Color Techniques for Drawing

Lesson 5/17 - Color Style #1: Pen and Watercolor sketch


Color Techniques for Drawing


Lesson Info

Color Style #1: Pen and Watercolor sketch

So let's start going through a bunch of different techniques that we can try. So you saw sort of how to load up your brush, now I'm gonna say what to do once you get all that different, all that paint on your brush. I'm gonna just go through a bunch of different techniques, fairly quickly, I just wanna show you all the different varieties that are available. And you know maybe you can even go home and make up some more varieties too. This is gonna be a pen and watercolor sketch. So what I've done is I've, I've taken a drawing and I transferred it onto here, normally you would draw your drawing first but I wanna not show you how to draw again since I just did that. So I have a little drawing of this candy, it's a strawberry candy, right there. And this is for if you're maybe out on vacation and you've got your little, your little handy watercolor paint travel kit and just a little sketch book and you're gonna stop on the side of the road. You see something nice, you're just gonna do a l...

ittle sketch, or it gives that same feel when you're back home of just a quick little artistic snapshot. So you start out, and this is very similar to how we did our first sketches, where you just kind of block in all the dark lines. Okay. You're doing kind of a very fast, loose motion. You're just getting an idea for this while you're out there on the sidewalk. Okay, see I'm doing really fast motion, really sketchy, this is kind of like the rough first draft. Just kind of looking at my little candy, getting idea for all these different little wrinkles in here. And then if you want, you can add a little bit of shading in there too. So maybe I'll just doing some sketchy crosshatching here and there. And the reason you add the pen, you can very easily, you can just do straight watercolor over the pencil as well, but the pen gives it a little bit of definition, a little bit of pop. So it's just a matter of choice. This is a very nice, new, dark pen. Okay, just a little crosshatching here and there. Gusto flavula. Okay, so I just blocked in the shapes pretty quickly, and then you can take your round brush, and you don't really have to worry too much about what colors are mixing, or what colors you're using, you're just gonna kind of, I see a lot of red. I'm just gonna grab some red real quick, just so I can remember what it looked like when I was out there. I kinda put it on in one blob and just take it through the shadow spots, and then use water to go into the lighter spots. Okay, so I'm on the strawberries, save your highlights out. Now notice that I just put that black pen on there, and because it's a waterproof marker, it's kinda staying where it is. If it were not a waterproof marker, it would be running and turning all my paint gray. Okay, and then I see a little green up here on the tip. The top of this, and you know, I didn't want to have to write out all this stuff, so I just did some little lines just to get the idea. You can mix these two if you want. So some people like to keep their pots really clean, but I like to mix right in there. That's what these sections up here are for, mixing. But when you're out on the sidewalk in Italy, and you just wanna eat your candy, you need to paint it really fast. Okay, so that's just kind of something that would appear in your sketchbook if you wanted to just knock out a quick sketch of something you saw as a postcard. That's, we're gonna call that style number one. Here's my sample version that I did. So I had a slightly different set of paints at home, and they came out totally different colors didn't they? Even though I just took the red and the green straight outta the pot.

Class Description

Are you ready to work with color on your drawing but overwhelmed by all the possible options? In this class, professional painter & illustrator Cleo Papanikolas shares fun, beginner-friendly color application techniques that can turn anyone’s drawings into vibrant finished pieces.

In this class Cleo will teach you 8 different color styles ranging from spot color techniques to using metallics with illustrations.

You'll also learn how to:
  • Load and Apply color with your brush 
  • Use different mediums: watercolor, gouache, brush pens and colored pencil 
  • Create harmonious color palettes
With your finished color pieces, Cleo will show you how to move your drawings out of your sketchbook and out into the world. Learn how to display your drawings on gallery walls and onto physical products, from iPhone cases to large scale tapestries, with sites like Society6.  


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Cleo does start quite nervous, and not very clear in her explanations. Thanks to the guy asking the questions throughout the class…I guess he was as confused as us in the beginning. BUT…the class does get better!! She gets more confident and does give good examples to take your simple drawing to a colorful piece of art you can sell on products or share on social media. I really enjoyed later lessons. And I always say-if I can get a least ONE good advice or trick – then it was not a waste of my $20.