Expressive Drawing, Painting & Mixed Media Techniques Course
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Expressive Drawing, Painting & Mixed Media Techniques Course

Learn methods+materials for amazing art: watercolor, acrylic, ink, pens, charcoal, pencil, pastel, abstract and more.
4.6 (101 ratings)
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Last updated 4/2020
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This course includes
  • 8 hours on-demand video
  • 10 articles
  • 54 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • 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
Requirements
  • 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!
Description

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.

Who this course is for:
  • 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
Course content
Expand all 75 lectures 08:29:29
+ Expressive Drawing and Painting Course Introduction
5 lectures 22:21

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.

Preview 04:11

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.

Preview 12:07

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.

Preview 02:27

We link to our Facebook group where students post photos or scans of their drawings and paintings for feedback from Jonathan and peers.

Join Our Facebook Drawing Club for Feedback and Critiques
00:30

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.

Preview 03:06
+ Expressive Ink Pen Eye Drawing with Watercolor
7 lectures 41:11

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.

Preview 01:40

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.

2.2 - Materials List in Text Format with Links and Image Support Files
01:04

Now that we have listed the materials in text format in the previous lecture, in this video, I explain the materials further.

2.3 - Materials Overview for the Expressive Ink Pen and Watercolor Project
02:30

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.

2.4 - Drawing an Outline, Painting the Color Splash, and Adding Salt
08:21

We remove the salt that we added for texture but without damaging the painted area or paper, by using specific methods described in this lesson.

2.5 - Removing the Salt Added for Texture Effectively
02:59

I explain various mark making methods with ink pens, then we draw the eye. Finally, we add more color to the project with watercolor paint.

2.6 - Mark Making with Ink Pens, Drawing the Eye, and Adding More Color
12:53

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.

Preview 11:44
+ Flowing Fish Drawing with Color Wash
12 lectures 01:51:04

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!

Preview 04:34

In this text lecture, I list and explain the materials needed for this flowing fish drawing with color wash project, including both required and optional materials.

3.2 - Materials List in Text Format with Links and Image Support Files
02:26

I explain what materials are needed, in order to draw, blend, and erase in this project, including required materials (at least pencil and paper) and optional materials (graphite powder).

3.3 - Drawing, Blending, and Erasing Materials Overview
03:14

I demonstrate drawing, blending, and erasing methods as I explain the uses of these materials, in order to build a foundation as we start our project next. Follow along as you learn these methods.

3.4 - Mark Making, Blending, and Erasing Methods for the Project
08:20

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.

Preview 13:06

We begin to draw the fish in this lesson, using pencils. Highlights are added by using relevant eraser tools.

3.6 - Drawing the Fish - Part 1
14:57

We continue to draw the fish in this lesson, using pencils. We also add a background of the water using graphite powder, although this step is optional if you don't have graphite powder.

3.7 - Drawing the Fish - Part 2
14:22

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.

3.8 - Drawing the Fish - Part 3
13:05

Now that we've drawn the fish, it's time to add a color wash background. We first review examples of adding a ready-made background (color and designs) and then you learn effective methods for producing an original color wash, using water and watercolor.

3.9 - Color Wash Part 1 - Painting Methods
10:47

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.

3.10 - Wash Part 2 - Painting and Layering Methods
05:03

Now that we have reviewed various considerations and methods of working with water and watercolor, we will produce an original color wash for the background of this project.

3.11 - Wash Part 3 - Producing an Original Color Wash
08:25

Now that we have produced an original color wash for a paper background behind the vellum, we add color another way--by painting on the back of the vellum itself.

3.12 - Wash Part 4 - Painting on the Vellum Technique
12:45
+ Ink and Watercolor Expressive Portrait
6 lectures 45:37

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.

Preview 02:04

In this text lecture, I list and explain the materials needed for this ink and watercolor expressive portrait project, including both required and optional materials.

4.2 - Materials List in Text Format with Links and Image Support Files
01:50

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.

4.3 - Materials Overview and Mark Making Techniques Demonstration
05:52

We begin to draw the face with ink pens and add depth and shadows with markers. Then, we adjust the texture with rubbing alcohol.

4.4 - Drawing the Face, Adding Depth and Shadow, and Adjusting Texture
18:38

We review materials needed for the next step in this project, which is adding color with watercolor paint. We use a variety of brushes to apply and adjust the texture of the paint, to produce an artistic, colorful look as part of this artwork.

4.5 - Adding Color with Watercolor Paint Techniques
05:57

After re-establishing some of the lines in the drawing using ink pens and markers, we will use white conte and white charcoal pencil to add interesting highlights.

4.6 - Re-establishing Lines and Adding Highlights
11:16
+ Atmospheric Ink Landscape with Acrylic Wash
8 lectures 55:15

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.

Preview 01:49

In this text lecture, I list and explain the materials needed for this ink landscape with acrylic wash project, including both required and optional materials.

5.2 - Materials List in Text Format with Links and Image Support Files
01:35

I explain what materials are needed for this project, including ink, acrylic paint, brushes, and calligraphy pens. We then practice some dynamic mark making techniques relevant to the project.

5.3 - Materials Overview and Dynamic Mark Making Techniques
08:01

We practice dynamic mark making techniques with ink and brushing techniques with acrylic. Then, I explain how ink and acrylic can be used together for this project.

5.4 - Using Acrylic and Ink Together
03:39

We begin drawing the landscape using an interesting composition and various mark making methods.

5.5 - Drawing the Landscape
11:28

We continue to draw the landscape, using calligraphy pens and brushes for various effects.

5.6 - Drawing and Adding More Elements in the Composition
20:01

Before we add a color wash with acrylic, I explain in this short video some considerations of using ink and acrylic, specifically applying ink over acrylic as well as acrylic over ink.

