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How to Apply Color Using Gouache

Lesson 13 from: How to Draw

Cleo Papanikolas

How to Apply Color Using Gouache

Lesson 13 from: How to Draw

Cleo Papanikolas

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13. How to Apply Color Using Gouache

Lesson Info

How to Apply Color Using Gouache

Now, if you guys want to follow along, just take your into go paint a dark blue. It's gonna look. That's great. There's Indigo. Um, I've got some of my palette right here. We're going to do the same thing with wash the next lesson and see how it's different. Quash is opaque. Watercolor. And what does that mean? Watercolor is transparent and wash is opaque. Meaning, um, the paper is going to show through a lot more people used wash for a lot of graphic design and illustration because you really want to get that exact color and put that color somewhere. Um, if someone is telling you, You know, this is our color range, and we're matching this because the trim is that and they want your drawing that color. This is how you mix the color and you put it in the right spot. Um, the other thing about wash is that, like acrylics or oils, color oil paints. You can paint anything dark, and since it's opaque, you could put white highlights on top, so you don't have to worry about saving out all your...

highlights. That's kind of one of the biggest differences in water color. You have to leave all the whites first and then paint darker with the wash or colored or oils. You can start out with a medium tone or any time you want and put the whites on top of it. Hey, so you saw what I did around here. Now we can just feel free to experiment and do the same thing with the next ones. I'm gonna go around with squash and you should You should be able to do this if you want. In studio, we have the any the Navy blue paint. And we're gonna start out here real thin. See how that looks? Slightly different color. It does seem to go on a lot stronger. It's more concentrated. So I got a pretty dark right in the beginning because I was Oh, it's very concentrated, but I can left someone Make it light. Let's see what happens when you put it on here. I'm gonna Okay. Seems to be sticking to that pretty well. So that's thin. Now let's see how thick we can get it now. This is where wash really gets sick. What you want to do is mix the stuff that comes out of the two with just a little bit of water. So you get this kind of creamy consistency and just lay it on thick and solid and one heavy coat so you don't see any of the paper coming through. Okay, so that's why people used wash, because it just completely covers solidly. Don't see any paper through. Let's do that over here too. Okay, You can tell on the coded. It keeps wanting to run away and form little beads, attracts to itself. Um, okay, fixin. Now, let's try fade. Okay, that's fairly similar. So it's opaque, but you can still get it transparent if you want. Okay. This one really shows up a lot more bump. See how this one kind of smooths out. It melts into itself. This one, you get a lot more variation. This is one of the reasons why I paint on this. Because I actually like that. Messi, Look, it gets kind of fun toe. Get something messy on there, and then just clean it up a little bit and leave this natural marks that it makes. Um Now I'm gonna paint all the rest of these in kind of medium because I just want to try showing you what it's like when you remove it. Okay? Okay. Okay. When dry that just a little bit. Okay. So you can see how that dried with all these crazy textures and washing things in there. And this one kind of soaks into the paper, and it smooth itself out a little bit. Now, let's try removing some just to a few dots on here. Do if you dot on here. Okay, let's see what happens. Yeah, that one lift up pretty well there. So that's why I like it. Because you can do that. Just like I like to use the regular racer and my pencil drawing as a drawing tool so I can knock. Highlights out this one. I can also knock highlights out with two, and then that one doesn't really remove as well. So, really, if you're not comfortable with how messy this gets, just go ahead and stick with this. But I just wanted to show you that this is an option, and you may see it come up in some of my samples that I show you. So you know how it's done.

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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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