Your choice project can be anything you have been wanting to create. Is there a medium you've been wanting to experiment with? Is there an artist who's style you've been wanting to try out? This is your chance! Make sure that your artwork expresses a feeling or idea, and incorporates the Elements and Principles.
Knowing the Elements of Art and Principles of Design can be helpful when discussing artwork. Use these images to help become more familiar with the basics.
Experiment with various techniques to get the wanted texture and color blending effect. How can you incorporate these different textures into your portrait? Click here for more tricks and techniques.
When mixing your skin tone, look at the inside of your wrist. What colors do the veins look like? If they look violet, then you would start by using violet and it's complementary color, yellow. You will probably need to add other colors as well, but his is a good starting point.
If your hue is looking too ____ (yellow, green, orange . . .) add the opposite color to correct. For example, if it's looking too green, add red.
How to Mix Colors:
On your paint palette, gather small amounts of the colors you need. Usually, you will need less of the darker or cooler colors. (see the chart above)
If I'm using violet and yellow as my base, I'll start by adding a very small amount of violet to my yellow. I'll continue doing this until the right base color appears. I may add a little green if it looks too red, or blue if it looks too orange. . . Because I have pale skin, I would load my paintbrush with the hue I made, and add it to my white. If it is still too light, I would add a bit more until it matches. It may dry a little darker.
Once your brown looks like the right hue, decide how much white or black you will need to add.
Gouache Demo: Start video at 06:39
Learning how to draw the human form can be tricky. Use some of these guides to help you with proportion. Remember: Outlines only! No rendering with pencil, this is our underdrawing for watercolor and gouache.
Take a look at Frida Kahlo's work. What do they have in common? How can you tell her work apart from other artist's? The answers to these questions define her artistic style.
Instructions for Pixlr: Take a photo of your drawing. Make sure it's a quality picture, good lighting and cropped without distortion. Upload the image to your Google Drive. Go to Pixlr using the button above, and open Pixlr Editor. Click through the 'here' and 'allow' buttons until you reach Pixlr. Choose 'Open Image From Computer" and choose your image from your drive. Adjust your image if you need to. Click on 'Adjustment' on the top toolbar. You may want to drop the saturation down to 0, and adjust the levels. Once your image looks sharp and clean, start filling areas in with the colors of your choice. You can use the paint bucket tool, or the brush tool. To select a color, click on the bottom left black box. It will pop up a color wheel for you to select a new color. When finished, upload the jpeg file to Google Classroom.
+ No auto-save function, so save your work from time to time!
Remember that when color blocking, you are looking at the image for shapes. Draw these shapes as outlines, using the grid method.
It is important to go one square at a time!