5.7 - A Quick Note on Ink and Acrylics for Applying a Color Wash
03:09

Now that we have drawn the landscape using ink, we add a color wash using acrylic paint.

5.8 - Adding an Acrylic Color Wash
05:33
+ Ink and Pastel Artistic Tulip Landscape
9 lectures 38:54

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.

Preview 01:54

In this text lecture, I list and explain the materials needed for this ink and pastel artistic tulip landscape project, including both required and optional materials.

6.2 - Materials List in Text Format with Links and Image Support Files
01:15

We review the materials needed for this project, including paper, brushes, inks, and pastels. Considerations of using these tools are included, such as effectively working with pastel.

6.3 - Materials Overview and Considerations
03:12

You will learn mark making techniques with brushes and ink before we start painting the colorful background.

6.4 - Mark Making with Brushes and Ink
08:25

You will paint the colorful background with water and ink, using various brushing techniques.

6.5 - Painting the Background with Ink and Water
03:23

You will add texture to the background by using a fan brush and a feather.

6.6 - Adding Texture with a Fan Brush and Feather
02:11

You will add grass to the landscape by painting with ink.

6.7 - Adding Grass with Ink
06:40

Before we add the tulips to the composition, we review various mark making methods using pastel.

6.8 - Pastel Mark Making Methods
02:39

Using pastel, we add the tulips to the landscape.

6.9 - Ink and Pastel Artistic Tulip Landscape Conclusion
09:15
+ Charcoal Still Life with Masking Methods
11 lectures 01:23:24

We review what you will learn and what kind of product you will produce in this section.

Preview 01:25

In this text lecture, I list and explain the materials needed for this charcoal still life with masking methods project, including both required and optional materials.

7.2 - Materials List in Text Format with Links and Image Support Files
01:54

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.

7.3 - Materials Explanation
08:24

Before we start drawing the still life project, we review mark making methods with charcoal and how charcoal is affected by water and acetone.

7.4 - Charcoal Mark Making Methods with Water and Acetone
03:22

We review three types of masking techniques--using rubber cement, masking fluid, and painter's tape, for various effects. These techniques can affect the texture and value in drawings. In this first part, we apply the methods before fixing the demonstration drawing.

7.5 - Masking Techniques Part 1
09:31

In this second part of the masking techniques demonstration, I explain how to effectively use these materials to mask areas of the drawing.

7.6 - Masking Techniques Part 2
05:44

We begin the project by applying some tone with charcoal and applying some masking techniques.

7.7 - Drawing with Charcoal and Using Masking Methods
07:43

We use a pencil and a variety of tools to draw the apple and surrounding scene.

7.8 - Drawing the Apple and Surrounding Scene
17:40

I demonstrate how to safely apply denatured alcohol, in order to adjust value and tone in a drawing. This can have interesting results, but using  this is not required. You can use water instead to adjust the charcoal.

7.9 - Applying Denatured Alcohol to Adjust Texture and Value
07:30

We will use masking methods to adjust the drawing. Then, we can add some interest and adjust the drawing with charcoal and add some highlighted lines with white conté.

7.10 - Masking Methods and Adjusting Drawing with Charcoal and White Conté
10:18

Finally, I demonstrate how to safely tear and burn the edges of the paper with matches, to add an artistic effect. This part is not required, and I include safety precautions in the video. Please follow them.

7.11 - Tearing and Burning Edges of the Drawing
09:53
+ Final Project: Portrait and Cityscape Artwork
15 lectures 01:49:02

We review what you will learn and what kind of project you will produce by following along in this section.

Preview 01:47

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.

8.2 - Materials List in Text Format with Links and Image Support Files
02:10

In this video, I explain what materials you need for this project, although not all required. I include considerations of using these materials.

8.3 - Materials Overview and Considerations
10:23

We begin to sketch the portrait with a pencil in this lesson, then we add some shading with charcoal.

8.4 - Masking the Border, Sketching the Portrait, and Adding Some Shading
08:34

We continue to use charcoal in this lesson, and we use blending methods before adding fixative to help fix the drawing so far, before we add some detail with ink in the next lesson.

8.5 - Charcoal Shading and Blending
11:26

We add detail to the drawing and add tone to the hair with ink.

8.6 - Adding a Layer of Ink
10:57

After using a few eraser tools to adjust the drawing, we add the first color ink wash.

8.7 - Erasing to Adjust Tone and Adding First Color Ink Wash
04:09

We add a second color ink wash and add some isopropyl alcohol for texture.

8.8 - Adding a Second Color Ink Wash
06:37

We add more detail with another layer of ink.

8.9 - Adding More Detail with Ink
06:27

We add shadow and depth with charcoal and then use blending and erasing methods to adjust the drawing. Then we add fixative to help fix the drawing at this point.

8.10 - Adding Shadow with Charcoal, Blending, Erasing
06:32

We add some of the cityscape background with charcoal before fixing the drawing.

8.11 - Adding Cityscape Background with Charcoal
03:39

We earlier applied rubber cement, and now we use a masking method around the edges for a textured border. Then, we add some more detail with a pencil.

8.12 - Masking and Adding Detail with Pencil
03:22

We use gesso to add highlights and interest in the drawing.

8.13 - Adding Highlights with Gesso
13:18

We add another layer of ink for more detail and fill in some of the hair area.

8.14 - Adding Another Layer of Ink
06:16

I show how to tint gesso with ink, and we add some color with pastels.

8.15 - Tinting Gesso and Adding Color with Pastel
13:25
+ Course Conclusion
2 lectures 02:38

I think the students for enrolling in the course and congratulate them for completing the course.

Course Conclusion
00:49

This text lecture has links to our other courses and other learning resources.

Bonus Lecture - Learn Even More!
01:49