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Drawing Supplies Exercise: Draw Spoons

Cleo Papanikolas

Drawing Basics

Cleo Papanikolas

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6. Drawing Supplies Exercise: Draw Spoons


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1 Class Introduction Duration:02:26
2 Get Started Drawing Duration:13:07
3 Line Quality Duration:18:27
4 Shading Duration:18:59
5 Drawing Supplies Duration:15:19
7 Measurement Duration:12:08
9 Learn Composition Duration:10:17

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Drawing Supplies Exercise: Draw Spoons

Now that you've tried drawing with just a regular pencil, you all got something pretty good. Looks like Let's get out Some artist pencils makes it just a little bit more complicated. So he's We have a variety of these, and they all have these numbers on the end to H six b hb two b four Maybe, um, let's put them in order of hard to soft the H. It's actually some word that doesn't stand for hard, but we call it H for hard. Um, the higher the number, the harder it is. So our hardest one we have is going to be a to H, then the next one in the line of pencils. The next one that comes around is gonna be an H, and then there's going to be an F, which I kind of think stands for Fine. I don't know what it stands for. Um, and then you're going to get your HB. Your HB is the one that generally fits your regular old yellow pencil or number two. Sometimes they call it number two pencil. Um, then you get your B. That's getting a little softer, and you're to be and you for be on your six B, and they ...

