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Color Style #5: Spot Coloring Book

Lesson 19 from: How to Draw

Cleo Papanikolas

Color Style #5: Spot Coloring Book

Lesson 19 from: How to Draw

Cleo Papanikolas

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19. Color Style #5: Spot Coloring Book

Lesson Info

Color Style #5: Spot Coloring Book

I've started with watercolor paper, and I just did a little sketch on it. This time I'm using coated paper, and this one is fun because you just look at it and put the color you see wherever it iss. There's my orange candy and I look at it and I say, OK, it's got some orange, it's got some red. So here's where you get to go in and just find Use all those beautiful colors that you see on all the color charts and pick out the best ones that you like and use them. So getting my paints a little bit, I add some water to it first and get it moistened up. I'm gonna spray mine. Mine are getting a little bit dried out after you've been using them for a while. They do tend to dry out so they'll get across on them and, um and this will help. Just just a light spray on the top will soften that crust. Okay, so I've got some orange and I've got some orange on my paper, but that's OK. You know why? Because I used coated paper just alongside it so we can all right, all right. There you go. There we go...

. Yes, I'm gonna get rid of this one cause I'm using. It's confusing. What a mess. Okay, so I coated this paper, and I actually had a mistake on it, so I'm gonna wipe it off, I think One of the reasons why I use this paper. Okay. This gonna start with orange and save the highlights out. I could go back in with white and paint the highlights if I wanted to, cause I'm using wash, but I think I'll save him out for now. And I would say you could probably add some white to this if you want. As we were talking before, I probably wouldn't add any black for the shadows. Probably remix another color. Okay. And the orange goes up a little here more, and I drew a little line there to save my highlight, so I'm gonna try not to think that in. Okay, Orange, then I've got some green leaves. I've got some green paint here. You could choose if you want to use. You know what I would do? Probably if I was gonna go buys paint specifically for this, I would lay out little chips of them like this and see if they all go together up sees that one. OK, like that. Just lay out a whole bunch of chips next to each other and see if I like all the colors together. Since I've already got him all laid out on my palette, I'm going to just, um I know they kind of already matched cause I chose him together. Okay. Okay. So I painted my leaves as one big glob. And I know it's gonna have, like, a darker line in the middle. So I think I'm gonna use brown for that. And here you can just paint right over it because it's squash have been paint Thies this stuff. Also, it goes on a lot thicker and kind of paced year. So it's less likely to run when you paint one section right up to the other section and you're doing your little hash marks next to one another to kind of create that grouping that goes together. What are some things that you take into consideration when you're when you're choosing your colors? Um, usually I like to maybe have one. That's kind of the brighter standout color. I don't want all of them to be, like, full intensity straight out of the tube. Now, the fun thing about thes wash colors is that they do come in like premixed colors. Um, for example, this one says aqua blue, Aqua blue is probably not a real pigment. It would probably be something like cobalt mixed with fellow and white would create this color aqua. Um, but you could buy it premix straight out of the tube. Same thing with luminous orange. That's like these bright neon colors. So if I'm going to use spot colors, I can. That's the brilliant thing is you can just pick the color on the color chart that you like and use it straight ahead. Okay. Um, so I'm doing all my green. I'll get a little bit more into when we do our final drawing. Coming up. Um, I'm gonna show you how I just my palate a little bit and I'll paint out somewhere these swatches in the next lesson. Okay, So basically, I'm painting all these in, and I end up with something like this. You can see what I did. I just painted all the orange I painted the red where it goes I painted the green Now I decided this one's gonna have a shadow So here I mixed I got my white and I made just like I just want barely a little bit of shadow I got my white on I got just a little bit of my purple and just painted it right up to the edge No shadows can be super dark shadows or super light shadows. But here I just wanted a tiny bit of a suggestion of a shadow. Hey, and you can see that if I kept going and putting all the colors on the spots, I would end up with something like that. And here is my orange candy, and it's pretty true to form. And I love this spot coloring book one, because it is actually like one of the most relaxing. You don't have to, like, plan out any big artistic grand schemes, do any styles. This is kind of like why the paint by numbers were so popular as you just you look at it and you just do it and it it it comes out really nice and graphic ing with these with these squash colors

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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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