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Types of Paper for Drawing

Kate Bingaman-Burt

Drawing the Everyday Every Day

Kate Bingaman-Burt

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4. Types of Paper for Drawing

Lesson Info

Types of Paper for Drawing

So let's, nerd out about our tools, I love paper, I love paper, I love pens, pencils, I love tape, and I'm so excited to be able to share with you some of my favorite fines from over the years. I absolutely love getting a new sketch book I love love love blank books. I could probably open up a blank book store because I can't stop trying new books, and I'm here to kind of show you some of my favorite ones and the different books that I use for different projects to so for example, I have the basic kind of my basic sketchbook that I keep its okay to have multiple sketchbooks because some people have one where they do everything. I have a tendency to compartmentalize my sketchbooks and that fine two. So this is my basic mole skin sketchbook, where I will either try out different drawing ideas or just, like, kind of experiment with different media just to see like, what does this pen look like? I like this book it's, the sketchbook, it's a little bit thicker, paper s so nothing really ble...

eds, and I hate bleeding, by the way, I absolutely hate bleeding pens, and I hate paper that bleeds too, so everything that I'm going to show you is anti bleed. But yes so this is this is the mosque in one it's like eight and a half by eleven and this is just kind of a place where I just end up with random drawings so this is a good one for all purpose use I also have a smaller book that I carry with me all the time and this one ends up being my books for lists and for just different things to remind myself to dio and I also take this two meetings with me and I always again always date everything on dh this is just right right down lists and different things that I need to dio and just kind of different notes to self and so I always have one of these with me and that's like an everyday dude for me um and then also when I do watercolor I have a travelling water color mole skin book that is just it's it's probably millet size this is it's it's definitely easy to put in your bag or your purse and I just it's first smaller watercolor joins and this is great too because it also takes water color well it takes pen really well it takes color pencil really well and it's easy tio take with you to the coffee shop or to take with you on a trip it's very portable this is square format because actually I was searching for a book that I could just immediately kind of put up to instagram I know that might sound a little bit ridiculous, but it actually is pretty helpful if you know that you want to be posting something online straight from your book um it's kind of helpful to draw within that square and so this is also another mole skin book and it's square it's about seven by seven and this handel's water color color pencil ink really well there's not a lot of bleeding that happens and I actually used this one I don't really like using my pen on watercolor paper it gets a little too bumpy for me personally, this one holds water color, okay? And it also is really smooth for pens to so and this also the pages air perforated out in case you wanna you know, give it to somebody or share with somebody but I use this for just kind of more mixed media stuff and it's it's a good one come into it and this is a square one that's for more water color and again, I tend teo whenever I am on watercolor paper, I don't really like to use the fine point and I use more of like a brush pen if I'm going to do that but again that's just my preference I don't like pensively and I don't like to draw on bumpy paper with a really fine point pen so this is another good sketchbook so that's a little excessive I've got one, two, three, four, five six sketchbooks that I'm usually always drawing out of but you don't have to carry them all at once um you just need to find something that's going to encourage you to draw and this is my system you're going to figure out your own system and once you figure out that system it just you want that system to be in place so it doesn't stop you from drawing, which is that's the main goal, okay, another paper that I actually like to use quite a bit and this is all for my freelance stuff. All of my freelance work is actually done on tracing paper tracing paper is not precious there I can throw it away and I don't feel bad and I really like the way that pen's feel on tracing paper and also I have a tendency to do ah lot of illustration for animation and so it's actually kind of nice to be able tio draw over and use something that you've drawn his references well and that's actually how I started using tracing paper but I have piles and piles and piles of tracing paper because it's inexpensive and it's not precious and I don't feel bad about throwing that away, so those are my favorite papers and one of my favorite everyday multipurpose paper is the post it note. I am obsessed with post it notes. I used them to write, to do lists, I stick them on my computer screen, I stick them on people, I use them for just really for everything, so I just don't forget I put them inside my sketchbooks. I make little many drawings on them. They're perfect, a kind of transport with you and it's kind of also fund out a pop of color, especially if you are documenting your work and things like that, too. So post it notes, I always have a pad of post it notes on myself at all times.

Class Description

Get off your computer and play! Drawing the Everyday Every Day is your guide to exploring your creativity and integrating a drawing habit into your daily routine.

In this class, you’ll learn:

  • How to develop themes for your drawings
  • Options for presenting your content: zines, prints, instagram, etc.
  • Ways to add color to black and white drawings using Photoshop

Kate will inspire you to explore the everyday by simply drawing what's around you. It is okay if it is completely about your own experiences – in the particular lies the universal.

It doesn’t matter whether you think you “can draw” or not, everyone has a story to tell and you can learn how to tell yours and get drawing inspiration from Kate Bingaman-Burt in Drawing the Everyday Every Day. 

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Love, love, love Kate Bingaman-Burt's art and innovative ideas, and this class was just great. It's very brief--you can watch all the videos in one morning--but the effects last for a long time. This course totally revitalized my illustrations. I was stuck in a sort of "cute" mode until taking this course. Then I started using different materials, approaching my illustrations in a different way, and doing exactly what Kate says: drawing the everyday, every day. This hit the refresh button on my style, as well as my desire to draw. My only request would be a little more step-by-step on how to get the background completely white in PhotoShop; Kate demonstrates, but it's a little too quick for me to catch the process. Maybe Kate or someone could give a step-by-step followup here? Otherwise, if you need fresh inspiration, a kickstart for a drawing habit, or just a good pep talk, this is a great course! it's as valuable for inspiration as for instruction.

amy greenan

As an experienced artist, I really enjoyed this class a lot! I found a lot to be inspired by and appreciated Kate's easy, conversational way of presenting the material. I loved seeing her process, her workspace, and favorite materials. I loved hearing about what inspires her. Sure, this was maybe less a "how-to" kind of course, but there is certainly a LOT to take away from this hour and a half or so. I watched course live, so didn't pay for it, but I would recommend this as a good, small investment in your creative toolkit. (I would have just bought it myself except that I just lost my job and trying to save every penny I can!)

Emmon Scott

I'm writing this review not immediately after watching the class, but a year after doing so -- and the impact on my life has been tremendous. Upon taking the course, I began drawing an everyday object every day, and have kept it up for a year, missing only a few days here and there. At some point, I expanded this to also sketching a great work of art every day as well (usually from an art book I got from the library, and sometimes on a trip to a museum). I don't spend a lot of time at this -- I just do it on breaks from work. The result has been my seeing a lots of things I would otherwise miss -- little details in every day things that I'd never otherwise notice. And that, in turn, has given me a greater appreciation of life, of the the visual world, as well as the amazing art works humanity has created. Looking back, I particularly value this teacher's point that your drawing doesn't have to be perfect. For me, that's been hugely helpful. I haven't fretted or been stuck or given up -- I simply draw, and in doing so, ALWAYS notice and appreciate details of whatever I'm drawing, whether it's my coffee mug, or a painting by Georgia O'Keeffe. PS: The drawing has impacted my editing of photos and doing any kind of visual work. I'm much more tuned in to details than I used to be. I may or may not draw better, but I definitely SEE more. And for me that's a wonderful and enriching thing. Cheers!