go up to eight B and you can get a whole lot more variety. But you really I don't think you need any more than that. So how do you learn about thes make a chart? Try about, um, you know, don't ask someone all the details about him and talk yourself out of it. Just have a few pencils, make a chart and try and wear out your pencils. Starting with two H. Grab anything around you. A really simple shape. We're going to do spoons. I think you might. You might all have a spoon. I'm using a tarnished spoon. But if you don't want to spend whatever just long as its simple. I'm using a really charter spoon because it's a little bit easier to see the shading on it. So I can't see myself in the spoon. I can't see all these lights up here. I do have quite a few dots on it, but if your spoon is not tarnished, you could spray paint it just like some grace primer spray paint. You could spray hairspray on it. That'll take the sheen down a little bit. Um, that is, if you're getting really distracted by all these different shiny lines on it. So we've tried tracing where we just put it down and drew around it. And if you feel like you need to do that, you can. But I think maybe we're ready to move on. We're gonna just set this down here. We can appease a white paper. Oh, here's one. Get another piece of paper here so I can set my spoon on it to see what we're doing. Said it nearby. And OK, choose whatever lying quality you want. I'm gonna say maybe kind of like this doodle pressure because we're not too particular, actually in the shape. We just want to try out our pencils. So I'm starting with one of the harder ones. I'm going to do a to H like, Okay, this comes down like that. I have a little bit of sketch on my paper just so I can keep him enough room to show you guys. But you don't need anything if you don't want to. Okay? Okay. Comes down here and already I don't like those little lines. Are all there? People have a tendency to tell beginning students not to use an eraser. I using race for all time. Um, because I like to. I like to really say where my drawing should go. And if I don't like it, I want to be able to get rid of it. If you are a beginning student and you find yourself using it too much and getting a little hung up, not me able to carry on, then don't use it. That's when on our teacher is going to tell you to start drawing with a big Sharpie marker and no eraser so you can just get used to just drawing and leaving. But it doesn't seem like any of your having that problem. But if you find yourself going, Oh God, that's not right. Better erase it. OK, I will try again. Oh, no, not right. Memory racing. You race like that same spot more than like three times. Don't just stop using your eraser. Okay, so about a chicken scratching here just while I try and find my line where I think it's going to go, it's wider at the end. Okay, then I have this nice little parallel band in mind. Don't want too much decoration. If you do have, like a big, swirly curly pattern on the end of your spoon, and it's not really your style, you don't like it. You should make up your own pattern or your own style are just draw big scribble or a leaf or something because that's your artistic license. You don't have to keep that pattern. That happens to be my grandmother's hold. China. You see her old silver? I just want to find something really tarnished. Okay, parallel line in here. This my pencil is not getting dull, isn't It's staying very sharp and very hard. And I'm trying to do that technique where I do push down heavy and pull up light and not much is happening. So why would I want to use this pencil? Well, my first reason I use this pencil is when I'm measuring paper and I want a very fine line because I'm going to cut it, and I want to know exactly where my measurement was. It's not a big, old, sick, fuzzy line. I pick up my hardest finest pencil. Another time we're gonna use this is when it comes up to do are tracing and are transferring when we're transferring a drawing, you know, transfer the finest line that we can. We're gonna get our hardest pencil. Okay, so I kind of see how I could draw Ah, plane line with it. Let's try some shading. Let's see, I've got a bunch of lights in this room. So I have all kinds of highlights going. Teoh just circle a few of them because that would look a weird if all of my spoons happened to be in the film studio with all kinds of light. So there there's a few things I circled. Those were going to be my highlights. And I also think that's 12 Yeah, changing environment of your of your drawings to You don't have to always be drawing in your living room couch or wherever you can change your light to look like you're drawing, you know, outside somewhere nice. Okay, so now I'm using the, um, the edge of my pencil. Let's see how dark I can get it. That's pretty dark. Oh, that gets really dark to see. Like as it gets gets really wiggly, though in there when I'm pressing hard. But notice I haven't broken lead Okay, I'm going to try. I'm gonna scream my eyes and find the darkest part that's in the bottom of the bowl. Okay, well, that does get pretty dark. Seemed like it. Just wait, Okay? And I think it's dark around here, and I think I'm going to try and draw a little bit of this shadow. It's kind of neat because it goes up here and it makes a pencil coming the spoon have some three dimension to it. It's kind of this weird wiggly thing. Okay, Okay, so it's pretty light. That's pretty hard. Haven't broken my lead. That's about what I think I could do with a to h pencil. So try the next one. HB. The pencil you started with was the hardest head in the group that you're working with. Correct. Okay, great. Um, so now since I'm drawing the same thing again, that's a good way to really compare what you're drawing. Okay. Already, I could tell it's making a little bit of a smoother, darker line. Hey, now I am drawing this on Bristol board, or that's Bristol paper that this does come in a heavy board as well. That doesn't bend. Um so think about all the possibilities for making a chart and trying out your supplies. All that practice you're going to get in drawing when you do that. What if you tried every type of pencil you had on every type of paper you had exponentially, you would get so many spoon drawings and you would get so good at drawings and you to really learn a lot about your materials. Hey, we're gonna do a little shading their circle. My highlights a little. So that's looking a little darker. It's not looking tremendously different, but I can feel it's a little softer and a little smoother kind of when I do. If I'm going to do like some squiggles or cross hatching, I feel like it fills in a little bit more like it might try blending it to with your finger or your your, um, blending stick and see how that does Just experiment all over this. But the good thing about drawing things when you're making your charts and experimenting, you could also do it in drawing little rectangles and experiment. But this way you get your drawing practicing and you really see how they're used. There you can kind of understand it here, but you don't really get the hang of how you would use it on the actual object. Okay. Okay. So just keep going along, trying everything. All your different lines, all your different shadings with each pencil, and I'm gonna move on to here, so I'm really fast drawing. Um, I did Maybe got a little harder my to be a four b. Now, let's see what happens when I do my six b six B. If you look at it really close up, where's my to me? To h like the lead itself is even wider and thicker. Sharpen It wears down really fast. So see how having that want to see how this so let itself is a lot whiter when you sharpen it. It looks longer like that. Let's see what it does. Draw my spoon again. Oh, it feels very soft. I'm not pressing very hard, and I'm already worried I'm gonna break it. But it's drawing very darkly for how much I'm pressing. I had to, like, really dig in hard to get that darkness. And here I'm not pressing too much. Okay, save some highlights. Squint. My eyes. Let's see. Where is my dark spot? In my spoon. Right here. Let's scrub it and see. Oh, that's pretty dark. Feels really buttery. Okay, try blending it. Yeah, but blends out really nicely, too. So when would I use this one? I would use this if I'm, like, doing a big free drawing That maybe the drawing with the pencil is is the end result. And I'm just gonna save that drawing and hang it up like this. I would probably use this if I'm doing a drawing that I'm going to do some painting over the top of it. Not so much because this graphite is gonna lift again and mixed with my paints and change the color of my pains. Okay, Let's see what happens when we draw on the side. Because this is so long and wide like, makes a very wind shadow. Look at how wide that gets. That's pretty cool. You can really adjust. It gets thinner and thicker just by the angle of your pencil. Okay. I think I'm getting the hang of that more now so you can choose if you want these thin lines or these big, wide softs swaths of color. And Cleo, can I ask, would you be kind enough? Just that you've drawn them out beautifully there. Could you do a quick recap for us of just when a beginner might use those various pencils starting it, starting with the hardest on the left side. OK, I think you would use this, Um, mostly just as a tool. For if you're measuring some stuff drawing along the edge of a ruler and you want a nice fine line you use it doing are transferring techniques. You're for sure going to use it. Them? I don't know that You really need to draw with it too much. Um, unless you really, really want to see the marks you make because it doesn't blend very well, HB, that's like your normal pencil. I use this one a lot, and I find that on the different papers, like on the watercolor paper, it gets really smudgy. But on the printer paper, it actually draws more like a fine pencil. And it also matters what I have underneath the printer paper. If I'm have one sheet on the clipboard, it's gonna be very hard. It's gonna be different, or if I have a whole stack of she's it's going to get softer the B. I would if I was drawing with HB and I want had a spot that would just wasn't dark enough, I'd come in with that and the same with the to be the four B and the six B. I use those. Like I was saying, if if I know for sure, I'm going to do just like a big artistic pencil drawing and that's where I'm gonna stop. So I wanted to be bold. I'm gonna hanging on the wall. I'm not gonna add any paint to it. Problem not not gonna scan it put in my scanner cause that dust is going to come off. I Maybe I want to do a lot of smudging and get some really fine detailed shading. That's when I use the four in the six. Be OK, so I think we've done enough practicing, tracing. Let's see if we could move on toe looking at something and drawing draw this trophy. So the first thing I dio when I draw this Okay, this time I'm gonna make sure I put my clip up at the top because I had it at the bottom before, and it was kind of in my way. I actually think I might take this down. So I'm gonna move my board around quite a bit, and I don't want it. Teoh one my paper to come off. Cleo, if I could ask you a quick question while you're typing that in, um, Elizabeth from our online audience, she's curious. When do you know to sharpen your pencil? Um, so if I made that sharp little mark up at the beginning, I'm not able to mark make that mark again. If I want to sharpen your pencil, Um, I like to always be able to make a sharp mark if I want to, and then I can draw it on the side. I only use dull pencil when I'm really coming in some very dark areas. And I just want to get, like, really smudgy. But I like to have that ability to go. Fine. If I want Teoh great and all. If I want to

