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Color Style #3: Brushpen

Lesson 17 from: How to Draw

Cleo Papanikolas

Color Style #3: Brushpen

Lesson 17 from: How to Draw

Cleo Papanikolas

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17. Color Style #3: Brushpen

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Color Style #3: Brushpen

So let's try another technique. It's kind of fun just messing around, trying all these different ways. This is going to be a brush pen. Now, you could do this with your paintbrush, but you can also do it with this because it's so much more convenient just to carry that around. So the whole trickster doing this one is you. Either just pull up and do it very, very lightly, or you press down hard and you get a really dark, thick line. So see how thin you can get Airline. That's pretty thin, kind of nice and wiggly. And then when you come to a spot, you think might have some shadow press down really hard and if you can turn it and you can get it really wide to and then if you have an area to fill in, this is a great quick filling in for the last fine point marker we had to do with all that scribbling back and forth to fill it in. This one is just push it on its side and push it really hard down in there and totally Phyllis it in. So I also tend to hold this a lot more straight up and down ...

instead of that way. I only put it on the angle when I'm for sure want to do that thick line. So get kind of legally and anywhere you see something that you think is going to be a shadow press hard, Uh, anywhere you think is going to be a highlight or a very light area, do it really thin. Okay, Also, anything. This is kind of my shaded side. So I'm gonna make sure my lines on the bottom and on that side, that Aaron shade or darker and heavier. And this is really great for calligraphy when we come to this spot. So when you're doing any kind of lettering, um, kind of the basic starter rule is if you're doing a down stroke, press harder. If you're doing an upstroke lift up. So here I'm going down, pressing harder. I'm going up lifting, pressing harder because I'm going down, going up lifting till we get to the top, pressing harder on the way down. Really experiment with this one, seeing how thick and health and you can get it. And then I also like to get really unusual shapes because with the other pen. It's very much like this is the width of the pen. It's always gonna be that way. It's very design ary, and this one is just use it for all it's worth here as Faras getting all the different textures kind of makes the paper look, the plastic look really crinkly and wrinkly. I don't know if they have an apple candy. This is another one else so made up. Feel free when you were drawing something to make it any flavour, you want it to be Okay, so that's kind of the basics of pen drawing lettering on this tiny lettering. It's gonna be so messy. I usually just do it at the lightest pressure I possibly can, and it comes out looking wiggly. Even if I'm not trying this online students is asking about the type of paper that you're using at the moment. Yes, this is my arches Water hot pressed watercolor paper. If I'm using this pen, that's great on Bristol. That's kind of what Bristol's made for. But since I'm doing this kind of painting round up, I just decided to do them all in the watercolor paper. Great, but yeah, I would if I knew I was on Lee going to use this pen. I would probably start out with the crystal. And do you have any tips or tricks for thinking about black is a color and using that in general in your drawings? Yeah, I I use Black is outlines, and I use black when I'm maybe coloring something that is like a rapper that I know. The printing is black. If I'm painting a tree and one side is in shadow, I'm never going to use black. Basically, I only use it like as a little spot color when I really wanted black all the other times when I'm just trying to paint something dark, I will try and mix together a bunch of my darkest colors on the palette. Because, adding black, it's the pigment itself is like a really charcoal e. It's like as if you took a charcoal briquette and just grounded up. It's very velvety, thick color, and it kind of makes all the other colors gray screen when you're using it, so all your pure color is going to go away, so I try to avoid it for mixing unless it's just a very graphic look like this. Okay? And then you can fill these in with us many lines as you want. I I decided to try these horizontal lines in here because I thought this pen lent well, toe looking a little bit like an old engraving where they have kind of It's like a crosshatch, but it's really, like a across Oh, so that that's another technique.

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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!


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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