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Color Materials & Setup

Lesson 14 from: How to Draw

Cleo Papanikolas

Color Materials & Setup

Lesson 14 from: How to Draw

Cleo Papanikolas

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14. Color Materials & Setup

Lesson Info

Color Materials & Setup

I just got out these materials pretty quickly. So let me just show you a little bit more about what materials I'm using and how so like we did with we practiced with our sketching. When you get an idea of some art project that you want to dio, try some samples out first with what you have before you go shopping before you get into all the different varieties that are available. So we have all kinds of different paints that we're using. We're going to stick mostly with quashed today, and I just have a lot of different colors. Some of them are called this acrylic wash gorilla, and that's because these have a little bit of acrylic medium mixed in with the wash. The wash is Super Matt, super removable. You can't you could paint over it some, but it always re wets itself. This has a binder in it, which is like a glue, so it'll stay down a little bit better. And then there's just all different colors in all different brands and really with ease. You just pick the brand, picked the colors tha...

t you like that you see, and then we also have some metallics. We're gonna be using metallic gold stuff like that. So basically, all the washes are pretty much intermix Herbal, just like the water. Then you can mix them with watercolors to you go mixing even with acrylic. Anything water based that you want. I'm gonna show you a few different pens. Okay, so we have regular pens. This is a micron pen. And what you're looking for on this one is it says it's waterproof, so it just draws a nice straight black line, and you can get them thick or thin in any size. It also comes in a brush pen. I'll show you how to use this in a minute, but it actually has a little brush tip on it, just like a paint brush. So you can do it thin and you can do it sick. And that you can get different brands of that as well. You saw are acrylic medium. I would say all the major brands air pretty much good. If you're going for, like, a store brand student grade, then you'll start noticing some differences. I bought this one because I just really like this Top kicks it nice and clean. um, you always need some paper towels. Um, if you just get thicker and heavier ones, they won't leave us much lent on your page, but they all work. You could even use a rag if you want, like an old T shirt and then brushes. So we're going to start out with a few brushes. Here we have around, and then there's a flatter 12 and this is what happens when it has the size, and the tips are kind of stuck together. And they do that in the store so they don't get all fanned out and just dip it in your water to get that glue out of it. And really, this is just you use a bigger brush. If you're doing something bigger, you want to just really look for the point on there that's important. Don't ever stand your brushes up in your water. Lay him flat or, if you want, you can have manage are that way, too, because then they'll, um, they'll have curves on the end and papers. The papers we're going to use today are the arches, so you can buy a watercolor block like this and it's taped down on all the edges. Like when you saw that I put the acrylic medium on my paper before or if you're gonna stretch it. This is pre stretched because it's already taped down. But I would coat this if I wanted to. That is kind of expensive, so that's when I just buy a sheet of watercolor paper and cut it up. And it's the same hot press. There's hot press, cold press and rough are the varieties of watercolor paper, and that has to do how much tooth and texture is in it. I like to use hot press, which is the smoothest, and because when I'm drawing with a pencil, I can get fine details and I don't want that texture to show up in my paint. Usually, if you're going to scan your art, you don't want a lot of texture in your pain.

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Ratings and Reviews

Lt. Cmnd. Data

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!


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.


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 :)

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