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Rough Sketches as a Finished Product

teacher avatar Chris V, Artist, Designer, Maker

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Intro to Rough Sketches


    • 2.

      What to use


    • 3.

      What to sketch


    • 4.

      Sketch with Basic Shapes 1


    • 5.

      Composing your sketch


    • 6.

      Let's sketch


    • 7.

      Adding Color (Optional)


    • 8.



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About This Class

Ever see an ad with fun, quirky sketches instead of product photos? Did you think, how cool is that? Original artwork can be extremely engaging.  A playful approach becomes a powerful tool, when it causes you to stop and take notice.

In this class you will learn how to make quick, basic sketches like this for your business, for gifts or for yourself. You won't believe how easy it is with tools and materials you have right now!  This class is for beginning art students to experienced illustrators looking for a fresh approach.  Stay tuned and get ready to create Rough Sketches as a Finished Product.  ; )

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Chris V

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I'm Chris V., a watercolor artist, designer, online instructor, and desert dweller living on the outskirts of Las Vegas, Nevada. I'm the creative behind, the online wonderland, where I've brought together my watercolo... See full profile

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1. Intro to Rough Sketches : art is everywhere, inspiring us of lifting us on. Does it involves the rules change. Maybe you're an established artist. Or maybe you're someone who thinks you could never be an artist. I'm here to tell you you can. I'm gonna show you how using rough sketches I've seen so much of this style lately. Marketing campaigns My Starbucks, Phulbari, Kate Spade, Nordstrom are just a few examples. I'm Chris, artist, illustrator and jewelry designer and I've just rough sketches over the years to plan outlining designed so many things. I currently use them to create designs for my own line jewelry shop, see design jewelry dot com. Then I post them on my social networks. Put them on my home page slideshow to create buzz for my new pieces in this class, I'm gonna show you how to do just that for your business as gifts or just for fun. Using supplies you have right now. No prior art experience necessary. I invite you to share your process in the project gallery by clicking Start project button on uploading your images. The first thing you need to do is really simple. It's just click the enroll button. See in the next video 2. What to use : This is a sketch pad I had just laying around. If you want to use typing paper, that is totally fine. I grabbed a mechanical pencil I had in my jar. Simple ballpoint pen in black and an eraser, and that is all you're going to actually need. 3. What to sketch: is if you have things laying around that you use a lot of and that's what you want to portray, For example, again going back to the tools. Um, maybe you, uh, use a hammer and tools a lot. So you wanna sketch that stuff? Maybe who are a window cover? And you wanna do your tape measure and your pencil and a rod or something? A window rod, maybe your professional organizer. And you wanna put a P touch in there somewhere along with your pencil and so forth? It doesn't matter. But if you have objects lying around, that totally works. I have this fashion magazine here that I might scan through ads and then, ah, boom. This handbag inspires me. So I want to sketch that I also get really inspired by interior design. So furniture, pieces, um, sketching rooms and and designing that really gets me going. I also really love sketching vehicles, um, and industrial buildings and things like that. So I'm showing you magazine pictures, but there are endless numbers of pictures online. Of course, that you can source and I would encourage you to go online, do a search for what it is that you're interested in and start collecting photographs. Okay, So whether you guys have decided on photographs or wife objects to use for your sketches, I'd love for you to take screenshots or photos and post them in the project gallery along with just a short description of what your project is about. And that will be the beginning of the evolution of our project. See in the next video. 4. Sketch with Basic Shapes 1: I've got four objects laid out for you here to help us create a sketching process. And each of you will have a different one. So it's gonna be fun to see how yours will develop. But I'm going to sketch each one of them individually for you to give you an idea of how different objects can be perceived on paper. Let's get started with that. Never won the mug. So we have one mug pretty basic. Now, when you look at this, you see a mug. Everybody sees a mug. But if you look a little deeper and I'm going to challenge you to change your perspective, I want to challenge you to see this as geometrical shapes. This is one of the most basic tips for being able to, um, portray something on paper. Break it down to shapes. So I see an oval at the top. I see a basic This could be a square or a trapezoid shape down here for the body of the mug and then a basic oval here for the handle. So let's just start at the top with an oval that's the top of our mug. And if I want to be technical with the body. I can just draw a trough is oId don't here for the bottom and later come by and curve it or just leave it as is. And then an oval. I'm going to double it to give it some volume. And there's a mug. You can clean it up. You could reshape it. You can do what you want, but you have just sketched a mug. Next object. Adorable sock monkey. Ah, if you like animals, if you're going