TRYING NEW THINGS IN MY SKETCHBOOK! | Pencil Sketches and Holbein Gouache

TRYING NEW THINGS IN MY SKETCHBOOK! | Pencil Sketches and Holbein Gouache


hello everybody! – today I’m not feeling
too hot, so I thought (poet) it’d be fun to just take some time and experiment and play
around and I saw my gouache when I was cleaning my room and I’m kind of feeling
an urge to dabble in that medium so we’ll see where we end up yeah feel free
to grab your own sketchbooks and draw along let’s get creative ♪ the speed and
intensity at which I play around with this pencil directly correlates with my
excitement – so something that’s been inspiring me lately when people paint like portraits of faces they’ll use all sorts
of different colors in different areas of the face like greens and
purples that you might not expect so that could be something fun to study and
see what colors look good where – those are some uneven eyebrows! whenever I sit
down to just sketch and I don’t really have a clear idea of what I want to
sketch – I always start with a female face it’s just my go-to warm-up doodly-doo you probably could’ve guessed that if you’ve seen any of my sketch book tours always the nose blushy hehe – it’s always important to warm up when you plan on
drawing something because your wrists like every other muscle in your body is
a muscle so whenever you work out you got a stretch to make sure you don’t
hurt yourself and drawing is no exception so now you can go and tell all
your friends that you workout every day if you draw every day hehe kind of feel like
I want to draw a ball cap (not a bald cap) a ball cap extends a little passed where the
head ends – a little knot at the top, bit of a sporty look – maybe a sweatshirt maybe
she’s holding it with her hand – this is kind of how my sketches always start in
my sketch book – don’t have a huge clear idea but I’ll do one thing and then it spins off
and kind of like influences the rest of it- add little knots on the ends with an aglet
– let’s move the cap up this way..? no no no no nah, hehe, where’s
my eraser? – UhOh… where is my…eraser? let’s turn the hat backwards a little bit but like off
skew, that like section here, I think I’ll move the hand down here so it’s still
grabbing the brim of the Hat kind of like this but then these arms
gonna end up a little lower – when there’s a lot of foreshortening going on, I tend
to scribble because I kind of have a vague idea of where like the arm is
going to end up but I find that when I like scribble away I can kind of find
the lines better and I can see which lines I like which ones I don’t and then
this can actually become the sweatshirt maybe it’s rolled up to the elbow
it should be all super baggy there draw a shirt underneath that, its a little too cropped to be decent there we go! we got a little sketch my wrist is feeling a little bit warmed up I’m not
going to detailed with a lot of it you’ll see like there’s still a lot of
sketches and that’s pretty good for a warmup – a lot of people probably say for
a warm-up you probably souldn’t even go this far but I don’t know that’s just
always kind of been my rhythm – the more you experiment the more you’ll find what
works best for you – now when I fill a sketchbook spread kind of like this one,
the graphic designer in me wants to create contrast between all the sketches
so I’ll usually like change size as I go around so this is a pretty large sketch
it takes up almost half of this page a little bit more actually hehe – so I
usually try to figure out where would and what size and location would the
next illustration look visually pleasing as a whole now even though I think like
that it doesn’t always turn out like that because you might start here and be
like okay that’s where the sketch needs to be but when you start sketching it
you learn” oh I want to take up like space over here and I want to go over here” and I let the creativity take me where it wants to go I’m not
limited by like these choices because it is a sketchbook and it’s meant to be
messy and fun and full of experimentsss! so for this one I kind of want to follow
those random lines I drew and they look kind of like pigtails so let’s play
around with those figure out where the body is – what would be fun is if it had two big bangs [fringe]
sections but they went they’re kind of like side swept lets use a little flower
to keep her hair up hair can go down there she’ll need arms somewhere she’s sitting there on nothing
as you do this sketch is a little bit more loose and I kind of enjoy looking at
sketchbooks when they’re full of things like this because there are so many
extra lines I feel like several people could look at it and see something a
little bit different which all comes down to interpretation
whereas as soon as you start like detailing it and refining it it starts
becoming what the artist wants you to see – which both have their redeeming
