I hope you enjoyed the one-liner drawing session at Sketchbook Revival 2021! A huge thank you to Karen Abend for having me as part of it.
Below is a link to sign up for the free video… “More things to do with One-Liners!” Just “add to cart” and go through the checkout process… it’s free, so there will be no credit card information required and you will not be charged!
It is about 20 minutes long and includes three more ideas for One-Liners:
- Drawing from Life.
- Finding “the one.”
- Oaxacan-inspired animals.
The link is HERE.
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Colored pencils are great used dark or light. In this tutorial we will concentrate on laying down light layers of colored pencils for a soft look.
(click to enlarge photos)
In the above example you can see the different effects you can achieve with light layers of colored pencils. The pink petal was made just one layer, and the two flanking it were achieved with two layers of color (I’ve shown you the colors used with the little “leaves” atop each petal). The petal on the far right has three layers of color.
In order for the layering to be effective, you will need to lay down your color with a light hand. (The little “hairs” on top of each leaf are the same colors, but applied heavily.)
For the base of the above flower I added a layer of light gray Copic marker. Here are the colors close up:
These are really INTERESTING oranges, greens and browns, with all the colors in there, right? (It’s similar to the effect some yarn has; it might look green from a distance, but when you get closer you can see there are bits of yellow and red strands mixed in.)
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Colored pencils are also nice as a layering tool because they are “textural.” It’s difficult to lay down a perfectly smooth layer of colored pencils. Because you can often see the pencil strokes, and the areas where you need to overlap a bit, it has a completely different look than watercolors or markers.
They also are great for adding feathery “hair” to your flowers:
Watercolors, markers, and colored pencils can be layered on top of each other in any order. Here I decided to add some blue watercolor:
Finally, you can add even more textured marks with markers. Here I used a pink permanent marker:
You can see that by adding just one layer of color the piece changes completely. Fun!
Once I’ve gotten the colors how I like them, I often add shading with a 2B pencil.
There are two things I think about when shading imaginary flowers (or creatures, or anything really). First, I imagine a light source, such as a sun, shining down on the object. So in my example below, I have decided that the light source is in the upper right hand corner. So everything “close” to the light will be brighter and everything far away from the light will be shaded.
The second thing I think about is the areas where things are overlapping or joined. So, for example, I’ve added shading on the top of the feathery hair/underneath the base, to the areas where the petals are joined with other elements, between the petals themselves, etc.
Note: This flower is definitely not realistically shaded, and looks “off.” But I kind of like it for that very “off-ness” — a good thing when it comes to imaginary flowers, I think! (It is a bit other-worldly, as if the normal rules don’t apply.)
Jean Dubuffet was a French artist born in 1901. Though he wanted to be an artist, he was only able to pursue it seriously in 1942, when he was 41 years old. By that time: “I had given up any ambition of making a career as an artist… I had lost all interest in the art shown in galleries and museums, and I no longer aspired to fit into that world. I loved the paintings done by children, and my only desire was to do the same for my own pleasure.”
He ended up being a famous artist, but the important thing to remember here is that he made art because it was fun!
And he was highly inspired by the art of children — you! — and now we are switching it around by making some art inspired by Mr. Dubuffet.
Here are a few samples of what we are going to be working from.
Mr. Dubuffet liked to make really textured backgrounds… he sometimes added sand or straw to his paint, and then create these people. Sometimes he did just a head and shoulders like this, and sometimes he did whole bodies, like this.
So that’s what we’re going to try and do.
Get out some watercolor paper, some watercolors, and an old brush. Using lots of pigment and lots of water, paint a dense field of color. Mix your colors… it’s okay if they bleed together and make brown. Work quickly.
Once your paper is covered, sprinkle some salt on your paper and let dry.
Rub the salt off, and with a dark crayon, draw your person The only rule is that “something must touch all four sides of the paper. Fill the page!
Now, take some dark acrylic or tempera paint and paint out the background.
Once dry, add a bit of texture back into the whole thing with a crayon.
Giant, Wild & Wonderful: Painting Passionate Flowers
Lesson 1 – Draw to Music
Lesson 2 – Prepare 3 substrates; under drawings
Lesson 3 – Loose Painting/neutrals
Lesson 4 – Painting Flowers from Life
Lesson 5 – Cut in the background, push and pull
Lesson 6 – Pastels!
Lesson 7 – Final Tweaks and Touches
Lesson 8 – Painting LARGE pt. 1
Lesson 9 – Painting LARGE pt. 2
Lesson 10 – Painting LARGE pt. 3
Facebook Class Forum
Padlet Class Forum
You can (optionally) share your work with via the class Facebook or Padlet forum pages. Our groups are lively and supportive, and you will find friends there!)
Lewis will be present regularly during the two-week class and will comment on uploaded work! Due to the large number of students enrolled, it’s possible that he might miss a post here and there… if you have posted and would like feedback from Lewis but it’s been a day or more, please email him with a head’s up that you have posted and he will look for your post!
Facebook Class Forum
Padlet Class Forum
You can (optionally) share your work with via the class Padlet or Facebook forum pages. Carla will be there to see what you are doing, but due to the large number of students enrolled we can’t guarantee commenting on each one. (However, our group is lively and supportive, and you will find friends there!) If you have any questions, you will be able to email the Carla anytime.
Please note: We have healthy and enthusiastic forums… hurray! If you are new to our year-long classes, you might find it a bit chaotic or overwhelming at first…. but please don’t worry! Pop in here and there, and in time things do calm down. 😀
Over the past 6 years we have hosted our forums Facebook for two main reasons: it has provided a space for a community of artists to learn, collaborate, grow and enjoy each other, and it has been accessible to everyone around the world and is easy to use.
However, we also recognize that Facebook is more than just an objective platform and is controlled by people who have abused their power through breaches of privacy and even ethical standards.
This puts us in a difficult position because, while we do not support the leaders of Facebook, we would never want to exclude the users that rely on this platform as a method to connect and communicate. For that reason, are working on creating our own custom community app that provides security and is easy to use for everyone.
We hope to have this ready to go early in 2021. Please be patient with us as we make this change.
Carla and Steve
Here’s How it Works
• Join us for the 2-week class with access to all lessons on May 12th. Class runs May 12-22, 2020. (If you have already taken Make it Move, you are invited to join the Film Festival at no cost and will receive details at your class page on May 12th.)
• Make a bunch of animations and submit your favorite by Tuesday, May 26, 2020, to be presented in the Film Festival. Details will be in your class folder.
• One Submission per student.
• Films should be less than 25 seconds long.
• Everyone who contributes a film to the Film Festival will receive a $10 credit towards any of our classes.
• Join us for the live-stream presentation of ALL submissions on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 12 noon PST hosted by Carla.
• Kara and our friend Will Sonheim (from indy film distributor Music Box films) will pick their favorites from two categories and three different age groups. There will also be Honorable Mentions in each category.
• Categories: ….(a) Collage/3D Objects…. (b) Drawing/Painting
• The age groups are…. (a)10 and under… (b) 11-17 and (c) 18 and up
• One winner from each category will receive smart phone holder designed specifically for making animations.
Our Kitchen Table Judges:
Only class participants are eligible for the film festival but we have scholarships available. Email email@example.com for scholarship info.
We understand that these are hard and unusual times. Let us know if we can help you get access to this class by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!