to be doing animals, this could be an example. It's not a real live animal, but, you know, it's not a bad one. Sock monkey. OK, so first of all for the head, I see a circle start here. I see another circle here for the mouth, area and nose. Um, for the body. I see an oval just going to do that. And you can see, you know, part of the ovals not shown, but the shape is there more ovals for the arms lays. And now we can begin to clean it up with our you re going to clean up this part of these circles of the head so I don't cover the nose area. I'm going to put a big orange peels shaped smile and nose. Add couple ovals for years eyeballs and you guys have a sock monkey next up to paint. All right, once again, I see a trap. Is oId here for the cap? Kind of an A dealer, not an oval, but sort of a triangular shaped for the bottom. So we'll just wing it with that. In fact, I'm going to spin it this way, so it's kind of going up and down. We could fit everything in this page. And so we've got. See, I think I'll do this way. So we've got a sharp is or for the top. Here's our top, and then we have a triangular two for the bottom. So the details we add is what really makes this look more like a paint, too? Because, really, this could be anything. It's a couple of trap resides. So if I add if you see close up, there are ridges in this cap on many of paint tubes. Have this so that you can untwist it easily a za Griff. So I'm gonna add lines. There we go in my camp and There's always a flap at the bottom of a paint tube to seal it. So I'm going to add a little lie at the bottom and you know you can even add a little bit of coffee on it, which makes it obvious. And that completes our paint, too. And last, but certainly not least, we have our can of coding here, and even more simple. I see a an over the top and basically a very long rectangle. So we'll start with the oval at the top and make our very long rectangle. I'm going to round it off of the bottom so it matches the shape of the top. Add a line for the top, about 1/3 of the way down, and we have our pink can again. We can add some detail, like the little ridge at the bottom for the the ridge that's shown here. We can do another ridge of here, and then again, we can add copy. We can add detail we can add. You know, the little circle inside the cap. We can we can do all kinds of things, but for now that is a basic can. So I'd like you to think about how you're going to perceive your items as geometrical shapes and see how you can get them down on paper. And I would love for you to post that in the Project gallery so your progress is documented there. We can just compare notes and please feel free guys toe help each other and comment on one another's projects as well Look forward to see there. 5. Composing your sketch: I have assembled a few, um, live item physical items, if you will, uh, in a vignette style, um, with the idea that this is going to be for a dressmaker. So we have a needle and thread, a spool of trim, possibly for garment. Ah, a pin cushion with pins in it. And an Eiffel Tower. Just a reference. A parent, Parisian style Taylor. And keep in mind when you are putting together your ideas, you want to think how big your sketches air going to be. You want to think how you're going to compose these sketches so they fit in together if you're doing more than one item and you're going to need to place them in a way that is pleasing to the eye So I've sort of laid these things down, all kind of in a little grouping, but I can put them anywhere I want in the sketch, and I could make them as bigger small as I want. So the spool is quite large, but maybe I'll make it a little smaller in the sketch so that the pin cushion doesn't get lost in the whole composition. And this Neil, I want to make quite a bit larger because it's tiny. Can't even really tell what it is if I drew it to scale according to what I have available here. 6. Let's sketch: for starters, we want to do some practice sketches just to get an idea of flow and how this is all gonna work. And you might have to do it in a few different tries. Um, keep your your eraser handy so that you can, you know, uh, erase, change things, start over whatever you like. So because the Eiffel Tower is going to be quite a bit taller than anything else, I'm going to start with it because it's going to take up the most visual space on your paper. And I'm going to start by, um, sort of sketching the basic shape of an Eiffel Tower. I know it kind of does it sweeping on each side. You can see either side is not symmetrical. It's not identical. I'm not even worried about that right now. I know there's a point on the top, and I know there are sections that, um, make up the base of the Eiffel Tower. So there is a basic shape that could become an Eiffel Tower. Uh, if I add some more detail, but I'm not gonna do that just yet. I'm still working on composition. So, um, I'm going to want these items based around the group rather around the base of this Eiffel Tower. So I'm going to go ahead and put my next largest item in which is gonna be this school. Um, and I think I don't know if I want it standing up or laying down, but we can play around with that. So let's start with a kind of an oval to show that there's a little depth in the top of the school. And so I'm going to come in a little bit for the bottom of the school and then make sort of around. I kind of watched up my line here. I don't want it flawless, but I wanted looking a little more to scale than that. Okay. And then I'm going to add lines for the bottom. Now, keep in mind that there are as many interpretations of this school in this Eiffel Tower as there are people on the planet. So please don't try to make yours look like mind. The whole idea is to bring out your unique expression in this project. Um, if