qualities I think this arm is a little too crazy for me personally let me try and
bring it down on this knee *tries to bring it down on this knee now if you do have a sketch that looks kind of like
this and you do plan on refining it what I would suggest is take like an eraser
and then lightly erase just a small bit of it so that you can still see what it
was but it’s not overbearing and then just go back over it with your pencil
and pick your favorite lines but I want to keep on going practicing a little bit
here so let’s go in another direction I do really – yeah – I’m feeling – yeah – where is that? – I
really do want to play around with these gouache, I have a primary set here – I
think it would be fun to dabble in those so let’s see – I kind of want to try and use
this whole page here I’m really feeling the I head straight on to the camera
point of view – so let’s just draw a very big face so we have a lot of room to
play around with the paints figure out where the eyeballs are, the nose, and a mouth – ears – trying a little more effort into sketching something here so
I like to start super sketchy when I’m really trying – it’s important to have a
good foundation and then build upon that and I find scribbling lightly and
building up on it to be the best way to do that for me personally and then when
I start to see the lines that I like I can go ahead and darken them and when
I’m sketching since I want to use these paints I’m trying to think of a color
scheme even at this stage because that can help influence what sort of
accessories or different elements supernatural that I want to like
incorporate into the sketch – I’m really liking these big ears big round ears – glowing eyes kind of sounds fun scribble out some eyebrows here figure
out their shape I feel like eyebrows can say a lot about
a character when you’re illustrating because if you make them sharp and
pointy you can make the character feel a little bit more sharp and if you make
them big and round and soft it makes the character feel softer without doing much
else to the face now for hair I really want to keep it chunky like I’ve been
talking about a lot lately so let’s try what if there’s like a headband a little
bit askew – we have some bangs big chunky bangs with a little curl on the
end we don’t need this ear, the curl should be a little bit chunkier than
that if you want to stick to this chunky style – just lightly erase some of that
because we might need it later and then for up here I kind of think I’d be funny
to just go real crazy so maybe this section is pulled up into like a space
bun, but there’s also like a hair here that missed the space bun that’s coming
over top of this headband and then maybe this side is just flowing in the wind
like this let me take a step back and look at this what do I think…..? I think I
was changed this whole section a bit so maybe she has short hair so when she
pulls her hair up there’s some layers at the bottom so let’s add those kind of
like this shade them to get a little depth then on this side let’s see if the hair
ends around here blowing in the wind it’ll be about that length, and then we can
also add that same sort of texture I feel like a tank top is in order for this
chick hehe kind of like that alright I’m very excited to like throw
some paint on this now I was asking a friend who does gouache pretty well “how
they do it” like ah HOW? okay so so what my problem was is it’s like going with Gouache
which is opaque and when you go over your sketch lines you lose all of that
hard work that you kind of put in you lose a lot of the groundwork, they
suggested that I water down the first layer of gouache that way I can layer on
the details with the gouache and still have a foundation to work from so let’s
try that got some water I got some clean brushes I don’t own a good palette to save my life for some reason – i found this from
an old watercolor palette let’s try this let’s first try and develop a bit of a
skin tone here probably need all four of these for that because we can always add
darker colors actually with Gouache you can actually always add lighter colors
as well that’s actually something cool about it – alright let’s add a little bit
of yellow, some red, probably need more red than that but then the smidgiest of blue
(it’s probably too much) but let’s give this a mixie mix [mixie-mixes] I’m getting a coral
color – now let’s take some of that put it in this little bin and water that guy
down, mix it again, and we’ll use that as our first layer and we’ll see what
happens this is the first time I’m ever doing it this way so we’ll see what
happens take some of this let’s see if we can see through it alright it’s still
pretty opaque actually – okay now that I’ve added a little bit more water to it
I think I can see through it a lot easier and that will probably help
me out a lot here is a lighter color that I just mixed and it’s a
lot more white see what we can do with this let’s just block out some shapes, see what
