Watercolor Sketch Journaling On the Go: Come with me to draw, paint and drink coffee. | Fatih Mıstaçoğlu | Skillshare

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Watercolor Sketch Journaling On the Go: Come with me to draw, paint and drink coffee.

teacher avatar Fatih Mıstaçoğlu, watercolor storyteller

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      Class Project


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    • 4.

      L01 Waszyngton Cafe


    • 5.

      L02 Lokal Cafe


    • 6.

      L03 PPC


    • 7.

      L04 My Studio


    • 8.

      L05 PPC Again


    • 9.

      L06 My Studio Briefly


    • 10.

      L07 Vincent


    • 11.

      L08 Proces Kawki


    • 12.

      L09 Park Szcesliwicki


    • 13.

      L10 Moko-tuff Cafe


    • 14.

      L11 Etno Cafe


    • 15.

      Conclusion Cafe


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About This Class

Have you ever thought “what goes into making a good looking, interesting, attractive sketch journal spread?” Of course not! Who thinks that?

But since I mentioned it… You are thinking about it, don’t you? =)

Well, you’re in luck! What I’m offering you here is even more than that. In this class you will see me create an entire spread starting with an empty layout, add pencil sketching, line art, watercolors and final touches. I will narrate every creative decision while I’m drawing/painting and I will do all that, ON THE GO! 

Since I often draw in my sketch journal when I go and sit at a coffee shop, I wanted you guys to have the real deal. I created almost the entire spread while at a coffee shop and I will show you where I am, talk about these places, how I got there, what I’m drinking, what I’m eating so it will be a very authentic, very real journey for you. Forget my perfectly lit studio and the delicious coffee I make for myself. WE ARE GOING OUT! 

Come on! Put your jacket on. It’s a little nippy out there.

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Fatih Mıstaçoğlu

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Hello! My name is Fatih but you can call me Fab. I've been painting with watercolors for 11 and working as an independent artist for 6 years. Before that, I was a copywriter in advertising. And before that I was an au-pair. =)

I try to share what I do and how I do them over at my Instagram account and you can have a look at that over here: https://www.instagram.com/fabworqs/

I love painting with watercolors and recording videos while I paint. For my day to day art practice I keep sketch journals and document our daily life. Over time I collected quite a few skills and tips so I thought it was time to share them with you guys and that's how I joined the Skillshare family.

