Beginner | 3 hours
Taught by Heather Ross
Now that you’ve had a chance to practice your drawing skills, you may be wondering how to add color to your illustrations. In this class, Heather uses gouache to add color to her drawings. She also demonstrates her methods for drawing and painting more complex everyday objects, as well as creating stylized portraits of pets and people.
Learn how to:
  • Mix gouache paints
  • Apply dry brush techniques to get an opaque finish
  • Apply wet brush techniques to get a translucent finish
  • Use lighter and darker paints to add highlights and depth
  • Draw and paint strawberries, houseplants, ranunculus, pets and people


Chapters
Drawing Trickier Shapes and Adding Color
00:38
01:51
Anyone Can Paint
22:44
09:55
12:10
Pets and People
13:54
13:17
Materials
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Everyday objects to draw and paint (Heather uses ranunculus, a potted plant, and strawberries)
  • Glass of water
  • Paper towels
  • Gouache paints in a variety of colors
  • Watercolor paintbrushes (up to size 8)
  • Pencils (Heather uses Palomino Blackwing pencils and Papermate #2 mechanical pencils)
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Black brush pen
  • Watercolor paper
  • Mixed media paper
  • Discussion
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    Transcript
    Drawing and Illustration Basics
    Part 1:
    Drawing and Illustration Basics: Drawing Simple Shapes
    Heather Ross
    When you’re first learning how to draw, the secret is to relax, warm up, and keep it simple. Heather shares exercises to help you approach the blank page and learn how to control the pencil. Then, together, you will practice drawing everyday objects without worrying too much about realistic results. This first class is a great way to learn how to reduce objects to basic lines and shapes get past the intimidation of drawing from real life.
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    Part 2:
    Drawing and Illustration Basics: Drawing Trickier Shapes and Adding Color
    Heather Ross
    Now that you’ve had a chance to practice your drawing skills, you may be wondering how to add color to your illustrations. In this class, Heather uses gouache to add color to her drawings. She also demonstrates her methods for drawing and painting more complex everyday objects, as well as creating stylized portraits of pets and people.
    Part 3:
    Drawing and Illustration Basics: Making Conversational Artwork
    Heather Ross
    Simply put, “conversational artwork” is when there is a relationship between the elements in your drawing – think of a child hugging a stuffed animal, or a ladybug determinedly climbing up the stem of an epic mushroom. This kind of artwork tells a story and creates an opportunity for the viewer to relate. In this final class, Heather teaches her techniques for combining everyday objects into a single illustration to create conversational artwork. At the very end of the class, she shows how to scan your finished illustration, tidy it up in Photoshop, and create a beautiful printed notecard.
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