happens okay I think this might be easier to work but since it’s a little
bit more neutral I should be able to add more colors without her looking like a
Christmas tree hopefully…hehe I mix some more colors here on the palette before I do
anything else I’m gonna add some of this, see what that looks like luckily this is just in a
sketchbook it’s not that big a deal that it looks like she smudged poop on her
face I think it’s still just too saturated
kind of want to start over in a way, see but now I’m getting to that point where
I’m losing all this sketch again so that was a waste I’ll just have to make a
whole new face but that’s fine I love making faces let’s do red around the eyes and use that original skintone color for more
shading it’s looking kind of interesting not at
all what I was planning on but I’m kind of enjoying how crazy and like out of my
comfort zone it is which is exactly what sketchbooks are
for I need a smaller paintbrush so i can add some little details here the cool thing with gouache is I
can add a nostril that’s way too big but I can paint over it later now since I’m
using so many different colors to paint the skin I want to try and incorporate
those around the rest of the piece so that we don’t go too crazy I mean we’re at a pretty crazy point lol I pictured this being a lot more flat
colors whereas this is actually incorporating a lot of blending – I think
the nose ended up higher than in my original sketch – I might need to pull
that down a bit do want to add some more redness to the cheeks just grab this
color I guess to do that [grabs that color to do that] I moved the nose down a bit, it
probably should be lighter on like one side of the nose do you think? if the light source is coming from that side basically just experimenting and just enjoying the process and not really worried about making anything
gorgeous – she gives me a little bit of an undead vibe, but I think it’s that purple I used
– I think I’ll use this color from the eyelashes not sure if it should dry
enough well let’s give it a shot woo! okay looks black next all these colors I do you want it a little more shading around the nose here just doesn’t feel
right so the more I play with this the closer I’m getting to that flat
look that I kind of anticipated originally so I might just go towards
that anyway I feel like it’s a little bit more my speed and I still was able to
like play around with that like other painterly stuff so I think I’m heading
in the right direction definitely looking a little less freaky
than it was I think I’m gonna let that dry and then maybe do something else on
top of it but let’s maybe do the hair maybe use this for the bandana maybe also
the tank top I don’t want to go overboard with the colors then we can
maybe use this purple color for the hair I don’t know I don’t want to like make
any new colors so let’s see what this does
maybe we can make a darker version of this and add in the shapes but first
just add a flat layer of this everywhere [everywhere, she adds a flat layer of this] well the problem I’m having here is all my
paints are drying on the pallet before I’m done with them so it’s making this a
little tricky I’m kind of feeling done with this [laughs] it’s not really going the direction I anticipated and I’ve been playing with
it for a while since I’ve noticed that like I usually like to give art a chance
you know when I’m like oh this is not going the right direction so I’ll keep
trying for like you know a while but if I’m still feeling that after like trying
my darnedest, it’s probably time to move on and flip page – I don’t know what happened
right here on the cheek wonder if I can fix that and that is the
cool thing about sketchbooks they’re for experimenting and you get to try
whatever you want to try and if it doesn’t work out you turn the page and no
one ever has to know about it and so if you’re struggling with
something like that that’s what sketchbooks are for, they’re for
experimenting trying new things and collecting your progress in one place
maybe one day in the future when I’ve improved in gouache I can look back on
this and see my humbler beginnings I actually have made gouache things that I
think have turned out better than this and that’s when I focused on creating
flatter colors instead of trying to get this painterly look so I definitely
think that’s kind of more my speed and maybe what suits me better but it was
fun to experiment and try something different and now that I have this
gouache out and they’re on my desk and I probably won’t put them away for
months, they’ll be fun to play around with them some more in my sketchbook and see
what else I can create so thanks for coming along with me as I filled a spread
in my sketchbook I’m so glad I could share with you and I hope you all have a
delicious evening full of waffles!! bye! ♪

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