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1. Intro: Have you ever wondered what goes into making a good-looking, interesting, attractive sketch on spread? Of course not, who thinks that? But since I mentioned it, you are thinking about it, don't you? Hi, my name is Fati, but everybody calls me Fap. I'm a watercolor artist. Is this really necessary? This is my fifth class and people have heard this so many time already. What? Oh, there might be new people? Okay then. Hi, new people. Please call me Fap. I'm a watercolor artist, sketch journalist, master procrastinator, and alumni teacher. I've been painting with watercolors for over a decade now. I painted for brands as well as for individuals, but two years ago, I started making online courses and it became my passion ever since. My last two classes were staff bit and I'm so proud of myself. If you want to go back a little further, I was a copywriter, but maybe let's not go there. I tend to complain a lot. Moving on, this is my second class about sketch journaling. My very first class was about this topic, but I love suspenseful buts. But in this class you are joining me for a ride. I'm taking you outside. You will see sketch journaling in its original place. In coffee shops, I will apply all the knowledge from my first class and complete a full spread from beginning to the end. This is the spread. Here it is by the way, this is what we are going to make. There'll be my narration the whole time and I will discuss and explain every creative decision along the way. You will understand the why as well as the how in this class. I will show you how I pencil sketch at line art, paint with watercolors, add titles, writings, and little touches at the end to bring the whole spread together. By the end of this class, you will have everything to start your sketch journal, or if you already have one, you will have the tool to level it up. This class can be for any level. If you're a beginner, come for the basic skills like pencil sketching or line drawing. If you are more advanced, come for learning how I add the final touches to elevate the page or the artistic mindset to see through. If you are super-advanced, come for the sights and coffee shops from Warsaw and join me for a drawing session. There is something for everyone. During the class, I will go from place to place and depending on time or mood, I will tackle a part of the page. I specifically kept everything in chronological order so you can really see how a page is really created. It's not always so perfect. First finish all the pencil sketches and then the line arts. No, it doesn't work like that. You do what you can in this busy life. Sometimes you only have energy to add a little title. Another day you are drawing and painting the centerpiece. With this class, you will get to see the real process in real places rather than a class fully taught through and executed in the studio in perfect lighting. I can't wait to take you on this ride with me. So let's take a quick look at the class project and the materials. Let's jump right in. See you there. Jack, good to see you, buddy. We will wrap it up for today and the next video we will start from tomorrow morning. Come back early, 6:00 AM sharp. 2. Class Project: After this class, you will be able to create your own sketch journals and Jack, no. Not know you idiot. Hi. Your class project, should you decide to accept it is to create a spread with the same layout as I use in this class. This way, we can have a look at each other's spreads and see how the other students use the same starting point in other creative phase and ended up with totally different results. It will be fun. I encourage you to share your progress as we go. For example, you finish your sketch, take a closer photo of the sketch, take a photo of the full spread, and share those two images with a few words underneath. When you finish your line drawing or painting or titles, you'll do the same. Because once you create your class project in the class project gallery, you can go back and edit your class project and add more writings and images. This way, you'll have a full progress of your spread documented and I will have a chance to give you feedback. Also, I now feature every single student project on my Instagram account. I appreciate your hard work and I want to share them with the others. I mention your Instagram account and everything. To be featured on my Instagram account, share your projects with me. Now, let's talk about the materials you need and get to work. How was the checking together, though? Do I look good?. This time it was good that you arranged my hairdresser before. But when it's in the middle of the shoot, it looks a bit funny. Do you remember in the previous class that my hair was like this long and then this long and let's not do that again. 3. Materials: So the materials. Let's mention the obvious ones first. Something doesn't feel right, oh, the hoodie. That's better, isn't it? Because the yellow hoodie was from the Class number 2. Materials, let's mention the obvious ones first, we will be traveling a lot, so we need a backpack. What else in that backpack? You need a sketchbook, pencil, eraser, waterproof pen, a brush, watercolors, and water. Wait, I think I can do that better. There it is. This is my sketchbook. I use this brand. It's called army. It's 108-gram watercolor paper inside. I like it so simple. No branding, nothing on it. It's just black on the outside and beautiful. I said, just any pencil, this is not a special pencil is just a pencil, it goes in my backpack. There is my backpack on the right bottom corner you see? Any erasers that we need? This are erasers. This is nothing special. Just an eraser goes to the backpack. This is something special. It's a kneaded eraser. You can form it into any shape. I've been using it for years now. Apparently, it's also really good for this kind of animation. Goes to the backpack. These are my waterproof pens. Faber Castell, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 90 percent of the time I use 0.1. Here are the brushes. There is number 12, number 3, and flat heads for covering bigger areas. My favorite watercolors can say Tambi, is that the name? They are very vivid and I really like using them, but they're a bit on the big side. This set. If I want to take that site, it barely fits my backpack. A good old jar. Your mom would make a jam in it. Use for keeping water. Good old paper towel from the kitchen. Always useful for picking up some extra paint and scrap papers. It's very useful for checking out typography if checking a workout or checking out the colors combinations you want to use. This is a phone holder. Here's an example here, because I like watching YouTube videos while painting and drawing. This is another phone holder, but this is for recording. It gets a bit higher than the other one you saw. As you can just see, you can record both ways, vertical or horizontal. It's always with me. This is my other set, St. Petersburg Watercolours that I think quite nice. I've been also using it for years and it's smallish to take it with me. Banana. It's always useful. Water, so we're going on a bike trip, always take the water. I also use it for painting. No shoes. I'm going to put on my feet. We don't need it in the backpack, not my desk lamp. Jack. We need to stop this. I don't need to test them. I'm going to coffee shops. They have lights, there. Not the Monstera. check I stopped the video. Check. I said I could do it better. So that's it for the materials. Now we can jump right in. We will start from our first stop, Waszyngton cafe, a beautiful cafe I found on the other side of the river in Warsaw from where I live. We are going to draw and paint. This is actually the topic of this page. I'm going to show this exploration of mine. We are going to sketch the first main image from the cafe and this title. See you there. 4. L01 Waszyngton Cafe: There it is Waszyngton Cafe. I'm getting closer and closer with my bike. Here it is from outside. It's called Waszyngton because this street is called Waszyngton. It has beautiful interiors and delicious puddings and coffee as well. This is an espresso tonic. Let me take a bite. I'm getting ready. This is the layout we're going to use. This is actually from the first class. Here is the first class. Jack, stop the video. Jack, could you look where you stopped the video? Anyway, I just wanted to show how much changed since the first video. On the left is the first, on the right is the fifth, this class. A lot has changed. Here I was drawing this layout in the first class to show what the layout is actually. Then later, here I was out on the day. I want to draw and paint something. My topic was explored, and I was doing an exploration by going to this coffee shop. I'm going to use this ready layout and draw this scene I have in front of me. On the left you can see the, what is it called? Reference image. That's what's called, reference image. I'm sorry for that. I'm actually not keeping this in front of me and drawing from it because as you can see, I'm actually eating and drinking in the meantime. I take a photo and then I continue drawing from the photo. This way, I find it much easier because I can get on drinking my coffee and enjoying my drink and my scene is not changing as I keep moving things. So I take a photo and draw from the phone usually. I have two phones with me. I didn't get rid of my old phone because it was already recording still very well even though it was getting slower. Here is me taking a sip from my coffee. I'm using my old phone for recording and current phone for taking photos and using as a reference or if I don't need a reference, sometimes I use it to watch something or listen to audio books. As you can see, I'm trying to look at the lines. There's lots of depth and perspective here. I drew lines so that the tables will be in order like it shows there. I use guiding lines for that. But other than that, I'm just trying to do what I call relative lines. I draw something like the table and the glass and then I look what's next to those lines. Let me take a bite. Delicious. Then I look at what's next to the lines I just drew, like the glass. There are the seats going back further and then there's the door to enter the place. Next to it, there are the tables. I try to go one by one and when I run out of space, that's why I draw these boxes. It helps me out when I reach those lines. That's how much I'm going to draw. Even if my original reference photo was capturing more, I just stop there and then I don't have a problem like running out of space or anything because my main object started here. This is Rondo Daszynskiego. Throughout the class, you will have little mental breaks. Then I will take you someplace in Warsaw and show you like I promised that I will take you out and show sites of Warsaw. There will be little breaks like that. In the next ones, I will try to be quiet. This is done. I'm now drawing the first title, and I named this because this title page was left