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- Learn how to use charcoal, graphite pencil, pens, and makers to effectively draw, individually and in combination with other materials
- Learn how to use watercolor paint, India ink, and acrylic paint to produce artistic, colorful washes
- Learn how to effectively paint with India ink and acrylic paint, using various dynamic mark making techniques
- Practice creativity and artistic expression
- Learn how to use optional materials such as salt, water, rubbing alcohol, and acetone to produce interest and texture in artworks
- Draw and paint creative, expressive portraits, landscapes, still life artworks and more, using a combination of representational and expressive techniques
- If you are new to drawing and have trouble drawing the eye or face in three of the projects, we suggest enrolling our Complete Drawing Masterclass here on Udemy, as an unofficial prerequisite, but it is not required if you want to get started
- Materials (with links) are covered in the first section, but required materials include paper, pencil, and some kind of paint such as watercolor and acrylic, to follow along with the techniques. Charcoal, pastel, ink, pens and makers are also suggested.
- A willingness to learn by following along and having fun working with the various materials to produce expressive art
- If you have trouble sketching the eye or face in three of the projects, we show how to use transfer or trace instead, but we do not go over the forms and subforms of the eye like we do in our unofficial prerequisite here on Udemy, the Drawing Masterclass, that we also teach. This class is more about expressive materials and methods!
Welcome to the expressive drawing, painting, and mixed media techniques masterclass! In this online artistic drawing and painting course, you will apply creativity and learn various dynamic mark making techniques in various drawing, painting, and mixed media projects.
You will learn how materials such as graphite, charcoal, watercolor paint, acrylic paint, India ink, ink pens and markers, and pastel can work individually or with each other in order to produce beautiful, amazing works of art. There are specific considerations for each of these materials, and by completing this course, you will become a "materials master"! I also show how to use optional materials such as water, rubbing alcohol, acetone, denatured alcohol, vellum paper, unique mark making tools such as feathers and mop brushes, and masking materials such as painter's tape, rubber cement, and masking fluid.
However, if you only have access to paper, pencil, and some paint such as watercolor or acrylic, that is okay as well! I demonstrate these techniques and how they can be applied across a variety of mediums with a variety of mark making, erasing, and blending tools.
This course also allows you to practice creativity and expressiveness as you draw and paint in various artistic projects.
By the time you complete this expressive drawing and painting course, you will have produced a portfolio of amazing drawings, paintings, and mixed media works of art, including expressive and creative landscapes, portraits, still life drawings, and much, much more.
Once you enroll in this course, you get:
Lifetime access to all of the content, including over 8 hours of on-demand, helpful video demonstrations and instruction.
Various PDF handouts and support files.
Access to our exclusive Drawing Club forum, for helpful feedback and critique from peers and me, the instructor of this course, Jonathan Simon.
After the introduction section (where we provide helpful considerations of mark making and materials), the sections in this drawing course focus on specific projects, so you can follow along with my demonstration. Each section includes a material list and support files:
Expressive Ink Pen Eye Drawing with Watercolor - You will draw and paint an fun, beautiful, and expressive drawing and painting of an eye using various materials, including watercolor paint and ink pen and optional materials (salt and gesso).
Flowing Fish Drawing with Color Wash - By the time you have completed this project, you will have learned various relevant mark making, drawing, painting, blending, and erasing techniques and how to effectively transfer images. You will also learn flowing drawing techniques for the fish drawing and various ways to produce a beautiful watercolor wash.
Ink and Watercolor Expressive Portrait - During this project, you will learn how to produce an interesting, expressive portrait drawing and painting, by using various dynamic mark making and painting methods with ink and watercolor.
Atmospheric Ink Landscape with Acrylic Wash - You will draw an interesting landscape composition using ink, then we will apply a color wash using acrylic paint. Considerations of using ink and acrylic together as we draw and paint are included.
Ink and Pastel Artistic Tulip Landscape - In this project, you will draw an artistic landscape with colorful ink and add tulips with bright pastels. Material- and tool-specific considerations are included. Have fun!
Charcoal Still Life with Masking Methods - You will learn charcoal mark making methods and assorted masking techniques to produce an artistic still life drawing. We will then show how to safely tear and burn the edges for artistic effect.
Final Project: Portrait and Cityscape Artwork - In this final project of this course, we will use a variety of materials and methods used earlier in the course to produce an expressive portrait with a cityscape background. We will add layers of ink, charcoal, pastel, and gesso using two photos as reference.
Enroll now and get started producing amazing, beautiful works of art! We'll see you in the course. There is a 30-day money-back guarantee, so if you don't like the course, you can get a refund. But we know you'll love this course, as you produce awesome drawings, paintings, and mixed media art projects in this course.
Please note that anyone who wants to draw or paint expressively can join this course, but if you have trouble drawing the eye or face in three of the projects, we suggest you enroll in our Drawing Masterclass, which is an unofficial prerequisite for this course. It is not required, and we show you in this expressive course how to use tracing and transferring methods instead of sketching from reference or imagination, but just in case, this is an FYI. We do not go over the forms and subforms of the eye in this course, since it is more about expanding beyond that and drawing expressively and creatively and adding to the representational drawings and paintings that we produce in this course. Our other course can be found here on Udemy by clicking on our profiles.
