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Color Style #7: Create Color Combinations with Metallics

Lesson 21 from: How to Draw

Cleo Papanikolas

Color Style #7: Create Color Combinations with Metallics

Lesson 21 from: How to Draw

Cleo Papanikolas

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21. Color Style #7: Create Color Combinations with Metallics

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Color Style #7: Create Color Combinations with Metallics

we got a couple more techniques left. Hope you're sticking with me here. This one is we're going to get even more into these designer colors, and we're gonna get to use a metallics because that is what is so great about spot colors. Usually when you're painting a big oil painting, you don't use a lot of metallics unless someone has some gold jewelry on or something. Um, so I've got some gold paint, and I'm just got it. We'll see right there on my palette, and this is gonna be uncoated paper. And here I'm not even gonna worry about where my highlights are, where my shadows are, Saving anything out. I'm just gonna straight out Put the color in the shape. Metallic sometimes is a little transparent. Sometimes you have to mix up two colors. Just stick it down in that shape, fill it in solid. I usually do this a little bit drier, so it'll cover really heavy and okay. And I'm not gonna worry about this. Pineapple candy is green and the pineapple is brown. Not gonna worry about that. I mean, a...

bout paint everything gold. Okay. And this is another one where you could really choose which type of paint colors you want to use. Like here. I'm doing metallics being kind of fancy, but I could choose. I wanna have create an earth tone palette. And, um, you know, I would be maybe painting my pineapple brown, And I would maybe be painting the rapper, you know, another shade of brown or kind of a yellow ochre or something. And then I would lay out all my chips together. I could also, uh, maybe choose to do like, pastel colors. And I could make this really, uh you know, Florida pineapple. Have this this background color be just all different colors of light pink and and, uh, maybe teal or something. So up here on the top. Now, this this section is white, and I don't think I want to color this whole thing and totally solid. So here I'm just outlining. Hey, then see what happens when I I'm gonna come back in and do a second coat, and then I'm gonna choose a background color, and I'm just going with this cobalt green light, okay? And just paint the background. So this is just all about what color combination did I pick. I want to really just highlight this color combination of of gold, and I'm gonna call it teal ish. But its name on the tube is COBOL green light and just paint that background in solid. So it's kind of it's kind of like the emphasis is on the color chip more on the actual object that you're painting. And you would use this in more of kind of a decorating sense where, like you're creating a color scheme in your house and you wanna have some art that picks up on some colors and your pillows. Or maybe your, um, you know you're doing some advertising, and it's all about the new colors that are in style or your matching some clothes. Or this is this is more about taking the color chip and just putting it in the shape as about to making the shape. So what happens when you finish? This is it ends up looking something kind of like that. I had to put a couple of coats on that in a couple of coats on that to get a really good solid color are loving the metallic paint. Yes, a little curious how often you actually worked that into your own artwork. So a lot of what I do as a professional illustrators stuff that gets printed. Um, so you can't really scan the metallics very well. They end up just looking brown or light brown. So if you were going to do that as a designer, you would have to like, in crazy ways block in a different color of ink that was laid on top of the print on all this. Eso if I'm doing, you know, like some cards, something I'm gonna hang on the wall. I would have fun with the metallics, but usually if I'm hired to do something professionally, they don't. I want it understood to kind of stay away from it. And as a beginner, that's kind of pulling together paints for a basic palette. Would you recommend that they include some metallics in with those? Or is that something that's maybe a little bit more advanced down the road? You know, I think it depends on what you're trying to learn how to paint If you're trying to learn how to paint that that full on landscape with all the that atmosphere in it. No, don't get metallics. But if you want to paint a few fun little graphic things because you're gonna make some stationery or maybe you're going to use it as a silk screen printed on a bag or something like that, Yeah, Go for metallics. I think they could be really fun. And they're They're kind of a way of making something really fancy when you don't when your drawing skills are not the thing you really want to highlight the most. So one last little color style that we're gonna go through and that's going to be, Ah, one color value study. So here I'm going to go back to my indigo color that we started out with when we were doing our daisy. Now I feel like you've kind of really got a little bit of an idea of all the different ways. You can really load up this brush with paint and put it down. There's all these, you know, flats or more decorative arm or loose and sketchy

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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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