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