I'm trying to smudge Visine blue. Just take her time and carefully paint this part. Can go painter learn this painting. Also caused her color. This part signed a highlight here, so we'll leave it white partner, but you color it with pride. When some lines here, and it looks like this inside circle has to be darker. Let it dry for now, but later we'll add novel to wash off great cheat. Meanwhile, let's call her little details. Now it has to let it all dry very well. Finally, I jumped more details, some shadows, and the foliage. 5. Flowers, leaves and finishing details: Now when our camera is dry, it's time for my favorite period part. It's ink that shadows and details. Here we need another shadow, one of this little one. We also have our fine liners/ if you don't add all the details with tiny brush, it's okay. You can add them with fine liner. They do look great too. I feel like we need a little shadow right here on the bottom because the camera is disappearing on the white paper. Add one right here. Let's darken this part just a little bit. I think it's a little too light. Yes, this is better. If you remember, we had some letters here, so I'm just putting some dark spots for the branch but if you're doing this drawing, this painting for yourself, you can put the letters there up on top of your camera. While editing on the camera is drying, we can start painting our flowers and you can take this any direction you want. You can paint some berries or strawberries from another class or anything you want. I'm going to paint some tropical. A simple tropical flower, Plumerias and just not too many of them. I'm taking the caramel red, and because I don't sketch them [inaudible] but I want this painted here. In the middle we have the yellow. It's a little dark for Plumeria, but that's okay. Add just a few flowers here and also I want to add some tropical leaves in the same tropic. I've a class on tropical flowers if you didn't watch it here. I will link it somewhere here so that you can paint tropical flowers too and see how I paint them more detailed and not this painting here. Lemon yellow. This doesn't look like Plumeria at all but let's pretend it's a different form. Why not? We'll add some details with and jump Plumeria in later. Add one flower right here. Now it's time for our foliage. Foliage we'll use almond yellow and our Prussian blue. We'll start off, I want to do one leaf here. Paint a leaf, a tropical leaf with yellow first and then we'll take the Prussian blue and I'll add it there in our yellow. We can help with brush a little bit and the next leaf I want to be old blue. Some palm leaf. [inaudible] leaves here. Take this painting any direction you want. Use some gold. Lemon yellow and Prussian blue painting the foliage. They have a class on tropical foliage too. I can link it if you want. Also I've some. Let's add some middles to this flowers because they look lost and they don't look like anymore Plumeria. Now let's mix caramel red and a little bit of Prussian blue. This is too much. This is better. Then add some [inaudible] leaves. We have a limited cloud plant, but we can do so much of it. I think this is enough foliage or maybe just a few more dots and strokes. Just to make it even more casual. To the last details we'll adjust that with fine liner and some lines here and a little bit here and with white jump pen we need to add a highlight right here and some lines and actually numbers somewhere here but it's okay. We can just add thicker and dots and lines as where you should. This is our [inaudible] photo camera. 6. Thank you and see you soon!: Thank you so much for joining me in this class. I hope you had the chance to paint with me. I can't wait to see your beautiful project. So please, share them in the Project section of the class. If you share them on Instagram, please tag me so I can leave you my feedback. If you like this class, please leave a review, so other students can find it, too. See you next in my class. Bye.[MUSIC]