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This was originally "aired" about 3 years ago and is still a good class for learning some basic steps
for drawing leaves and flowers. There are 7 videos just click to play each one.
Here is your Supply List:
Strathmore Bristol or other 90lb or heavier weight paper
Extra paper for practice
HB pencil or Pitt Artist pen Fine or Superfine point in brown or black
Good Quality Markers in Greens, Brown, Pink, Orange or other flower colors
Grey shading marker – Pitt Artist pen in Bold (brush tip) or charcoal pencil or other shading tool
Optional: White gelly roll pen
I know it seems funny to draw using a marker - you are probably thinking what? No erasing! Don't worry, there are always ways to correct things. More importantly I want you to get used to "feeling" your pen and learning what pen tip works for you. Once you figure it out you will find that the pen draws "for you"!
How is it going? Are you getting the shapes? Aren't the leaves easy once you break it down?
Once you have these basic techniques down discover your own flower shapes. Remember we are not really trying to imitate nature here (how could we?) so any flower shape you come up with is fine. Make it your own - truly.
Spend time on the stem shapes - adding the details is really worth it and makes the entire composition look more professional and well thought out. I love making stems - add bumps and lines as much as you want. Pick up a twig from your backyard or the park and really have a look at it. It has tons of detail that you can now incorporate into your own drawings. Remember, everything is just a line or a shape.
I really think there are no markers quite as good as the copic markers. They are however, no doubt, pretty pricey. The results you will get with them however are unlike any other markers. Copics allow you to not only to get great pigmented color, but they also help with shading and color variations especially when drawing things likes leaves and other foliage. Here's what I suggest - splurge on 1 or 2 copic markers in your favorite colors only. Try them out next to your other markers. If you see and feel the difference - go for it - if you don't - stick with your regular markers.
Shading is really key in any composition. What I show you in this video is pretty basic shading that anyone can do. It's a good start to seeing the effect shading can have on a piece.
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