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Color Style #2: Doodle style using Pen

Lesson 16 from: How to Draw

Cleo Papanikolas

Color Style #2: Doodle style using Pen

Lesson 16 from: How to Draw

Cleo Papanikolas

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16. Color Style #2: Doodle style using Pen

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Color Style #2: Doodle style using Pen

Now, here's another style that I think is really fun to do for beginners. Me to call it a doodle style. Using a pen. A lot of times, you don't even start with a sketch on this one. What you do is you just take your marker now we don't have a peach. I just made up the peach. I don't even know if this candy comes in that. Yeah, so I just made it up and you're doing a contour drawing. So this is kind of just like slowly following along the edge of what you think. Just like the contour in the pencil. It gets kind of wiggly and just sort of be careful your connections, but it's a very design ary. It's kind of like a coloring book. It's kind of something that retains a lot of that young innocence and freshness. It just bold. And you don't worry about whether something ends up looking exactly the right shape. Just go for it. Okay. So already you can see the line quality on this one was a little bit different than the line quality on that last one. Because I'm not being too sketchy and clearly...

this is the same waterproof pen it iss okay, this is a really great one to do when you're drawing out of your head to when you're not looking at something and using reference material. Okay. And you can get into doing fancy lettering with this too. Okay, This kind of all about very slowly and very observing your contour drawing lines, you get to do lots of decorating and squiggles, just doodle around, and then when you color it in, you also don't have to be very precise. You can just add your color wherever you want, So this is kind of a more pop feel to it. So I'm going to dio more of a pop painting job. I'm going to use some frightening on, and I'm gonna put someone here, but you have to stay in the lines. You can just make this stuff go out anywhere. A lot of times, people will just do kind of like a patterned background and then do their drawing on top of it. Just see how much fun you can Dio was smearing your paint out. I'm doing this on uncoated paper. Now here you can see one where it took a little bit more time carefully drawing my lines. And I did a nice smearing of the paint out just to say, You know, it's kind of like a blast of neon colors is not can't even really contain itself within its lines. And then I took the silver paint and I did the same thing there. I really like the pattern that these lines were making. So I just went for the pattern. I filled them all in, and I actually went out of bounds here, too. I kept going in the different light. You can see it shiny. And then I came in and for the shading, I didn't want it to look off. Sketchy, I wanted to keep it really pop. So I just did the dotted, um, the dotted type, shading with the points. And when you, um when you paint your color on, you can see that I've colored covered up some of my black lines. Now, if I was just doing this as a professional graphic designer, a lot of times you would scan your color side and you're black and white side in separately and put them together in the computer, because if you're getting something printed. They like to have those layers separate, and then you can change out the colors or a lot more possibilities. But here we're doing a little sketch. So I don't really like how my nice, sharp black lines have been colored up. So I'm just gonna wait for the paint to dry and come back in and color back over him just to get that sort of pop feeling back. Because in this one, I don't want any of that washing, blending, romantic look of my last postcard drawing wanted to be really bright and bold. So as we're doing these techniques, just think this one. Do I like this one to like doing this? You like trying to get all my lines really straightened dark? Or would I rather just smush him around and be really fast mentioned sometimes with that particular style that people will lay down the color first and then draw over the top of it? Yeah, there's a lot of complicated techniques that of professional illustrators will do. Some will, like, do their line drawing and scan it in, and then come back with something like this and then just only put the color on here and then scan the color on this part so you can't see those light lines and then still retain their black drawing and then put him together in photo shop as layers. But for what we're doing here, you would just need to allow the paint to dry completely before you drool over. Yeah, because I, you know, if I just take a picture of this posted on social media, are you know, I could I could use that imprint if I wanted to. It looks great. Sure, I could frame it, but if it's going to be in, like, a book or something, they might want the black separated.

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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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