Join me on Sunday for a live class on how to draw this beta fish using the grid method technique. You can learn more about the process and set up for the grid method here. For prepping your paper you will need at least a 4"x5" piece of paper divided into 1" squares or you can choose to enlarge the grid. For example I could use a piece of 8"x10" paper and divide my grid into 2" squares. Choose whichever you feel most comfortable with. If you can't print the image with the grid you can still reference it from your screen.
This week we will paint a "mountainscape" scene in acrylic. You'll need some red, blue, yellow, black and white at minimum. But feel free to grab some other colors if you have them on hand, such as a yellow ochre. Sponges can be fun for adding texture as well if you have any around your home. Otherwise, grab your paintbrushes and select a surface to work on - canvas, watercolor paper, bristol board, etc. You can download the reference photo from Unsplash HERE. You can reference this post for how to transfer the image onto your paper or canvas.
Below is a helpful guide to different size paint brushes. On the left you'll see round paintbrushes and on the right are flat paintbrushes. Flats and rounds are two types of brushes you want in your collection (you can watch the on-demand class on paintbrushes here). You definitely don't need every single size brush, but it is size to have a variety including some larger brushes, some medium brushes and then some smaller brushes. This will give you a lot of different options when you are painting to achieve different looks and effects. For example, you may want a flat in 24, 16, 10 and 6. Then a round brush in 20, 14, 10, 2 and 0. If you have any questions about paintbrushes and selecting sizes, please let me know in the comments below.
When it comes to drawing you really only need a piece of paper and a pencil, but it helps to have a few more tools so that you can achieve even better results. I included some o my favorites in the image above, however there are many different brands that produce quality products and even more speciality tools you can find to enhance your drawings. Let me know your favorite drawing supplies in the comments!
1. Drawing pencils - you don't need a full range as pictured, but perhaps about 5 different pencils to start. I typically recommend beginners start with a 2H, HB, 2B, 4B and 6B.
2. Blending stumps and tortillons are cylindrical drawing tools, tapered at the end and usually made of rolled paper, used to smudge or blend marks made with graphite (or other drawing mediums)
3. Paper - you can use sketch paper or drawing paper. What's the difference? Sketch paper is usually a lighter weight and good for practice drawings whereas drawing paper is a bit heavier weight and works well for more polished drawings.
4. Erasers - I like to keep a retractable eraser, a kneaded eraser and a white magic rub eraser on hand. I usually find myself using all 3 when I am drawing for different purposes.
5. A handheld pencil sharpener is better than an electric one because you conserve more of your pencil lead (you can also sharpen drawing pencils with a knife). I like this one in particular because it has two size sharpeners and it catches all of the pencil shavings inside.
6. An eraser guard is a nice tool to have for erasing small highlights at the end of your drawing. It also doubles as a straight edge.
For this week's drawing class we will use this reference photo, you can download it HERE. All you'll need is a piece of drawing or sketch paper, pencils (at least an HB/#2) and an eraser. We will take a look at some strategies for sketching and drawing landscapes, including how to interpret different textures such as water, skies, trees and mountains.
On Saturday July 25 at 10AM MST we will use this reference photo to paint our own lighthouse. Download the reference photo HERE. You can paint on any surface you'd like, I'll be using Canson XL watercolor paper in coldpress. You can view my previous post HERE on how to transfer the photo to your surface if you choose to, otherwise feel free to prep with a light, loose sketch. For colors I will be using primary red, primary blue, primary yellow, black and white. If you have variations of these colors that can work great too. Other colors you could use could be different browns, oranges and a little green. Our goal will be to use this reference as a starting point and then make it our own. Part of the fun of painting is deciding how to interpret the different textures we see in a reference photo with the paint and our paintbrushes. This can range from very realistic and detailed to looser and more expressive.
Join me tomorrow at 2PM MST to learn how to draw birds! All you'll need are the reference photos from Unsplash (you can download them here or view them below), some paper and a pencil. Feel free to bring other drawing supplies along that you like to use, but they aren't required. We'll focus on drawing the basic shapes and contour lines of the birds and then work to add it detail. From there you'd be able to add value or color with the medium of your choice - graphite, colored pencil, paint, etc. If you have suggestions for future topics in our "Draw with Me" classes please let me know in the comments below!
I complied a list of my top 3 favorite brands of oil pastels and soft pastels. Pastels can get pretty pricey when shopping for artist grade materials, however there are plenty of student grade options that produce fabulous results for a fraction of the price. Do you have a favorite brand of oil pastel or soft pastel? Let me know in the comments!
1. Sakura Cray-Pas Expressionist Oil Pastels - set of 50/$24
2. Caran d'Ache Neopastels - set of 12/$30
3. Van Gogh Oil Pastels - set of 12/$19
1. Blick Studio Pastel Sets - set of 48/$17
2. Derwent Academy Soft Pastels - set of 24/$17
3. Faber-Castell Goldfaber Studio Soft Pastels - set of 72/$29
Whether you are a beginning or seasoned artist, the painting and drawing club offers you an opportunity to make new friends, expand your skills and share your passion for creating visual arts in a supportive virtual environment.
Jennifer is a visual arts teacher and artist that specializes in painting and drawing. She is passionate about teaching skills and techniques along with the process of how to make art so that her students feel empowered to make their own creative choices!
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