it looks like a stick figure, make it look like a stick figure that stick figures are a big deal right now, so don't be afraid of that. Um, you could see my base is larger than than the top. I might just scale this down just a little bit, cause it looks a little distorted and a little out of whack there. Just so that the I What kind of corrected on its own? I didn't do much, but it didnt did a little bit. Do a little more. Here we go. Uh, now I wanna draw uneven lines through this spool. So that shows this ribbon kind of winding around. But I don't want them to be necessarily straight or doesn't really portray what I've got in front of me realistically. So I'm just going Teoh kind of. There we go. Okay, so there we have our ribbon school. Um, I am going to draw the pin cushion next on and going to do that over here, C members do, though do this underneath the Eiffel Tower. So again, it's not to scale. Ah, this should be probably be a little rounder, but I wanted to look a little bit quirky, so I'm just going to kind of just wing it on this one. I've got pins coming out. I'm not even making them the same shape, Just sort of going with it, Just kind of putting them in it different intervals. And then I'm going to make my needle super big because I want it to be ah, highlight in this illustration. So I'm gonna take my needle. I'm gonna put it somewhere where Aiken see the shape a little better, and we'll put that on this site. Now, I have this illustration a little top heavy with school here. The Eiffel Tower's big This is chunky. And now there's really not much going on this side. So I'm gonna put the needle on this side at an angle because it's skinny. I could do it up and down, and that would be just fine. But I kind of like things a little ass symmetrical, totally up to you guys. And I'm gonna do it wider at the top, skinnier at the bottom. And I'm gonna draw hole for the eye of the needle. Um, not the best deal ever. Drink drawn Might just kind of reworked this. I'll be a little too thick on the top. Maybe not Think enough on the bottom. It's a little better. And then I'm gonna draw a line coming through to show that there's a thread. But I don't love the placement. I think the placements getting a little too close to the rest of the illustration. So I think about three working that possibly going upward because the one line of threat is going to be pretty visually light. I could take up some of this upper space and not worry about it being too distracting. Okay, so now we have some items placed at different intervals. Play around with your items and then post your sketches, your preliminary sketches of your practice sketches. 7. Adding Color (Optional): All right, guys. Now that I am done with my illustration and I have cleaned up my pencil mark with my eraser , I'm happy with placement. I'm gonna add some color. And there are endless ways you could do this. I have chosen colored pencils because they're clean. Ah, they're easy to use. Easy to control within the illustration. And, um, they go well with my pencil, But you can choose a water color. You could choose markers you can choose. Oh, my goodness. The possibilities are endless. So please use your favorite medium, and we will get started on this. All right. Four colors that I've chosen. I want to keep it super simple, but I want to be bright and fun. I have selected a Navy, um, to sort of go over some of my black, Just add a little personality and a little bit of fun and whimsy. Um, along with these other colors. So, um, first thing I'm gonna do would just start in. Um, I'm gonna color my needle. Sort of a gray. I want to keep it a little bit. True life. So it's believable. Um, see, I might make my thread a navy blue, and I'm just sort of going on the cuff on this. Keep it light, keep it fun. And if you sort of act spontaneously, then you'll be kind of pleasantly surprised when you're finished at how it comes out. You're not doing too much planning. Um, it's just a lot more fun that way, going to keep my pin cushion a lighter blue so that I don't lose the lines of the pins in it. That's another thing you want to keep your thoughts on is contrast. You don't lose certain elements of your design when adding color because color can be quite , it can add quite a difference to how your illustration looks. Please keep in mind, too, that you don't have to add any color at all. The illustrations can be quite lovely when left simple and clean without the color. I just love color, so I do have fun with this part of the project. All right, I am going Teoh, add some gold to my school top and bottom. Just keeping it really simple, really spontaneous. It doesn't again have to be perfect. It's a rough sketch. Keep it easy. Keep it free flowing. I'm not even coloring in all my rib, and I just want a hint of color on it. And I'm gonna add some blue to the Eiffel Tower just to make it a little more whimsical. I'm letting my lines show through, so it just as a little dimension. And by that I mean my original pencil lines. You can see I'm not following any of this exact. I'm just letting my pencil kind of go where it goes because that is a beauty of a rough sketch. It's for it to look a little rough. You can always put this on photo shop and clean it up. Have endless options on what to do with it. But there we have it. We have added just enough color to give it a little extra dose of your personality of your purpose for the sketch and love for you to post photos, images screenshots of this in the Project gallery. And let's compare notes and talk about her projects. Please let me know if you have any questions. Um, at this stage, 8. Conclusion: Thank you so much again for joining me in this class. I hope you had a much fun as I did. I cannot wait to see your sketches in the project Gallery coupon sketches.