empty after I did my first class and I continued making other pages. This was left in the middle and now I'm in the future. Let me take a sip of my coffee. I decided to call this page a page from the future because now I'm in the future, but now it's actually the past. You know what I mean. In here, I use three different fonts. The first one is like a cursive and in the first class, I show all of these different writing techniques. How we can actually achieve a good title with three simple fonts. With the writings, it's usually good to use three different fonts and what you want to emphasize, I write it in big bold fonts like the future in that. The first one, a page, I wrote it in cursive and what I do is that, again, you can find this typography lesson in the first class. I make the down strokes thicker by getting an extra line. When I paint it you can't see those extra lines, but it looks really stylish. In between them, a page from the, I wrote those down with very simple elongated shapes. I use this writing a lot. It's my normal handwriting, actually, I just made it a bit longer and it looks contrasting to the big bold font comes afterwards. This is how I constructed it. We can see more actually how it's going to come together later when I put the ink in. I'm showing you the place again. I just like this place. It's just so beautiful. Now we will move on to the small aspects of my layout, they're little circles. Those little circles are putting tiny elements from my exploration to the page. In here, it's very useful. I looked up the place's logo for you. You can see it on the left is a reference. It was a bit intricate. This W, and 9, and 6 going into each other. It's always a good practice. The logo always carries some meaning that if you're in a place or if you are using a certain brand for the first time, logo is always easy and impactful way to go. First, I'm drawing the numbers 9 and 6. Let me take a sip first. I'm here in a coffee shop after all. Then I do the W behind it. Like I always say, just follow the lines like drawing a normal scene. Here, I'm also looking at where the lines go and then follow it with the next. Here is the sketch done. I'm showing myself and what we have here. I have a photo bomber for the first time. I see you, you sneaking into my photo like that. Here is the result of today, the sketch from the cafe and the title. The rest is still empty and the logo we sketched. Here's another shot from that day. Throughout the class, I will try to show you before and after progress at every lesson. This is it from Waszyngton Cafe. The next topic will be Local cafe in my neighborhood. There is a very cute cafe and I will see you there. 5. L02 Lokal Cafe: [MUSIC] That's my favorite corner, and that's me and this is the little jam we have in our neighborhood, I love this place. I usually like drinking black dripped coffee, it's lighter and so pleasant. This is where we left last time in Washington Cafe is before. I'll show you place a little more, and now we will put the line art. I will use my Faber-Castell Ecco Pigment waterproof pens, my favorite. I always start with drawing the outer edge, but because I ran out of space with my title, I just went in. That wasn't actually an artistic decision that I will make the E overlap my first image. Just ran out of space and I couldn't squeeze them any further. But at the end of the day, I like how it looks. I make my layouts look like little Polaroid photos, and then I add a bit of writing underneath them in the little gap you see there. Again, I forgot the same word, reference photo, here it is. I'm going to draw the lines and my sketches are not super detailed, still quite detailed. Let me take a sip from my coffee. They are not very detailed, but they are not very loose either. I can definitely follow just from this sketch without looking at the photo, but it always helps, because sometimes especially the way I did this page, there's been so much time in between it's difficult to remember some details, and looking at the photo actually helps when you are bringing the fine details with the line art. For example, how this chocolate was sitting over the dessert with a bit of an angle and with the texture over it, it really helps to see these kind of things, so always keep your reference photo handy. I'm having trouble to remember this word. As you can see here, my main object is the dessert and the coffee, and my glasses. I started with those, once I put them in, I feel like the rest, even if it's not perfectly in place, it will be fine. I'm going with those first. The pudding as you can see, it's like a very simple circle, and the more will come with painting and putting the shadows, it will show how nicely round and shiny that part will come with painting and that'll be a little mistake too, but we'll see. As you can see, I'm doing the glasses now. I'm eating a bit of a cookie here, here in the coffee shop after all. I'm doing the extra lines, and you can see immediately the glasses pops out of the page, and it becomes like 3D because I'm adding this one extra line even though it's not perfect, it's not parallel lines, by adding this extra line showing the depth of the glasses, it really helps bringing it out of the page. That's done. Now, I'm moving on to the table. That's easy, and I will draw the tables and the chairs into the distance actually after them. There are also after these sets of tables in front of me by the window there is more sitting area, but it's almost not visible and gets blurred, and I'm not going to worry so much about them and I will also paint it in this way that it will be mostly dark and black in that areas because you can't see much there. I'm drawing, in the image, it's very blurred. But originally there were three bulbs hanging from the ceiling, you can see if you look at the ceiling. Now I'm drawing those and then from there following the window line and then following the ceiling above the door. Like I said, this is the way I do these relative lines. I draw something and then look what's next to it and draw the next thing. This is how I delivered the perspective. This is your little mental break, and we are back. Now the line drawing is done. Let me put some coffee for myself. Now we're going to move on to drawing the lines of the first title. I explained before that there are three different forms in here and just I guess the most tricky one here is the cursive writing and just follow. Look, I'm going to draw very simple cursive here now, but when you draw the downstrokes, a secondary line on the downstrokes, it suddenly becomes much more stylish and this is the trick, and then you paint a darker watercolor over this. You won't see these extra lines and it will look like with a pen you just drew that. Coffee is delicious here. This in-between very simple elongated letters I use this a lot in my writings, a page from the future. This actually bold font that I wrote future word in is actually the same elongated shape as the previous one, but just in bold. This also nothing crazy. Actually, I would say there are two different types of fonts and one of them is in bold. A page from the future and now is in the past. Now, of course, let me eat my cookie, take a sip of my coffee, and you can see my setup here a little bit. I'm recording with my second phone and this is where we are. I don't know why I didn't remove the pen from there. Go away pen, go. Thank you. This is where we are now and we're going to draw the logo now. Look at this place, it's so cozy to be inside, I love it. Now we are moving on to the painting. Like I said, the painting will help a lot. It's round and shiny shapes because you can use highlights, shadows, and that's where the magic is with watercolors. Here, I will try to leave a nice whitespace that will be the highlight and this was very important for this painting but I'm showing you the real life, yes. What happened is, do you see the brush that I'm not using up there? I knocked down that brush and it just rolled over my paper and this highlight I'm showing you here just got completely deleted because the brush rolled over, picked up some paint, and just painted over it and I lost my highlight this way. It's still okay, but these things happen. Now, I'm painting the drink. I really like that this drink is orange and if you look closely, there's bluish-greenish color to this glass, and you can see the light coming through the window. I'm trying to leave a bit of whitespace for those highlights and mix green and blue there and I like how it mix up with orange and brown I'm using for the drink. I'll take a sip of my coffee, delicious. I went on to painting a bit of the window there as well, and this is the orange peel, I'm painting and I'm letting it blend in a bit. It's okay, but I think I need to pick up because I didn't want to lose this bluish-greenish color to the glass I had there. The top layer of the coffee is the froth, is a lot much lighter than the rest and that's why with a dry brush, I pick some of it. If you are quick about it, you can always pick up some of the paint you apply to your page. I'm also trying to leave a highlight like a white line on the straw, so this will show actually it's a shiny metal. Highlights are very important and I call this painting without painting with watercolors that you leave a whitespace and that's actually gives a very important information to the observer that this thing you are looking at is actually shiny. As you can see with the chocolate, there are little triangles I didn't paint, those are to show that this thing actually has a texture, it's not flat. Now I moved on to the interior side paint, the column, and again I'm showing you the Lokal Cafe here. Isn't it so cozy? I'm letting it blend in over there to the blue, I painted over the window showing outside colors. I don't worry too much about these things. These things will get a bit more hidden when we put more color in and I actually welcome these mishaps and I even allow them. I don't even know in this case it's a mishap because I'm letting it happen and sometimes I'm doing it on purpose. Now, I'm painting my glasses, I love these glasses and they got broken this summer. I'm now adding, while my glasses are drying, I moved on to the window again to paint. You can see some of the greenery outside, I'm diluting those and now I did the same thing for the back window because you can also see the trees through the window, so I add some blue and green over there. When you see my brush is not in the image and outside doing something, usually I'm mixing up colors and picking up paints this way. This is the first layer of the painting, I leave it here because I think I needed to go or something. This was a off day for me, I was painting outside, and here's the close up. This is at the moment very flat because there'll be much more shadows added to that later. That's it for Lokal Cafe and the next stop will be PPC. See you there. 