Sketch Journal Sample Lesson: A Perfect Match

PLEASE NOTE:

This is a sample lesson from the middle of the Sketch Journal One Workshop. Students already have learned how to make a watercolor wash, work with parallel lines, shade a cylinder, clean up overpaint, pick up color, etc. in previous lessons, which is why these things are not explained in greater detail when mentioned in this lesson

A PERFECT MATCH:

Start by drawing a pair of parallel lines about 2.5 inches long . . .

m1Add a third parallel line . . .

m2At the bottom of these lines, join them like this (you don’t have to be as sloppy as I was!) . . .

m3Turn your book upside down and draw a flame at the other end off the lines . . .

m4Turn your book back around and add a little oval to the top like this . . .

m5Ink and clean up your drawing of a match stick.

m6Mix a tiny bit of yellow ochre wash . . .

m18Paint the entire sick of the match . . .

m8Wait for this to dry, and then darken your wash just a bit and paint another coat on the right side of the stick to make it darker . . .

m9IWhy did we do this? Because if we look at the bottom of this stick, we see a square – unlike the circle we see when we look at the bottom of a cylinder . . .

m16One side does not round into another as it does on a cylinder. Each side is sharply divided from the next. These are called “planes”. If the light is directly hitting one plane . . .

m17It will be passing by the planes beside it . . .

m19The plane it hits directly will be lighter in color because it gets more light.

We are only seeing two of the planes of this match stick. It actually has six planes altogether, counting its top and bottom, because it is really a very long and skinny box shape.

Let’s look again at our shading . . .

m9It’s not a huge difference, but if our light is coming from the left, the front plane will be lighter than the right plane.

Now, let’s paint our match head. Make a bit of rosy red wash. I am referring to this as a “wash” because it is a paint source that is not the pan itself. You don’t have to start out with more than a drop of water added to the paint you picked up on your brush, and just mix it around a bit on the palette to even it out . . .

m14Paint the bottom of the match head and leave that top section white . . .

m10While this is still wet, dip your brush just slightly into the actual paint pan for that same color, which is slightly wet, to pick up a higher (darker) concentration of that color. Paint a shadow shape on the right side of the match head . . .

m11That is where the light hits the match head the least.

Now, we want to brighten up the area where the light hits the match head the most.

Pick up a little orange or a brighter red by dipping slightly into the pan with your water brush tip . . .

m15and add a spot opposite the shadow like this . . .

m12Clean off your water brush and slightly blend the match head so the colors smoothly transition into each other (because this shape does not have separate planes).

Clean your brush again and pick up a little paint from the highlight area.

m13

And there you have your perfect match! (Well, you can clean up some of that slop-over, and it would be even more perfect!)

Your assignment is to draw and paint some matches until you are good at it, and then a…

CREATIVE PAGE CHALLENGE:

Create an art journal page with the title:
“A Perfect Match”

If you have extra ambition and energy, think about some of the other idioms that include the word match. A match made in heaven?

END OF SAMPLE

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