Class Description

Do you want to learn how to draw but don't know where to start? In this class, professional painter & illustrator Cleo Papanikolas shares fun, beginner-friendly drawing techniques that can turn anyone into an artist. This class will help you overcome your fear of the blank page and focus on putting pencil to paper so you can draw the way you always wished you could.

In this class, Cleo will cover the fundamentals in drawing including:

  • Using different pencils for line quality
  • Applying different shading methods
  • Practice measurement and proportions in your work 
Cleo will help you embrace imperfections in your work with step-by-step exercises that apply key drawing techniques. 

Join Cleo and get started drawing today! 


Rhonda Bender

This class is about two hours long. Overall it is a friendly and accessible approach to introducing some basic drawing techniques and tools that is appropriate for those who are nervous about or just novice to drawing. It lets the student jump in by tracing a basic outline which is then detailed. Towards the end the instructor demonstrates a more advanced type of tracing using a tablet as a lightpad, and there is also helpful information on how to trace one's own work to transfer it to better paper or slightly alter the drawing to be larger/wider/etc. The middle portion has overview information on types of lines and methods of shading. These aren't super thorough examinations of those topics, but should be ample to complete the exercises and drawings included and recommended in the class. Likewise, the overview of drawing tools and papers is an overview, but strikes a good balance between overwhelming with too much information, and giving students enough info to know what tools they need for basic drawing and how to use them. There is a brief overview of how to use the sight size method to draw freehand more accurately. This is a subject that could easily be an entire class topic on its own. Some will find this enough info to get going, others might prefer expanded information and more details on this. The more complex subject of ellipses in perspective is touched on only briefly. (Perspective is also a complex subject that needs a whole class of its own, so this is understandable.) In contrast to some other reviewers, I did not have a lot of issues with the filming and camera angles. A lot of time was spent on the angle of looking at the drawing in action. However, it is clear that material was edited out from the live version. The edited version doesn't follow the drawing of every exercise through to its conclusion, and sometimes segments end or start abruptly.


I like it. it's not very in-depth but it gave me the courage to start drawing, and I had so much fun. Great for beginners.

a Creativelive Student

There was a lot of good information in this course: types of shading; analogue versions of digital tools like guidelines and centring. I had an ah-ha moment when Cleo talked about ellipses. That alone was worth the price of the course. I also loved the part about using a lightbox, as well as tracing and graphite papers as tools - but in a way that doesn't impinge on copyrights.