Daily art – coffee with whipped cream and caramel

from Instagram: The final exercise in the @mariyakey coffee illustration class. I can practically taste the drizzles of caramel and whipped cream! #skillshare #watercolor #watercolorsketch #inkandwatercolor #pittpens #pendrawing #illustration http://ift.tt/2iCARcN

You had to have the big salad final layout

Lettering Layouts class

When I started taking Skillshare classes over the summer, I quickly fell in love with Teela Cunningham‘s classes. She has a knack for breaking down cool and trendy techniques into steps that make sense. I’ve seen great hand-lettered layouts for awhile now, like with those chalkboard lettering walls, art prints, or tees. But I never understood how they were made — they seemed to appear by magic. Teela’s class Lettering Layouts: Create Beautiful Messages provides a ton of clarity on how to get started with these designs. After choosing my phrase, “You had to have the big salad!” (from Seinfeld, of course), I designated…

Watercolor Texture class - set 1

Watercolor Textures class

Another fantastic class from Ana Victoria Calderón. Her Watercolor Textures class on Skillshare introduced me to painting textures and patterns with watercolor, something that hadn’t occurred to me before. She demonstrates how to get started making texture swatches and choosing a color palette before moving on to a final project. The texture stage was addicting for me! I kept discovering new things to paint that might work with the concept I had in mind — a scene from the Redwood Forest where we had our summer vacation. Once I had some ideas sketched out, I started painting my swatches. It was a lot of fun to pay…

Modern Watercolor Techniques - underwater scene

Modern Watercolor Techniques class

When I signed up for Ana Victoria Calderón’s Skillshare class Modern Watercolor Techniques: Beginner’s Level, I honestly didn’t expect it to be so much fun! I figured I’d be getting some intro to watercolor techniques, but she took it way beyond those basics. The class starts with good watercolor fundamentals, like how to become familiar with your paints and brushes, and how to gain control over your brush strokes. After a basic project is complete, it moves onto super fun “experimental planets” where we used a variety of materials to make little circles with varying effects. (This was my favorite part of the…

Start with a Shape - pink and brown squares

Art practice challenge: starting with a shape

I highly recommend Amarilys Henderson’s Skillshare class Start with a Shape – An Illustration Challenge for anyone who’s feeling stuck, or doesn’t know what to draw/paint. She walks through why this illustration challenge is a helpful activity, basic shapes to try, and four ways to approach illustrating with your shape. It’s so much fun! And challenging, too. I found I needed to do a few to get unstuck, but after awhile started to feel a flow. Links Skillshare class Start with a Shape – An Illustration Challenge My Skillshare project Tools watercolor technical pens