6. L03 PPC: It's April already. Here's me enjoying spring going everywhere by bike. That's my favorite. Here it is PPC. It's actually called [inaudible] . It's a nightmare to spell. I mean, Polish is very difficult, let's not go there. It's a very difficult language. But the place is beautiful. Unfortunately, this place does no longer exist, but while it existed, we really enjoyed going there. It was like a second home to us and we felt like in our own living room. We are back to our painting. You remember where we left from local cafe. Like I said before, I'm not going to worry too much about the details in the far corner because everything blurred together. I'm going to do the same with my painting. I'm not going to try to put all the details I see with my eyes. But like I see from the photo, those details will be blurred together. Instead of using a very dark black, I choose to use a little of purple mixed with black here because I like the contrast it gives, and sometimes only using black is a bit cold and dark. I like the purple. Especially in here, I have browns and oranges and I like the contrast it brings. Since this is a painting, you can paint whatever the colors you want. I usually stay true to the reality. Here is me in PPC, again, drinking the same drink actually, espresso tonic. That's my favorite in the summer at some level. Now I'm doing the light bulbs and where they come out from the ceiling. In the photo, you can see three of them coming out, three black bulbs, but one of them is hidden in the photo. This is because I do relative lines and as I put the big lamp on the ceiling, there was no more space for this cable, and so be it. This is still good enough. Again, this is not fully black. I'm actually putting the shading on the ceiling because of how the windows are situated. It's not fully white, even though actually everything is painted white in here. You need to give this shading here that when you start painting for the first time, seeing with your own eyes, the wall is actually painted white, but you are going to put darker gray for it. It feels almost counter-intuitive, but if you look actually without the context, just look at the spot, you can see that it's not white. Nothing is actually fully white unless the light coming from the sky, and even that is broken white, bluish. Now I'm painting this lamp from the ceiling. This is your mental break for 10 seconds. Isn't Warsaw beautiful? You should really visit if you have a chance one day. It's a beautiful city, especially in summer or springtime. But autumns are beautiful too. Sometimes we have snowy white winters. I'm painting the seats on the right-hand side. I do like their colors. How do we call this color? I don't know. I don't want to get stuck again for 10 seconds trying to remember the name. If I remember, I'll tell you. Teal? No, not teal. I'm painting the windows. This is a very old school, very thin metal windows. With those, because they are not in the foreground, I don't go into too much detail. I just put a bit of dark colors for those windows and that's it. There are some white unpainted spots you can see. I like them this way and I recommend you not try to paint everything. Leave some white here and there. They work as the highlights and the texture, and that's okay. Now I'm putting the shadings to these chairs because they are curved. One of them is curved towards me, the other one is curved away from me. The first shade is on the right and the second shade is on the left because my main source of light is on the right-hand side from this big window. Adding some more shades. Shades are so underrated. It's actually so important to add shades. It's not so much work, but it brings so much to your paintings and it makes them pop, so always add shades. Over there, there were some hanging plants. For those, I just drew some flying middle leaves. I'm adding two different greens and some yellows to give the feeling. When they all mixed up together, it will give the feeling of this place. I have to tell you it had such delicious cakes, you wouldn't believe. Back to the painting. At the back, you can see there are those three light bulbs. Also, other lights in the cafe are reflecting from the window, so I was adding those as highlights on the window. Now, I don't remember what I'm going to do. I'm adding shading to my glasses. Again, shading is so important and it makes the objects in your paintings pop. It gives a context. Before, it was actually floating over the table, but now it's actually sitting on the table as you can see it. After applying some darker colors as a shade, I make it blend so it doesn't look so sharp and strong. Here is the final painting. There's a close-up to it. I really like that there's pink in the foreground and then there are the browns and blue from the windows and purple. Everything works very well in this painting for me. Do you like it? Now, this is it for PPC. We will come back here again, but our next stop is my studio for a little time. 7. L04 My Studio: Here's me on that day, I was very calm even recording some videos. Darry introduce very new thing to me at the time, as you can see, I was having fun. I'm in the studio, as you can see, everything is now from the top and lighting is perfect. I'm going to draw this image on the right-hand side, on the right page. You didn't see the sketch of this because, I should tell you this, I took my son for a playdate and he fell asleep, and as I was waiting for his friend and his friends fathers to arrive, I had half an hour and it was in a shopping mall and I just sit down and do the drawing. I didn't have any special situation to record even the good lighting to it. That's why I don't have the sketch for this recorded. But we're going to draw the lines now. You can see on the left the reference photo. It was a beautiful coffee machine, they got there, this is golden white. Now I want to capture this since this page was about my exploration of this coffee shop. It's really fun to draw because it has lots of lines and angles I can follow. But in the meantime, it's a bit of a round shape. I was trying to give this feeling, this logo of a little line there was beautiful, but it was too small. I made it a bit bigger than it is to be able to give those details that it was standing and behind the shield and holding it with one pole, very sweet. All those paper marks on the left on the top of the coffee, and we are in my studio, there is also coffee. I make really good coffee at home. Don't think because we are at a coffee shop, I'm not drinking coffee. There are those I think grinders on the other side of the coffee machine, I'm drawing those. Later I realized this perspective is a bit off. But like I always say, don't worry about, because as you can see, those machines are going a bit towards up. But when I looked at the shelves I drew behind them, they are going down because that's how the perspective supposed to go with. Like I said, it doesn't matter that much. I like my images this way, and if you are like me, you want to draw, but you can't draw perfectly, just do it like me, don't worry about it too much. I'm trying to draw the things on the shelf at the back, not with great detail, I'm just looking at it and try to give the general shape of things there to make. My purpose here is to show that this store shelves are full, not exactly what's on those shelves. I drew that line logo as you see. Now actually this is the logo writing and I drew this liner icon. The drawing is done, I'm going to show you this real I made, I really enjoy. Hey. Yes. What are you doing? I'm working. It doesn't look like you were. I'm working. Are you sure? I promise you I'm working. This is how I really feel sometimes that when I do my work, I'm drawing and painting, because I really love doing this, sometimes it's really feels like it doesn't look like you're working, but I am working, I promise you I'm working. I'm actually working many more hours than I used to as a copywriter back in the day. I had lots of time to play PlayStation in the office spectrum somehow. Now we move on to, I guess I could say, the main image it became of this spread and the Palac Kultury. This is arguably the most iconic and famous building in the central of Warsaw. That was actually my point here, with the title later, I'm going to say. Every roads lead to Palac Kultury. Actually Palac Kultury means, by the way Palace of Culture and Science. Here is me in my studio drawing. In this building, wherever I go for a bike trip, I end up passing there and I really like looking at it, taking photos of it, and drawing it. I thought it would make a good addition to this trip because this was an exploration of this coffee shop. But I was actually also on a bike trip, and I pass this building as usual, and I want to add on this page. As you saw, I drew simple boxes, because I'm looking at the building with an angle, I drew three cubes standing on top of each other, and then I started adding the details. This is sketch, I'm doing it roughly, and not with great detail. Here's your 10 seconds mental break. Now, we're back. This is the stage we are in. On the right-hand side line drawing is done in the middle Palac Kultury sketch is done. Where will we go from here? We will continue delivering the line art of Palac Kultury drawing. Now I'm looking at the details more closely as I move on to line art. But as you can see, this building is beautiful and it has very intricate details. Especially those spiky things after every, let's say, layer of the cake, because this is also called Stalin's wedding cake, because this was done by the Russians for Polish people. Not really for Polish people, but anyway, you will check the history by yourself later. I don't want to say something wrong. But it's a bit of a sore point to this building in Warsaw, but I still like looking at it. I'm drawing them roughly, I'm trying to give the general feeling that those ends are standing out spiky, and I'm drawing simple shapes to do that, but not with great detail. What am I looking here? This is my usual look. Where's my pencil? Where's my pen? Back to drawing. The trees, again, I'm going to try to give the feeling of the tree, I'm not trying to draw every single leaf. This is an impossible task if you want to do that way. I covered the general area of how it covers the building from my perspective, and then later with paintings it will more come to life. This building has lots of windows, and for those windows if you see I try to add an additional line on the left because again, from where I'm standing, to show those windows have not a single rectangle but it has a bit of a depth into the building. By adding this additional line, it gives this feeling of texture on the building. As you can see, I keep adding these extra lines on the left, and on the right-hand side of the building will add those lines on the right because again, from where I'm standing this how the depth shows. This building has so many windows. Many years ago, I went on the viewing terrace it has a very good view of the city. We always said that we'll go there but we never made it since. It was my