- Artists and students who want to learn how to effectively and creatively work with materials including graphite pencil, charcoal, pastel, ink, pens and markers, watercolor paint, acrylic paint, and more.
- People how want to make expressive and creative art, using dynamic mark making, blending, erasing, and layering techniques
- People who want to paint, draw, and produce mixed media art for fun
- Graphic design and visual art professionals who want to learn more art techniques to add to their toolkit
Welcome to the expressive drawing and painting course! In this video, I introduce you to this course, including what you will learn as you follow along and draw, paint, and produce beautiful and expressive portraits, still life drawings and paintings, landscapes, and more. You will use a variety of tools, including pencils, charcoal, graphite, water, watercolor paint, acrylic paint, ink, pens, markers, and more.
This is a helpful list of drawing and painting materials needed to follow along in this course. Please note that not all of the materials are needed; some are optional. You will need some drawing and painting tools such as pencils and brushes, as well as watercolor and acrylic paint. But materials such as acetone or denatured alcohol and masking fluid are optional. We go over materials at the beginning of each section as we begin a new project, but this is a "master list" that lists all of the materials by section. We have also added it as a printable PDF handout, attached as a support file. I also explain how this course differs from my other drawing course in this lesson, so as to emphasize what I mention on the course landing page.
In this video, I explain how to be successful in this course as you improve your expressive drawings and paintings. For example, it can be helpful to adjust the narration speed to speed it up or slow it down, and students also benefit from postings their drawings in our feedback forum.
In this short video, I explain the "LEGO" concepts in drawing and painting. In this course, I show how to use various methods and materials together. In this video I explain that we can expand beyond that and experiment with the materials in new and exciting ways. For example, we can not only use watercolor with ink but add acrylic and charcoal to the same artwork. We can use the color wash method with watercolor and then add graphite after it dries instead of before. We will get started painting and drawing in the next section.
In this short video, I provide a summary of the project, including what methods and materials will be used (which is covered in more detail in the next text lecture). After adding an expressive design with watercolor paint, we will draw an eye with ink pen. This should be a fun project to start with in this expressive drawing and painting course.
In this text lecture, we list the materials needed for this section's project. We have also included this as a printable PDF as a support file attachment. Please note that you don't need all of the materials listed, such as gesso, which I use to add highlighted areas, and salt to add some texture. But you do need at least watercolor paint and an ink pen and paper to follow along in this project.
We get started drawing an outline of the eye that we will draw later with ink pens. Then, we will paint an expressive design with watercolor paint for the background of the eye. Finally, we will add salt to add some texture. Follow along and have fun adding color for this project.
We add highlights to the artwork by adding gesso with a brush. You don't need gesso for this project, but if you do have access to it, feel free to follow along as I demonstrate the application of it. Otherwise, you can use another white paint to add highlights or another material.
In this short video, I provide an overview of the project for this section--a flowing fish drawing produced using graphite and pencils. You don't have to have access to graphite powder for this project, although I demonstrate this option for part of it. You do need a pencil and paper. I draw on vellum, to demonstrate a partially transparent effect for a color wash later, but you can just use paper to learn how to draw in this manner, if you don't have vellum. Let's get started drawing a flowing, aesthetically pleasing drawing of a fish!
You will learn a few ways to transfer an image to paper. This helps getting started with the angle, proportion, and form of a drawing, especially if you have trouble sketching by hand without tracing it. We don't want to fill in all of the details at this point. We simply are setting points and lines for reference, so as we draw later, our drawing is more accurate.
We continue to draw, blend, and erase areas of the drawing in this lesson, using pencils, blending tools, and erasers. Adding more variation in the value or level of light in the drawing helps add depth and form. We also add a stylized border to the drawing in this lesson.
We continue to review various ways to produce an artistic and colorful color wash, including gradients and a marble-like design. Using more or less water has various effects, and letting the paint dry in between painting allows for layering of the color.
In this short video, I provide a summary of what you will learn in this section as you produce an expressive portrait using ink and watercolor.
We review the materials needed for this project, including ink pens, brushes, and watercolor. I demonstrate mark making techniques using the ink pens and explain how to catalog how materials look on paper and and how they are affected by other materials.
In this short video, I provide a summary of this section, including what materials will be used and methods will be learned as we produce an interesting landscape artwork.
In this short video, I introduce the ink and pastel artistic tulip landscape project and explain what you will learn by following along with this section.
We review what you will learn and what kind of product you will produce in this section.
In this video, I explain what materials are needed for this project, including required and optional materials. You do need at least charcoal and paper, unless you prefer to use graphite pencil, for example. However, to learn the specific mark making technique of charcoal, I suggest getting charcoal to follow along.
We review what you will learn and what kind of project you will produce by following along in this section.
This is a list of the materials needed for this project, although not all are required. It is also included at the beginning of the course as a text lecture and a printable PDF document. The image support files are included here as attachments.