The Expressive Line with Lucy Cooke
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- Instructor – Lucy Cooke
- 7 Lessons/8+ Hours of Instruction
- Lifetime Access/Downloadable Content
- Private Facebook Group
- Course Price – $69
Are you struggling to be expressive in your artwork? Do you wonder what it would be like to create art with freedom, without the constraints of proportion?
Join Lucy Cooke in a creative adventure, where you will be inspired by the art of Egon Schiele. Learn to bring energetic line work, and unexpected color, back into your portraits, without worrying about proportion or perfection. If you are drawn to portraits with interesting line and color, and would like to learn how to translate those concepts into your own art, then this class is for you!
By the end of this course students will have an understanding of the following concepts:
- Learn to study expressive line and focal points in Egon Schiele’s art
- Fall in love with daily drawing practice using simple tools
- Let go of a critical mindset in your own art, and love the act of creating with freedom
- Combine Egon Schiele’s love of expressive line with your own style
- Experiment with basic art tools, as well as unexpected tools, to create interesting and unexpected lines
- Learn to add harmonious color in expressive ways to portraits
- Adding quirky hands to your drawn and painted portraits
- Gain skills and confidence with using gouache and acrylics in portraits
- Fearlessly draw interesting figures
- Translate what you see in photos into expressive faces and figures with line and color
- Learn the art of playing with digital tools
COURSE OPENS AUGUST 21st
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Cost - $69
DESCRIPTION OF LESSONS
There are seven lessons in this class (with 26 step by step videos). Each one will build your skills and confidence in creating with expressive line in your portraits. You will get comfortable with a variety of simple art making tools, and combine them, to create expressive and interesting portraits. As we look to the art of Egon Schiele as our guide, we will enjoy putting down line and color in unexpected ways.
LESSON 1 - PENCIL PORTRAITS
Lesson one will focus on the awesome line work that Egon Schiele is known for, and then with pencils in hand, learn how to freely put lines down to create interesting and expressive portraits.
Starting very loosely, we will learn to let go and have fun with line work. We will start with a quick warm up, and we won’t worry about proportion or even realism at this point. In this lesson it will be all about playing and having fun!
LESSON 2 - GET LOOSE WITH PEN AND INK
Lesson 2 will once again study the variety of lines in some of our favorite drawings of Schiele. This lesson will focus on learning how to combine lines for interesting portraits in pen. Learn how to create a variety of interesting lines through the use of various tools such as ink and twigs. We will also complete self-portraits in this lesson. Discover how to let go, and work loose and quickly! Experiment with what to let go of in your expressive figurative work, and what to keep!
LESSON 3 - IT'S ALL ABOUT HANDS!
Egon Schiele LOVED to incorporate hands into his portraits … long fingers, distorted shapes, and so very expressive. We will learn from observing his drawings, just how to let loose, embrace imperfection and love drawing hands. This lesson is all about letting go of perfection and playing with line! We will be inspired by both new and old photographs to create amazing, loose figurative pieces!
LESSON 4 - EXPRESS YOURSELF
Egon Schiele had a beautiful way of adding unexpected color to his artwork in unexpected ways. In this five part lesson, you will have an opportunity to fall in love with expressive portraits combined with expressive colors. This lesson slowly walks you through expression through color! You will learn how to use unexpected colors, such as green and orange, in your portrait work! This lesson focuses on having fun, and being bold! Step back into Egon Schiele’s paint splattered shoes, and play with abandon!
LESSON 5 - IT'S ALL ABOUT FIGURES
In this four part lesson, we will learn to confidently draw lines to create some fantastic figures. Do they have to be perfectly in proportion? NO! That’s the beauty of Egon’s work…his figures (and faces!) had character and personality, but not perfection. We will strive for that kind of looseness, and by the end of these lessons, have a better appreciation for expressive figure drawing. We will create interesting standing and sitting figures in our journals, and then add color to our figure drawings, to make them come to life on the page. Our final part of this lesson has us combining Schiele’s line work, with our own creative style.
LESSON 6 - ACRYLIC PORTRAIT PAINTING
In this five part lesson, we will first create quick line and colored pencil drawings (with no references!) in our newsprint journal. We will take what we have learned so far, as regard to line and focal points in successful drawings, and draw freely. In the next four videos, we will take our favorite drawing, and turn it into a fun portrait, where we use acrylics first, to lay down color on stretched canvas, and then finish up with the unexpected line of colored pencils. We will even add a hand to our portrait painting. We will explore solutions to design challenges in our portraits, by using a digital app, as well as office supplies. Painting is all about challenges and finding solutions, and learning along the way!