first trip to also, I think like 10 years ago. But as you can see now none of my lines are perfect and I'm not drawing anything with great detail. But I'm looking at how many windows there and how many gaps, and I'm trying to draw and fit them in as much as I can, and you can see look at the bottom half of the drawing now and the top part. Let me take a sip of my coffee there. The building starts to come alive. With these drawings especially architectures, the more details you add, the better your buildings your sites will get. Even if those lines they seem not perfect, they are not parallel, they are touching each other where they are not supposed to. When you add more details it gets more and more realistic. I actually really like this style more than very realistic drawing of the place because if I want realistic I have a camera I can take a photo. This is a drawing. Now I'm coming to the end and drawing the top of Palac Kultury This was the highest building in Warsaw until recently they built a new tower called Varso. But it's still the most beautiful in my opinion. Here it is. This is the end result of our page. This is the stage we're in now. I added two sketches and line drawings done. That was something. Here's your 10 seconds mental break, Vistula River. I will be quiet. By the way, not in one day, these are happening in like three days in five days timeline. I'm going to draw, I decided that I should draw myself because I was on a bike trip and I should draw myself. This photo is from the morning of the day I went to Washington, and I was taking my son to school with my wife, and she snapped it. I thought I could use this as a reference photo to show myself on the road for this page, so that's what I'm doing. I'm not going to draw him because he wasn't actually part of this 30 kilometers bike trip where I ended up going to Washington Cafe. But I use this image as a reference to show on this page, I was traveling by bike, and this is me. Here I'm trying to show the perspective of the road ahead of me, and I drew myself on the bike. I started from the child seat behind me because that's the biggest object. Let me take a sip from my beer. Of course it's not a beer, I don't drink beer during the day, it was a box for socks I got as a present. I'm adding the line drawings. Again, I drew myself here with relative shapes. First, I drew the child seat because that was the biggest object, and from there I drew the wheels of my bike, and my legs, front wheel, and moved upwards. Like I said, relative shapes. I draw one thing and look what's next to it and draw that thing, and then complete the whole drawing this way. After this sketch with line drawings you can see it's coming more to life, you can see the shape of my leg. My feet is facing forward and my hand is reaching out to the handlebar. I also like this because I'm not particularly good with drawing peoples and faces and I found a picture of me from behind, so I don't have to worry about it. In the second class I was talking about this avoiding your weaknesses, and this is something like that. I do what comes easy for me to be able to keep moving forward and improving my art. Adding some grass, drawing the tiles. As tiles go away from me they are getting smaller and smaller. This is another real I make. I made this real. It was a bit mean to myself like, "Oh, there's no work on this side, oh, you put the ink in, good job." Later I decided to turn this into a class and I stopped making those. That's it from the studio. Next stop will be the PPC again, and see you there. 8. L05 PPC Again: I told you that this place was like a second home to us for a while, while it lasted. It made beautiful, delicious coffee. That's why you could see me making these stories and reels when I go there. I was so excited to be there, but it's all gone now. But we will always have these videos to remember by. I'm in PPC again. This time, I'm going to tackle my last image, last painting, last box to fill in my layout. I decided I would do the menu board behind the espresso machine we see on the right. Remember this time, reference photo I did. Again, I open this photo on my phone. Actually, you can see it over there, just above the image, just above the sketchbook. You can see my phone screen I'm drawing from. The box I have is horizontal, so I use my phone screen as horizontal and enlarge the image thinking that how much I'm going to feel this rectangle gap I have in my layout. Then this really helps me actually what will go into this box and how much. I can see this much of the coffee machine, so I draw that much of the coffee machine and then I know where the menu board is going to stand and how much of this neon writing is going to show. This place was also a stationery shop, by the way. It was really good. Anyway, back to drawing. I did a quick sketch to see the general shape and perspective of the menu board and the coffee machine there, those were the most important items of this painting, and then I moved on to line drawings. I forgot to draw my box, so I'm going back and doing that. The tolerate shapes, polarity picture-shaped box is drawn, and now I'm back to drawing the coffee machine. Coffee machine is in the foreground, so I'm adding the details of that. For some reason, I went up there drawing the neon lamp a bit. Back to the coffee cups on the top of the coffee machine. Those standing on top of each other, as you can see, I'm just adding a few lines and it gives the feeling. Again, I'm not going into details there. I just need to give a feeling of this place. Back to the menu board. Menu board, this is a bit tricky. This was a decision I had to make. It's black with white writings and white lines. It's really difficult to do that with watercolors, if you're going to paint the whole thing white but leave tiny lines white. I decided I'm going to do all the lines and writings black and I'm going to make the board not as black, a dark gray. This will give the feeling of this dark board, but the writings will be still in black but readable. We will see at the end if I was right with this. With writings again, I can't actually see everything from where I was sitting. I'm just giving little scribbles. Oh, this is your 10 seconds mental break. This is Nowy Swiat, beautiful street. We are back. This is the stage we're in. The line drawing is done on the top right corner. We will move on to painting. Here's me mixing the color for this board, a dark gray. Again, I added inside a bit of purple, not to make it fully black. I really like this effect. You can also use it for yourself. This board is black in the front but white or silver on the side and at the bottom as well. But the bottom it has a shadow, so I also painted dark straight away. Again, I'm doing the same thing I told you about the window painting. I'm not feeling everything fully black. I'm leaving a bit of white, is happening still there, so it gives the feeling of the menu board with those white lines and white writings. I made the shadowing a bit less harsh at the bottom, even though in the reference photo you can see there's a very harsh light there. Excuse me, my voice is breaking a bit. I drew those neon lamps only partially visible in this image. As you can see, this coffee machine has a bit of a bulging on the side. It's not too flat, but round. I'm trying to give this roundness with a bit of shadow, darker at the bottom and lighter towards the top, and those golden details on it to hold the coffee cups on the top. I'm making the wall behind, even though it's quite, a bit darker because there's actually brighter light in front of it. For the light to show white, I made the wall behind it a bit darker. I left a bit of a shine on the handle for the steam of the espresso machine to show that it's actually a round shape. What else is there? Yeah, the coffee cups. I'm drawing them again and painting them. I let them dry and went back and put a bit of shadow because where they stand close to each other, it gets a bit darker and I want to give that feeling. This is me in this PPC place, by the way. There was a beautiful photo spot there. Back to the page. As you can see, this top right corner image is painted now. The coffee cups are standing nicely in the foreground, popping up. I'm moving on to another smaller title that I drew, Me on The Bike drawing. Fabxplores, this is a hashtag. This is actually my topic for this sketch journal, Fabxplores. I put my explorations in here and I always use this hashtag somewhere on the page, Fabxplores. Underneath is the name of the coffee shop, Waszyngton. Over there I'm watching Saturday Night Live because for this I don't need a reference photo. I used only two fonts for this, Fabxplores Waszyngton. Not that one with the assignment. Not the Washington we know from the United States, but this coffee shop. Because in the main image I use some pink and soft brownish colors, when I do the titles I try to bring that out from the main image so they are matching to each other. That's why I'm using this lilac and pink with a bit of beige. I'm going to let them bleed out of the title of it. This way, again, it makes it more blending with the rest of the page. Later when I bring in writings in those spots, it will have these swashes underneath and of course, a little bit of splashes. This was the logo, if you remember, from the first day. I'm adding the colors on it, and it's just black and white anyway. As you can see, first time I'm using a small brush because I felt like in here things needs to be visible, otherwise, it will turn into a mess. Because this is not an image you would recognize straight away by knowing it, but it's something specific, the W and nine and six. I'm using a small brush to make sure that I'm putting the details correctly. We are back to the main title, a page from the future title. Again, this is the color actually I used for the sits by the window on the main image. I'm bringing it to this title as well, like I said, so they will be all speaking the same language, they will be all matching each other. I made it fade towards the bottom. Put the color on the top of the bold letters and made it fades towards the bottom end. Like I said, dark color for the cursive letters so it actually looks like you drew it with a brush. Again, I'm making the colors blend out of the title to make it blend in with the rest of the page. Over there, my phone screen was messing up with the white balance, that's why I removed it. After adding a bit of splashes, you can see on the left and in the middle, Fabxplores Waszyngton title it looks beautiful. This is a close-up, Fabxplores Waszyngton. Some splashes went over the painting as well, which I love. This is the logo and this is the main title, A Page From the Future. Again, some splashes over the main image. This is it for PPC . Next up, again, will be studio. But after that, I promise you we'll go back to coffee shops. 