Color Techniques for Drawing

Lesson 11/17 - Color Style #7: Create Color Combinations with Metallics


Color Techniques for Drawing


Lesson Info

Color Style #7: Create Color Combinations with Metallics

We've got a couple more techniques left, hope you're sticking with me here. This one is, we're gonna get even more into these designer colors and we're gonna get to use some italics because that is what's so great about spot colors. Usually when you're painting a big oil painting you don't use a lot of metallics unless someone has some gold jewelry on or something. So I've got some gold paint, and I've just got it right there in my palette. And this is gonna be uncoated paper, and here I'm not even gonna worry about where my highlights are, where my shadows are, saving anything out, I'm just gonna straight out put the color in the shape. Metallics sometimes is a little transparent, sometimes you have to mix up two colors. Just stick it down in that shape, fill it in solid. I usually do this a little bit drier, so cover really heavy. Okay. And I'm not gonna worry about this pineapple candy is green and the pineapple is brown, not gonna worry about that. I'm gonna paint everything gold. ...

Okay. And this is another one where you can really choose which type of paint colors you want to use. Here I'm doing metallics, I'm being kind of fancy. But I could choose I wanna create an earth tone palette and I would maybe be painting my pineapple brown, and I would be painting the wrapper another shade of brown or kind of a yellow ocher or something. And then I would lay out all my chips together. I could also choose to do pastel colors, and I could make this really Florida pineapple. Have this background be just all different colors of light pink and maybe teal or something. So up here on the top now, this section is white and I don't think I want to color this whole thing in totally solid so here I'm just outlining it. Okay, then. Let's see what happens when I'm gonna come in and do a second coat. And then I'm gonna choose a background color, and I'm just going with the cobalt green light. Okay, and just paint the background. So this is just all about what color combination did I pick? I want to really just highlight this color combination of gold and I'm gonna call it tealish but its name on the tube is Cobalt Green Light. And just paint that background in solid. So it's kind of like the emphasis is on the color chip more than the actually object that you're painting. And you would use this in more of kind of a decorating sense where you're creating a color scheme in your house and you wanna have some art that picks up on some colors in your pillows, or maybe you're, you're doing some advertising and it's all about the new colors that are in style. Or you're matching some clothes. This is more about taking the color chip and just putting it in shape as opposed to making the shape. So what happens when you finish this is it ends up looking something like that. I had to put a couple of coats on that and a couple of coats on that to get a really good solid color. Our students online are loving the metallic paint. Yes. I'm a little curious how often you actually work that into your own artwork. So a lot of what I do as a professional illustrator is stuff that gets printed. So you can't really scan the metallics very well. They end up just looking brown or light brown. So if you were gonna do that as a designer you would in crazy ways have to block in a different color of ink that was laid on top of the print and all this. So if I'm doing some cards, something I'm gonna hang on the wall I would have fun with the metallics. But usually if I'm hired to do something professionally they don't want it. Understood. Yeah, I kind of have to stay away from it. And as a beginner that's king of pulling together paints for a basic palette would you recommend that they include some metallics in with those or is that something that's maybe a little bit more advanced or down the road? You know I think it depends on what you're trying to learn how to paint. If you're trying to learn how to paint that full on landscape with all that atmosphere in it, no, don't get metallics. But if you wanna paint a few fun little graphic things because you're gonna make some stationary or maybe you're gonna use it as a soak screen, print it on a bag or something like that, yeah, go for metallics. I think they can be really fun and they're kind of a way of making something really fancy when your drawing skills are not the thing you really want to highlight the most. And so one last little color style that we're gonna go through, and that's gonna be a one color value study. So here I'm gonna go back to my indigo color that we started out with when we were doing our daisy. Now I feel like you've kind of really got a little bit of an idea of all the different ways you could load up this brush with paint and put it down. There's all these flats or more decorative or more loose and sketchy.

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.