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Color Introduction

Lesson 11 from: How to Draw

Cleo Papanikolas

Color Introduction

Lesson 11 from: How to Draw

Cleo Papanikolas

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11. Color Introduction

Lesson Info

Color Introduction

Heller could be very overwhelming, especially if you're just starting out. You go into the art store and there's just rows and rows of paints and different kinds and tubes and all these color charts out and everything is just that. Their strongest intensity. And how do you choose their concentrated on purpose to be overwhelming eso? Let's start by getting rid of half of everything. Break it down a little. I'm gonna I'm gonna say there's two schools of color painting. One is going to be the fine art oil painting side, and one is going to be kind of the decorator spot color side, the finer oil painting side. Now that's where you have, like all the colors out on your palate and your painting this landscape and you're doing like atmosphere and shade and shadows and trees have 20 different colors in them. We're gonna get rid of that. Save that for later. We're gonna work on spot colors. This is more of ah, graphic design approach or interior design. This is when you get out the Pantone chip...

s and you get to just look at all these gorgeous colors and you just you pick one. That you love, and you take it from there, find things that match with it. It's or in the hardware store when they have all the paint chips out. Getting those. So it can be really fun because you just get toe go straight for the colors that you really love, not worry about all the color wheel and all of the matching and stuff. So we're gonna start by choosing just a few simple colors, and we're gonna really learn how toe load the brush. And so when you do get that perfect color on your brush, you know what to do with it. Um, And when you see illustrations that in magazines or as or wherever you look, you'll kind of it'll demystify the process a little bit like, Oh, I kind of recognize that technique. I know how they put that paint on. Or if you're sitting in front of your new pencil drawing and you want to add some color, you might have some ideas of what your favorite techniques are. Okay, so, you know, after watching my last segment, you probably know that I'm gonna say, try out your materials and make a chart right just don't listen to anybody else's description of how to use it. Just try it. Um, one of the first things you dio, um, when you get into an art school class, the first thing you're going to dio is learn how to stretch your paper. Now, why do you need to stretch paper? Um, if you have a flat piece of paper and you put some dots of liquid in one spot, those were gonna, like, just like your jeans doing the wash. They're going to get bigger. They're going to get smaller, and if they don't do it all evenly, you're going to get wrinkles in your paper. This is something paper naturally does. So you don't try and fight it too hard. Um, but I haven't actually stretched watercolor paper since I was in school. But there is one thing that I do dio, which is, um I coat my paper with acrylic medium, so this just kind of puts like a layer of plastic on there, so the paint doesn't really sink in because I like to be able to erase my paint. So the good thing about using a code medium is that you can wipe the paint right off pain doesn't stick. The bad thing about using acrylic medium is the paint doesn't stick. When you really wanted to get to stay somewhere, it gets a little bit frustrating. So this is something I'm just gonna introduce you to it. You're gonna experiment with a little if you like it. Keep going. If you don't like it, most people don't do it, so do it as you like. Um, so to cope with a medium real quick, I just take this. It's called acrylic Matt medium, and I just glove a little on, squirts him out. You can put it in a little dish and use your brush if you want, but you don't have to. Now, there's a couple of ways of doing this when you're stretching paper. Normally you could put ah whole row of tape all the way around this. So everything is gonna, like buckle up the same and then dry the same Or what I have found, Aiken Dio is if I don't have any tape it all on it, and I just do it real quickly all at once. It usually will. Will grow and shrink kind of uniformly so I just globs him on and I do this. Just brush it out real evenly. If you get just the right angle with your light, you can see the few missing any spots that there's any holes in both directions. Usually, if I'm doing a real nice piece, I let that dry. I'll hit it with a blow dryer, and I'll come back into doing another coat and let that dry overnight. Um, you don't have to let it dry overnight, but I find it does kind of just set up. It makes it better question in regards to that, even though you're painting on this this acrylic medium, that process is called stretching the paper just by way of clarification. Um, I would say for when you're doing this for watercolor. You're right. I didn't get to that. When you're stretching watercolor paper, you're just putting water on it. You're not painting the meeting on medium on it. Um, so purpose of that is just Teoh just to get it, so it So when you put water in one little spot, it's not gonna grow and shrink in a regally way. Got it? So I was kind of two things combined. There was growing the watercolor paper and stretching watercolor paper and adding medium. And I was basically just saying I don't usually stretch it because you would only stretch it. If you've got, like, a big piece of nice paper and you're gonna do like this big landscape that fills the whole thing and it's going to take you really, you know, a couple hours or something to cover every piece. During that time, it might get a little wrinkly, but, you know, really, wrinkles aren't so bad. You know, I got a lot of wrinkles.

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This fun course is perfect for the beginner that wants to learn how to draw with pencil. Cleo had lots of great tips and techniques that are easy to employ and you can get started with whatever supplies you have around the house (back of the envelope and a #2 pencil..). It is great to have more fuel for my creative habit!


I thought this course was great! Cleo broke down the fundamentals of drawing in a way that was easy to understand. I was particularly impressed by the different tracing paper techniques and using the pencil as a measuring tool. After taking this class I can now look at drawings and identify the techniques that were used to accomplish them and that's an awesome feeling :)


This class is fantastic for getting you off and running for a daily practice of drawing and DIY exhibition. The range of techniques that Cleo goes over are easy to follow and enable you to create something that has potential! I am inspired to apply what I have learn in this class right away. I primarily work in the digital space, so spending time developing analog skills with an experienced instructor has been so valuable for me and my work. And as a side note, I loved focusing on everyday things (keys, scissors, etc.) and bringing out the character and beauty of those objects in our drawings.

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