9. L06 My Studio Briefly: We are back in the Studio. You can see I'm making coffee. Like I said, just because we are not in the coffee shop it doesn't mean that I'm not drinking coffee. My choice of coffee at home is usually Chucks. Here is me in my Studio and this is where we left. The Title 1 is painted, A Page From the Future, Fabxplores Waszyngton painted. We have unpainted two images and also a gap for a big title. Today, I'm going to paint this image of me cycling. You can see I have my phone\ with the reference photo on my right-hand side. Here I was telling you how I use the scrap paper. I try out some colors and see how they're going to mix up and decide which ones I'm going to use. You can see on the top I'm using my temperatures book watercolor set. I have a dark blue top. In here, in this lesson in the Studio, I'm going to lay the colors. Here is me. Come on, draw. I'm going to lay the first colors and first layers and later I will put the shadows. It's going to look more flat after I finish. Later in the next session, in a coffee shop that will be, you can see it will more come to life. I'm adding colors. There's not much going on here. Let me take a sip of my coffee. Delicious. There is only a bit of blue, each color on me, and my helmet and then the grass. Other than that, my bike is gray and black and the pavement is gray and the fences on the left are gray. There is not much going on. Again, with the grass, as you can see, I'm not making big blob. Here is your mental break. This is Park Gorczewska. Very close to my home. Back to the Studio. As you can see, the grasses, I'm not making it one big blob of green. I'm putting bit by bit with the tip of my brush to give the feeling and leave a bit of white in-between because this gives the feeling of texture. It's difficult to see in the photo, but when you look at grass, you can actually see lots of shades in between the grass and also shining highlights from it. This imitates this texture feeling. I'm adding a bit of a bluish sky. Again, I didn't do one blue blob. It's a bit of more colors in one place and less color in one place. This gives the feeling of the sky being cloudy. That's it from the Studio. This was a quick drawing. Next up will be Vincent, and we will continue with the bike. 10. L07 Vincent: Welcome to the end of June and we are going to Cafe Vincent. Here is me out on the streets cycling again, so happy. That's the best one, cycling. Here's Vincent, this place has delicious stuff you will see in a second. I'm walking in. Look at all that bakery and sandwiches, and focaccias, cinnamon rolls, delicious. This is the outside seating and it's summer at the time, I was drawing. Here's my setup. They have tiny tables, it's not easy. Here's where we left. Like I said after the first layer in the studio, it's rather flat, so I'm going to add some shadows to this painting to finish. I'm making some black mixed with blue and adding some shadows to my painting. You can see the reference photo on the left and I'm adding harsh shadows because it was a sunny day. I'm adding some shadows to my leg and the details of the child seat behind me. The fence on the left-hand side of me, I'm just going to draw some lines getting narrower and narrower into the distance and that's it. I'm not going to go into any more detail. I'm adding more darker colors among the grass. Again, this helps with the feeling of this texture of the grass rather than making a little big blob of green. At the edges, I'm making these blades of grass sticking out, so it also gives the feeling of depth because it covers the edge of the pavement, it covers the edge of the wall, and the fence. You can do this with your small brush to give the feeling of the grass and the texture. I'm adding a bit more blueness to the sky. It was a cloudy day that day. Again the sky is not open blue but something more was going on on the sky. It looks a bit more clouded this way. Here is the end result. As you can see, it became much more dynamic, the painting. Me going to the distance. Fabxplores Waszyngton title underneath. This is my setup again. Again, I'm showing you the Vincent. On the top there are those swirly things they're called Monaco, delicious, and the bread from this place is also really good. I'm not going to show the reference photo for this one. You can have a look quickly for five seconds because I decided it's too boring. I'm going to do my own colors for this one so go with me here. I'm putting a bit of blue sky but I want to make it look like a bit of sun setting. I thought there will be some purplish-yellowish colors in the sky like there are clouds. I imagine the sun is hitting from the right, that's why I added light to the right-hand side of the building. To the left, I'm adding this purplish-maroonish color to the left side of the building, which wouldn't see the sunset, so it's darker there. I'm letting these colors also bleed into the sky to really give this beautiful sunset feeling when you see all colorful and beautiful with yellowish and warm colors. This is the first wash to give the feeling of sunset and here's the general look of the page. The page is really coming together at this point and close up to Palac Kultury. I'm trying to play not too much with these colors. I want them to do their own thing. Here is 10 seconds mental break for you. I chose those three men working on the side of the building assuming you might also you can appreciate your own work maybe a bit more today. I let this layer dry. Like I said I was trying not to play too much with the brush. I wanted the colors do their own thing, blend into each other without much of my help. I let the water work and now I'm adding some color to the tree. For this, because now my imaginary sunset is hitting from the right, I put darker green colors on the left-hand side of the tree and there are two branches from the tree I imagined. On the right-hand side, I put lighter green and yellow. As you can see, I was telling you, I'm not going to try to draw all the leaves from the tree because that is an impossible task. As you can see with the painting, this kind of making quick leaves, it really works. Now I'm adding more shade to the building to give the texture again because this building is really not a flat building at all. All the surface of this building always goes in and out, up and down, and by adding the shadows I'm trying to bring this a bit into the painting. I think it's going really well. Now, I'm also adding some shades to the right-hand side even though it received the sunset, still there are those window seals that goes inwards from the surface of the building so they also need shadows. I use blue for those because there were actually windows reflecting the sky. I thought I would use blue for those windows at the bottom on the right-hand side and adding a bit more darker green shadows to the tree and a bit more splashes, a bit of blue, and a bit of red. I'm making light coming out of the street lights. Probably it's not dark enough yet but I thought it will give a good feeling. I would just want to do that. I didn't paint inside the light because usually that's the brightest point and outside of it there's a yellow haze coming out of it so that's what I tried to do there. After a bit of more splashing, I feel like this one is competing with the first image. Even I think it became the main image of this page. I'm very pleased with it. Here is the close up to the details and the overlook. This is from Vincent and next up will be Process Kawki. See you there. 11. L08 Proces Kawki: After a long bike trip, it was my goal. After some 47 kilometers, I found this coffee shop called Proces Kawki. Here it is, right behind me. Beautiful inside, very good atmosphere, very cozy. It had upstairs, downstairs, so many places you could sit. I got my favorites. Let's place the tonic. I tried to show myself, got shy. I'm usually like that in the coffee shop, it's not easy to record for me, but I did this much. I got shy and put the camera down. But you saw me there. We're going to paint today this final image we have left of the espresso machine from Washington Carver. I started with the golden logo and the line from the espresso machine. There's a cup on the top of the paper cup. I also painted golden. Now probably I'm mixing some paints on the site. Since we're not in studio, I'm not able to show everything. That's also part of the reason I wanted to do this class this way to show the real side that I'm outside and not everything is perfect. I don't have all my tools, but I do what I can. Again, as you can see, I left a bit of a gap there because if you look at the reference photo, that leg of the coffee machine is actually banded and it's shiny and I want to give this shiny feeling and I left the highlight. Same goes with those vertical milkers. Those cups they use to make milk. Again, I'm applying the paint little by little with the tip of my brush. I don't make a big block of black. This helps with separating the items standing next to each other and gives texture to them. Now I mix some black and I am painting those shelves standing behind the counter. Again, I'm trying to apply paint little by little and leave a bit of white in between them, white gaps. Because when you look at this metal structure, you can see where the metal bends, there is always a bit of a shine. I'm not obsessing over it and I'm still using the big brush on purpose so I'm just applying the paint little by little. I think I talk too much. I'm adding the paint little by little and leaving little gaps between them and not obsessing over them. Now, I'm adding the shadow under the coffee machine because it is standing quite high with those big black legs and I want to separate from the counter. This counter is so beautiful up-close that it has these colorful stones in it and I will try to replicate that with paint as well in a second. After the first layer of shadow, I decided it needs to be a bit deeper this shadow, it looks much darker and I did some work. Now I'm picking up some colors and randomly. Of course, I'm still looking at the reference photo, but I'm not trying to make it exactly the same, just to give the feeling. Similar colors I pick and put on this counter and try to replicate this beautiful texture we see on the reference photo. The top of the counter, I put shadow. It wasn't fully dried yet, but I don't worry too much about it. Normally, that's not very visible anyway from where I was sitting because it's almost eye level. Now I moved on to the menu boards behind the counter. As you can see, there's a bit of green in this black. Here's your 10 seconds mental break. This is Swietokrzyski Bridge. Try to read that one. When I'm applying black, there is always a bit of additional colors I put to break down this black a bit. At the moment, there's a bit of green inside, as you can see on the right-hand side, top right corner of the screen. Adding the shadow to the espresso machine and the grinders next to it. After applying the shadow with a clean brush, I pick some of it and blend it into the white so that it's not so harsh because it has a very gentle feeling to it. It's a very slight curve on the