LESSON 7 - BONUS LESSON - DIGITAL SCHIELE
In this fun bonus lesson, we will learn to play digitally, to create expressive line on our tablets. Creating digitally is something I have enjoyed for a while, long before iPads came into existence. It is such a great way to be expressive, without putting on your painting clothes and making messes!! If you are new to art apps, I will show you an easy way to get started by using my favorite. We will use one of our Schiele inspired drawings for inspiration, and we will recreate a fun portrait using digital tools…colored pencil, oil pastel, oil paint, charcoal, and more! We will print out our digital masterpieces, and add them to our collection of fun Schiele portraits from this class.
COURSE OPENS AUGUST 21ST!
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Cost - $69
MEET LUCY COOKE - ARTIST/INSTRUCTOR
My dad gave me that nickname many years ago, when I was just a little girl. I LOVED art as a kid, drawing, and even painting whenever I could.
Yet, when I became an adult, I hardly spent any time on my art making. I was creative throughout my life though, spending time writing poetry, short stories (and longer ones), learning photography, and even developing my own film and prints. Decades later, art found me again. At a time when I really needed it!
Since 2006, art has been a part of my daily life. I started out slowly, making small ATCs, or Artist Trading Cards. Collage was my art medium of choice at that time. I quickly moved on to larger collages, mixed media, and assemblage. I used found vintage items mixed with new finds, to make interesting art. Or I would repurpose something that was discarded, to create something new and different. I also loved the challenge of making digital art.
Around 2008, I was taking an online painting class, and decided I really wanted to pursue my love of painting with acrylics. Since then, my favorite thing to do is sit in front of my easel and paint! My subject of choice, is portrait painting. I LOVE faces! But every once in a while, you will find me painting sunflowers, waterlilies, or even hummingbirds.
Besides painting portraits, as often as I can, you will find me sketching faces, in graphite or ink. And I am a constant student of art, learning from artists of the past, as well as contemporary artists. I love trying new techniques and pushing my art to the next level. This art journey has been a wonderful one!
I am so excited to make art with you!
PRIVATE GROUP JUST FOR YOU!
This course will have a private Facebook group just for you! I will be actively involved with the class via Facebook during the four weeks that the course is open! I am really excited about working through these exercises with each of you!
Below is a list of the supplies that I will be using for the projects in this course. However, you are always encouraged to use what you have on hand.
- Black Stabilo or General's Sketch and Wash
- Variety of ink pens
- Sharpie - thick black marker
- White Gel Pen - Sakura
- Colored Ball Point Pens
- Colored Pencils - use what you have
- Caran d’Ache colored artist crayons. We will use a few colors to add to our drawings. (If you don’t have Caran d’Ache crayons, you can always substitute with cheaper oil pastels from Pentel, many office supply stores carry them, or children’s crayons)
- Black permanent ink
- Tools for ink lesson - ink pen with nib, (The nib I use is from Speedball, 513EF calligraphy pen nib. It comes in a set of two from Amazon) I also used a small wooden skewer stick, and twigs from my backyard. If you don’t have a dip ink pen and nib, just use a small skewer or a variety of twigs…they work really well!
- Gouache – Arteza
- Arteza Brand Mid Yellow
- Yellow Ochre
- Viridian Green
- Sap Green
- Burnt Sienna
- Burnt Umber
- Noir, Sky Blue
- Titanium White
- Scarlet Red
- Light Apricot.
- Acrylic paints - Use what you have on hand. These are the colors I use in the painting lesson:
- Yellow Oxide
- Yellow Light Hansa
- Cadmium Red Medium Hue
- Light Oxide Red
- Prussian Blue Hue
- Titanium White
- Unbleached Titanium
- Burnt Umber
- Burnt Sienna Muted Violet
- Muted Green
- Black Gesso
- Clear gesso
- Assortment of brushes
- Fashion Magazines
- All types of paper
- Plain white paper
- printer paper
- blank index cards
- cheap paper tablet
- newsprint paper tablet
- I also use Khadi paper for one of the ink lessons
- Kraft paper – I LOVE all kraft paper. For this class, I mostly used my Strathmore Toned Tan journals, large and small. We also draw on small kraft envelopes and paper lunch bags.
- Tea stained index cards, or any paper will do. We use this for our “vintage” look. You can also stain with coffee, or Burnt Umber acrylic ink.
- Smooth Cardboard - use what you have
- 9 x 12 inch stretched canvas
- Clear plastic – approx. 8.5 by 11 inches (I used a sheet protector I had around the house) We will use this in our painting lesson.
- Digital apps used – SketchClub and Moldiv in my painting lesson and Art Set Pro in my digital drawing lesson
To finish off the completed painting once it has dried, I spray with two coats of a fixative (Matte), and then when it has dried completely, I add a coat of Dorland’s Wax on top, let it sit overnight, and buff it out to a nice satin sheen.