coffee machine. Mixing up some yellows to paint those coffee cups. Now actually I realized I used a darker color than the other image above it, that it was more yellow. But again, don't worry too much about it. In those shelves behind there were lots of yellows going on and I treat them like a blurred background image and I will just apply the colors on them and move on. I'm not going to try to draw every single bottle on those shelves. I'm trying to do this also roughly and leave some white gaps behind and it helps with the feeling of the image. Again, here, the most important thing is the coffee machine and I think we delivered the details of that pretty well. The back wall there's a bit of shadow on it so to make the coffee machine actually pop, I put more shadow there under the menu board. Now I'm drawing the items on the shelf. I'm adding whatever color I see on the shelves. I roughly add to it to give the feeling of the place. There is a milk carton that I chose a little pinkish red for this. On the shelves, I remember there were packages of coffee and some accessories to make drink coffee at home. There's the golden-looking milk jug. Now, as the top of the counter is dried, I'm adding some extra colors on the top to help with the texture. I realized there is a black rim to the coffee machine and I'm adding that now. I think we are almost done. I decided the menu boards needed to be a bit more black here because here it's not the main object. On the above image, it's the main object and we want to be more visible. Here is just a black stain on the wall and the main object is the espresso machine. I think a bit more shadow to the cake stand over there and filling the gaps between the items on the shelf. I think it will be almost over. Here is the final image. Again I forgot reference photo. This is my setup and the final image you can see. The final stage of our painting. Here's the close-up photo of our painting. This is it from Proces Kawki. Next stop will be not a coffee shop but at Park Sczesliwicki. See you there. 12. L09 Park Szcesliwicki: [MUSIC] This park is beautiful. It has two or three lakes, bridges over dam, it looks beautiful with the sunset. In the park that I had a free afternoon and I think after a doctor visit and I was on the bike and I had my stuff with me and I found these stone tables they have it just by the lake. It was a nice warm day and the sun was setting and I decided to sit down and continue my sketch journaling. There is the lake right in front of me. [MUSIC] It's a beautiful spot to set camp and paint. Here's this stage we are in right now after the last time. My surroundings, my bike is right next to me. On this side trying not to show the bin right next to me. This is the stage we are in. All the images are in place and one title is left about Palac Kultury. That's what I'm going to tackle today. First, I'm going to show you how I use scrap papers. Before I go into making a title typography, I put down what I have in mind and see if it's going to work. For the place I need to fill it in and as a typography, how it's going to look. I decided to go with the same. Every road leads to Palac Kultury. But clearly, this is not working because it's too long, Palac Kultury. I want to write Palac Kultury in bold because that's the first thing I want to be seen. I decided to try another way. Every road leads to I'm going to use these arrow marks to block it out and then Palac Kultury has an abbreviation, PKiN, Palac Kultury i Nauki, Palace of Culture and Science. I decided to go with that because it will fit better in this space I have. Now I'm going to sketch it onto my page. I'm using this font for the first line of the typography. It's a very simple capital letters font but on the left-hand side of every letter, I add an additional line and it looks thicker and this gives a very old-school look. I wrote this way and in the middle, I changed my mind. Later, I decided to go with cursive to add contrast to this. The bottom will be bold, on the top there are capital letters. I decided to go with cursive in the middle. I use these arrows to match it to the left and right so it will look more like a block, my typography, and fill this space I have. At the bottom, I divided the space to four because I will put these four letters, PKiN. It's good to check out where you're going to put your letters because when you have a letter like i, it doesn't take as much space. If you just divide it to four, it's not going to work out. Because the letter i takes much less space than the other letters so you should be mindful of that. I put P, K, I and N in a very blocky font. The bottom I decided with my handwriting, write the long version Palac Kultury i Nauki. This is a view from the park. There is actually a hill and on this hill, all year long, you can do skiing and snowboarding. You can see someone is going there. During summer, there is a artificial grass and water surface. In winter when it snows, you can just do on the snow or they do artificial snow as well. There is also pulling this park, it's a beautiful park. I'm going to draw with my 0.1. You can see probably better now what I meant by adding additional line to the left of every letter with this font. It's a very old school looking font this way and very easy to make. You can always use this one and create roads. I'm drawing in my arrows. This will be also good these items when I paint, it will also give much interesting look to my typography. Every road leads to, like the last time I'm writing normal cursive and then down-strokes I'm making them thicker with my pen and when I paint, it will look beautiful. It will look like a real handwriting with the brush. Leads to and two more rows. Now the big one. That the needle of the Palac Kultury School tower was coming into my typography and I actually like it how it looks. I think it works very well. PKiN. At first writing letters in block might feel difficult but after a few tries, when you do a few mistakes, you will see what didn't work and it will start getting better. It just needs a bit of practice. For the bottom is my own handwriting in capital letters but I'm doing the same trick with the first line, I'm adding an additional line but much more informal. This also gives a very different look than just normal handwriting. This is your 10 seconds mental break. Also, skyline from Lazienkowski Bridge. It's difficult to be quiet in these moments. I just want to tell you so many things about more so. Now it's time to paint. I'm mixing some paints. I'm using a similar color that I used. I actually picked from the original painting these orange reddish color. I will use that and also a bit of magenta. I tried them on a scrap paper to see how they're going to mix up together and now I'm going to go. For the first time, I'm using this reddish orange. [LAUGHTER] I don't have a name for it because I mixed it up a few colors. I used the same color on the arrows as well but the bottom half, it will be another color. I'm using this magenta on Palac Kultury writing. Again, the bottom will be a different color here. That you saw my paint came down too much more than I wanted and I picked some of it up with my brush. To do that, you just write on your paper towel and then pick up the excess paint that you don't want. I'm making it bleed out as usual. That's my usual trick so that it blends into the page rather than just using letters. I decided to go with some blue at the bottom of abbreviation of course, Kultury, PKiN to complement to the blue we have it from the sky. Because we already had a watercolor wash behind the sky above the building, it makes it also a much more interesting. I use the same blue to color where it leads to and I made some splashes. If you notice that I made this splash while the paint is still wet, the one on the paper so this gave a watercolor wash look. Once it's dry, you can do another splashes. This way you will have very certain, precise dots that's will stay on your page. I like doing splashes while my paint is still wet and then once it's dragging. Let's have a look. This is the final look. I wanted to be a bit more messy and impactful this title and I think I succeeded. Every road leads to Palac Kultury. This is my setup. There is another look. I think it works very well. It's a bit contrasting with the oranges and yellows from the painting of the building and it pops out of the page. That's it from park Szczesliwicki. Next stop will be Moko-Tuff. See you there. 13. L10 Moko-tuff Cafe: Today we are going to cut off a coffee shop I visited first-time six years ago, seven years ago. It's been around for some time and it's very nice inside. Here it is. Let's go in. There are arts on the wall that you can buy and it's filled with lots of plants and very cozy inside. You can see here and it's perfect for what I'm going to do today. This is me after a hairdresser. I'm checking out my hair, once a month I got for hair cut and after that, I usually have an off day that I'm on the bike and I go to coffee shop and draw and paint. I'm getting ready making cool intro starting. My glasses are so dirty, I'm going to clean them first. The whole charisma went away. Maybe now. It's a bit better, I think, not perfect. I think it needs soap and hot water. There's my pen 0.1 Faber-castell. Today I'm going to feel the writings, and writings are a big part of the layout, it really brings the page together. I'm using here my usual handwriting. I'm not doing anything special with it, but this is one trick I mentioned in the first class as well. Instead of writing how you usually do with a lowercase, I write all caps. This slows down you're writing a bit because you are not used to writing all caps all the time and makes your writing a bit neater than usual. You can use this trick too and then I try to think ahead a bit and if I'm going to write lots of words, if there's going to be a big body of writing, I tried to break it down with some highlighted words. Usually, for those, I pick a different font and make them bigger as well in size, and later we will see as well. I also highlight some words with watercolor as well. Just using a highlighter, I just put a bit of a watercolor wash over them and you will see that later. I highlighted on this part, the way this works is when someone looks at your page, an observer looks at your page, the first thing, they see, a page from the future on this bike trips. Immediately they have an idea, or this page is about the bike trip. That's why we use highlighters and big body of words usually feels like, I'm not going to read, this is too much. Imagine you receive a very long WhatsApp message and I'm usually like, I don't have time for this. Let's take a sip from my coffee. Do you like coffee? Back to writing. Another trick you can do, in here I'm making my usual writing a bit elongated and makes it look more interesting. You can change the height of your lines so that the whole writing will look more interesting this way. The more I write you will notice I do first line is taller, the second line is shorter, and then the third line is taller again, and fourth line is even taller. It gives a more interesting look. What I'm writing here is no consequences to you, you can read it if you want to. But usually, I try to write down few things about my experience and my explorations. Thinking that what I would like to remember when I'd get this page in a few years or what I would like my son to read in 20 years time when he discovers these sketchbooks his father painted and drew. I write down a few things about what I was doing, what I saw, what I experienced, how I felt like. This is my setup and the place that's hosting me today, Moko-tuff. I'm very happy to be here. This is your 10 seconds mental break of Palac Kultury I Nauki. Isn't it gorgeous? I thought I should put a shot of Palac Kultury I Nauki because as you know by now, every road leads to Palac Kultury in Warsaw. You saw this stage we are in and I will continue with the writings. That's my goal for today's outing. I really like especially wrapping the writings around the images. If there's uneven space, I make the letters go all the way next to the image. If I have a triangular space, I fill it with writing, I don't make a big block of writing, but I wrap it around the image. You can see Palac Kultury I Nauki at the bottom. I have a triangle space and I just keep writing there and filling it with writings and I really like how it looks overall when you look at page when you have this kind of writing. Here, another triangle space I have and here I'm even actually talking about the layout I have. Then I'm writing here are two shots from the cafe, which I really like. Also, my really layout was asking for two small shots, so I pick this. I mentioned before, I make my layout like a little polarized photo, so underneath them, I can actually write the date and few words about the image, usually the place or whatever it is about. I'm using the same technique by adding additional line to the left of the letters to make it look more interesting. Second, of September 2021. More than a year ago now. The white Espresso machine, and look, the moment I add this extra line, the writing looks much more interesting, and you saw how easy that was. This is where we are. Here's a close look to the final stage we are in. The drawings, paintings, titles, everything is coming together beautifully. Yes, and my coffee is almost finished. Here's the final look. I think this layout works very well. I can't wait to see what you guys will come up with. That's it for Moko-tuff. The next stop and the last stop will be Etno Cafe and we will add the final touches. See you there. 14. L11 Etno Cafe: This is another beautiful cafe. There are more than one spot throughout Warsaw. Here is me, cycling to the place, and it's always beautiful inside, and very good coffee as well. You can see my wife over there, working on her Instagram. Bags of coffee, and that's me. Hi. I'm setting up here, and my wife is helping me with a bit of shooting. She's showing you how I'm setting up. My phone stand is ready, my recording phone is ready, and here's me. My pencil box, and today we're going to finish this page. I'm erasing some pencil marks, and then I will get to work. I'm starting with writing under the first image I forgot when I was in Mokotow, Waszyngton Cafe, Warsaw, and I made a mistake with the date instead of 2021 I wrote 2022. Mistakes happen, guys. The sooner you accept that, the better. Again, I'm making my usual trick. This is my favorite trick to do with writings. Adding an additional line on the left. I just showed you, I didn't have my water containers on this day, and I am using water from my water brush. It's filled with water, and when you squeeze it, water comes through the brush, and you can use it to paint. But between the colors, it gets difficult because you need to wash it into your paper towel, everything, and then pick up the next color. But I made it work, and here, I'm using my small brush, and I'm highlighting words with watercolor like I told you. Adding a bit of color to the corner so that it looked a bit dull in that corner. I wanted to make it more interesting. Again, using similar colors that I used before, this reddish-orange color, but much lighter, with much more water for highlighting so it will be still visible. I drew a box around one and made the underlying on the other. These are the ways I break big body of birds, here's my coffee, and my little tart, yum. We're in a coffee shop after all. Highlighting continues. I highlighted that 14 kilometers from home, and bike trip again, and again, I use the same trick to add another line on the left. What else can a guy ask? Then I'm using my water brush here to add some blue on this page, I'm using blue to highlight. Here as well I found a spot empty in here. I'm again referring to the layout. I like filling all the empty places with lots of writings. Here I found another space, an empty space. Fill it with writings right now, and I decided to make it a little title. This space, because it's triangle shape, is actually helping me with the topography. Cycling, and coffee, which is what the page is about. I'm going to use two colors to decorate it. Of course, blend it into the rest. Here's your 10 seconds mental break. Warsaw skyline from a tram on Gdanski Bridge. We're back in Etno Cafe. I'm adding more color to the corners, but I'm adding to the corner, and then with more water, I make it fade out into the page. More highlighting, and a bit of splashing here I think. It's going to take place. Splash, splash, splash yes. As you can see, I don't worry. If I'm splashing over the pictures as well it helps. This is the splashes too, they help to give this loose watercolor feeling. Here I'm adding more color to the corners, and fading into the page; towards the page. I'm using my water brush as you can see. But I'm not going over the box of image so that it actually stands out from the page. Let me take a sip from my coffee. What would I do without coffee shops? For finishing touches, I also like to add little icons when I have space to do so in here, again, the topic of the page, like bike tours, coffee. Here's a closer look. These things fill the space. Like when someone looks at your page, there are so many things to look at, and I really like that. Later, I decided this title needed a bit more help with the pen because the paint was covering the lines too much, and I decided it needs more contrast. I decided to add extra line on the left to make it more 3D. I gave it more depth this way. You can also do that with your own writings. Here's a closer look. Here there is a little space I decided it's a menu board of a coffee shop. I will add little cups of coffee. Here's a closer look. Again, very simple drawings like little icons. This is it. We are at the end, the page is complete. I'm very pleased with it, it looks very interesting. That's from place to place. That's it from Etno Cafe, and the next is Conclusion Cafe. I will see you there. 15. Conclusion Cafe: Well done. You made it to the end. How was it? It's been quite a journey. We've been in seven different coffee shops in my studio for a brief time and in a beautiful park at sunset. In total, 390 days passed over a year. But this shouldn't scare you. In total, I spend maybe 10 hours for the spread. This page could have been done in a free afternoon if I had the time and energy to do so, but that never happens. Probably it will be the same for you. That's why I wanted to show you this side of sketch journaling, the real side. It usually happens when I get out of the house, you should find your own rhythm to it. I have 20 minutes, I do a quick sketch. I have an hour, I tackle my main object. But all the effort you put collects in one place and at the end, it's beautiful, meaningful, and full of memories and you are better at your art than you were yesterday. This is what sketch journaling is about. Have art practice, have memory keeping all gorgeous. I hope that seeing my process from beginning to the end will inspire you to make your own pages and give you this incredibly useful habit. If there is one thing you will remember after this class, I hope that will be "Fab is an awesome teacher." No, I'm joking. I hope that one thought will be "I do what I can and that's plenty." You add what you can to your sketch journal and even if it takes a year to complete a spread, at the end, you'll be happy to have it. Now, the usual stuff. Don't forget to follow me. I'm awesome, blah blah blah and I love having you around. Follow me on Instagram for a daily dose of me. It's for free. Share your progress with me and the others. Don't wait until the page is finished. Don't make me come after you. You can always reach me through discussion boards and also leave a review. Leaving a review is the best thing you can do for a teacher. Not buying flowers, not bringing apples, leaving a review. As always, thank you for joining me on this slide, I really enjoyed it. See you on the next one. Bye. Jeff, do you want to say bye? No. Come on. He's upset because I didn't take him to all the coffee shops. I told you why. It's meet time we discussed this. You always bring it up. No, I'm not having a fight. I'm just saying. What? No, I'm not ashamed of you. I always talk about you. People love you. Conclusion video, take one. Jack conjugate one of those things. I would really like to do this, select in front of the camera. You need a sketchbook, a pencil, eraser, a water polish. I don't know what water polish is. This is the first sentence. Jack, I'm stuck on the first sentence. Have you ever thought? Have you ever wondered what goes into making a good look? Good to go. Good to go to go to. Almost interesting, attractive sketch journal script. Script. Script. Maybe I wanted to say split, sketch journal spread. Lots of sounds in the sketch journals script. Okay, Let's take one more time. Sketch journaling spreet. Almost. I painted for brands as well as for individuals. But two years ago, pandemic started and everything went to ship. This is a spread because we spread it. Spread. This is a page. Spread. Explain every creative decision along the way. Maybe. That's correct, but maybe I should say with more confidence. Now, let's take a quick look. This is like a tongue twister. My list. Let's take a quick look. Let's take a quick look. Camera one is recording, but can't focus on me. Come on, don't do this to me. I'm here. Face to face. Look it's still me. I'm just putting the glass on. My camera gets confused when I have the glasses on. It's focusing on my head. Now. What are you doing? No focus on me. Not on the wall. Idiot. My wife makes delicious cinnamon rolls you should try. Let's put our hoodie on. The hoodie. Let's do the clap. Clappy clap. Should you decide to accept it? The camera. Should you decide to accept it? Let's see if I will be able to match this. We went through one sentence in five minutes. Really good. That was close. Right, Jack? I think I did it on my Instagram account. Not in, on. That's it.